Best plant nursery near me

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MEG’s Edible Landscapes is the best plant nursery near me! We not only sell plants, but we help you grow using easier methods.

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Best plant nursery near me

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Who is MEG’s Edible Landscapes?

MEG’s Edible Landscapes is an edible plant nursery located in Denison, Minnesota. We’re just a couple of minutes east of town located in the majestic SOGN Valley where the deer dance and play with garden gnomes. MEG’s deals exclusively with edible plants, and we are the only one located in the state of Minnesota. Looking for ornamental plants? We offer edible ornamental plants like purple cayenne pepper and Thai Super chili pepper plants too! MEG”s also offers an edible plant knowledge base online and helpful garden services.

Why we’re the best plant nursery near me!

MEG is dedicated to being a local resource for edible plants and edible plant growing. Minnesota has a tough growing environment for sure. The short window for growing is the primary concern because frost is a big problem for warm-season plants. Plants that are traditionally grown further south like tomatoes and peppers cannot be direct-sown in Minnesota gardens and make it to harvest with a full crop. Meg, therefore, uses innovative systems and techniques to bypass the normal growing traditions. We know you’ll love growing with us because the systems are tried and truly work!

What we do

We grow plants from seed, pot them up into our growing bags and then sell them. We also provide a newsletter with techniques and tips on growing food in our climate. You can sign up for that newsletter here. We also offer a knowledge base on our website to help you grow successfully no matter if you use the grow bags or growing traditionally.

How we do it

All of our grow bags are set up with a custom potting soil mix that is specifically blended for the plant that’s going in the grow bag. Many commercial potting soil blends on the contain mostly peat moss. Our blend contains more than just peat moss including slow release fertilizer and compost for example. This creates a much more balanced and healthy soil mix for the plants. We also offer rigging and other devices to help support the plant and optimize its growth through the season. Bamboo steaks, bamboo cages, and hemp twine or a few example of the devices we sell with our plants.

What our customers are saying

Once a new customer tries our grow bag system, they tend to become hooked on it. That’s because MEG Edible grow bags take all the guesswork out of growing successfully. All our customers have to do is find a sufficiently sunny spot and add water. That’s all there is to it, and there really isn’t any easier method using soil currently. Our customers also love the performance of the plants (i.e. volume of pepper harvest per plant). MEG is a great friend for new gardeners or inexperienced gardeners. We have many self-proclaimed “brown thumbs” who have become empowered and excited to use the grow begs with exuberant success because why —it’s easy! Click here to read a customer reviews.

Our commitment

Our commitment to you is to help you become successful at growing food. Even if you don’t use our grow bags, you can still get help through our knowledge base. The number one goal is that you have success, and that means we’ll do what’s necessary to make sure that you’re successful. We’ve helped customers in the past with something as simple as repositioning the grow bag for optimal results. Other times little bunny rabbits liked to nibble on basil, and by repositioning the bags to a higher elevation, it ended the fur ball problem. That’s one example, and there are many more of how we’ve helped customers in the past.

What does the future hold?

No one knows what the future holds silly! However, we are going to continue to develop unique and clever products to help make gardening easier. That’s for sure. We’re continuing to add new varieties of plants and products to accompany the successful growing of those plants. Our knowledge base will continue to expand with helpful relevant local information for growing success. We’re also positioning ourselves to be the local experts for growing food that will not be comparable to any other business in Minnesota. It’s an aggressive stance for sure, but it’s needed because there really isn’t anything else like it currently. We started at the beginning of the pandemic by responding to the needs of people who wanted to grow food, and that will not change.

Why only edible plants?

Many nurseries in the state of Minnesota and across the country pretty much provide the same things because that’s the status quo. They offer shrubs, trees, ornamentals, and then edible transplant starts in the spring. That’s where a lot of the problems come in for the home grower who wants to plant tomatoes and peppers for salsa. A typical scenario goes like this:

  • Develop cabin fever in February due to 2′ of snow being on the ground for the previous 3 months
  • By the time April rolls around the snow is starting to melt
  • Head to the local big box store or to the local plant nursery in May and purchase tomato and pepper plants.
  • Transplant half the plants and the other half stay in their containers waiting to get into the ground because the owners too busy with life and is unable to transplant before they become root bound
  • June rolls around and half of the transplants in the ground are failing
  • There is no follow up service from the nursery or the big box store (they already got their money)
  • The home grower gets frustrated
  • What the home grower didn’t know is that the soil is not conducive to growing tomatoes and peppers! There’s not topsoil!!!

That’s why MEG’s Edible Landscapes chose to work with edible plants exclusively. It allows us to focus on the one thing that matters to many home gardeners — growing food! And we followed up with support all along the way.

Final Thoughts

So if you’re thinking of looking for the “best plant nursery near me”, look no further than MEG. MEG has a proven track record at this point and our customers reflect that.

Tomato Plants Near Me

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Here are tomato plants near me. Keep reading below for more information.

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Tomato plants near me

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Introducing MEG

MEG’s Edible Landscapes it’s dedicated to helping you grow food no matter where you’re at. We enable successful experiences for our customers by making growing food enjoyable! We also take a lot of the common variables out of traditional gardening. This could be something as mundane as pulling weeds to figuring out what type of fertilizer a tomato plant needs. Other areas include equipment to help support plants and extend the growing season. This is especially important in the state of Minnesota because our growing window of opportunity is ridiculously short. We’ve even had snow accumulation after Mother’s Day in previous years!

What kind of tomato plants near me?

MEG offers many different varieties of tomato plants near me. We have 5 to 6 varieties of cherry tomato varieties every year, and a couple of slicer and larger tomatoes. We limit the sales on the larger tomatoes because they require more time, energy and babying. Once they’re establish though, they do quite well. Some of our tomato varieties include “Sungold“, “Bing”, and “Sweetie”. We sell both indeterminate and determinate type tomato varieties. Determinate-style varieties are referred to as bush-style tomatoes, and the indeterminate-style tomatoes are typically called vining tomatoes. These can grow to be 5 to 6 feet tall in Minnesota. Check out our online store for current varieties offered.

How MEG grows tomatoes

MEG grows edible plants exclusively in fabric grow bags because this has been shown to be the best method of growing in containers. Every tomato plant comes with a custom soil mix and fertilizer required for the optimal growth of a plant. All the owner of a grow bag has to do is find a sunny spot and add water on a consistent basis. MEG also sells accessories and equipment with the grow bags. Some of these accessories include items like bamboo cages and stakes to support the indeterminate plants.

It’s easier than you might think

Growing tomatoes doesn’t have to be hard. Growing with a grow bag is one of the easiest ways to grow tomatoes. It also has many benefits over traditional growing methods including even raised provides. This is because grow bags allow the owner to safely and easily move the grow bags when less than optimal growing conditions occur (i.e. frost or hail). Minnesota has been known to have frost and freeze warnings after Mother’s Day which is quite late in the year. If tomato plants are transplanted in the ground or in a raised bed at this point, the best thing the owner can do is cover up the plant and hope for the best. Meg doesn’t like to use “hope” as a strategy. If there is a Frost or freeze warning, simply carry the tomato bag into the garage for overnight.

Locations to grow

Growing with fabric grow bags allows the owner to grow in unique areas and locations. Some of our customers buy these types of grow bags to accompany them on a summer trip (i.e. RV park). After all, all you need is a sunny spot and a source of water for these plants to thrive. Other locations that work well for these grow bags include balconies, patios, decks and porches. If you have a multi season room, you may even be able to grow these plants later in the year after the frost would’ve killed off the plant in a traditional garden.

What to expect

We typically sell tomato grow bags right after they start flowering. Shortly after this, the flowers will pollinate and then fruit will set. Once the fruits start developing on the plant, they will grow fast as long as the plant is consistently watered. Water is the key to success here, not only for the plants health but also for maximum fruit development. The indeterminate plants should make a couple of consecutive rounds by the first frost in the fall. As mentioned earlier, the plants can be easily moved indoors if there’s a frost or freeze warning.

5 Tips for success

Here’s a list of five tips for successful growing with fabric grow bags:

  • Did we mention water yet? Water often and water thoroughly. During the warmer months of summer, you’ll most likely be watering your plants every day. Use the finger method to check for moisture content. Simply stick your finger in the soil and pull it out. If soil sticks to your finger, the plant has enough water. If not, apply water thoroughly until it sleeps out the bottom of the bag.
  • Tomatoes can’t stand frost. It’s instant death! Bring your plant inside or place in a warm area to spend the night if there’s a threat of frost or freeze warning.
  • Staked or secure indeterminate variety tomatoes. This will prevent branches from busting off once they’re weighed down with tomatoes.
  • Make sure your plants located in a sunny spot. Tomatoes love the sun, and the more sun you have the better they’ll grow. Also, sunlight directly influences the amount of flowers the plant will produce. Plants produce more fruit as a function of light received.
  • If the fruit on the plant hasn’t fully ripened by the time the fall frost shows up, you can harvest the fruit and let it ripen on the counter inside.

Final Thoughts

Growing tomatoes in fabric bags can be easy. There are many advantages versus traditional growing methods. Meg has worked hard to take all of the guesswork out of the process. As long as you find a sufficiently sunny spot, add water on a consistent basis, you’ll have great success! One more thing, whether you like eating tomatoes raw or you throw them in with your favorite recipe you should notice a huge difference in flavor versus the grocery store!

Basil plants for sale

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Genovese basil, Thai basil, Lemon & Lime basil!? MEG’s has all kinds of basil plants for sale. See the colors of the rainbow only at MEG’s Edible Landscapes!

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Basil plants for sale

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What is basil?

Basil is a popular kitchen herb used in a variety of dishes from pastas to salads and even drinks. There are dozens upon dozens of basil varieties each with their own distinct flavor and visual appeal. Genovese basil is one of the most popular Italian-style sweet basils found in many pasta dishes. There are even exotic varieties of basil like “lemon” and “lime” basils.

How MEG grows basil

MEG grows basil plants exclusively in fabric grow bags for both indoor and outdoor growing. Fabric bags are a perfect container for a basil plant to thrive, and we know that you’ll love it when you experience this growing method. Fabric grow bags create the best growing environment for the basil’s root system. Other containers have problems with it root rot, root-bound issues, and drainage issues. These are non-issues with fabric grow bags. Each of our basil plants contains a custom soil mix and fertilizer. The only requirements needed for successful growing are a sunny spot and consistent watering. Other than that, you just have to go out and harvest leaves as needed. No refrigerator required!

Basil Varieties

Last year MEG sold container basil (which is a Genovese- style variety bred to thrive in containers), purple opal basil, and cinnamon basil. The container basil has a very similar taste to Genovese. Purple opal basil has a mild flavor with bright purple leaves. Cinnamon basil (MEG’s favorite currently!) has a pleasantly spicy flavor. All three basils have strong fragrances that are pleasing to the senses. These basil varieties are also vigorous growers and can be grown outside or inside.

New basil plants for sale in 2022

We’re adding some new varieties to the mix for 2022. Lemon basil, lime basil, and large leaf Italian basil are the three that we’re adding to the mix. Lemon and lime basil are supposed to have distinctively citrusy flavors. We’ll let you know after we grow them out this summer. It’s just a little bit exciting! The large leaf Italian basil is the new one for Meg, and this one’s exciting too because the leaves are supposed to be 3 to 4 times larger than the normal Genovese basil. You can find our new basil plants for sale here.

Favorite recipes

Growing out basil would probably be pointless unless we had favorite recipes to accompany them. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Chicken parmesan. Chicken Parmesan is always a hit at the Italian restaurant on the street corner. But, providing ingredients from our own garden is always going to trump the restaurants. There’s just something liberating about growing your own food that goes directly to the dinner plate.
  • Tomato basil chicken. Getting hungry yet? Late in summer when the tomatoes are ripening up is the best time to try this recipe. Also, if you overwintered garlic you can add that to the next to.
  • Margherita pizza. Here’s an easy classic pizza with only a few basic ingredients. Fresh basil being one of them along with those summer-grown tomatoes.
  • Pesto. If you love pesto, try this recipe. It’s a super easy recipe. Can be used with pasta, sandwiches and just about anything else you can use imagination for.

What’s your favorite basil recipe? Send us an email and let us know, or give us a shout out on social media.

Watering basil

Watering basil is pretty easy. Basil doesn’t require a lot of water during the summer mostly because it’s concentrating on vegetative growth not fruit like tomatoes, peppers, and melons. The plant will most likely need to be watered every other day even when the temperatures get warm, but it’s best to keep an eye on the plant daily. Avoid soaking the grow bag with water every day, because basil prefers to have its surrounding soil dry out between waterings. We have found that over-watering basil (even with fabric grow bags) will cause other issues like slugs to try to join the party. Use water that hasn’t been run through the water softener for best results. See MEG’s Edible Knowledge Base for more information on water.

Sun requirements

Basil is a summer herb. It needs lots of directly light in order to grow best. It will grow indoors too, but be sure there is a strong light source preferably from the south-facing window. Place the plants right up against the window and the seal, because the light intensity drops off significantly even 6 inches away from the window. Basil will tell you when it doesn’t have enough sunlight, and you can see that by the growth pattern. It tends to grow tall and thin as opposed to a compact bushy growth pattern. Supplemental grow lights may be required if you don’t have a strong south facing window with enough light.

Indoors or outdoors?

This question comes down to what are your intentions. If you’d like to grow a lot of basil, outdoors would be the best course during the summer months when it’s warm. Keep in mind, the basil needs to be above 50° outside otherwise it will suffer. Basil can’t tolerate frost also. Grow basil during the colder months and over winter indoors as a kitchen herb. As mentioned previously, south facing windows are the best for this purpose. Nothing beats picking your own fresh basil in the month of January in Minnesota especially when there’s a foot of snow on the ground.

Final thoughts

Growing basil is a simple process, and is made even easier with MEG’s grow bags. We take all the guesswork out of growing basil by removing many of the common hurdles and variables involved with growing food. MEG will continue to add more varieties to the mix giving you even more choices to discover your favorite basil plants for sale. Give it a try today. We know you’ll love the results.

Minnesota Growing Zone

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Minnesota’s growing zone ranges from 3a to 5a. It’s not for the faint of heart!

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Minnesota Growing Zone map courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture

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What is a Minnesota growing zone?

A Minnesota growing zone is based off of the USDA hardiness zone map. This ranges from 3B to 5B here in Minnesota. What do these numbers and letters mean? Looking at the map above, you’ll see the numbers correspond to the equivalent temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. In Minnesota, the low temperatures range between -15 F and -40 F. This represents the expected lowest temperatures for the region of the state corresponding to the zone on the map. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the absolute coldest temperature that region will see in a given year, but it’s a good benchmark. When you shop for plants, trees, or perennials, use this chart as a reference. You’ll also see that piece of information typically accompanying the plant, tree, or a shrub you’re looking to purchase.

Growing zone key points

The growing zone reference is just that—a reference. It’s an overall point to use as a basis when selecting a plant, tree, or shrub. Just because a particular vegetative plant says it is hardy down to a certain temperature (i.e. zone 4b -20F to -25F), it doesn’t mean the plants will be OK down to that temperature. This is because temperatures fluctuate during the cold seasons. If we have an unseasonably warm winter, the vegetative plant may come out of its dormancy before it is supposed to and may become vulnerable to colder temperatures if the temp drops again. As a rule of thumb, it takes longer for a plant to acclimate to winter than it does coming out of dormancy into spring.

Tips on growing in Minnesota

You’ve probably heard this before, but it bears repeating. Select the right plant for the right place. This means you probably don’t want to be attempting to grow a palm tree in Minnesota! There are strategies and techniques you can employ to grow plants that are typically acclimate to Minnesota weather though. For instance, you can overwinter tomatoes and pepper plants indoors and relocate them back outside during the spring time. These plants are typically tropical varieties. Since they’re overwintered indoors where it’s warmer though, they’ll break dormancy and will be ahead of plants that were started from seed. It may be something you want to experiment with at some point.

Spring and fall curve balls

Spring and fall in Minnesota are always exciting. Some years we get late frost past Mother’s Day, and some years we get 90° on the first week of June. For a traditional garden, this can wreak havoc. It’s difficult to move plants once they’re transplanted into the ground. There are ways around this however. We recommend using containers for common annual plants like peppers, tomatoes, and lettuce. If the temperature gets too low overnight, these plants can be moved relatively easily.

Introducing MEG

MEG’s Edible Landscapes is dedicated to helping you grow food no matter where you’re at. If you live in an urban area or a suburban area we can absolutely help you grow food. If you’re fortunate to have fantastic garden soil in a traditional garden, consider yourself blessed. MEG’s edible landscapes was founded out of necessity. There’s an old saying “invention is the mother of necessity”. Specifically, we had problems with topsoil being absent from the suburban property and were determined to find a way to work around it.

How MEG interacts with Minnesota

MEG’s Edible Landscapes strives to work in harmony with mother nature as much as possible. Sometimes this can be extremely difficult. We’re always developing and employing unique methods of growing food while working around mother nature’s timeline. Sometimes this means using non-traditional methods of growing food. What we can say though, is that MEG is always thinking about better ways of growing food that are best for the customer. If you grow with Meg, we know you will be ecstatic about the journey and your results.

Grow with bags

We use fabric grow bags as containers for all of our plants. Fabric grow bags outperform other types of containers. Also, with the ridiculous short growing window in Minnesota, we wanted to maximize the time to grow food outside. Fabric grow bags don’t have problems like other traditional containers. One of the biggest ones is weight. Terra-cotta containers look pretty, but when they’re loaded down with soil, water and plants, they’re difficult to move. This can be a problem when we have a late frost after Mother’s Day.

Other Equipment

We also like to use additional equipment to assist with lengthening the growing season in Minnesota like hoop houses. Hoop houses are a great way to extend the season. These are simple structures and could be constructive a different materials. The basic set up includes hoops and a poly tarp that is draped across the hoops. The sun’s solar radiation helps warm up the temperature on the inside of the structure and the poly cover helps keep potential problems at bay i.e. hail. In fact, there is one issue with the hoop house and that is the need to dissipate heat quickly. We found from our first year growing in the hoop house that we forgot to put it in a ventilation system. It was just above freezing on the outside, but on the inside, it passed 85°F! Always make sure the hoop house is vented.

Final thoughts

Know the Minnesota growing zone you’re in. Give yourself an extra buffer space too. If you transplant perennials in the ground, you might not want to put a plant rated for four be in a zone if you’re in 4b also. Otherwise, you might have an issue if the temperature dips below the normal temperature in an unseasonably cool winter.

Flower shops in Northfield MN

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The best flower shops in Northfield MN. MEG’s edible landscapes leads the way!

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Flower shops in Northfield Mn

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About MEG’s Edible Landscapes

MEG’s Edible Landscapes is dedicated to helping you grow food—even edible flowers! We make it super easy for you to have a successful experience in growing. We’ve taken all the guesswork out of the growing environment and provide a simple way to grow anything edible inside a fabric grow bag. Of course we can’t control mother nature, but with the help of our grow bags, we take as many of the variables as possible out of the equation. You don’t have to worry about plant nutrition, soil structure, or even accessories to help support the plants.

Flower Shops in Northfield MN

MEG’s is located east of Northfield, but delivers and sells at the local farmers market. You’ll find us at the Riverwalk market in downtown Northfield between May and October. We also deliver flowers to Northfield. If you see a black fabric grow bag, you’ll know that it came from MEG’s Edible Landscapes. 2021 was our debut year at the Riverwalk market. Because our grow bags are light and they contain handles they’re easy to move, this makes them an optimal package to sell at the farmers market and the Northfield Riverwalk market.

Flowers

We sell all types of flowers. But the underlying theme of every single flower we sell is that they’re edible! For a list of edible flowers that we currently sell, check out our store online. Last year we started with edible flowers and they were a huge success. We ended up selling out of them. Some of the edible flowers we sold were sunflowers, calendula, pansies, violas, and even hibiscus. Hibiscus is a flowering shrubs plant which is known for its calyx as being used in herbal tea. It’s a tricky plant to grow in Minnesota because it’s a short day plan. However, last year, Minnesota had a beautiful fall that went well into October. We had no problems with our a hibiscus plants flowering.

How we do it

MEG’s sells all of our flowers in fabric grow bags. We also start all of our flowers from seed at the nursery and transplant them to grow bags when they get big enough to do so. We try to utilize local resources to the best of our abilities including compost that’s made here in Minnesota. In fact, we just ordered a 35 yd.³ dump trailer of compost in order to be ready for the 2022 season. As we mentioned earlier, we tried to take all the guesswork out of the growing experience. This means that something as simple as adding fertilizer is not needed by the end-user. We add slow release fertilizer to all of our grow bags which sets them up for success during the growing season.

They’re edible

Did we mention they’re edible? That statement alone sets us apart from every other nursery in the state of Minnesota. We’re the only plant nursery that deals with edible flowers exclusively. We don’t sell just edible flowers but we also sell edible plants including favorites like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and even watermelon! Have you heard of edible flowers before? Many people have, but haven’t seen them up close or applications for their use. Edible flowers are not just beautiful to look at, but they smell great and they are a great addition to many cooking recipes. We like to add the violas to pastries and to ice cube trays. The ice cubes can then be used in summer drinks like lemonade or your favorite summer cocktail.

Benefits of grow bags

Grow bag flowers have a whole bunch of benefits vs. the traditional methods. If you purchase flowers from a florist, you already know that the amount of time you have with those beautiful arrangement is limited. About the time the flowers start to die and the petals drop one by one, that’s the time owners typically wish the flowers lasted longer. With a grow bag, edible flowers have the potential to last all summer long and into the fall. This is a huge benefit to Minnesota gardeners where the growing season is ridiculously short! Not only that, but the grow bags can be moved to different spots of a patio, balcony or porch or even brought inside and put by your window.

The alternatives

Alternatives to edible grow bag flowers include traditional in-ground gardening, raised bed gardening and purchasing flowers from a retail store. There are other types of containers that can hold flowers also, but nothing works as well as grow bags. This is because of the semi-permeable membrane which is really just landscaping fabric sewn into a bag. Terra-cotta pots and plastic pots are two popular options for growing flower plants. There are other variations as well like metal or wood. However, the root zone isn’t as healthy on these pots as they are on a fabric grow bag.

Final thoughts on flower shops in Northfield, MN

So, if you’re looking for flower shops in Northfield, MN, look no further than MEG’s edible landscapes! We’ve put a lot of time and effort into perfecting our plants and the way we grow them. We know that you will absolutely fall in love with grow bags and growing edible flowers in them. There are no alternatives that trump growing flowers in edible grow bags. What’s more, it’s highly likely that you’ll get a complete summer of growing flowers in our grow bags. All of our go bags come with a warranty. Check out our policy page for more information. Sign up for our newsletter to get more information on growing flowers in grow bags. Also, you’ll get information when new edible flowers hit the store. If you’re thinking about getting edible flowers for 2022, we suggest ordering early because they go fast!