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Mums is the word at Spring Valley Greenhouse


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Spring Valley Greenhouse displays a wide variety of indoor and outdoor options for homeowners. Photo by Rich Wicks

If you’re looking to spruce up your yard this fall, then Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral has what you need. The Greenhouse originally opened 40 years ago, and for the last 12 years has been owned and operated by the Gehling family (Carol, Jacob & Jered).

According to Jacob, “This is a great time of year to plant trees, shrubs and mums. You need to make sure they get plenty of water. And you’ll want to protect the trunks of any young trees from damage caused by rabbits and deer.” The Greenhouse has a wide selection of trees and shrubs to choose from, depending on your preference, and the sun and soil conditions where they’ll be planted. If you have specific questions about what would grow best in your yard, the Gehlings will be happy to lend their expertise.

Besides trees and shrubs, they also stock perennials, herbs and vegetable plants for all your landscaping or gardening needs. Of course, mums are very popular in the fall because of their blooming season, and the Greenhouse offers many varieties. And if you’re looking to put in a retaining wall or patio, they’ve got you covered there, as well. Jacob noted that some homeowners plan ahead for spring graduation events by doing their planting and landscaping now in the fall, so that everything will look its best next spring.

Another popular trend is Fairy Gardening, which might be described as miniature indoor landscaping. The Greenhouse has a large variety of these mini decorations, which include gazebos, houses, tables & chairs, stone paths, archways, etc. Jacob says, “Fairy Gardening really picks up in the fall, as people start spending more time indoors.”

Besides all of the options already mentioned, Jacob pointed out that the Greenhouse is, of course, also the place to get all of your fresh floral arrangements. “We’re an FTD Premier Florist, and we’re open all year around,” Jacob stated. They offer memorial garden stones and mylar balloons for any occasion. Delivery is available to anywhere in the surrounding area. Located at 720 North Broadway (next to A & W), Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral is open daily (except Sundays). Call 507-346-7440 or stop in and visit with the Gehlings; they’ll be happy to help!

Winterize now, relax later

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done arou ..... 
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Recycling 101 8.18.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The majority of Fillmore County residents have the opportunity to make use of our roads and highways to get from one place to another. Their travels frequently allow them to observe wildflowers, cat tails, cardinals, butterflies, wild turkeys, bal ..... 
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Good time for an 8-1-1 safety reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Rosemount, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first s ..... 
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Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lowe ..... 
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Community Field Day & Pancake Breakfast at Seed Savers Exchange

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Decorah, Iowa— Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is inviting Decorah-area residents to Heritage Farm for a behind-the-scenes look at SSE’s work preserving America’s food and garden heritage. Made possible by Silos & Smokestack’s National Heritage Ar ..... 
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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their ..... 
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Whats going on in the garden?

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done. Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berri ..... 
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Recycling 101 7.21.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There continues to be questions concerning what is and what is not recyclable in Fillmore County. Each county in Minnesota has different lists of what can be recycled in their county. That is not to say that one way is much better than another. Re ..... 
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