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Why Waterscape?

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Ponds, fountains, waterfalls, koi gardens… These types of waterscapes are living works of art that add a peaceful and Zen-like ambiance to your landscape while also helping our native wildlife.

Check out our top 3 reasons to add a waterscape to your yard in 2023!

  1. Water features serve as a rest stop for many species of birds and other pollinators, providing an opportunity to drink, bathe, and cool off in the heat of summer. The addition of a water feature may even entice some birds to stay – and nest – providing hours of visual enjoyment and functional appeal as they snack on pesky insects like flies, gnats, and mosquitoes. The most beneficial types of waterscapes for pollinators are reflecting pools, fountains, ponds with waterfall features, and water gardens. A koi garden is another great way to reduce insects from invading the backyard!
  2. Waterscapes create a relaxing and soothing place to unwind. We like to think of them as a peaceful getaway within the overall landscape. The sound of flowing water from a fountain, waterfall, or small stream can help to ease your mind after a stressful day, or provide a backdrop for enjoying a cup of tea or indulging in healing yoga and meditation practice.
  3. A water feature can help transform an outdoor space into the perfect destination for entertaining family, neighbors, and friends. Imagine enjoying a romantic brunch with your sweetheart while the soothing and refreshing sounds of a fountain splash in the background. Or – picture your grandchildren gathered around the water garden, observing goldfish, tadpoles and dragonflies together on a balmy summer day. A thoughtfully planned waterscape can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and serve as a learning tool that provides many teachable moments.

Our friends at Beaver Pond Lawn and Landscape are the area experts in waterscape design and installation! Contact them today to learn how you can improve an existing water feature or add a brand new waterscape to your backyard!

Visit www.BeaverPond.org

Cut Tree and Greenery Care

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Cut Tree and Greenery Care

Fresh cut trees and greens add a festive touch to the holidays. With proper care, you can enjoy them all season.

Here are a few tips:

Cut Trees

  • Make a fresh cut at the base of the tree and get it into water within one hour to prevent the sap from sealing, preventing the tree from taking up water.
  • Keep plenty of water in the tree stand. Your tree may use a gallon or more water a day and the stand may need to be refilled more than once.
  • Adding Prolong to the water will assist in the uptake of water and will help the tree retain its needles longer.
  • Place the tree away from heat vents and other heat sources.
  • Help prevent electric fires by inspecting all cords and unplugging your tree when you are not home.

Fresh Greens

  • Soak overnight or up to 24 hours and keep in a cool location, like the garage, until you are ready to decorate.
  • Keep away from heat vents and other heat sources. Temporarily remove greens from the mantle when the fireplace is in use.
  • Avoid placing wreaths and greenery between the main door and storm door. The heat and sun will accelerate drying out.
  • Daily misting will assist in moisture retention.
  • You may spray greens with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-Pruf, which acts as a protective coating to prevent moisture loss. Always use outside and dry thoroughly before re-hanging them. Avoid using on junipers and berries as the product will cause them to turn black.

The team at Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center wish you a joy filled holiday.

2022 Update: Tanyard Springs

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2022 Update from Tanyard Springs Food Bank

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Pounds of Food Donated to Food Banks in 2022
An update from our friends at Tanyard Springs:
“I’m writing to thank you and Himmel’s for another year of support for the Tanyard Springs Community Garden Committee’s food bank project.
The Tanyard Springs community has a garden where residents can rent garden plots for personal use. Garden beds that are either unrented or are rented and donated back to the food bank project are used by the committee to grow vegetables and herbs that are donated to local food banks.
This year, we were able to donate 491 pounds of cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, squash and melons to area food banks [nearly double the 249 pounds we donated last year] using plants selected from Himmel’s in consultation with Himmel’s staff.
In addition, with your advice, we planted a pollination garden with perennials to attract bees and butterflies that will continue to enhance our community and support our garden project.
Again, our committee appreciates the support and advice Himmel’s has provided to our effort for the last three years.”

Fall Lawn Revitalizing

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Fall Lawn Revitalizing Tips!

Laura from Garden Answer uses Himmel's favorite Espoma products!
Soil Test

Get a soil test done to ensure the health of your soil. New grass will grow best when the pH of the soil is 6.5-7.2. Apply amendments to correct the pH of your soil as needed.

Mow

Generally, mowing your lawn to 2.5-3” tall is best.

Dethatch

Remove dead plant matter. This will help your new seed to have contact with the soil.

Aerate

This puts holes into your lawn and helps circulate oxygen into your soil.

Apply starter fertilizer

This will give your new seed the nutrients it needs to survive. (There are fertilizers that contain low to no phosphorus if your soil has a healthy concentration of phosphorus)

Apply grass seed

We offer sun tolerant tall fescue blends as well as a blend specifically made for the shade. Ensure the best value by avoiding seed blends that have a high concentration of annual rye grass or weed seed in general.

Apply a cover to your grass seed

We offer straw. Covering your seed will help keep it in place as it grows. It will also deter animals from eating the seed.

Water your new seed

Water every day in the morning and evening (except when it rains) until your new grass is 3.5-4” tall or tall enough to mow. It is important that your lawn is watered evenly every time it receives hydration. Keeping your lawn tall (3.5-4”) will help deter weed seeds from sprouting as well.

Contact Himmel's today for a soil test and lawn treatment plan!

Landscaping@himmelsgardencenter.com

Himmel’s Supports Hunger Action Month 

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Himmel’s Mission is ‘Helping our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world’.
One way we do this is by supporting local nonprofits in their efforts to make a difference in the community. Himmel’s is proud of our partnership with the Anne Arundel County Food Bank whose Mission is ‘To fight hunger by assuring that all those in need, especially children, have access to food and other resources’.

September is Hunger Action Month, and Himmel’s participated as a passport location and food drive site. We also sponsored the Cruising Out Hunger event, which was a great time for a great cause! Join us in March for Nutrition Month events, or check out AAFoodBank.org/donate/ to learn more about how you can get involved!

Espoma Organic Products

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At Himmel’s, we take pride in carrying products that are safe for our neighbors and for our planet. Plus, our goal is for our customers to find great joy – and success – in their gardening endeavors. That is why we love carrying a wide selection of Espoma Organic gardening products!

One of our favorite products is Espoma Biotone Starter Plus. This granular fertilizer contains both endo and ecto mycorrhizae, which are beneficial microbes that result in larger root mass and bigger blooms. Application of Biotone Starter Plus at planting time reduces transplant loss, and is recommended for use on trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, and veggies.

For vegetable, herb and flower gardening, we recommend a top-dressing of Espoma’s Organic Mushroom Compost. This rich and beneficial compost improves poor soils, which helps plants flourish as they are nourished at the root. You can check out results in our raised bed gardens, featured in our ‘What’s in the Garden’ video series.

We especially love Espoma’s Garden Tone which does wonders for vegetable and fruit plants due to its perfect blend of important nutrients including: Nitrogen, Phosphate, Soluble Potash, Calcium, and Magnesium. The science behind this special combination guarantees bigger and more delicious vegetables!

At Himmel’s, we carry a large selection of rose bushes, from beautiful and floriferous knockout roses to fragrant, old-fashioned roses like those from grandma’s garden. Many of our neighbors ask us how to keep these gorgeous flowers blooming and healthy. We recommend Espoma Rose Tone, a slow-release granular fertilizer that can be used the entire growing season to encourage prize-winning blooms. To combat pesky Japanese beetles and rose slugs, or treat for powdery mildew or other fungal diseases, we recommend Espoma’s Organic Neem Oil. Neem oil is an all-natural and highly effective 3- in- 1 fungicide, miticide, and insecticide that works to kill eggs, larvae and adult insects which may cause damage and lead to other problems.

Whether it’s for your summer palms and tropicals, acid-loving rhododendrons and azaleas, blooming annuals and perennials, or to grow the biggest and juiciest tomatoes in town, Espoma has the perfect fertilizer to suit your gardening needs.

Some of the other organic products that we carry include Espoma’s:

  • Lawn Starter
  • Seed Starter
  • Potting Mix (in 3 different sizes)
  • Multi-use Fungicides
  • Assorted Insecticides
  • Liquid Plant and Cactus Food
  • Weed Preventer
  • Lawn food for every season
  • All-purpose Garden Soil
  • Veggie and Flower Garden Soil
  • Raised Bed Mix Soil

And many others!

Come in today and shop our large selection of plants and products. And if you want to learn more about Espoma’s great selection, visit their website, and check out their cool blog Garden Answer featuring the smart and savvy Laura LeBoutillier!

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, 2 Ways

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We have been loving the fresh produce now available in our store, arriving weekly from a co-op of Maryland and Pennsylvania based farms and organized by AgriChicks. This past week we were fortunate to receive gorgeous portobello mushroom caps, some the size of a dessert plate! Kathy and I shared our excitement and potential recipes with one another and decided to try crab-stuffed portobello caps-two different ways.

Luckily living in the Bay area, we had fresh lump crab meat at our disposal and were both able to create something similarly delicious yet unique. Kathy and her husband, Tom, are experts on eating gluten-free. Whereas I enjoy more than my fair share of carbs on the daily! But it was fun to see how delicious both interpretations of the same dish came out. I knew I had to share our recipes in hopes of inspiring a fun and easy summer dish to impress your loved ones and blow away your taste buds.

  • Tom’s Gorgeous Gluten Free Crab Cake Portobello’s

Can be found here: https://www.mygourmetconnection.com/crab-stuffed-portobello-mushrooms/

  • Madi’s Creamy and Cheesy Crab Portobello’s

Can be found here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/crab-stuffed-mushrooms-recipe-1953641

The best part about both interpretations is the base of a healthy, fresh, and sustainable main ingredient. Portobello mushrooms are fairly easy to grow. They do well in deep beds of rich compost soil and are meant to be kept in a dark place until you see the white cap pop through the ground. As a health benefit they also contain lots of protein, fiber, and vitamin B. Research suggests that eating mushrooms often can help with weight management, immune function, and regulating glucose levels.

Although neither of us crafted our recipes ourselves, it was fun to try out these creative interpretations and compare results. Kathy was kind enough to bring me a sample of Tom’s recipe so I could try it for myself and figure out how I wanted to make my own. Although times are tough and it can be hard to express our appreciation for one another, the simple act of kindness Kathy showed made me feel loved as we bonded over the joy of cooking! I encourage everyone reading this to have a friendly cook-off with a loved one and share with us your creations!

As for sourcing fresh portobellos, check out our weekly produce list on Facebook @himmelsgardencenter, or sign up for a monthly CSA subscription directly through Agrichicks at http://agrichicks.com/collections/frontpage!

Best Regards,

Madi