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Fall in love with these fall container gardening ideas.

Just because the temps are falling doesn’t mean you can’t continue to have fun gardening…

Mums, ornamental cabbages and kale, grasses, pansies, and gourds, glorious gourds of all kinds, are yours to play with. And when you add a wild selection of fall containers for your porch or deck, the ideas are endless!

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Start by cleaning your existing containers or brighten up your area with new ones, including baskets, whiskey barrels and even pumpkins themselves. Replace the tired, scraggly summer plants with healthy, happy fall plants.

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Fall plant décor image

And don’t forget the thriller, filler and spiller combination to make your container creations really sing:

THRILLERS

tall, upright plants, with outstanding qualities—such as colorful foliage, intriguing shape, or dramatic flowers

FILLERS

full, more finely textured plants that surround and weave through the thriller, adding mass

SPILLERS

plants that sprawl over the side of the container, softening its edges and tumbling toward the ground

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Other ideas? How about using dried corn stalks or differently stacked bales of hay to add some height? Wrap the bales with festive orange ribbons and tie beautiful bows and you’ve just upped your porch party décor. Add a nice chalkboard greeting, a fun sign or paint a pumpkin or two. And don’t forget your fall wreath; a happy door is a welcome door! Want more ideas? Visit us here at Reston Farm Garden Market and find all the pretty pots and pumpkins, as well as the fantastic fall flora and foliage you fancy!

Fall cocktails filled with fall flavors are more fun!

Ah, fall… Leaves are changing. The sky is a little bluer. The temps are dropping. Sweaters are coming out. And firepits are a’blaze. It’s one of our favorite seasons!

And how about fall flavors?

Pumpkin, certainly. Add in a little apple, a little cinnamon, a little, uhm, brandy…. And before you know it, cocktails are being shaken, stirred and warming our cockles. With that in mind, we’ve put our concoction-master to the task of creating a couple of Reston Farm Garden Market cocktails using a few of our favorite, and most popular, items: Bonita’s Apple Butter and Big White’s Apple Cider. Enjoy!

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The Harvest Mule

  • 6 ounces of Big White’s Apple Cider
  • 2 ounces of Spiced Rum or Vodka
  • Ginger Beer or Pumpkin Ginger Beer to top off your mug

For the full “mule” experience, pour into your chilled copper mug filled with ice. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks, if you’re serving to impress.

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‘APPLEY MARRIED

  • 2 Tablespoons of Bonita’s Apple Butter
  • 6 ounces of Big White’s Apple Cider
  • 1.5 ounces of Brandy
  • Optional: Caramel, Cinnamon Sugar, French Vanilla Ice Cream

Serve on the rocks. For a little extra specialness, rim your glass tumbler with caramel and cinnamon sugar, and pop a cinnamon stick in there. For a little extra-extra… Turn it into a cocktail float with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. Oh, yum!

Apple Cocktail Photo
Apple Cocktail Photo

The secret ingredient behind Berry Delicious Razzle Sauce is….

When you think of deliciously sweet with just the right amount of tart, you might be thinking of raspberry preserves. And when you think of raspberry preserves, you might be thinking the only thing they’re good for is smothering it on your biscuits and toast. And that would be a mistake! Especially when we’re talking about our very own Reston Farm Garden Market’s Juice-Sweetened Red Raspberry Preserves.

Think beyond biscuits… Our preserves can be used to liven up oh, so many of your favorite dishes.

MARINADES: Add preserves along with a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice (or balsamic vinegar) as a marinade for chicken, pork or shrimp. SMOOTHIES: If you didn’t have a chance to pick up some fresh fruit, then simply puree together some yogurt, some preserves and a little orange juice, and tah-dah, you’re in business. SANDWICH SPREAD: You can blend equal parts of goat cheese and preserves, and you have a fantastic spread for a smoked turkey or ham sandwich.

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Or you can do your own thing like we did…

We enjoyed pan-seared Grouper filet with roasted peppers on a bed of veggie pasta, drizzled and tossed with something we call Berry Delicious Razzle Sauce. It’s made by simply mixing a jar of Reston Farm Garden Market’s Juice-Sweetened Red Raspberry Preserves and a tablespoon or two of soy sauce. That’s it. The whole dish was topped with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Yum!

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What kind of creative recipe can you come up with?

Visit us at Reston Farm Garden Market and get some of the delicious preserves, jams, jellies, relishes and other jarred goods we have that are waiting to be your next secret ingredient!

Have you introduced Zook’s Homemade Meat Pies to your mouth?

One thing we love about our Garden Market is the opportunity to partner with local growers and makers so we may bring you the most delicious, most desired products.

On that note, we’d like to introduce you to Zook’s Homemade Meat Pies.

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A family-owned-and-operated business, Zook’s Homemade Meat Pies are made from scratch by our Amish friends in the Pennsylvania Dutch heartland. Their mouth-watering chicken, beef and sausage pies are responsible for comments such as… “It was absolutely delicious!!! The crust was a little sweet, the gravy was perfectly savory, and there was the perfect amount of chicken inside.” “Tried these pot pies on our last visit to PA and had to come back and pick up some more! They are outrageously delicious!” “Perfection. This is something we should always have in our freezer! Beyond good!”

The good news is you don’t have to drive to Pennsylvania to get yours!

Look for Zook’s Homemade Chicken, Sausage and Beef Pies in the refrigerated section of our market. Stock up so you can have the most comforting of comfort food whenever you need it. We’ll see you soon!

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Our sage advice? Get a Denim ‘n Lace Russian Sage for your garden.

Today we’re talking about the 2020 perennial of the year, which is the denim ‘n lace Russian sage, and one of “garden answer” Laura’s personal favorites in her garden.

She’s had them planted for about three years around a large urn in her formal garden, and you would not believe the amount of color and beauty they have added to that space, all while being incredibly low maintenance. Their lacy-like, bright, sky-blue flowers are held on amethyst calyxes, with strong stems and an upright habit.

One of the many things to love about this plant is that they thrive in really crummy soil.

Laura has them in high PH soil, and while she works to keep some plants happy because of it, this Russian Sage just thrives and is beautiful. They also like full, hot sun and don’t require a lot of water.

Another thing to love is that they attract lots of pollinators; you’ll see butterflies, hummingbirds and honey bees buzzing around them all the time.

Plus, they’re much smaller and compact than the traditional Russian Sage; these will grow about 32 inches tall and 38 inches wide. According to Laura, it’s like these are a large version of Russian Sage, just smooshed into a smaller version, so each plant is much more dense and the blooms are much thicker and fuller. It’s just much more striking. The Denim ‘n Lace Russian Sage is also a Zone 4 through 9, so incredibly winter hardy, and we just love the fact that they require so little out in the garden, yet they give so much back.

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Want a Double Red Rose that’s oh-so easy and oh-so beautiful?

What makes the Oso Easy Double Red Rose from Proven Winners the 2020 National Rose of the Year?

Not only are these roses so easy to care for, they’re also highly resistant to diseases like powdery mildew and black spot.

There’s more… We also love that they’re a double flower, which means they have a lot of petals, so they look very lush, and the specific tone of red is pleasing and easy to blend with other color palettes.

That means you can add them to your flower bed or landscape and they’ll fit right in, looking cohesive and beautiful.

The leaves are a velvety deep green with a slight gloss, and they contrast the color of the blooms beautifully. They don’t need to be deadheaded in order to keep producing flowers—it’s something you can certainly do if you like to do that—but they’ll just keep rockin’ it through the whole season whether or not they’re ever deadheaded. In fact, they generally don’t need pruning at all. If you do want to go out and prune them to a specific shape or size, you can do that in late winter or early spring.

What makes the oso easy double red rose so popular?

  • Large and full red blooms
  • Blooms all summer without the need to remove old flowers
  • Very disease resistant
  • Easy to grow and maintain

They grow to about three- or four-feet tall and wide, so they’re a good size rose shrub. You want to put them in a spot that has a bit of space and a lot of sun so they can grow to their full size, and you can enjoy a lot of color from them. Also, they’re successful in Zone 4 through 9, so they’re incredibly winter hardy, down to -30 degrees. You’ll find this Oso Easy Double Red National Rose of the Year right here at Reston Farm Garden Market. How oh-so lucky!

Club Sprout: Pollinator Garden

Today, make your own pollinator and garden for inside!

Print out the images below, color and cut them to make a beautiful and colorful garden inside your home.

This week’s kid’s activity is pollinator gardens.

Items you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils
  • Scissors — adults please supervise or do this part
  • Tape
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Make a pollinator garden image

Let your children get as creative as they want! We can’t wait to see what their imaginations come up with. We’d love to see your pollinator gardens — please share on our Facebook

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Pamphlet image

Club Sprout: Making a Butterfly Feeder

This week is national pollinator week (June 22-28).

This week’s kid’s activity is making a butterfly feeder.

Items you’ll need:

  • 5” Terracotta Pot
  • 12” Terracotta Saucer
  • Colorful craft paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Liquid Nails Adhesive or E6000 Glue or any other glue adhesive you may have on hand

Colors butterflies love:

  • Red, yellow, orange, pink, purple

Fruits butterflies love:

  • Apples, Bananas
  • Oranges, Nectarines
  • Strawberries, Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe, Grapefruit
  • Peaches, Watermelon

Let your children get as creative as they want! We can’t wait to see what their imaginations come up with. We’d love to see your feeders — please share on our Facebook page.

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Invincibelle Ruby Hydrangea is a Showstopper!

Invite this belle of the ball to your next garden party. We don’t think it’ll take much to convince you that you need the Invicibelle Ruby Hydrangea in your life. Why? This is a hydrangea to love! Who could pass up its gorgeous blooms?

The invicibelle ruby is the 2020 hydrangea of the year with good reason.

Look at the color of its blooms! The buds start out a deeper kind of ruby red and they open up to a ruby reddish-pink with a silver overlay. The leaves are dark green and the stems are strong.

It’s super winter hardy.

It’s a Zone 3 through 8, so for folks who are in a cooler area and have a harder time growing hydrangeas, these are really good.

It blooms on new wood.

Even if you have an early cold snap or you have deer grazing on your hydrangeas, these bloom on new wood. So it doesn’t matter what happens to them, they will still produce blooms in that season and bloom for you.

It’s compact.

These hydrangeas grow about three- to four-feet tall and two- to three-feet wide, so they’re a bit taller than they are wide.

It makes me a great focal plant.

You may only need one of them in an area, or you can mass plant them in a flower bed or plant a hedge. “Garden Answer” Laura planted a little swoop underneath one of her old lilac trees and it’s gorgeous. She also added mulch when she was done planting—a good two- to three-inch mulch helps prevent moisture loss and helps keep them really happy.

They also like a part sun-to-sun location.

They will perform the best, have the strongest stems and the highest number of blooms if you put them in an area that gets at least six hours of sun. If you live where it’s really hot, you can get by with a little less light, so a good block of morning sun and then some filtered sun in the afternoon is best for our hydrangeas.

Also, these make great cut flowers for arrangements.

You can even dry them and they maintain their color. If you have a space in your garden that can accommodate an Invicibelle Ruby Hydrangea, you should definitely plant one.

These are in bloom when many of your other plants are looking kind of tired and done for the year; that’s when this one is in its glory.

You really need to see how pretty the Invicibelle Ruby Hydrangea is in person. Come to Reston Farm Garden Market before her dance card is all filled up!

Club Sprout: Making a Miniature Garden

Introducing club sprout, a proven winners program for our kiddos!

Club Sprout introduces fun, educational projects and activities for children.

This week’s kid’s activity is making a miniature garden.

Items you’ll need:

  • Container for the garden
  • Popsicle sticks for the fence
  • Soil
  • Assorted plants; from your garden or swing by our garden center and pick up a few easy-to-care-for varieties 😉
  • Terra cotta pot + acrylic paint (if painting is desired)
  • Hot glue gun — adults please supervise or do this part

Accessory ideas:

  • sparkles, pinwheels
  • unicorns, dinosaurs and other playful critter figures
  • army men or small action figures
    • Let your children get as creative as they want! We can’t wait to see what their imaginations come up with.

      We’d love to see your miniature gardens — please share on our Facebook page.

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