Thursday, February 28, 2019

What's new at the nursery

Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse
Located in beautiful King, North Carolina 
Growing to help you grow!

We are constantly striving to improve and grow with you in mind.  We are currently expanding and adding to our nursery growing and greenhouse areas to offer a larger selection of quality trees, shrubs, perennials, hanging baskets, and bedding plants.

We are also expanding our services to include landscape consultations!
If you find yourself wanting to plant your own landscape but you are not really sure where or how to begin, we are here to help. 

Simply measure your area to be planted and bring a simple drawing or picture of your area with your measurements to your appointment and we will assign one of our knowledgeable associates to help you with the what, where, and how of your DIY landscape project.

If you are looking to do a foundation planting, that is, the planting you do around the foundation of your home you will need to bring a simple drawing or picture of your home and the following measurements: 

* Across the entire front of your home, if your home has alcoves you will need to measure from corner to corner on each outside wall.
* From the bottom of your windows to the ground.
* Between each window and from the window to any outside corners.
* From the outside corner to any porches or steps.
* Measure from the outside wall of your house out to the edge of your designated planting area. 

If you are going to be planting an area, you will need to bring a simple drawing or picture of your area along with the following measurements: 

* From any structure wall to the outside edge of your bedding area. If there is no structure in your area you will need to measure from side to side at its widest point and a separate measurement at its narrowest points.
* From the edge of the bed to any street or sidewalk areas.
* If planting a bed along a structure, measure under any windows.
* Include measurements from bedding edges to any walls, steps, or other trees bushes etc. that may be in or around your bedding area.

We always welcome you to come by with any questions you might have.
If you are interested in a tree or shrub and would like to know how fast or large it grows or whether it prefers sun or shade, we are always here to help you. However, if you think you might need a little more one on one help, you can schedule a consultation at the nursery today. or call 336-983-4107

We can give you some professional direction on any of your planting desires. From basic foundation plantings to perennial beds and trees. We can also advise you on shade and sun compatibility and how to care for your plants after they are in the ground, including water and fertilizing, and if you need some help with pruning do's and don'ts we are here to help.
The fee for a consultation is $60.00 and you will receive a $25.00 gift certificate that is good for 30 days after your consultation and in addition you will receive 5% off any purchases made within 30 days after your consultation to get you started. That is a pretty sweet deal!

As always we are here to help you and your plants succeed!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray or butter a loaf pan

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup oil
2 Lg eggs
1/3 cup milk
3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup of chopped nuts. (I prefer pecans)


1/2 cup sugar
2 tbs all purpose flour
2 tbs softened butter
1 tsp cinnamon

In a medium bowl combine your dry ingredients blend well with a fork.
in a large bowl combine your wet ingredients including your bananas (mashed)
combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and blend with a fork
this should resemble wet sand when blended.

Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and blend well.
Pour half of your batter into your loaf pan then use half of your topping mixture on the top of that then pour the rest of the bread batter into pan and top with the remaining topping mixture.

Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

for added flavor you can add raisins or dried cranberries

Friday, February 22, 2019

Arbor Day Roots

I am sure that most of you have heard of Arbor Day, but do you really know what it is? We all heard a little something about it in school. Then, as we became adults, we never gave it another thought. 
Let this year be the year that changes all that. 

For North Carolina, Arbor Day always falls on the Friday following the 15th of March. For 2020 that day will be March 20.

The initial idea for Arbor Day originated in Nebraska, in the late 1800s. A little known fact: Nebraska had very few trees across its landscape in those days.

J. Sterling Morton was a pioneer who settled in Nebraska with his wife in 1854. He became the editor for Nebraska's first newspaper. He used this forum to spread agricultural news and his love of trees. He and his wife had quickly planted their land with trees and shrubs when they settled and wanted to share the benefits of their plantings with other settlers in the area. People responded to Morton's columns with enthusiasm. Morton advocated tree planting in his articles and editorials. He encouraged not only individuals but also civic groups and organizations to plant trees anywhere they could.

Morton's prominence in the area quickly grew, leading him to become the Secretary of the Nebraska territory which gave him a much broader platform from which to stress the importance of tree planting for soil conservation.
 It was on January 4,1872 that Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday, to be called  " Arbor Day". It was officially proclaimed by the state's Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. April 22 was selected as the date for this holiday to be observed each year as it was also Morton's birthday.
 This action by Nebraska set a trend, as other states began to pass legislation, to observe Arbor Day. The tradition began in schools nationwide in 1882.

  Now, states across America observe Arbor Day at different times to coincide with that state's best tree planting weather.  Arbor Day is now recognized in many different countries as well.

  So as we fast forward to 2020, and we drive through the shrinking woodlands, you do not have to go far to see several acres of clear cut land. Hardwoods being the slow growers they are usually replaced with pines. That is if they are replaced at all. 
Something, that few of us think about as we sit at our solid wood dining tables and walk on our hardwood floors, is just how many trees were sacrificed for our luxuries. 

Might I suggest that each of us go through our home and count how many things we own that are made of wood and consider planting at least one hardwood, either on our own land or through sponsorship with our local forestry extension office or community programs.
Trees are such an important part of our ecosystem that we should all consume responsibly and do our part to replenish.
Visit your local nursery and check out the trees that are available and plant at least one. You may also go to the Arbor Day Foundation website There, you will find all the information you need to get started. 

If you would like to read more about J. Sterling Morton and his fascinating story check out the book!

" A Man of Salt and Trees "

available on Amazon

Happy tree planting!