Newsletter 4 – Thursday, March 10, 2016

Current Hours

Cottage Grove location open
Mon – Sat 9 – 5
We are currently closed on Sundays.

Edgerton location open
Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4

If you’re lucky enough to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!

Say ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day’ with a Shamrock


Oxalis Zinfandel is the perfect plant for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! This adorable mounding plant has small, burgundy leaves that make its bright yellow flowers really pop! It’s blooming now in the greenhouse and will continue to bloom throughout the summer, so you can enjoy them indoors until it’s warm enough to take them outside. And to make it even more attractive, it doesn’t need to be deadheaded!

Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
A: He’s Dublin over with laughter!

Indoor and Outdoor Garden Art

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Stone Age Creations Boulder owls, turtles, frogs, and mushrooms are perfect for either indoor accents or as unique lawn and garden décor! As their company states, ‘created by nature…crafted by artisans.’ From two inches to twenty, and every size in between, we have a garden variety of whimsical items to choose from.

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up

because they’re looking for ideas.

Paula Poundstone

We have seeds…lots and lots of seeds!


Easy to Grow Sprout Seeds

Add flavor, texture and nutrition to a sandwich, salad, or stir fry with sprouts. These mighty little plants are loaded with easy-to-assimilate, highly-digestible nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes. Sprouting is easy and can be done anywhere, without soil or light. What a fun and educational project for the family.

We have the following variety of sprout seeds; alfalfa, broccoli, broccoli blend, crunch bean mix, ancient eastern blend, fenugreek, Mung beans, sandwich booster, spicy salad, which are packaged in 3-4 ounce bags. Each type has its very own unique flavor and texture, so you may want to try several different varieties. High Mowing Organic seeds are both 100% organic and Non-GMO.

We also have the Sprouting Jar Lid that fits on a large canning jar for easy growing.

Why don’t you iron 4-Leaf clovers?
Because you don’t want to press your luck.

Garden Seeds


It’s never too early to start planning for this season’s garden. If you are planning a vegetable, herb or flower garden, bring your seed list out to either our Cottage Grove or Edgerton location. We have a huge selection of Livingston seeds for you to choose from.

We make seed planting easy!

Seed Trays

To help with your seed planting project, we have two types of seed starting trays available from Hsu, a Wisconsin based company.
• The Flower and Vegetable Seed Starter Kit, which is filled with Hsu Professional Potting Soil. (32 cell and 24 cell insert and watering tray kits available.)
• The Organic Seed Starter Kit, which is filled with Organic Rice Hull Potting Soil. (32 cell insert and watering tray kit.)

Just lightly moisten the soil, pop in 1-2 seeds in each cell, in the depth directed by the seed package, and cover with soil. Place in a sunny, warm area. Mist with water to keep soil moist. Stand back and watch them grow. Then transplant when and where appropriate.

I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time.
With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.

Victor Borge

Don’t Forget!




Daylight savings time begins Sunday Morning, March 13th at 2:00 am. Set your clocks ahead 1 hour and change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Employment Opportunities


Are you looking for a short-term seasonal job? Do you enjoy people, flowers and dirt? If so, we may have the perfect job for you. We are looking for a few good people to perform cashier duties. Don’t be afraid! We have a great team that will train you on the cash register.

This job opportunity would be from approximately mid-April thru mid-June. We are in need of candidates who can work weekends and a few hours during the week. The total number of hours per week could be between 24 – 30 hours. Other job duties could consist of stocking and cleaning plants, sweeping floors, corralling run away shopping carts. If interested please give us a call at 608-222-2269.

Money Problems Joke
When the lodge meeting broke up, John confided to a friend. “Mike, I’m in a terrible pickle! I’m strapped for cash and I haven’t the slightest idea where I’m going to get it from!” “I’m glad to hear that” answered Mike. “I was afraid you might have an idea you could borrow it from me!”

America’s Best Flowers Fundraising Program


Spring 2016 is right around the corner! People are beginning to think about vegetable gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and glorious flowers.
What perfect timing for your non-profit organization to participate in America’s Best Flowers fundraiser program. Non-profit organizations earn 25% of the proceeds from each gift card they sell. For example, if your organization sells $500 of our gift cards, which are available in any denomination over $10, your organization would earn $125.
Please contact us if your non-profit organization is in need of funds for things such as (but by no means limited to):
• local charities, (i.e. food pantry)
• church mission trips,
• new equipment or uniforms for your school sports program, or school band or orchestra.

America’s Best Flowers gift cards may be used at both our Cottage Grove and Edgerton locations.
If you are interested or have questions regarding our easy and profitable program, please contact Shirley at

Thinking Tongue Twister
I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought. If the thought I thought I thought had been the thought I thought, I wouldn’t have thought so much.

Your houseplants need some love and attention!

If you use city tap water for your houseplants, it’s a good time to check the soil surface. Fluoride and chlorine are both types of salt and both are in city water. Is there any white or yellowish crusty material visible? Don’t panic, it is just salt build up. It is fine to use tap water for your plants, but every now and then check the soil surface for this. All you need to do is flush the soil. Put your potted plant in the bathtub or sink and let water run through the soil. Take care to not overflow the top of the pot. As the water runs out the bottom of the pot it will take with it the excess salt.

After the flushing is done it’s the perfect time to repot your plant. Give your home a fresh new look for the season by simply repotting your plants into different sizes, shapes and colors of pots.
Come on out today and check out our beautiful new 2016 selection.

I went in to a pet shop. I said, “Can I buy a goldfish?”
The guy said, “Do you want an aquarium?”
I said, “I don’t care what star sign it is.”

Has your email address changed?

If you are a Loyalty Customer and have submitted your email address to us you will receive our newsletter by noon, every Thursday.

If your email address has changed please remember to let us know by either calling us at 608-222-2269, sending us an email at or just let us know the next time you are at the greenhouse.
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Q: What kind of keys do kids like to carry?
A: Cookies!

Our Kitchen

By Bev Wilson

It’s so exciting to come back to work each spring. Tiny living plants are everywhere I look; a constant reminder that spring truly is right around the corner. Another bonus of being back is the steady stream of treats that appears in the break room. Last week Diane brought in one of the best cookies I have every eaten. And the best news of all – they’re good for you. To quote my friend Shirley ‘How great is that!’

Diane’s Breakfast Cookies

¾ c butter
1 c brown sugar
½ c sugar
2 eggs
¼ c water
1 t pure vanilla extract, good quality
1 c flour
1 t salt
½ t baking soda
1 c pecans, finely chopped
1 c golden raisins (*see notes)
1 c wheat germ, toasted (Diane used Red Mill)
3 c quick oatmeal

Cream butter, sugars, eggs, water and vanilla together. Add flour, salt and soda. Blend well. Stir in nuts, fruit*, wheat germ and oatmeal. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Makes 5-6 dozen.

* Diane started with 3 T sugar-coated diced dates and added enough golden raisins to make 1 cup.