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There are more ways than one to gear up for planting season here at Moraine Gardens. Besides all the plants we’re nurturing along, we’ve also been working on some remodeling of our greenhouses and store space.

In preparation for our container gardening workshops, we’ve taken out four benches from the front of out greenhouse to make room for moveable tables that can be re-arranged to fit the needs of the space. Here’s a few pics of this portion of our remodel.

That last pic is what our new display tables will be shaped like. A few of them have even been finished since we took these pictures and several of us think they look like little boats. Soon they’ll be carrying their cargoes of container gardens from our new workshops. As you can see, this space still a work in progress. But take all the stuff away, add a few tables, and you’ve got a clean workspace with plenty of room to pot to your heart’s content. We’ll post more pics when the space is all done.

We’re also excited about the newest addition to our store space. We needed more room to store our larger pots and containers since much of their old space is being taken over by our new fairy garden displays, so we cleaned out an old back room (and believe us, there was plenty of junk to clean out), scrubbed all the grime away, put up new drywall, and painted the floor and walls. It’s a completely new room and has turned into quite the lovely addition to our store space.

Now the room is almost finished! Once we get everything situated, we’ll post more pics of the finished product.


Keeping Busy

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People ask us all the time, “What do you do this time of year?”

A lot of people seem to think that our greenhouses are as barren as the frozen Wisconsin landscape and that everything just magically appears, all full grown and ready to go, come spring. While we may not have nearly as many customers during the winter months, we still manage to stay pretty busy getting ready for all those spring-fevered gardeners who will begin emerging from their winter dens near the beginning of April.

One of our biggest tasks during these cold winter months is propagation. Whether it’s dividing grasses and ferns, cutting and rooting all manner of ivies, geraniums, and sedums, or planting seeds and bulbs, we’ve got our work cut out for us.

fresh geranium cuttings

fresh geranium cuttings

Each year we grow close to ten thousand plants from cuttings we take here in our own facilities, from geraniums to ivies to sedums to conifers. Of course, we’re careful to make sure we only propagate non-patented plants, since people in the plant world are just as fastidious about their new varieties as any inventor would be about protecting his inventions.

This year, we’ve been working on some special projects to get ready for our Fairy/Miniature Gardening Workshop. When it comes time for our workshop, we’ll have a whole slew of sedums, ivies, miniature conifers, and other miniature plants ready to become part of someone’s miniature garden.

Another effective method of propagation is dividing. We do this mostly with our grasses and sedges.

This is where a lot of our propagation happens. We like to call it “The Propagation Station.”

So there you have it–propagation is just one of the ways we stay busy during these cold winter months. Thankfully, things are pretty toasty in here under all this plastic.

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