Spring Planting

May 22, 2015
ShopRite garden centers are stocked with everything home gardeners need for their spring planting. Garden tools, topsoil, pots and planters, and, of course, lots of colorful flowers to grow.
“This is the perfect time to plant,” Gary P. Diamante, a floral buyer for ShopRite stores, noting that his team only stocks flowers, vegetables and other potted plants that are ready to take root in your garden now. “If it’s in the store, it’s ready to plant.”
Wakefern buys directly from local greenhouse partners to ensure competitive prices and fresh, healthy plants that are suitable for the local climate. There’s no middleman to bump up the prices so customers always get a good deal, Diamante said.
Premium hanging baskets, adorned with fuchsias or geraniums, are big sellers in the garden centers these days.  Other popular items include the 12-packs of annual flowers, such as marigolds and begonias, which make for a colorful display in beds, borders and containers.
“The hard work is already done by the folks in the greenhouses,” Diamante said. “All the customers have to do is dig a hole and pop it in.”
ShopRite also has a huge selection of young plants ready to be transplanted into your vegetable garden. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash and string beans – sold in 4 ½-inch diameter pots – are typically found in a vegetable patch. Be sure to build a suitable fence around your garden plot to keep deer and other critters from feasting on the fruits of your labor.
Maybe you just want to keep it simple this year. Planting an herb garden is one of the easiest ways to get started. Herbs often do well in planters and don’t require a lot of maintenance. Basil, parsley, rosemary, dill and cilantro are great choices and offer enough variety for many dishes and drinks.
Diamante said the Italian large-leaf basil is so popular it’s sold in 10-inch diameter planters. Basil grows heartily in a sunny spot in a back porch planter or in a windowsill container, as long as the soil is kept moist.
For folks who need a splash of color around their pool, ShopRite offers potted gardenia trees and hibiscus bushes and trees. There are also Mandevilla vines that grow beautifully along a trellis and look lovely on a deck.
“These are spectacular and super popular right now,” Diamate said. “I’m blown away by how many people are buying them to put around their patios, decks and pools.”

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