Green Circle Growers Blog

How to Combine Thriller, Filler and Spillers into Attractive Containers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It’s fun to get creative with container gardening. As long as plants share the same light and watering requirements, you can combine any number of them to make an attractive container planting. To achieve a harmonious plant arrangement, professionals use the thriller-filler-spiller method of container design.  ...read more

Garden Pals Boost Vegetable Flavor

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Like peanut butter and jam, some things just taste better together. Melding flavors by pairing foods elevates the taste experience to new heights. Gardeners have discovered that the taste blending usually performed in the kitchen can also be accomplished in the garden. Planting vegetables with complementary herbs in the same garden bed not only augments the flavor of the vegetables, it can have the added benefit of warding off problematic insects. Called companion planting, the tried-and-true gardening method is gaining new attention from organic gardeners and home gardeners concerned about pesticide use.  ...read more

Edible Front-Yard Gardens Please Palate and Senses

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Most front-yard gardens feature a mix of flowering trees, shrubs and bright-colored flowers; but the growing trend is to add edible vegetables and herbs to the front-yard landscape. Once strictly relegated to back-yard vegetable plots, herbs and vegetables are being tucked between the yews and petunias to add color, texture and practicality to formerly staid, decorative front-yard garden arrangements. Bright red tomatoes and dark green peppers, broad-leafed basil and curly parsley, dense clumps of chives and lacey dill are becoming as popular as geraniums and impatiens along front-door walkways. ...read more

Planting Vegetable Garden Makes for Fine Summer Eating

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

One of the true joys of summer is the abundance of fresh, delicious produce. Crisp snap beans, sweet peas, refreshing melons, buttery lettuce leaves and succulent berries are among the many delicious summer treats that await home gardeners and local farm stand shoppers. Even folks who don’t claim a green thumb or don’t have space for a home garden, enjoy growing peppers and tomatoes. Peppers and tomatoes can be grown in unused corners of flower beds, along an empty garage wall or as container plants on patios, balconies and decks.  ...read more