Making Salsa with Kids

By Charlie Nardozzi The vegetable harvest is coming on strong, so this is the perfect time to engage your kids in a little garden eating and cooking. One fun and […]

Growing Rudbeckias

By Charlie Nardozzi Rudbeckias, or black-eyed Susans, are a favorite late-summer wildflower in many areas. These plants are easy to grow, naturalize quickly, and give your yard or meadow years […]

Preserving Cut Flowers

Charlie Nardozzi We all love the beautiful annual and perennial flowers of summer that our gardens are producing. And it’s always a treat to cut some of the best blooms […]

Powdery Mildew Disease Controls

By Charlie Nardozzi In summer, certain plant diseases really take off in the garden. One is powdery mildew. This fungal disease loves the cooler nights we can get in the […]

Preserving Basil

By Charlie Nardozzi Basil is booming in gardens this time of year, and it is hard to keep up with the harvest. While tossing basil in pasta, adding it to […]

Controlling Hornworms

Hornworms are large, ominous looking insects that love to feed on tobacco and tomao family crops. They can grow up to 5 inches long and have a hor” on one […]

Summer-Blooming Shrubs

We often get spoiled in spring by all the flowering shrubs in the landscape. Forsythia, lilacs, rhododendrons, azalea, spirea, weigela, and mock orange are just some of the shrubs that […]

Start your Fall garden seeds today

The holidays are history and eBucks are winding down for another year. My gardening calendar reminded me this morning that its time to start planting fall garden seeds. Its hard […]

Varieties of Mint

Mint is a groundcover that often gets overlooked. Because of its reputation for being an aggressive spreader, many gardeners avoid planting it in the yard. However, if you plant mint […]

Easy-Care Landscape Roses

Many gardeners love roses but don’t want the fuss of taking care of them. Hybrid tea and floribunda roses, in particular, require regular fertilizing, pest control, and winter protection in […]

Growing Rosemary

While most herbs are grown for their fragrance and for culinary and medicinal uses, rosemary has the additional benefit of being a beautiful landscape plant that is a great shrub […]

Give your plants a haircut!

With summer in full swing, your baskets and flowers are probably getting a bit tired looking. They are probably in great need of a little bit of maintenance! Just as […]

How to Grow Mint Leaves

Mint has a refreshing taste and is valued for its use in drinks, cooking, and scenting the home. Choose from applemint, spearmint, peppermint, and their varieties, including pineapple mint, chocolate […]

Controlling Cucumber Beetles

Everyone loves fresh cucumbers from the garden, but often getting them to grow can be a problem. The biggest threat to your cucumber crop is the cucumber beetle. These black […]

Making Mothers Happy

Last week I received a very heart-warming story from one of our customers. She stopped me while shopping in our greenhouses on Riverport Road and pulled an envelope out of […]

Growing Poppies

There is something ephemeral about poppies. While the Oriental poppy is a large perennial plant with big showy flowers in spring, I favor the more delicate, seeded poppies that flower […]

Feed Your Roses

Hybrid roses, such as floribunda, hybrid tea, and climbing roses, are picking up steam and maybe even flowering already in some parts of the country. In colder areas they’re setting […]

Caring for Winter-Damaged Shrubs

For many regions of the country, this has been a tough winter on shrubs. Numerous ice and snow storms have caused broken branches and limbs. Cold temperatures and drying winds […]

Growing Magnolias

One of the treasures of spring is the magnolia tree in full bloom. There are about eighty different species of magnolias and hundreds of varieties. Many are native to the […]

Growing Radishes with Kids

To keep kids excited about edible gardening, you have to make sure there are some quick rewards. One of the best vegetables to grow for almost immediate satisfaction is radishes. […]

Healing Oils of the Bible Seminar

This Saturday, The Green People are hosting a special educational workshop for our customers even though it does not have anything to do with gardening. We just think this workshop […]

Growing Redbuds

One of the earliest and most brilliant trees to flower in the landscape is the redbud. Even if you don’t know the name redbud, you probably still know the tree […]

Creating Structures for Kids’ Gardens

When planning your garden with your child, instead of first focusing on the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers you’ll be growing, consider starting from another place. Garden structures offer the […]

Backyard Poultry Gardening

The Green People are all about having fun with your backyard gardening AND we have an opportunity to share something a little different with you. Please join the Green People […]

Spring Lawncare

Gardeners in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are anxious to play (and plant) in their gardens, their landscapes and in their lawns. The weather this winter has been very cold […]

Growing Dandelions

While most people are looking for ways to get rid of dandelions in their lawns and gardens, I think more people should be eating them. When I was a boy […]

Reviving Old Apple Trees

You can see old apple trees across the country in abandoned fields and meadows and around older homes, reminders of a past life and era. Homeowners might inherit an old […]

Start Onions from Seed Indoors

While it’s easy to purchase onions at the grocery store in winter or the farmers’ market in summer, there’s something special about growing your own varieties. Onions are not just […]

Composting in your Garden

The Green People invite you to attend our School of Gardening this Saturday, 10AM at our Riverport Road location. This seminar is the second in a 3-part series on early […]

Caring for Valentine Flowers

Giving cut flowers on Valentine’s Day is big business. It’s estimated to be worth more than $400 million. Probably the most popular cut flowers given on Valentine’s Day are roses. […]

Grow Lettuce Indoors with Kids

It’s hard to get kids to eat and enjoy greens during the cold winter months. That’s why growing lettuce under lights indoors is such a good idea. Not only does […]

Safe Houseplant Pest Controls

It’s great to grow a variety of houseplants to decorate and enliven your home. Many of these can become long-time residents, growing to great heights and sizes. They can become […]

Growing Ferns Indoors

Although they are not loaded with flowers or covered with textured leaves, houseplant ferns can be very rewarding to grow. They thrive in bright, low-light conditions, come in a wide […]