A. Natureworks is in zone 6b -5 to 0 (F), -20.6 to -17.8 (C). Depending on where you live in Connecticut, you might live in zone 5b, 6a, 6b or 7a. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map bases their information on average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005. You can type your zip code into their on-line web page, it’s easy http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov
Q. I hear your Magic Formula fertilizer blend is fantastic. Can you tell me how to make it?
A. First, test your soil to see what’s going on. Stop into Natureworks for the details on our high end soil testing program or consider the soil testing links below. You can get a free and very basic test at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station and a more detailed test for $8 from the UConn Soil Nutrient Laboratory.
OUR MAGIC FORMULA TO FEED THE GARDEN: Fill a large wheelbarrow with compost (if you don’t make your own, use three 40-50 lb bags). Add 8-10 shovels full of Pro-Gro organic fertilizer (5-3-4). If your soil test indicates that you are very low in phosphorus, add extra rock phosphate. If you are very low in potassium, add extra greensand. Mix this up well with your shovel. Add 1-3” of this mixture around the crowns of your perennials. Add 3-4 shovels full to the base of each rose and butterfly bush. Be sure to generously top dress shade gardens that have tree root competition.
Avoid over-fertilizing or adding lots of compost to lean feeders such as sedums, yarrows, dianthus, Russian sage, lavender, and catmint. If these are grown in soil that is too rich, they will be floppy. Our handout Feeding your Garden has all the details
Q. I heard that Natureworks has a great Christmas shop, do you sell Christmas trees?
A. Yes, we sell cut Christmas trees as well as potted Christmas trees. The cut trees are premium Fir trees grown right here in Connecticut. We stay open through December 23rd and then close the retail shop for the winter. Natureworks re-opens every year in March on the first day of Spring.
Q. Your mobile app is great for someone with a smart phone or tablet, but I don’t use one. Can I get the same benefits?
A. You can get the same check-in rewards by asking us for a punch card. When you come to Natureworks, talk to us about it and we’ll issue you a punch card so you can start earning check-in rewards.