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Apr 29

2014 Small Business Award

Posted by Plant Crazy on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We were recently nominated in the small business category for the Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Awards. 

And ........We Won!  

So a very sincere thank you to you, our loyal customers. Without you Oceanview could not have grown into what it is today. . 

Thank you for supporting small business! 


Apr 25

Organic Fertilizers: Our Top Sellers

Posted by Plant Crazy on Saturday, April 25, 2015


When your soil is deficient, your plants are also deficient. 

Add organic matter to enhance your soil! 


Our Top ORGANIC Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

Not listed in any particular order, with links to product web page for your quick reference. 



Fafard Fertilo - Pure Grandulated Hen Manure

http://www.fafard.ca/en/produit/fertilo_all-purpose_granulated_fertilizer/



Growing Green Earth Worm Castings - A product of Nova Scotia

http://growinggreenearthwormcastings.com/



Neptune's Harvest Fish & Seaweed Fertilizers - We carry the fish, seaweed and fish seaweed combo as well as the crab shell and kelp meal.

http://www.neptunesharvest.com/



Fafard Plant Starter - Dehydrated Hen Manure and Bonemeal

http://www.fafard.ca/en/produit/plant_starter_natural_fertilizer/



Fafard Sea Compost - With Peat, Shrimp and Seaweed.

http://www.fafard.ca/en/produit/sea_compost_with_peat_seaweed_and_shrimp/



Welcome Harvest Home Bat Guano

http://www.welcomeharvestfarm.com/p_description.htm


Other top sellers include Seaboost liquid Seaweed, Gaia Green, Lobster Meal and Rubicon products

See our extensive selection in the pictures below. 





Mar 28

Downy Mildew on Impatiens

Posted by Plant Crazy on Friday, March 28, 2014

As some of you may have heard, Downy Mildew has struck here in Nova Scotia. For those of you who don't know what Impatiens Downy Mildew is ..... It is a disease that affects impatiens in nurseries and in your gardens.

Downy Mildew has wiped out Impatiens sales in the US almost completely and is about to do the same here. There is no 'sure fire' control for it at this point but there are studies being done with specific fungicides that may eventually be used as a preventitive. Fungicides will not cure downy mildew once it has infected the plants.

You may see impatiens in garden centres this year but beware; they may look great when you buy them but after a few weeks in the garden there might be nothing left but bare stems. Downy Mildew causes both the flowers and the leaves to drop, eventually the stems will collapse as well.

If you suspect that your Impatiens are infected, totally remove the whole plant (roots too) and dispose of them in the garbage. Do not put them in your compost.

Downy Mildew only affects Impatiens Walliriana which is the single flower type sold in 6 packs and Double Impatiens usually sold as singles. Downy Mildew does not affect any other plants but Impatiens.

The best subsitutes for Impatiens are Tuberous Begonias, Coleus and New Guinea Impatiens (highly resistant to Downy Mildew)

There is lots of great information and images on the web if you are interested.

Oceanview has chosen to cut our Impatien crops down greatly. We will only be growing a small amount for those of you who still wish to plant them.We have also taken measures to decrease the cost of begonias and New Guineas. Any further questions please email us at admin@plantcrazy.ca

 

 

 

Mar 28

Container Gardening

Posted by Plant Crazy on Friday, March 28, 2014

When we hear the term container gardening we tend to think of pots in all shapes and sizes overflowing with colorful annuals such as hibiscus, petunias, million bells and the list goes on.

The fastest growing trend in container gardening right now is edibles. That's right, you can grow any vegetable in a container as long as the container is large enough to accommodate the 'roots'

No matter what you are growing in a container your soil is your most important investment, make sure it is free draining and rich in nutrients. We recommend Fafard Agro Mix , Connoisseur Mix or Veranda mix - depending on what you are growing. Never use soil from your garden (they are way too heavy) or old tired potting mixes. We also recommend that you use Fafard Bio-Sol (sea compost) A small amount can be mixed through your soil or you can add a layer to the bottom of the container. We believe that adding a layer to the bottom of the container has the most benefit, as the roots grow down through the soil, the plant has grown and started to put out large amounts of energy which depletes nutrients then all of a sudden the roots have reached the layer of compost and the plant is given a much needed boost.

When growing veggies in pots, bigger is always better. When choosing containers remember lighter colors will hold less heat so they are perfect for lettuce where a darker colors especially black will hold in the heat . The material the container is made of is important as well. Wood and terra cotta will be cool while plastic and metal may be warmer.

 Do not over crowd your plants always allow for the plant to mature fully otherwise you may be disappointed in your crop. Crowded plants produce fewer and smaller fruits. Crowding also stresses the plants making them more susceptible to pest and diseases. Air flow is critical. All edibles require lots of light but remember full sun doesn't mean hot baking sun. Greens and lettuce can do with a little less sun then say tomatos or peppers.

Watering is critical .....be faithful or better yet use automatic irrigation. Some plants will develop problems if the soil becomes too dry especially tomatoes. They will develop blossom end rot if you forget to water.

Last but not least don't forget the fertilizer. We prefer organic fertilizers when growing vegetables. Neptune's Harvest is a great one to use - well balanced with fish and seaweed. Whatever is available will do as long as you feed regularly.

Any questions please feel free to contact us at admin@plantcrazy.ca

Happy Gardening :)

 

 

Oct 09

Tea Forte - You don't know what you are missing!

Posted by Plant Crazy on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

 Tea Forte - You don't know what you are missing!

 

Susan is the buyer for Oceanview and Tea Forte has been a favorite since the beginning. So many rich, natural tasting flavors. A wonderful 'comfort' treat for yourself or a great gift for the tea lover. 

Susan Says She doesn't quite know how to explain the flavor except that it taste very 'real'

    

Susan's personal favorites are African Solstice and Cucumber Mint.  

  

The KATI Tea brewing system was chosen as one of Oprah's favorite items for 2011

The KATI Tea Brewing System has a built-in stainless steel infuser and unique double-wall ceramic construction. It's clean design makes a captivating presentation. Say good-bye to the tea ball and chain! When using KATI with our Single Steeps, steeping delicious and extraordinary teas is as simple as opening the pre-portioned pouch of tea and emptying the contents into a teapot or infusing basket and pouring the water over the leaves to steep the perfect 12 oz cup or pot of tea.

 

I like to drink a few cups of green or white tea every day—they contain antioxidants and may even boost metabolism—and this tumbler and infuser kit makes brewing my favorite loose-leaf varieties a cinch. — Dr. Oz

Sep 05

Shrubs for Fall Interest

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

As promised in our last post!

Shrubs for fall interest include of course Burning Bush, for it's vibrant red leaf color. Its a close cousin: the Spindle Tree has the same deep red leaf color but also has seed pods that pop in the fall to expose brilliant orange centers.

Caryopteris: A small shrub with blue flowers from August through to October.

Caryopteris~

Pee Gee Hydrangea: Beautiful large cone shaped flowers that turn pink with age, provide interest straight through the Winter.

 

Red Twig & Yellow Dogwood: They have just that, red and yellow branches that absolutely shine against fresh fallen snow.

Red & Yellow Dogwood~

Gray Dogwood: It has wonderful clusters of blue berries

Viburnium: Many varieties produce a show of berries in the fall from vibrant blue (Blue Muffin) to reds and pinks. The leaf color can be quite spectacular too.

Blue Muffin Viburnium~ (sorry we do not have any in stock at this time)

Holly:  The broadleaf variety which keeps there leaves year round produce a beautiful show of red berriesin the fall. However the most spectacular berry display comes on the Canadian Holly ( Ilex Verticulata) which looses its leaves to display the incredible red berries. breeders have developed many with very large berries.

Trees for fall interest include Mountain Ash which produces masses of red berries. Crabapples produce an abundance of small yellow or red fruit that persist well into the fall. Hawthorn also produces an abundance of red berries. All of these are very attractive to birds.

Mountain Ash~

Many trees have a lovely exfoliating bark that provide year round interest, even more so once the leaves have dropped. Paper Bark Maple (Acer Griseum) is a favorite. White Birch with its peeling bark is very attractive. There are many other trees that have interesting bark such as the Striped Maple, Amur Maple is a large shrub/small tree 15 to 20 feet tall that has the most brilliant red fall color& dark red/pink seeds that hang off the bare branches well into the winter.

Paper Back Maple~

Don't forget that roses will produce flowers right through until frost if they have been properly fertilized & deadheaded through out the growing season. Roses also produce orange to vibrant red hips that are gorgeous against fresh fallen snow.

 

These are just a few of the plants that come to mind when asked what to plant for fall. So when your garden starts to peter out late summer, just visit Oceanview Garden Centre for an abundance of choices. Happy Fall Planting!

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 05

Perennials to spice up your gardens in the Fall.

Posted by Plant Crazy on Thursday, September 05, 2013

The end of summer is near and our gardens are looking a little drab.

Question: What can we do to spice it up?

Answer: Visit Oceanview or your local Independent Garden Centre and get some or all of the following plants, which will provide you with lots of fall and winter interest.

In the perennial category you will find:

Sedum: This traditional fall perennial has both upright & ground cover varieties.

Fall Asters: This is one of Susan's favorites! It comes in so many colors and sizes- deep pinks, medium pink, blue, purple & white to name a few. These wonderful long blooming perennials are anywhere from 8 inches to 4 feet tall.

Helenium: It comes in all different shades of yellow, orange, and red. It is a tall, long blooming perennial.

Rudbeckia: Black Eyed Susan's are known by everyone.

Japanese Anemones: Absolutely gorgeous flowers in either pink or white, blooms right into October. What a Knock-Out!!

Chelone (TurtleHead): They like moist soil but stay controlled in garden situations.

Aconitum Fischerii ( Fall Monkshood): It has dark glossy foliage, deep blue purple flowers that last until frost.

Perennial Chrysanthemum: The flowers look similar to an Aster and blooms continuously for 6-8 weeks.

Heuchera: It is a huge bang for your buck. It stays semi evergreen through the winter, has fresh new growthin spring, summer and fall. In the Autumn many of them take on even more interesting coloring.

Ornamental Grasses:  This is a topic by itself. Grasses come in so many heights, growth habits, colors, etc. They provide huge fall and winter interest with there golden plumes on top of strong erect stems.

Other perennials that are worth a mention and bloom late summer into fall are Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Coreopsis (many varieties), Echinacea (Coneflower), Salvia and Veronica.

If you want a climber that provides fall interest try Virginia Creeper, Boston Ivy, Schizophragma for great red leaf color. Or try the beautiful Clematis Paniculata (Firethorn). technically it is not a climber, It grows very tall and upright but does not cling or twine. It can also be pruned to look like a shrub. It has profuse bright orange berries that persist into the fall.

 

There are many shrubs that will spice up your garden in the fall also, check back in a couple days for a list of shrubs for fall interest.

Happy Planting!