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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.09 Acer's Florist & Garden Center March 2, 2017
houseplants

Come in and visit our brand new houseplant center!! Stop by anytime, and bring home easy-care plants to brighten your home and help clean the air. We have a large selection of house plants and tropicals, with beautiful pots.
Click here for a quick video tour of our new greenhouse
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baskets


Great selection of Gourmet Gift Baskets, including Stonewall


Give a Gourmet Basket as a gift or bring one to any occasion

Do you know that Acer's offers free
computerized landscape design?
Call (631) 343-7123 or send pics to Jim@acersgardencenter.com.


Landscape

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broccoli

Broccoli is a fantastic crop to grow while the weather is cool. Broccoli likes to be in full sun, as well as rich, PH-neutral, well-drained soil. A heavy feeder, broccoli benefits from high-nitrogen fertilizer, as well as amendments like compost, alfalfa meal, or composted chicken manure.

Broccoli grows fairly large, so giving it some room to grow is important. Place seeds or starts about 18" apart and rows between two and three feet apart, to give you some room to walk. You can do two or three rows close together between walkways if you like to maximize spacing, but any more than that will make them hard to reach.

Pests can be wide ranging, from cabbage looper caterpillars and cabbage-worms in cooler weather to grasshoppers and harlequin bugs when the weather has warmed up. The best way to manage these is to take a walk through your garden daily and look for damage. If you find any, look under the leaves and pull off and remove any pests. If you have chickens, they'll appreciate the snack, or the bugs can easily be squished. BT can also be used to eliminate caterpillar populations, but will need to be sprayed weekly to be effective.

Harvesting your broccoli is easy. Cutting the stem five to six inches below the head will send the signal to the plant to continue growing new heads.

Don't wait too long, or your broccoli will bolt, and the florets will spread out and become bitter. Note: if it does bolt, the yellow flowers are edible and great in salads. The leaves are also edible; young, tender leaves can be eaten raw in salads, and the older leaves cooked like spinach or kale. And you can always harvest your broccoli, cut it up, and freeze it to be used later.

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Garden Primer

What's the best type of mulch to use in a garden?

Answer:

There are many types of mulches available; it all comes down to the look you want in your garden--natural or manicured?

  • For a more natural look, use shredded redwood or shredded cedar. Shredded redwood is deeper in color and mats up more, making it an excellent choice for hillsides. Shredded cedar is lighter in color and an excellent choice if you own a dog--because it also repels fleas.
  • For a more manicured look, use small or medium pebble bark (pine or fir) or mini mulch.
  • We don't recommend large pine or fir bark, except for play areas. The air space is too large, so it is not very effective for retaining moisture in the soil or controlling weeds.

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