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It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Garden!

If you believe Pennsylvania’s most famous rodent, then spring will be early this year. That’s right, on February 2nd, our very own Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow, which can only mean one thing according to the legend—we’re in for an early spring season. Regardless if you believe the accuracy of Phil’s predictions or not, one thing is true: it’s never too early to start planning your garden. Continue reading “It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Garden!”

4 Ways Houseplants Can Make You Healthier

There’s no denying the visual beauty and appeal that a colorful houseplant or indoor garden can add to a home. And not only can they be a source of great joy and inspiration, but they’re also beneficial to your health. Because they function opposite of the way we breathe—by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen—they help to freshen the air and eliminate toxins. In fact, studies performed by NASA have shown that houseplants can actually remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours! Continue reading “4 Ways Houseplants Can Make You Healthier”

Beating the Winter Gardening Blues This Season

Even though many people consider the next couple months a gardener’s “offseason,” there is actually plenty to do for the horticulturally-minded this winter. At Leck’s Greenhouses, we’re the professional garden store in Bucks County that can keep you in the gardening spirit all year long. With a few fun gardening activities, you can turn your winter blues into greens this season!

For instance, you can sit by the fire and read seed catalogs, or research your next gardening project. You can also plan your garden by drawing a birds-eye view of its layout to get your creative gardening juices flowing. By adding some houseplants to your indoor decor, you can introduce some vibrant colors into your home. And by visiting local nurseries, you’ll get plenty of inspiration for your next gardening endeavor.

For more information on our garden center in Bucks County, please call Leck’s Greenhouses today at 215-664-8648!

 

Leck’s Greenhouses Hosting 1st Annual AppleFest this October

Local favorite Bucks County garden store, Leck’s Greenhouses, is happy to announce that this year we will be hosting our first Annual AppleFest! All our welcome to attend — continue below to learn more.

Taking place the weekend of Oct. 13th and Oct. 14th, we are holding AppleFest at our location at 1637 Desire Ave., Feasterville, PA 19053. Festivities will include fresh cider and candy apples, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, t-shirt prizes, and more!

 

 

If you would like to learn more info about our fantastic plant nursery in Bucks County, don’t hesitate to give Leck’s Greenhouses a call today 215-664-8648.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Vegetable Garden for Fall

At this point in the year, you may feel as if the current garden-friendly weather has been around forever. You can’t even remember the last time it was too cold to visit your local garden shop in Bucks County, let alone the last time you had to worry about the night air being too cold for your backyard veggies.

However, the inevitable change of seasons is upon us, and summer is slowly turning into fall. This transition doesn’t mean that your vegetable garden has to start hibernating, though. You can still have a thriving veggie patch well into the autumn months, even here Pennsylvania.

Here are some pointers for keeping your vegetable garden alive and well beyond August, courtesy of our team here at Leck’s Greenhouses, the premier source of garden products for Feasterville and other nearby areas.

1. Clear Out Your Garden Bed

If by chance you’ve gotten a little behind in cleaning out your garden during the summer, right now is a great time to play some catch-up. By clearing out any weeds, old plants, or bad veggies from your garden bed, you can help prepare the soil for one more round of seasonal planting before the winter creeps in. Plus, weeding your garden bed can be tricky if there are a lot of fallen leaves in your way, so you may want to get it done and over-with before autumn comes in earnest.

2. Tend Your Soil

As you’re replanting your garden for a new season, the soil is going to feel worn-out; however, there are plenty of things you can do to give it a boost. Replace your mulch with a new layer to provide the earth with some needed energy, unless your current mulch is still in good condition. If your soil has become compacted over the summer, loosen it up a bit by fluffing the top layer with a garden fork, and maybe even work in some added compost while you’re at it.

3. Pick Your Crops Wisely  

Many vegetables thrive in cooler temperatures, especially green veggies as they usually require little sunlight. The most common autumn-friendly vegetables are broccoli, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage, as well as beans, peas, turnips, and radishes.

Here’s a recap that we’ve come up with to go over all of the information we shared in this blog:

 

Are you interested in more gardening advice from the best little greenhouses in Bucks County? Contact Leck’s Greenhouses by calling 215-664-8648.

Delicious Summer Drinks that You Can Grow in Your Garden

Summertime is a time for cold drinks, hot days, and beautiful gardening conditions. We know that at the end of a long day’s work at our plant shop in Bucks County, a lot of us want to go home, sit down, and have something fresh to sip on. While most people have a favorite beer or a go-to cocktail, it can be fun to change things up every once in a while, especially if you’re able to use the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor to enhance your new drink.

Of course, you’re right; you can’t really grow these drinks in your garden, but the ingredients in these beverages can come right from the ground in your backyard. Here are two recipes that you can use home-grown ingredients to make:

 

Pineapple and Mint Mojitos

We’ve all had mojitos. They’re a classic drink, and if you’ve ever gone out to brunch, it’s possible that you’ve seen the people around you sipping on these somehow-appropriate-before-noon alcoholic beverages. Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of mint leaves (straight from your garden)
  • 3 ½ cups of pineapple cut into bite-size pieces. This could be from your garden too, but it’s most likely from your grocery store.
  • 3 limes, cut into wedges
  • 2 ½ cups of rum
  • Club soda

Prep and Assembly:

  • Boil sugar and 1 cup of water until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of mint leaves, then remove from the heat.
  • Put 2 cups of pineapple into a blender and purée.
  • Mix the pineapple purée and the water mixture, removing the mint leaves.
  • Set this mixture aside.

For each drink:

  • In a shaker, muddle 3 pieces of pineapple, wedges of lime (to taste), and 3 mint leaves.
  • Combine two and a half ounces of rum and two and a half ounces of the purée in the shaker.
  • Shake.
  • Pour into a glass, and enjoy a drink that you had a hand in growing.

Calamondin and Mint Cocktail

One tree that many gardeners grow in the United States is the calamondin tree. Calamondin juice is often called Filipino Lemonade because of the fruit’s citrus flavor that is similar to that of limes and lemons and its common use in Filipino cooking. Here’s a tasty, summer drink that you can make using your calamondin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of calamondin juice (garden)
  • 5 mint leaves (yes, mint again)

Assembly:

  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
  • Strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of calamondin.
  • Enjoy.

Keep Your Drinks As Fresh As Possible

Fresh ingredients in your cocktails make them taste better. In fact, fresh ingredients in any food or drink help them taste better and make them healthier for you too. If you’re interested in starting your own garden and are looking for a wholesale garden center in Bucks County, visit us at Leck’s Greenhouses. For information about our products, browse our site or call 215-664-8648.