Will You Be Our Valentine?

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Are you aware we are only eight days from Valentine’s Day?  No?  Well let this be a friendly reminder that you need to do something for the loved ones in your love (This Means You Too!)  You still have time to come up with the perfect gift, but don’t wait too long as this annual love day will be here before we know it!

Can We Help?

We understand that finding a gift for that special someone (including you) can be difficult, but we would love to help in any way we can.  If you or your beloved loves gardening we offer a variety of beautiful wooden planters.  From gardening to home décor the uses for our planters are limited only by your creativity.

If your garden is the love of your life you are no doubt gearing up for spring.  We are only 43 days away from the official first day of spring and now is the time to start your seedlings to get a head start on your 2017 garden.

May we suggest some new wooden window boxes to aid your indoor container gardening projects?  We offer several different types of window boxes that can suit any need.  Our most popular window box is the scalloped 570 series.  As you may notice upon browsing our products many do not have a liner option.  This is because our wooden planters are mostly made up of Northern White Cedar, which is rot resistant and doesn’t need a liner.

Are You In Love With Home Decor?

If you said yes then you are in the right place.   Our broad variety of wooden products offers many unique home décor options.  Our whiskey barrel planters are perfect for storage as they are larger than most of our products, except maybe our barrels.

Speaking of barrels, have you seen our half barrels?  These barrels are perfect for any type of storage of dry materials.  They look great in any home as they blend in and take up minimal space.  Each barrel comes with a free sign with one of six labels as well as a blank option if you would prefer to make your own label.

We Are Here For You

If you are browsing our products, but aren’t sure just yet please know we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Whether you want something for a Valentine’s Day gift or if you have a unique need for new planters we would be happy to help in any way we can.

Enjoy Your Valentine’s Day and make sure to show all of your loves just how much you love them!

For What Are You Thankful?

For What Are You Thankful?

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving or Turkey Day as many call it?  Is the family coming over for dinner or are you the lucky ones who get to travel and not cook a huge feast?

As for us, we are a mixed bunch this Thanksgiving.  Half of us are headed to family and the other half are hosting.  Both sides have their benefits, but the biggest benefit is we get to enjoy time with our families, who we may not get to see all year.  I mean, who else would we want to stuff our face with once a year?

From football games to afternoon naps Turkey Day is all about quality time with the people you love.  It is a time to be grateful for the people around your table and to give pause for the people who couldn’t make it this year.  With comfort food and warm hearts we celebrate all of our blessings, no matter in what form they come.

So for what are you thankful this year?  As you look around your home as well as your table what rounds out your top 5 things for which to show gratitude?

We like to keep it simple.  The top 5 things for which we are grateful, in no specific order: our jobs, rooves over our heads, family to love and who love us, food in our bellies, and of course the ability to garden.  Gardening has often helped us bond or spend quality time with family on many occasions as well as produce healthier food options for the whole family.  It is amazing that the earth can help us provide for our families every year and is always something for which we are ultimately grateful.

Here’s to a great Thanksgiving from all of us here at Coopersmith & Son to all of you.  We appreciate you and we wish you the best Turkey Day ever!

Can It Be POSSIBLE?

 

 

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Are we really looking down the barrel of Fall once again?  Now that we are in August it will simply be a matter of time before the kids are off to school, the leaves begin to turn, and the temps begin their slow creep toward what can only be known as crisp.

Leave that perturbing vision alone for a moment and focus on the fact we are still in Summer, the sun is shining, and swimming is still on the agenda.  How is your garden blooming? We have seen such beautiful blooms in our neck of the woods.  The bevy of fresh fruits and veggies at the local farmers’ markets is truly mouthwatering.

Do you begin to adjust your gardening schedule in August?  I am sure that relies strongly upon where your garden grows, but I just recently read an article where they talk about beginning the change of your garden to melt into the upcoming fall season.  This process involves adding some shrubs and other plants with a golden hue to provide almost sepia toned atmosphere for your Transition-Into-Fall garden.

See the article here

What do you think?  Does this seem too much?  Do you have a transitional state for your garden?  Or do you just continually allow your garden to evolve as the weather moves from spring to fall?  I believe there could be some truly beautiful visions with this added element to your garden especially during hours where the sun is just about to fall over the horizon.

Have y’all been having a great Summer? We sure have and we hope to catch up with you on social media to hear your latest gardening adventures so if you find the time to chat find us here: @CoopersmithSon on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

The Heat of Summer

Can anyone else believe that we are almost into August? Even though we have had some higher temps than normal it is still better than a snow storm, which by the way we are still over.  There have been some longer than usual lasting heat waves as well as tornadoes through the Midwest, but overall this summer hasn’t been so bad thus far.

How has your summer been going? Is your garden growing well?  We would love to see pics of your beautiful blooms and bountiful edibles.

Feast or Famine?

Are you having a drought or flooding in your area wreaking havoc on your produce?

If you live in a high drought area do you try to garden items that do not need a lot of water?  Or how do you deal with the fact that water is minimal? Have you learned any gardening tricks you could share with others in your same position?

We found this article from Better Homes & Gardens discussing drought tolerant perennials so you can have some options if drought has got your gardening in a chokehold.  At least if you haven’t learned any drought gardening tricks you can have an idea of some perennials you can plant that don’t need a lot of water to survive.  Now if your plants are more on the edible side here is an article from Veggie Gardener regarding veggies that thrive in a drought.

If you have learned about more blooms and edibles that produce well in under minimal water allowance make sure you throw out some tips for gardeners in need.

Climate Change

Climate change has always been a topic on the table for discussion, but it seems over the past few months the conversation has leveled up.  With these conversations come the ever internal thought processes of how you, as an individual, can do your part.  We all know that composting is a great way to minimize waste, add nutrients to your soil and edibles, as well as minimize use of water when used as mulch.

If you have been seeking new ways to minimize your carbon footprint so you can do your part for the environment we found this article by The Global Compost Project, “How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.”

Guess that is enough of the heavy for now.  Hope all of you are having amazing summers and are having a lot of fun with family and friends!  ‘Til Next Time & remember if you find the time & wish to find us: @CoopersmithSon on Twitter or on Facebook.

Summer Is Officially Here!

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Finally, we are in our first week of official summer, for which we have waited what seems like an eternity.  To make things even better, we are rolling right up on the best Summer holiday – The Fourth of July.  Not only is this a super patriotic day, but it is also super festive.  So how will you be spending your July 4th long weekend?

Gardening

You can’t really go wrong with this option.  What can be better than basking in the sun while you happily dig in the dirt and water your beautiful blooms.  Although it can seem a little too much like work on a holiday weekend when you have to do excessive weeding or plant transplanting.

I am sure we will all do some level of gardening at some point that weekend, but I don’t see it being the absolute highlight of our time off.

Pool Party/BBQ or Some Such Similar Event

Who doesn’t love to hit the pool during that usually sweltering hot holiday weekend? I have always loved the water and I can guarantee this will definitely be a part of my time off.

There is a significantly high possibility most of us will end up at some outdoor function similar to a BBQ or party.  People getting together to have a good time with their nearest & dearest as well as some great food is a pretty traditional occurrence.

Fun will be had by all, but if you are drinking adult beverages remember to keep hydrated especially while out in the sun.

Camping

This is another great way to spend a long weekend; especially if you just want to get away for some rest and relaxation.  Nature has a way of rejuvenating you and getting you ready for that long stretch of work that occurs after the 4th until Labor Day Weekend at the beginning of September.

Well, no matter what you are doing make sure to have fun, stay safe, indulge responsibly, wear your sunscreen, and check for ticks!  From our mothers to your mothers I think that covers everything!

P.S. If you do happen to do some serious gardening that long weekend, make sure to find us on Facebook or Twitter (@CoopersmithSon) to share your gardening inspiration with the rest of us!

Garden Through the Winter with Container Gardening

Garden Through the Winter with Container Gardening

Even though the summer is basically over it does not mean that your gardening should come to a halt especially if you live in a part of the country that, sorry to say this, may be having a frost within the next couple months.

That makes this the perfect time to experiment or start working on your indoor container gardening.  Container gardening allows you to keep gardening herbs and veggies throughout the winter even though it may be at a minimal rate compared to your spring/summer gardening activities.  It also gives you something else to focus on as you are prepping your garden for the long winter hibernation.

If you are new to container gardening and are not sure what to grow here is a great article to help you out: 35 Easiest Fruits, Veggies, & Herbs to Grow in Containers.  If you are new to container gardening and just want some advice feel free to check out this article: 10 Tips & Top Recommendations for Container Gardening.

Not only is container gardening good for off-season gardening, but also for people who lack large yards in which to garden.  When you can garden even though you live in an apartment or condo this is a tremendous plus.  Choose your container from window boxes to planter tubs depending on what and how much you plan on growing indoors this winter.  If you are seeking a simple herb garden it may be best to choose a couple window boxes you can set in your kitchen or other sunlit indoor area, but planter tubs may be better if you are going to grow more fruits and veggies indoors.

If you are seeking some wooden planters for your indoor growing endeavors please make sure to check out our wide variety of wooden planters at www.coopersmithandson.com.

Wide World of Edible Gardening

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The snow is finally disappearing giving way to signs of earth.  The ground is beginning to thaw.  Gardeners smell the first scent of spring and are crawling with Spring Fever.  This is when garden planning begins, if it hasn’t begun already.  Often gardeners will keep indoor container gardens to grow what they can during the winter, but it is when the earth comes alive again that most gardeners anticipate their best works.

The New Gardener

If you are a new gardener you may be trying to figure out what plants with which you are willing to experiment.  This may be the fun part, but can also be the most frustrating.  Especially if your first few experiments do not go as well as you would prefer.   Here is a link to an article showing some of the easiest edible plants to grow from Sunset.com:

10 Easy Edible Plants

This article shows some of the easiest plants to try for your first edible gardening experience.  Some of these items are herbs and can even work for a small herb garden if you wish to start small and see how things go.  No matter how you begin there is nothing as satisfactory as reaping the fruits of your labor.

Top 3 Benefits of Edible Gardening

If you are able to work with your soil and grow crops for your table there are three main benefits.  The first is that you will save beaucoup money at the grocery store.  Growing your own fruits and vegetables enables you to go from garden to table without the expensive retail price.  The second benefit is in knowing what you are putting in your meals.  As you are the gardener, you have the confidence of knowing where your ingredients came from as well as how they were grown.  The third benefit is introducing healthier food options to your family.  When you rely on purchasing fruits and vegetables you may not often get the chance to buy all you would like your family to eat; however, when you are growing these items in your garden you allow your family to have healthier options.

Edible Gardening can occur outside or within container gardens.  If you are interested in container gardening for your fruits and vegetables please check us out at www.coopersmithandson.com.  We offer a wide variety of wooden planters to suit any gardening need.

If you are seeking more edible gardening information, please see these links:

Edible Landscaping with Charlie Nardozzi

Beginner’s Guide for Vegetable Gardening

21 Best Crops for your Edible Garden