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Protecting Early Fall Tomato Transplants

So you’ve taken the (not so subtle) hints that we’ve been shoving down your throat about the need to prep your gardens to be ready for fall veggie planting. You’ve prepped your gardens (Fall Garden Prep), you’ve browsed the tomato and pepper aisles and are ready to get them in your gardens to take advantage of the short window we have for planting another round of warm weather veggies. Planting …Read More

Fall Garden Prep: Your best bet for success

It’s time to think fall. Say what? Yes, it’s time to think fall. I know, I know, it’s hard to think about anything fall when as soon as you step outside your deodorant immediately starts melting off. But if you love vegetable gardening, and love seeing your perennials, shrubs, and trees thriving throughout the year, it is definitely time to start thinking fall. Have your spring plantings been struggling this …Read More

Fireworks Gomphrena lives up to its name.

You know how sometimes there is just that one plant that you fall in love with? It seems to have everything you look for, AND it grows perfectly for you? Everyone has that specific plant that is just meant to be, and I am positive that I have found mine in Fireworks gomphrena. I believe it is my soul plant. I happen to love ALL varieties of gomphrena with their …Read More

Tomato maintenance: bring the cheeseburgers!

Hey there sunshine! I’ve been waiting for you for quite some time now. You know my tomatoes don’t want to do much until your shining face appears. Anyone else happy to see the sun showing up more? If you started early, like I did, with planting your tomatoes, you should be seeing some inkling of a promise of the juicy fruit to come. The tiny yellow flowers full of pollen, …Read More

SAWS WaterSaver Coupons Step by Step

(A few of our favorite SAWS approved plants.) In an effort to clear up any confusion, and avoid possible frustration, here is the step by step process to the SAWS WaterSaving Landscape Coupon: 1. Go to SAWS.ORG 2. Find ‘Conservation’ tab on home page, and click ‘Outdoor Programs and Rebates’ 3. Click the tab titled ‘WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape coupons’ 4. READ the requirements and fine print. (Especially the part …Read More

Roses, Soil, Mulch, and BBQ, say what?

Garden-Ville and Roses, a Match Made in Heaven! March 31st is going to be one fabulous day at Rainbow Gardens! We’ve got some amazing events lined up for you. We’ll start the day at both of our locations at 10AM with an informative and free seminar, “How to Grow Roses.” Certified rosarians with the San Antonio Rose Society, will be enlightening us on the ins and outs of growing these …Read More

Rose Give Away for Facebook Followers

If the possibility of winning a free rose shrub sounds amazing to you, then you will want to keep on reading. Starting tonight, March 1st, and through March 31st, if you leave a comment on any of our Rose Give Away Facebook post (throughout the month)  telling us what you love about roses, we can enter you into our drawing for one of the 3 rose bushes we are giving …Read More

Early soil preparation ensures great results

It’s been a cold one this year hasn’t it? Hopefully you did your duty and protected your plants accordingly and they look to have survived the several cold snaps (Surprise! Snow!). Yes, we’re still having drizzly and cloudy days, but there are plenty of days in between that you can take advantage of to get a jump start on some gardening tasks. (A little extra effort now will ease the …Read More

Organics: FoxFarm in particular

I’ve done it. I’m all in. It’s taken me about 6 out of the 7 years I’ve worked at Rainbow Gardens to take the final plunge, but I’ve finally done it! I’ve gone completely organic. I really don’t know why it’s taken me this long to get there, I can only blame it on a stubborn streak that runs deep within and me and perhaps a strong desire for instant …Read More

Bonus Bucks and a Great Big Thanks!

The time has arrived for our doors to be thrown open in wild abandon by eager friends hustling in to get a well-earned discount on practically anything in the store. That’s right, it’s Bonus Bucks Redemption Days once again! It’s our way of giving thanks back to you for loving our nursery, plants, products, and staff. Because of you, we get to continue to offer you the best selection of …Read More

Pet safety through the dog days of summer.

I glanced at the 10 day forecast for this week and regretted it instantly. 96, 98, 97, and so on. I think you get the drift. It’s only June and I’ve had to peel my leg from a hot car seat a handful of times already! I’ve been trying to get up early to do gardening chores to avoid the sun’s heat. It’s best to water in the morning anyway, …Read More

The Natives Are Restless! Plant Native!

The Natives Are Restless! When I first started working at Rainbow Gardens, I was pretty limited in my knowledge about plants. I mean, I could tell you the difference between a petunia and a pansy, I knew that tomatoes needed to be staked and vines needed to be trellised, but it wasn’t until I was immersed in the nursery culture that I really began to learn about plants. Fast forward …Read More

Tips and Tricks: Growing Vegetables

Spring vegetable season is well on its way but you still have time to start a garden. We hope you were able to join us for some of the amazing seminars we have had so far but if you haven’t had a chance yet, take heart, we’ve got a lot more on the way. I’m also taking the time today to do my best mash up of the great tips …Read More

Raising caterpillars and butterflies: A newbies experience!

I’ve embarked on a new adventure and frankly, it is taking over my life. I went to one seminar, Monarch Tagging and Releasing with Drake White (The Nectar Bar), and took one trip to visit Laura Jarvis’s (our event coordinator) backyard butterfly oasis back in October and I was hooked. I wanted to have caterpillars crawling all over my hands! I wanted to see the magical transformation from caterpillar to …Read More

Success Is In Site: Get the most out of your raised garden.

I feel it. Do you feel it? Although there may be a smattering of cold days here and there, the sun is making itself known. I’ve already seen new growth pushing up from the ground on many of my perennials. The birds have an extra little peep in their chirps, and a few butterflies have already come sniffing around believing their nectar sources should be in bloom already. Spring wants …Read More

How goes the resolutions?

We’re coming round to the end of January and this is usually the time that some of us (ok, I mean me) ditch the resolutions and fall back into our (meaning, my) old habits. I think it is because we tend to make broad, general resolutions rather than specific ones; at least that’s what I do. In the past I’ve pledged to “be healthier”, “read more”, or “be more organized”. …Read More

Butterfly Field Trip

October was an amazing month for butterflies! Whether it was the hordes of Snout Nose butterflies we tried in vain to avoid greeting with our windshields, or the masses of Queens visiting before the Monarchs flew in, there really wasn’t a day that didn’t provide some type of butterfly sighting. I said goodbye to the peak butterfly migration month this past Monday when I took a little butterfly appreciation field …Read More

Climb Aboard The Sprouting Train!

Have you jumped on board the sprouting train? It seems like every page you turn in a health magazine these days features a recipe or photo including these tiny seeds or legumes waving their little “tails” at you. Sprouting is the process of soaking seeds, legumes, grain or nuts, to pull it out of dormancy and into a “live” plant. But instead of planting those seeds, you eat them up …Read More