Archives for August 2013

Great events to add to your calendars this fall!


There is so much going on at The Family Tree Garden Center that it’s sometimes hard for us to share it all with you! With Fall coming around the corner we have some exciting news, specials and fun blog posts heading your way! So get out your calendars and add all the fun that is coming soon…


September 3, 10am: Tuesdays at The Tree – Open to everyone!

  • GET YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN READY FOR FALL PLANTING: With Timothy Daly, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension. Whether you are first timer or an avid gardener, this FREE seminar is for you.  Fall vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, cabbage and kale love the cool weather and are easy to grow if you start your garden out right.  Get your veggies from garden to table with these great tips.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 10am: TABLETOP GARDENING, WHAT’S NEW?     

  • Miniature, Fairy, Tabletop gardening, whatever you want to call it, our expert Nanci McClendon will be here to show ou great new ideas for starting your new tiny garden.


  • GRAFT Restaurant’s own chef/owner ASHLEY CLEMENCE has some great game-time ideas for using your own garden’s produce.  These quick easy recipes will please all sports fans!  Wear your favorite team’s colors or logo to this free seminar/demo and receive a special gift!

Saturday, Sept. 28, 10am-3pm: QUICK SKETCH LANDSCAPING        

  • SIGN UP FOR YOUR 20 MINUTE CONSULTATION AT 770-972-2470 (First come, first serve) Our designers will spend 20 minutes with you on your problem area.  Bring 3-4 pictures of the area, detailed measurements, hours of sunlight and any obstructions.  Please get here about 5 minutes earlier than your time slot.


Saturday, October 5, 11:30am: WALTER REEVES, THE GEORGIA GARDENER

  • WSB talk radio host will answer your questions about everything from aphids to Zenobias.  Join the lively discussion

October 19, 2013: The grand opening of the PETE PIKE MUSEUM! Join us at 10am October 19, 2013 for the official ribbon cutting!

  • Pete Pike, founder of Pike Family Nurseries has been made a tremendous contribution to the nation’s green industry.  From humble beginnings to a multi-million dollar business, Pike shows that anyone from anywhere can become anything with hard work and integrity.


  • Activities for the whole family! Petting Zoo, Bluegrass Band, cooking demonstrations by Three Blind Mice, Gwinnett Master Gardener’s Q&A, Fall container gardening with Regina Lewis and more!
  • Want to help raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Association?  Bid on our raffle items!  Just $2 per ticket. A portion of our sales that day and all proceeds from the raffle with go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Let’s Make A Difference!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!


Prepare Your Garden for Fall Vegetables!

fall-crops-2Fall is the beginning of a wonderful gardening season. It’s the opportunity to grow tasty veggies that can handle and thrive in the fall and winter season. Beginning now, before the evenings get chilly, start getting your garden ready! Success begins with preparation. Fabulous home grown cool weather salads and sides are just around the corner.

Ready to get started? Here is how!

Tidy Up:
Get rid of weeds! Get in there and start pulling. Pull up as much of the roots as possible.
•  If your plants are done for the season – remove them! Spent plants can carry disease and pests.
•  Remove fallen fruits and vegetables. Rotting attracts pests.

Freshen up your soil: Remove any mulch and add new soil for the new season.  Adding mushroom compost, Fafard® Planting Mixture, and maybe even a little hen manure to your existing soil will really get the nutrients flowing! Want to try organic – choose Happy Frog Soil Conditioner to add to your soil (or alone in a raised bed garden).  Happy Frog Soil Conditioner is made up of pH-balanced aged forest products, earthworm castings, and bat guano, not to mention beneficial microbes that stimulate root development and help plants access nutrients in the soil.  It also has humic acid to help increase the uptake of important micronutrients.  Tilling the new amendments into the existing soil is the best way to loosen the soil for root growth.  You can churn with a shovel or use a tiller to create an optimum growing environment.  

Rake everything smooth: Get that garden looking great! Smoothing out the soil is beneficial for a number of reasons.  It’s easier to keep an eye out for weeds popping up.  Churning up the soil can cause dormant weed seeds to sprout so keep them at bay every day.  Rows are easier to lay out in a smooth garden.  Water won’t puddle and attract pests. And of course, it looks really great, pat yourself on the back and get ready to plant those delicious fall vegetables.

A little note when planting your veggies:  Don’t forget the Espoma BioTone Plus Starter fertilizer to get your new plants off to the best possible start.  To use this amazing root simulator, dig the holes for your plants, add as directed on the package, place your plants in the hole, cover the roots with dirt, and watch your veggies grow!

Need help with any of these steps? Connect with our team at The Family Tree Garden Center and we can give you advice on each step!

Great vegetables for Fall: 

  • lettuce
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • bok choy
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • peas
  • radish
  • spinach
  • bush beans

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

The Importance of Deadheading – for looks and health!

deadheading your rosesTis’ the season for some gardening housekeeping. It’s time to start deadheading! Not sure what deadheading is or where to begin? We can help you get started.

Deadheading is an art that all yard owners need to know in order to keep their landscaping and gardens look better, feel healthier, and possibly bloom longer. Think of your snippers, pruners, and shears as your paintbrush! So pull on some gloves, grab your shears, and get ready to prune, cut, and spruce up your lawn!

Basically, deadheading means the removal of flowers that have finished putting on their show and no longer look good. It can be a bit scary to start cutting away at your flowers. Don’t worry, with a few helpful tips, you can master this art!  Follow these simple rules and enjoy the beauty of your labor.

Snip with hand pruners or sharp scissors: Most perennials need to have the flowers snipped to prevent seeds from spreading and to have them look healthy. Plants tend to bloom longer when deadheaded because they haven’t formed seeds yet.  Once the plant has formed seeds, there is no need to flower anymore, all of it’s energy goes into the seeds.  If you want your plants to reseed and hopefully produce babies, leave some of the spent flowers and just snip off some of the leggy or unattractive ones. The best way to snip them is to cut the spent flower a quarter-inch below the bud. Always remember to snip as close to a leaf joint as possible. This will help with new growth!

Break off Daylilies: Breaking off dying daylilies will add to the plant’s appearance and will help with the overall flower productivity.

Pinch not cut: You can deadhead without gardening tools! Pinching flowers off with your finger nails works well on annuals such as impatiens, marigold, pansy, petunia, viola, dianthus, poppy, cosmos, and columbine. Pinch off old blooms and it will give new buds room to grow!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook , TwitterGoogle+!

NEW Miniatures Have Arrived! Bring the Outdoor Gardens IN!

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Have you ever thought about bringing your garden inside? Yes, houseplants offer warmth and texture to your home, and they help create a healthy environment. But now we can take it a step further with tabletop gardens? Whether you call them tabletops, miniatures or fairy gardens, these tiny indoor gardens are fun and fabulous. With the incredible assortment of plants for sun, shade, low maintenance and texture, even the brownest thumb can be turned green.


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There are so many great reasons to have a tabletop garden. Maybe it’s a gift for a loved one. It could be to add a bright spot in your home. How about a way to start a project or hobby with your children. Or maybe for no particular purpose at all, just a love for adorable tiny things.

mini garden terraIt’s so easy to start!

• Choose a container. Any container will do just fine although it does help to have a hole in the bottom and a saucer underneath if you are gardening in a pot.
• Choose your plants. We at The Family Tree can help you with light and water requirements.
• Choose your accessories. Let your personality shine! Add a little fun and pizzazz to your garden with tiny fairies, stepping stones, animals, swing sets, houses and more.
• Use a top quality potting soil mix or ‘layering materials’ for terrariums and you are on your way!

Once you have your tabletop gardens set up, take a picture! We love to see finished creations!

You can post your pictures on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram @Thefamilytreegardencenter