Is Your Garden Ready for the New Year?

The new year is here. The parties have come and gone with resolutions in full swing.

What about your garden?

Avid gardeners know well that while most people want to forget about gardening during the winter, it can be the most productive time of year. Though you might be longing to be working in a beautiful garden during the warmer months, you can still actively prepare for a happy and healthy garden now.

Take Inventory of your Space

The space you have available will be a determining factor in a lot of your garden-planning decisions.

Will this area allow for containers? (If you take this route, stop what you are doing right now and read our exclusive gardening guide!) Or will be able to expand with raised beds?

Take time to measure the space or take it a step further: Draw them out to scale on graph paper.

What Do You Want to Grow?

This is the fun part, right? We would say so! Before going to the store and spending on a plethora of seeds that may not even meet soil, make a list of what you want to grow. It will help you plan space accordingly as well.

Make sure you are aware of the best time to grow your selections. For example, spinach is best grown in spring or fall here in the South. If you grow it, with what will you replace it when the sweltering heat of summer arrives?

Here are some great seed catalogs that you can add to your winter reading: https://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2015/11/13/the-best-garden-seed-catalogs-to-get-you-through-the-long-winter-months/

Map out a Timeline

If you are a visual person, this will make your heart happy. We recommend that once you know how much space you have at your disposal and what you want to plant, it is best to create a timeline of what to plant when.

Putting down planting dates will help you prepare ahead of time, before it can be too late! If you are wanting to have a specific bloom that thrives in the autumn, make sure to include every step, from planting in the soil to pruning. Or, in the case of edible plants, from planting to harvesting!

Go even further and add all details to your timeline! This example showcases how organization can aid in mapping out a vegetable garden, yet the process will work in all gardening cases.

Don’t be Afraid of Compost

It’s no secret that compost is incredibly nutritious for your garden. You can turn food scraps, leaves, lawn clippings, and other “green” waste into fertilizers that will be nutrient-rich for your plants.

People who are veterans at creating their own compost know the benefits of a DIY worm compost bin, which allows gardeners from home to apartments to enjoy this natural way of creating compost. If that seems a little to extreme for your plans, you can also blend old food scraps for instant compost. Yum!

While it may seem like an endless series steps to prepare for your dream garden this year, we can promise you that the results will be worth it! As we are always trying new plants in innovative ways, we invite you to dive deep into your research and explore creative ways to bring life to your garden.

Feeling up to the challenge? We would like to see your journey to creating your home garden! Be sure to share your planning with #SevillePlans on Instagram and Twitter.

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Avoid Winter Gardening Woes

Winter is here, taking our gardens under with sustained inclement weather.

Many people leave gardening by the wayside in the colder months. But why stop a beloved hobby just because it’s blustery outside?

Start early on your New Year’s resolutions and ring in the holiday season with exciting ideas for your home by keeping your gardening bug going.

To help you stay inspired this season, we’ve pulled some of our favorite around-the-web ideas for stellar winter plants and gardening tips applicable to the Seville Farms part of the world:

Have a few great winter traditions in your garden? Share them with us in our blog comments below!

Pet-Friendly Plants Safe for Fido and Fluffy

Are you a dog mom or cat lover that is constantly careful about which of your favorite plants will keep your pets happy and healthy? All pet owners take great measures to ensure the safety of our furry friends, but sometimes danger can come from unexpected places… like your lovely new container garden.

Whether you are a new pet parent researching what nontoxic plants to add to your collection or you have company coming in, no need to worry! Being pet parents ourselves, we have crafted a list of the best pet friendly plants with which to adorn your home.

Indoor Plants

  • Parlor palms are a wonderful solution for beginner gardeners, as they grow slowly and thrive on little sunlight. They range from a few inches to three feet in height, making them a great addition for tabletop decorations, terrariums, and other small spaces inside a house.
  • If you would like to add a touch of elegance, try growing phalaenopsis o This common plant will be a familiar face to you if you frequent floral shops. While they stay in bloom for a few weeks at a time, their petals are completely harmless to animals.
  • If you are looking for that subtle pop of color without the hassle of petal cleanup, then give the polka dot plant a try! Available in an array of colors such as white and pink, these fun little plants are as versatile as they are whimsical.

Outdoor Plants

  • A cheerful annual, the marigold, will add a rich golden hue to your garden that you and your human and animal companions can enjoy. Specifically, look for the calendula genu.
  • We have great news for the pet-loving cooks out there: Fennel is a safe and fun addition for your garden! The tasty bulb and feathery foliage will provide a whimsical look and will allow you not to worry.
  • Who doesn’t love a colorful bunch of snapdragons? Easy to grow and with a wide range of colors, there is now no excuse for you and your pets not to enjoy this beautiful bloom!

With pets come curiosity. Young puppies and kittens love to sniff around and even snack on the beautiful plants you have added to your home. While these plants may not be toxic to your pet, it is always best practice to keep a close eye on how curious your animals can really be. If you encounter any worrisome symptoms, immediately contact your vet and provide the name of the plant that may have caused the issue.

For a complete list of toxic and nontoxic plants for dogs, cats, and horses, contact The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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Seville Farms Fall Favorites!

Fall: That time of year when we put away our swim gear and break out the scarves. While most think that the best season for vibrant plants is spring, we beg to differ! The change of seasons brings rich color to enhance the first cool fall breeze that we all know and love.

Alongside pumpkins and scarecrows, the Seville Farms family has a wide collection of fall plants that we eagerly look forward to enjoying each year. Need a few ideas for the best plants to add to your seasonal garden or home this year?

Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Texas Aster: This simple beauty blooms from September to November in this area and can be quite fragrant. Asters require little maintenance and can reach heights of up to three feet. You will yield best results planting in sandy, rocky, and well-drained soil and in full sun.
  • Chrysanthemums: You may be thinking, “Are these the gargantuan mums that adorn Texans during football season?” Not quite. These golden beauties thrive in the Southern autumn and come in two varieties: Flattened or elongated with a tufted, rounded bloom. They perform best in full sun and thrive in rock gardens.
  • Ginkgo: Adding a touch of guaranteed gold to your garden is a sure way to enjoy fall the right way. When a cool front comes in, the leaves suddenly change to an illustrious yellow and create a golden “carpet” on your garden when they fall. Place this tree in a location with deep, loose, well-drained soil.
  • Goldenrod: Exactly as the name suggests, this richly colored plant can bring vibrancy to even the dreariest of gardens. Even better? This native perennial doesn’t cause hay fever. That is something to make every Southerner rejoice! Plant in well-drained, slightly acidic garden soil in full sun or part shade.
  • Coleus: Nicknamed “Alabama Sunset,” this hearty plant will add bright splashes of color to any garden. Try planting it with a variety of flowers with varying colors to create a stunning display. Many varieties do well in both shade and part-sun.

Autumn in this region is a season of celebration, so why not add some fresh color to your home? We would love to see what you are planting this fall! Share your favorites with us on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SevilleFarms.

Happy planting!

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Pots and plants make a perfect pair: Get our new container gardening guide today!

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Don’t have enough (or any) ground space for a garden? Not to worry: You can put your green thumb to work by trying your hand at container gardening. Whether you have a patio, porch, or deck, or must make do with big window sills indoors, our beginner’s guide to container gardening will get you going and help you find the perfect pairings of pots and plants no matter the time of year.

Whether you dabble in herbs or you want to decorate the house with seasonal blooms, you can do it all with container gardening. The guide is complete with tips on watering, light, soil, and what types of plants work best.

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Cozy up for the season with these garden-related décor ideas

Do you have the cozy-season gardening doldrums?

You know of what we speak: The cooler, darker months just don’t seems lend themselves to plants. Yet we challenge you to change your thinking. The cozy months—which we think of as between September and February—still call for plants and greenery in your décor.

Delicious Kitchen and Dining

  • In the cozy months, you can’t go wrong with a traditional spread of gourds on your kitchen or dining room table. Select a few colorful pumpkins and squashes in different sizes and arrange with some dried Indian corn and nuts like acorns, walnuts, and chestnuts.
  • Fill a small bowl with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmegs, and if available, some sprigs of spruce or fir. Nestle a lighted candle in the middle and voila, a heavenly scent to cover up the lingering smell of your salmon dinner.
  • For the New Year, invite love, luck, and wealth to family and friends with a chic bamboo plant, a beautiful new orchid, or a jade succulent. You can find more ideas in this article from The Roanoke Times.

Lovely Living Room

  • Got a maple or oak tree in your yard? Find a tall, skinny vase and cut some small branches full of colorful leaves for a mini dose of fall foliage. If your nearest tree is in a park, gather up a few fallen leaves and arrange them into a centerpiece.
  • Mix your red and white poinsettias with a soft and cozy green fern, a holiday cactus, or a deep red hibiscus or amaryllis. And when pointsettias have gone out of fashion—or if it’s just a little too early in the cozy season for them—try a kalanchoe, purple sage, or false cypress.
  • Evoke winter snow through creamy white arrangements that use paperwhites, white roses, gardenias, and baby’s breath. Add in some spruce or cedar branches and some Dusty Miller or seeded eucalyptus for a winter wonderland effect.

Bed and Bath

  • Don’t neglect other rooms in your home. Add small vases with choice blossoms (think oranges and yellows roses in fall and reds and whites from December through February). And don’t forget our guide to succulents, as these plants add beauty year-round.
  • String together leaves, berries, flowers, and nuts on twine and drape them around a mirror, countertop, or on top of a dresser for a natural and rustic look to match the season.
  • You can never go wrong with reds, pinks, and purples, especially for a romantic vibe in the bedroom. Redbor kale adds a beautiful purple pop to every arrangement, to which you can add carnations and roses for fragrance. Cyclamen arranged with an assortment of succulents in separate decorative pots can make for a truly romantic landscape.

Don’t forget to use your resources: Don’t buy a vase if you can carve out a gourd for a makeshift container; rummage in the spice cabinet to supplement your arrangements; and dry leaves and flowers in books before adding them to small frames or pinning them to the wall for an elegant yet rustic look.

Inspired? We hope so! Be sure to share your #cozycultivations with us on Instagram. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Teaming up for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Seville Farms grows products throughout Texas. This means, quite literally, that our roots are in Texas.

So when Harvey hit our great state, how could we not help?

Seville Farms teamed up with Stonewater Church in Granbury, Texas, Sportsman’s Church in Victoria, Texas, and Lowe’s in Granbury, Texas, to ship three trailers worth of relief supplies to Victoria, Texas.

Seville Farms donated the trucks, the fuel, and the drivers. Stonewater Church parishioners loaded supplies into the trailers. Lowe’s in Granbury donated a forklift driver and pallet jacks to get drinking water into the trucks. And Stonewater Church volunteers received the donations and distributed them to their community members in need.

In addition, Seville Farms matched employee donations to jump from $10,000 to $20,000! An incredible effort from the entire Seville Farms family!

Check out our photo album of the effort below:

 

 

 

Seville Farms Rehomes Half a Million Plant Specimens

When the University of Louisiana at Monroe needed to find a new home for an herbarium of nearly half a million native-Louisiana plant specimens, Fort Worth’s Botanical Research Institute of Texas excitedly raised its hand.

The problem?

How do you easily move a delicate collection of plant specimens hundreds of miles across Louisiana and Texas—and in the heat of summer?

Seville Farms to the rescue. After all, we’re all about plants, aren’t we?

We donated the climate-controlled transportation and the holding costs—involving freezing the collection to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit—to ensure no transfer of insects and safe transfer of the collection from Monroe to Fort Worth.

To read more about this adventure of nearly half a million plants, watch NBC 5 News’s coverage and check out this article on the story from KERA News.

Cure the Summertime Blues with Summertime Blooms

We know, we know: it’s the dog days of summer and sometimes the last thing you want to do is work outside in the yard. But we propose an incentive to make it easier to enjoy that glass of iced tea or a cold brew on your porch or patio on a lazy afternoon — plant some new pretty flowers!

Summer is far from over, especially here in Texas. That means lots more time to add some fancy to your indoor or outdoor space, without breaking too much of a sweat. Between beautiful blooms that are easy to plant and even easier to care for, to indoor decorative plants that add a homey touch to your house, there are plenty of options from Seville Farms to choose from at your local garden center or a retailer like Lowe’s.

It may seem like anything is a go, but here are a few do’s and one don’t for your late summer lineup:

DO pick blooms that can stand the heat. The Southern sun is brutal, and summer doesn’t end on August 31. Look for plants that like full sun, can cover a lot of ground, and provide bright pops of color. Suggestions:

  • Gaillardia Aristata (sunflower family, blanket flowers)
  • Zinnia (even blooms in rain)
  • Lavender (bonus points for the smell!)

DON’T choose flowers that are always thirsty. Maybe you’re trying to conserve water. Or you just don’t have the time to constantly be giving your plants a drink. Either way, it’s easy enough to pick plants that can go a few days in between watering. Our favorites:

  • Succulents (super hardy, for indoor or outdoor)
  • Sunflowers (you don’t need many!)
  • Coneflowers (covers a lot of ground)

DO think of the birds, bees, and butterflies. As the honeybee population dwindles, it’s easy for us home gardeners to do our part and provide pollination pit stops with little work. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy seeing hummingbirds and butterflies flitting to and fro? Check out these pollinators and consider a mini wildflower garden:

  • Beardtongue (beautiful bell-shaped flowers)
  • Gloriosa daisy/Black-eyed Susan (classic!)
  • Phlox (great for draping and groundcover)

DO think about all the ready-made bouquets you can create with your gorgeous garden. There’s no easier way to give your home that Pinterest look than by placing a few tasteful but simple bouquets in key spots that need a bright touch. From tall and full blossoms to short and delicate buds, the options are endless. Give these a try:

  • Peonies (you can’t beat the scent)
  • Dahlias (beautiful symmetry of petals)
  • Lilies (pick a color, any color)

These are just a few suggestions and ideas to get you started. There are dozens of summer flowers and plants that could work, no matter your purpose or needs. Whether you like lots of color, you need to cover a large amount of space, or you simply enjoy filling your home with blooms, Seville Farms has you covered through the end of the season. Be sure to ask your local garden center expert for more tips specific to your neighborhood and climate, and you can always reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter!

Happy planting!