Clovers Garden

Clovers Garden Providing the finest quality bedding plants and supplies for local gardeners and their communities.

What a great way to share your garden bounty. Use their "find a pantry" tool with your zip code to find the closest plac...
09/15/2023

What a great way to share your garden bounty. Use their "find a pantry" tool with your zip code to find the closest place to donate.

AmpleHarvest.org enables backyard gardeners like you to donate your surplus harvest to a nearby food pantry to help end hunger and food waste.

This week's harvest! Wow. The tomatoes are ripening so quickly we can hardly keep up. (Yes, we've had Caprese on French ...
09/01/2023

This week's harvest! Wow. The tomatoes are ripening so quickly we can hardly keep up.
(Yes, we've had Caprese on French Bread for dinner most nights this week ๐Ÿ…).
What are you picking these days? We'd love to see -- drop a pic below.

We get so spoiled in the summer with constant access to fresh herbs. But you don't have to give up on herb growing once ...
08/26/2023

We get so spoiled in the summer with constant access to fresh herbs. But you don't have to give up on herb growing once it turns cold. Start a second, indoor herb garden! All it takes is a few pots, a sunny window (or grow light), and your favorite plants. We just posted a new blog on exactly how to set up your indoor herb garden. Read it here: https://blog.cloversgarden.com/how-to-grow-fresh-herbs-indoors

Why grow heirloom tomatoes when they're so ________________ (fill in the blank: weird shapes, weird colors, etc.). You'v...
08/25/2023

Why grow heirloom tomatoes when they're so ________________ (fill in the blank: weird shapes, weird colors, etc.). You've heard that too, we're sure! Well, for starters they taste better. But you also can't beat a 4" tomato! That's a serious BLT right there. (Beefsteak and Caspian Pink shown here).
Why do you pick heirloom varieties? We'd love to hear โฌ‡๏ธ

Start your indoor seeds off right! Eco-friendly, recycled paper is easier on the plants and better for the planet. Plant...
08/25/2023

Start your indoor seeds off right! Eco-friendly, recycled paper is easier on the plants and better for the planet. Plant directly in the soil and it will naturally decompose, protecting the plant's tender roots from transplant shock. Stock up now for 2024 gardening.

Did you know? Peat harvesting (for pots and planting soil) is not environmentally-friendly. They store more carbon than ...
08/24/2023

Did you know? Peat harvesting (for pots and planting soil) is not environmentally-friendly. They store more carbon than all other vegetation types in the world combined. That's why we've started a line of eco- and plant-friendly, peat-free seedling pots made entirely from recycled paper. Better for your plants. Better for our planet. Order now so you're ready for seed starting.

Finding a substitute for peat is a little like making your first cake without gluten. Hereโ€™s what the experts advise.

Every time we grow beefsteak tomatoes, we wonder "how much bigger can they grow"?!? This one plant has SIX huge tomatoes...
08/24/2023

Every time we grow beefsteak tomatoes, we wonder "how much bigger can they grow"?!? This one plant has SIX huge tomatoes on it (the ripest is peeking out on the bottom). They are so huge, they can barely fit inside the stems. And for those wondering the secret:
๐Ÿ…No fertilizer just lots of compost
๐Ÿ…Thick layer of weed-free straw mulch
๐Ÿ…Filtered city water (we use a hose attachment designed for RVs) or rain water collected in our rain barrel
๐Ÿ…Early season trimming of suckers and lower branches + regular removal of any leaves or branches showing stress
๐Ÿ…Support with rubber coated cages + extra stakes (for height) with plant clips
๐Ÿ…Zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, and nasturtiums planted in the garden to attract pollinators

Peppers are starting to ripen (despite the nightly deer nibbles!). The longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter (or hot...
08/24/2023

Peppers are starting to ripen (despite the nightly deer nibbles!). The longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter (or hotter) they'll get. It's tempting to pick them when they're green but be patient! In just another week or so, they'll be at peak ripeness.
(Large red pepper is C***o Di Toro; green peppers: Jalapeno Megatron; orange peppers: Orange Bell; skinny red peppers: Cayenne Slim)

Don't you just love trips to the garden in August? And this gorgeous Cherokee Purple tomato!! Just heaven. We'll be maki...
08/22/2023

Don't you just love trips to the garden in August? And this gorgeous Cherokee Purple tomato!! Just heaven. We'll be making some salsa this weekend with these scorcher Cayenne Slims! Wish us luck ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

08/19/2023

We ๐Ÿ’› our pollinators! How are you celebrating today?

We wish you could smell this Lemon Verbena! Just heavenly with lemon and vanilla tones and big beautiful stems. We picke...
08/18/2023

We wish you could smell this Lemon Verbena! Just heavenly with lemon and vanilla tones and big beautiful stems. We picked a bunch and turned it into lemon simple syrup for cocktails. This freezes well! This delicious herb is also good with fish and poultry or made into a lemony pesto. And the more you trim it, the more it grows!

Peppers are starting to turn red -- the longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter (or hotter) they'll get. This variety ...
08/17/2023

Peppers are starting to turn red -- the longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter (or hotter) they'll get. This variety (C***o Di Toro) goes from green to orange to red.

Mystery squash update: we have another one! I'm thinking this is maybe a white pumpkin? The littles in our family are en...
08/16/2023

Mystery squash update: we have another one! I'm thinking this is maybe a white pumpkin? The littles in our family are enjoying watching this grow!

08/16/2023

Cherry tomato plants are FULL! And this plant is over 5' tall! How are your tomatoes growing?

Sunday bouquet: sunflowers, zinnia, lemongrass and lemon verbena
08/13/2023

Sunday bouquet: sunflowers, zinnia, lemongrass and lemon verbena

Could your pots use a little freshening up? Tired of being chased inside by mosquitoes? Combine these two MOSQUITO REPEL...
08/13/2023

Could your pots use a little freshening up? Tired of being chased inside by mosquitoes? Combine these two MOSQUITO REPELLENT plants with your favorite flowering annuals for gorgeous fall pots that keep the bugs away until first frost. All part of our B2G1 Free Collection!

We get so many requests for this recipe! The perfect summer patio sipper -- light, refreshing, and super easy to make. T...
08/12/2023

We get so many requests for this recipe! The perfect summer patio sipper -- light, refreshing, and super easy to make. Trust us on this one, make a double batch ๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿน

Some fun ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…history!!
08/11/2023

Some fun ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…history!!

Thereโ€™s a reason why the humble tomato used to be known by the far more sinister moniker of โ€œpoison appleโ€: Europeans feared tomatoes for centuries and believed they were poisonous. As recently as the 18th century, it was thought that aristocrats were falling ill and even dying after eating to...

Tomatoes and cucumbers are starting to ripen! Lots more will be ready by the weekend so you know what we'll be doing.  ๐ŸŒฑ
08/10/2023

Tomatoes and cucumbers are starting to ripen! Lots more will be ready by the weekend so you know what we'll be doing.
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This pepper is huge and still growing! Plus the plant is so loaded with fruit, we had to give it support. The variety is...
08/08/2023

This pepper is huge and still growing! Plus the plant is so loaded with fruit, we had to give it support. The variety is C***o di Toro (aka โ€œBullโ€™s Hornโ€), an Italian sweet pepper which will turn red as they ripen. Can't wait to try this grilled with some homemade sausage.

We're so excited to show off our NEW Exclusive Cup & Candle Holder Garden Stakes. You won't find these anywhere else! Ma...
08/02/2023

We're so excited to show off our NEW Exclusive Cup & Candle Holder Garden Stakes. You won't find these anywhere else! Made from solid steel in three screw-together segments, these gorgeous cottage chic stakes have a large cup on top with oh-so-cute chicken wire. Just imagine these along your outdoor wedding aisle with a candle or mini-bouquet or lining the edges of your next patio party! Designed to hold our Mason jar candles, they also fit pop cans, bottles, or drink cups. The perfect summer accessory! Check them out here: https://cloversgarden.com/collections/cup-candle-holder-garden-stakes

08/02/2023

These two Tomatillo plants!!! Almost 5' tall and absolutely loaded with fruit. Can't wait to harvest all of them! ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ

Name this squash! We have a mystery plant in our garden ๐Ÿ˜‰ most likely "planted" by an errant seed in the compost. What d...
08/01/2023

Name this squash! We have a mystery plant in our garden ๐Ÿ˜‰ most likely "planted" by an errant seed in the compost. What do you think this is? Drop in the comments below and stay tuned for updates.

August is the perfect time to plant veggies for a fall harvest. With nearly three months left of garden season, even cro...
07/31/2023

August is the perfect time to plant veggies for a fall harvest. With nearly three months left of garden season, even crops like tomatoes can be planted right now. The key to growing a good fall tomato crop is to start with big, healthy plants (just like we have in our nursery right now!). These varieties are fast-growing and early producers of lots of fruit and all thrive well in patio pots so you won't have to make room in your garden.
https://cloversgarden.com/collections/tomatoes

07/27/2023

If ๐Ÿ had thumbs, they'd definitely ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผthis post! And ๐Ÿ’š your garden if you plant these flowers! Mid-summer is a great time to put in perennial flowers and we have lots of varieties still in stock. Visit our Perennials page to choose by your USDA Zone and garden needs: www.cloversgarden.com/collections/perennial-flowers-plants

Sunday Bouquet, Snowball Hydrangeas and Hostas.
07/23/2023

Sunday Bouquet, Snowball Hydrangeas and Hostas.

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