Cherry tomatoes on the vine

Every year we plan our gardens with great care, choosing only the varieties that we have come to know and love.  But when it comes to tomatoes, making sure you plant and water them correctly can make all the difference in the world.

Blue pottery filled with blooming flowers

It's time to plant up those beautiful container gardens with confidence.  With a little preplanning as to which plant combinations will work best for your outdoor space, container gardens offer an endless number of possibilities.

close-up of several white blooms of a cherry tree

With Easter right around the corner, everything seems to have come into bloom, but the flowering trees always take center stage!

A decorative Momma bunny with three little bunnies on her back

Easter is almost here, and Al's has a delightful selection of Easter decor and blooming houseplants for your home. So hop on in to Al's!

pink and purple spring flowers blooming in front of a blue sky

Spring is finally here, and the days are starting to warm up. It's the perfect time to get out of the house and into your garden. There is plenty to do, and a little preparatory work now can insure gardening success in the months ahead.

Take a deep breath and imagine what it would be like to have your ideal outdoor area, and then consider how you can make that dream come true. Early spring is a great time to focus on creating a yard that has both form and function while not loosing sight of design and color. Consider the look, the elements, the colors - and then edit!

a poolside patio furniture set with blue pillows

As I peer into my Casual Crystal Ball to see the outdoor living trends for 2018, I see more hues of blue and gray than I have ever seen in previous years. Did you know the hues of color we use at work, at home, on our patio and in the yard can change our moods and influence our everyday habits!

Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. A member of the Allium family, onion plants can be started from seed, seedlings, or onion sets. Onion sets eliminate a lot of guess work, and is one of the easiest methods of planting onions. We recommend onion sets because they are perfect for the home gardener as they produce onions for immediate use and for storage.

shamrocks

In many cultures around the world, the number 3 has sacred powers. That can be demonstrated by the use of shamrocks in Irish culture. Legend tells the story of St. Patrick using a shamrock to teach the Druid people of Ireland about the Holy Trinity of the Catholic faith. The Druids believe that shamrocks had magical powers, and the ability to drive away evil spirits.

With their wide array of colors, pansies and violas are an easy way to add spring hues to your yard and garden. They have a long blooming time, so you will enjoy them all spring long. Line walkways, or use them in your early spring containers. Their abundant blooms will really make your containers sing!