When Lilacs Last Bloomed

Posted by Bob Matthews on 5/7/2018 to News
When Lilacs Last Bloomed
When Lilacs Last Bloomed is a Civil War poem by Walt Whitman. The title seems appropriate for the title of this blog, as it causes us to realize our beloved lilacs last bloomed a full year ago. Lilacs are second only to roses in their popularity, beauty and fragrance. Unlike roses that have a season long blooming period, Lilacs bloom once a year in May, and last but a few fragrant weeks. Then, the year long wait begins until they bloom again.

The arrival of the flower blooming period, is cause for great celebration. Many Lilac festivals are held this month, timed to hopefully correspond with the arrival of the sweet, aromatic flowers. If you love spring, love flowers, and adore lilacs, you don't want to miss these early season festivals. In celebration of our beloved lilacs, the festivals include a wide array of events, including Lilac parades, 5K or 10k races, arts and crafts, concerts, food vendors and much more.

If you haven't been to a Lilac festival, what are you waiting for? Find and attend a Lilac Festival    

Garden Meditation Day

Posted by Bob Matthews on 5/3/2018 to News

Gardeners take note: Today, May 3, is a very special day. It a day to think, to ponder, to cogitate, to consider, and mull over.

Indoor Seedling Starts - Leggy Plants

Posted by Bob Matthews on 4/21/2018 to News
The surest way to get your indoor transplants off to a poor start, is to provide them with insufficient lighting.

A poor start has an unfavorable, season long effect on your plants. Without sufficient sunlight, plants strain to seek the sun. They do so, by developing a long, thin stem. Without enough light, the stem is weak and struggles to support the growing leaf structure. The stem bends, twists, falls over, and often breaks. So, let's avoid this common, beginning of the gardening season problem.  

Let's begin this discussion with the premise that all of your seedlings need full sunlight, as most plants certainly do. The best place to find full sunlight is out in your garden. The trouble is, you are starting your plants indoors because it is still too cold yet to plant them outdoors. This leaves you with more limited options, to provide as much sunlight or substitute lighting as possible.

The best option is a backyard greenhouse. If you have a walk-in greenhouse, lucky you... we all envy you. There are also many types of small greenhouses on the market, that you can get for just a few dollars. Small deck size greenhouses and cold frames are great options. Click Here  

For the vast majority of us, our seedlings begin the first few weeks of their life in our house or apartment. Our options for maximizing lighting is much more limited. We need to become "sunchasers", moving our seed trays from one sunny window to the next as the sun moves from east to west. Even on cloudy days, your seedlings will receive filtered sunlight through the window. 

Chances are, your young plants will need more than a sunny window. Household lighting, especially fluorescent lights provide some degree of alternate lighting. What many gardeners often do not know, is that the closer the plants are to the light source, the more effective it is. If possible, place your young plants six to eight inches from the light source. I know a gardener who overwinters some plants in his basement, solely with fluorescent lighting! 

As the season nears, bring your seed trays out onto a sunny porch or deck during the warmer parts of the day. But, be certain to bring them in as the temperature drops. Forgetting to do so in advance of a cold or frosty night, is a fatal mistake.

Maximizing sunlight to your plants can be time consuming. But, it pays you back with healthy and far more successful plants. On transplanting day, you will marvel at how great your transplants look, even better that store bought plants!

New Garden Blog

Posted by Bob Matthews on 4/12/2018 to News
Just about everyone with a computer or smartphone loves to read a blog. Many of us read several. A blog offers information, news and tips on our favorite topics and interests. So, a new gardening related blog is news indeed!

The Gardener's Network has just launched the internet's newest garden blog. Why bookmark and add the Gardener's Network blog to your list of reading material?

The Gardener's Network offers:
* Timely articles focus upon information tips and news.
* The vast content base offers you a huge amount of information.
* Articles are written in an easy to read, light hearted, yet informative style.
Check out the launch of The Gardener's Network Blog now. Click Here


New Beer's Eve

Posted by Bob Matthews on 4/6/2018 to News

It is always the night before National Beer's Day.

One might think it's a bit off topic for a gardening blog. But hey, you can grow the hops and the barley!

To celebrate, safely tip a few in celebration of one of the biggest holidays of the year!!

Indoor Plant Starts

Posted by Bob Matthews on 3/23/2018 to News
Starting seeds indoors this year? I sure hope you are! It's such a great feeling to get our hands into some dirt again after the long winter months.

We're now in prime time for starting seeds indoors. The seeds you are planting now, carries the promise of a beautiful and productive garden from summer thru fall. That makes it vitally important that your seeds germinate quickly, and the seedlings begin life with a fast and healthy start.

So, what's the big deal about starting seeds!? You stick a few seeds in the soil, add some water, wait a few days and Voila.... You've got seedlings!

If only it was that simple all of the time. Some seeds can be downright difficult to germinate. Some seeds can take several weeks to sprout. Some should be soaked in water overnight. Some need extra warmth.

It's the big and the little things you do to when planting seeds and caring for seedlings, that make a huge difference later, when transplanted into the garden. That's why new gardeners and even well experienced gardeners take a few minutes to review seed starting tips and ideas.

Bob Matthews

The Gardener's Network, by Premier Star Company

Popcorn Lover's Day

Posted by Bob Matthews on 3/8/2018 to News
Today, March 8th, is Popcorn Lover's Day. It falls on the second Thursday of March.

Did You Know? Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks you can eat... until you add the butter and salt.

Did You Also Know? You can grow popcorn in your backyard garden. It's fun and novel. After harvest, you dry the kernals, on or off the cob. After it is dried, you can pop your very own home grown popcorn.  

Celebrate Popcorn Lover's Day, with a bowl of popcorn. And, use this special day, to make plans to grow popcorn in your home garden this year. 

Seed Starting Basics and Tips

Posted by Bob Matthews on 3/5/2018 to News
Seed Starting Basics and Tips
Don't give your local garden stores the fun of starting seedlings indoors. You can grow your own plants to transplant into the garden. In addition to the joy of watching your seedlings grow and thrive, you'll save money along the way. 

Over the next few months, we'll be planting and pampering our indoor transplants. It's an exciting time, as we finally get our hands into some dirt again after the long winter season.

The success of the upcoming gardening season, is dependent upon getting your seedling transplants up and growing, in a strong and healthy manner. The extra care and attention you give your seedlings, will translate into healthier, more plentiful flowers, and a larger, more abundant vegetable crop. 

Whether you are a gardening "Newbie", or an experienced, long time gardener, it is a good idea to read and review our Seed Starting Tips.

Electronic Soil Testers

Posted by Bob Matthews on 3/2/2018 to News
Spring is knocking on the door. Before it arrives, we all need to have our gardens ready for planting.

The first step in creating a great summer home for your plants, is to make sure the soil is in perfect condition. That starts with checking the soil pH, to assure that it is ideal.

A pH test is quick and easy. An inexpensive electronic soil tester checks the soil pH and overall fertility. Best of all, it can be used over and over again.

It’s fun to use an electronic soil tester to check all of your flower, vegetable and herb gardens. If you’re looking for even more fun, test the gardens of your family and friends.

Rose Colors

Posted by Bob Matthews on 2/12/2018 to News
Nothing sends the message more clearly on Valentine's Day, than red roses. We all know it means love. 

The many different colors of roses each carry a specific meaning... a message... from the sender to the receiver. If you are going to give roses to your mom, a sister, your daughter, or a friend, a rose color other than red may be
more appropriate.

This Valentine's Day, learn the meaning behind different colors of roses and send the right message.

Feed the Birds Day

Posted by Bob Matthews on 2/3/2018 to News
It's Feed the Birds Day.

The ground hog saw his shadow yesterday, so we know there will be six more weeks of winter.

That means our backyard birds need us to help them get through the rest of winter. As their natural food supply dwindles, make sure your bird feeders are full.

Did you save some sunflower seeds from last year's garden to feed them? High energy seeds are the best food for your backyard birds

Gardening News from Pennsylvania

Posted by Bob Matthews on 2/1/2018 to News

Tuesday, February 2nd is a huge day for gardeners. A big announcement out of Pennsylvania, will let us know whether we will soon be able to start our spring crops, or whether we will have to wait another 6 weeks.

Every February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous ground hog, is awoken from his cozy winter’s nap. Phil is poked, cajoled and pushed out of his den. Squinting into the daylight, Phil will either see his shadow, or he won’t . If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, gardeners across the country can get out their seeds, starting soil, seed trays and propagation mats. Spring is right around the corner.


Be sure to check back here on the 2nd, to see Phil’s official prediction.


In the meantime, find the seeds you need.

Shipping as little as 50 cents

Posted by Bob Matthews on 1/31/2018 to News
Our remodeled internet store is getting great reviews. One thing our customers really like, is our low shipping cost on garden seeds. 

Shipping to U.S. destinations is as little as $0.50 per order. That's right, just 50 cents!

To receive the lowest shipping cost on U.S. destinations:

At the checkout screen, select "USPS First Class Mail".

It's as easy as that.

Have a great garden in 2018!

Bob Mathews

Pumpkin Nook and The Gardener's Network, by Premier Star Company 

2018 Seed Search Begins

Posted by Bob Matthews on 12/28/2017 to News

As soon as Christmas is over, the search for garden seeds begins. Some gardeners begin their seed search on Christmas Day! The early birds are already surfing the internet for something old, something new, and often something blue. We look for old, established heirloom variety seeds, along with our old favorites that we grow year after year. Many of us seek out new varieties that we've never grown in our garden, as a way of experimenting or challenging our gardening skills. Are you up to the challenge? Sure you are!!

We are very excited for the 2018 garden season, as our easy to use new store has a fresh look and holds even more seed varieties than last year. We have approximately 538 varieties in stock!

What is not new is our low, low prices. Despite rising interest rates and inflations, our seed prices remain the same as last year.

Bob Matthews

Pumpkin Nook and The Gardener's Network, by Premier Star Company

December 12 is Poinsettia Day

Posted by Bob Matthews on 12/12/2017 to News

Today is Poinsettia Day!

Poinsettias are an important symbol of the holiday season. We have Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first Ambassador to Mexico, to thank for these beautiful flowers. He brought them back from Mexico, and grew them in his greenhouse.

Learn much more about Poinsettia Day and how to care for them.

Welcome to our online store

Posted by Bob Matthews on 10/3/2017 to News
Welcome to our updated online store! We are proud to announce that our updated, mobile friendly, state of the art store is open for business. We look forward to serving you in the future. Are you a returning customer from our old internet store site? Our new store has the same high quality products at our everyday low, low prices. 

If you have any questions about our new, updated store or the products found within, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. Our website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something we think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate.

Feel free to browse our entire product catalog, and let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within. Our team is always ready and willing to assist our customers, and we are happy for your visit.