Once winter comes, spring is not far behind.

Hello again!

What a difference 7 days make. A week ago, we were preparing for the cold front of a lifetime, and this week we’re enjoying warmer weather than normal. With low temperatures in the mid 30’s and highs in the 40’s and 50’s in the 10-day forecast, we can enjoy some time outdoors. I still have a few bulbs to plant, and need to put down the last application of ferti-lome Winterizer before it rains on Monday. It will be perfect timing for sure!

We kept the greenhouses warm during the cold snap using a time tested hack to keep the cold out. By using moving blankets to cover the doors and fans in the greenhouses, we made sure the plants all survived. We’ll keep the blankets handy just in case, but during a normal winter we only go to the cold weather plan once. Hopefully that’s it for the season. With the ‘greenhouse effect’ created in our greenhouses, many days when the temperatures are in the 50's we are having to ventilate the structures!

This week, we are finishing up with our After Christmas Sale and transitioning back to looking like a garden center for our Storewide Sale on January 7-8. This is the first sale of the year where you can save all throughout the stores. Be sure and sign up for the ferti-lome 5 Step Lawn Care Program during the Storewide Sale and save 25% on the entire program. You can sign up early online starting January 1st at Johnsonsgarden.com or if you have any questions about the program and what your lawn needs, come into the store and visit with one of our lawn care professionals to develop a program for your lawn's specific needs.

Save not only on the Lawn Care Program, but also save 15% on everything in the store. In addition, save 50% in the greenhouse on tropical houseplants, cactus and succulents. New this year, seed starting supplies will be 25% off. Save on items needed for your lawn, garden and landscape projects with savings on mulch and potting mix for containers, which are 15% off as well. Clearance items will be 75% off. Storewide Sale January 7-8 really is a great time to get prepared for the year.

This week in the news, I noticed a story on our food supply for 2023. According to foxnews.com, experts are expecting higher prices going forward because of drought, inflation and interest rates. I want to encourage growing what you are able to grow yourself. There is no better value in food than what you grow from seeds or transplants. For less than a cup of coffee you can grow fresh produce in a container or a few square feet in your garden or landscape.

With seed starting supplies and fresh seed racks for 2023 in store now, take advantage and stock up during the Storewide Sale on growing supplies. If this is your first go at growing your own food and you're looking for help, we’re here. If you've got a group of friends, and you'd like to do a private vegetable gardening or seed starting workshop, let us plan that for you! Check out that information here: Johnson's Private Workshops.

We look forward to seeing you at Johnson's this spring!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center