Big Green Egg Fathers Day Gift Guide

 

Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? Get dad the gift that keeps giving. Make his summer more exciting by helping him become the backyard barbecue hero with the gift of a Big Green Egg or any eggcessories. Dad doesn’t have a Big Green Egg? No problem; many of our eggcessories work with any type of grill.

Here’s our top picks for Father’s Day:

Big Green Egg
Not only is it a grill, it’s also a smoker and an oven! Sear the perfect steaks, while the grill allows you to lower the temp for any grilled foods. The indirect cooking method turns your egg into an oven. Cook steaks, pizza, bake bread, casseroles, cobblers and any cut of meat – and make it tastier on the Big Green Egg. The insulating ceramics of the Big Green Egg allow you to precisely control the temperature, even at low heat. Great for smoking turkey, ham, lamb, chicken or any of your favorite cuts, infusing them with the aromatic wood smoke flavor.


Natural Lump Charcoal
This natural charcoal contains no fillers, nitrates, chemicals, anthracite coal, limestone treated wood or petroleum products. It is purely carbonized wood with zero additives.


ConvEggtor
Perfect for indirect oven cooking. Provides a heat directing barrier between the food and the fire, instantly turning your egg into an outdoor convection oven.


Flavor Injector
Add flavor and juiciness to any roast or poultry baste and tenderize from the inside out! Inject marinades, butter or other flavorings deep into meats to add delicious flavor.


Instant Read Thermometer
This thermometer provides accurate food temperature readings in seconds! Dad will never have to worry about over or undercooking meat again.


Grid Cleaner
Get dad a dual brush grill and pizza stone scrubber. It has simple clean lines with no creases and fits comfortably in your hand, making it easy to use when you clean your cooking grid and pizza stone.


Silicone BBQ Mitt:
Don’t let dad burn his hand while grilling! This super flexible waterproof mitt is made with FDA approved BPA free patterned silicone surface for a strong grip withstands extreme heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum protection and comfort.


Stir Fry Pan
Stir fry your way to big green flavor. This is the perfect gift for the dad who loves stir frying meats, seafood and vegetarian meals. The dual handle design provides a firm grip and heavy duty carbon steel disperses heat evenly and quickly for even cooking.


Smoking Chips
Add a variety of delicious flavors to foods cooked over coals. Each type of wood will impact a different flavor to meats or other foods, resulting in an endless variety of new flavor combinations.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Whether mom has a brown thumb or a green thumb, Frazee Gardens has a gift that she can put to use! From hanging baskets to garden art, these gifts inspire, amuse and can hopefully become a part of a successful garden.

Hanging Basket

Frazee Gardens offers a variety of hanging baskets in a plethora of colors. These hanging baskets are perfect for the mom who lives in a home with a porch or even an apartment/condo with a patio! Does mom live in a nursing home? Brighten up her room with a beautiful hanging basket outside her window on a Shepards hook (if allowed, of course)!


Butterfly Attracting Plants

Does your mom love butterflies? Get her the gift that keeps on giving with any plant from the mint family, a lantana, salvia or one of our ornamental grasses. These plants are all great for attracting butterflies!


Small Herb Garden

For the chef, city dweller, or the “brown thumb”, a small herb garden is a great start to gardening. Let mom grow her own herbs for pizza, tea, salsa, or anything she may use herbs for.

 


Houseplants

Houseplants are great for the mom who may not have a garden or prefers to pick her outdoor plants on her own. Did you know houseplants can actually help to keep toxins out of the air? And they make your house into your own urban jungle!


Garden Art

Nervous about buying a plant for mom because she is the “master gardener”? Not to worry, Frazee Gardens has a wide selection of garden art and pottery to help add to moms garden without having to pick a plant she may already have. From stone “zen” statues to brightly colored garden art, we have got you covered.


Trees

Give the gift of Mother Nature with a dogwood or magnolia, both are currently in full bloom. These trees are beautiful and blooming and would be the perfect addition to any yard. Frazee Gardens even has fruit trees for another gift that keeps giving.

 


Beneficial Insect House

For the mom who gardens and wants the best for her garden, a beneficial insect house is an excellent gift. While many insects destroy parts of your garden, many insects also contribute to a thriving garden. The beneficial insect house works with you to control pests and pollinate flowers.


Wind Chime

Not quite sure moms level of gardening or not feeling comfortable buying her flowers? Consider a wind chime instead! Frazee Gardens has multiple selections of shapes, colors and sizes. You will be sure to find one for your mother, regardless of what her style may be!


Big Green Egg 

For the mom who loves a good cook out, grilling, baking or smoking, the big green egg is an eggcelent gift! The Big Green Egg is easy to use and can be used to grill, smoke, bake or sear any type of treat from meat to pizza to pies. It also comes in a variety of sizes, making it perfect for any family. Make mom the backyard barbecue hero this Mother’s Day!


Rose Bush

Ditch the bouquet of roses this Mother’s Day and get mom the gift of a rose bush! Frazee Gardens rose bushes are in full bloom and it is the perfect time to purchase them. They prefer full sun and would add a perfect pop of color to any landscape!


Pair any of these gifts with one of Frazee Gardens Mother’s Day cards, making Frazee Gardens your one stop gift shop. Of course if you are still not sure what to get mom, grab one of our cards and get her a gift card to pick out what she wants!

 

 

Cinco De Mayo – Fresh Garden Salsa

Cinco De Mayo – Fresh Garden Salsa

Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate. To prepare for a party, we often head to the super market to buy our snacks or ingredients to wow our guests. Fresh garden salsa is the perfect snack that will have your guests begging for the recipe and inviting you (and maybe your salsa) to every gathering.

The best part? You can grow the ingredients yourself (or you can head to the super market). Frazee Gardens has a variety of ingredients you can grow to make your own fresh garden salsa!

What you can grow:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peppers – sweet
  • Peppers – Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Lime

Additional Ingredients:

  • Salt & Pepper

Fresh Garden Salsa Ingredient Measurements:

  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped sweet (green, red or yellow) pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons of chopped jalapeno pepper
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Prep Time:

  • About 10 minutes

How to Make Fresh Garden Salsa – 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Rinse and clean off all picked vegetables.
  2. Dice and chop all vegetables as noted in the ingredients.
  3. Put everything except the tomatoes into a food processor to chop a little further.
  4. Then add the tomatoes and “pulse” until the mixture is the texture you like. Simple!

Serve with chips, crackers etc and make sure to share the juicy deliciousness!

Great Herbs for a New Herb Gardener

Not only are herbs great in the kitchen but they are also easy plants to grow! Starting an herb garden is an awesome way for beginner gardeners to start growing their own produce! While there are tons of different herbs one can grow, these are a variety of herbs that may be more helpful for a new gardener.

Sage:

Sage is an excellent herb to cook with and its surprisingly easy to grow! The only thing it doesn’t like is wet ground, so be sure to plant somewhere sunny with well drained fertile soil! 

Good news, there are so many varieties of sage to choose from, some even have colored leaves! To encourage the sage to grow, you should harvest the leaves regularly. 

Oregano: 

Oregano plants like light soils and tend to thrive in more warm, sunny spots. They also have cute pink flowers and can make for a great ground cover at the front of borders. 

It is best to sow these seeds in the spring when the soil has just warmed up, or start them off indoors! Once the plants reach 10 cm tall, pinch out the vertical growing tips to encourage more leafy side shoots. 

Parsley: 

Parsley has oh so many uses in the kitchen! It helps to give seeds a bit of a head start by sowing them indoors on a windowsill with plenty of sunlight. Another option is to sow directly in the ground once the soil warms up. 

It can be slow to germinate, to speed things up, soak the seeds in water overnight before planing. Be sure to choose a spot with rich, slightly damp soil in partial shade or full sun. 

Mint: 

Mint can be grown from a seed but it is typically different than the parent plant, so we would advise buying the young plants rather than using seeds. 

Keep in mind, and spreads quickly, so plant in pots to contain the roots to stop it from taking over. Keep it in full sun or partial shade and be sure to pinch out any flower buds to encourage more leaf growth. 

Rosemary: 

Good news, rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to grow, because it is so hardy. Loving sun or shade, rosemary will grow in any soil, as long as the soil is not too wet. 

Rosemary grows quickly and vigorously and can be trimmed in June or so, to keep it in shape and stop it from getting too woody. 

Coriander: 

Talk about a versatile herb for the kitchen! Coriander grows well in the ground or containers. Seeds can take weeks to germinate, the plants are somewhat short – lived, so be sure to sow a few seeds every few weeks for a continuous supply. 

When stressed, Coriander can ‘bolt’ meaning it produces flowers and seeds, rather than tasty leaves. Keeping Coriander well watered and harvesting it regularly will yield the best results. 

Basil: 

Basil happens to be one of the most popular herbs, being that its so tasty and versatile. Sow the seeds into potting compost on a sunny windowsill from March on. 

For bushier growth, remove the growing tip when the plants are 15cm high. Plant basil out in the garden when the weather becomes warmer. A sheltered spot with full sun is where basil grows best. 

Chives: 

Last but not least, chives are a relative of the onion family. Chives have pointed, slender leaves and also produce fuzzy globe flowers in a purple or pink color. 

Sow chive seeds directly in the ground during March or April. Chives tend to grow best in a sunny spot with rich moist soil, so be sure tp keep them well watered! 

The Gift of Peace and Relaxation

Imagine for a moment you possessed the ability to give the gift of peace and relaxation. Would you pass it onto others? Would you keep it for yourself? Maybe you would do both?

Now imagine it’s a pleasant summer evening and you’re sitting in your favorite chair on your back porch. You’re sipping your favorite summer drink as the gentle summer breeze softly conducts the relaxing sounds of a wind chime. Peace and relaxation level 10, stress level zero.

Wind chimes are more than just an instrument to create soothing sounds. In fact, they date back to over 5,000 years ago when they were believed to help ward off evil spirits by the people of Ancient Rome and Southeastern Asia.  Over the years, wind chimes evolved to serve a variety of purposes from keeping animals and birds away from crops, to expressing sympathy as a memorial gift, to simply providing something pleasant on the eye and gentle on the ear.

Just as there are many different purposes of a wind chime, there are many different characteristics that you need consider when selecting the perfect wind chime.  When selecting the right wind chime, you need to consider what material you like both in terms of appearance and the tone it will create.  You also need to be aware of the size of the wind chime in relation to the space in which you will hang it (typically, the bigger the wind chime, the louder it will be).  And finally, there are a variety of designs, colors and styles of wind chimes, so select one that suits your personality and coordinates with your existing outdoor décor.

Frazee Gardens carries a wide variety of wind chimes. Stop in and browse on your own or let one of our friendly customer service associates help you select the perfect wind chime.

Pro Tip: A wind chime makes a great gift for a special loved one. Not only will they enjoy the sound and beauty of the gift, but they will think of you each time they hear the relaxing sounds of the wind chime.

Quick and Simple Care Tips for Spring Frost

Spring Time Frost TipsIt took the warmer Spring temperatures a while to get here, but they have finally arrived! And while we are all enjoying the warmer daytime temperatures, don’t forget that overnight temperatures may still bring frost. Be sure to take precaution with your flowers, shrubs and plants that might be affected.

Here are a few simple tips on how to protect your plants from overnight frost damage:

  1. If plants are in containers, bring them indoors overnight or at least into your garage or shed.
  2. Smaller plants and flowers can be covered with an inverted bucket or flower pot. You may even be able to cover up some low lying growth with a layer of mulch. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.
  3. Cover larger shrubs and trees with fabric such as an old bed sheet. If possible, drape the fabric over a frame rather than directly on the plant. You can make a simple frame by using three relatively-equal sticks to form a teepee-like structure, then use fabric to enclose and tie the sticks and fabric together at the top. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.
Plant this Fall for Success in the Spring

Plant this Fall for Success in the Spring

Fall is the perfect time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. While many mistakenly think the upcoming winter will be too harsh on a new plant, it actually provides the plant time to develop a strong root system – which is the most important thing for any new plant.

The soil here in Indiana will stay warm enough into the early winter to provide ample conditions for your plant to grow and the benefits of the fall rain help the roots spread out.  Giving your plant time to establish a healthy root system before the hot, dry conditions of the summer make fall planting the ideal time for your shrubs, perennials and trees.

When planting, many of the same tips we brought to you last fall in our blog “5 Tips to Buying and Planting a Tree in Indiana this Fall,” will apply to your shrubs and perennials.  Be sure not to dig your hole too deep, but provide enough space for the roots to spread out by digging the hole typically two-times as wide as the root ball.  Be careful not to over-water and you might consider root stimulator and plant starter.  Stop in and let one of our expert staff help you pick the right plant for your home as well as the best solutions for keeping your new plant healthy.

Air Plants

Air Plants

Tillandsia, commonly referred to as air plants, is the largest genus in the bromeliad family. They are found from jungle to rain forest to arid desert environments and from sea level to high mountain regions.  Air plants are a hot trend right now for people who want a plant to enjoy in their indoor space, or office – and they also make great gifts. Not only are the plants themselves unusual and interesting, but you can use your imagination to mount these plants creatively, or place in a container.

Air plants can be found naturally in many different regions and climates, but they also make a great indoor plant because they grow without soil and do not require a lot of maintenance. However, while these are generally low-maintenance plants, there are certain rules to follow in order for your air plant to survive.

Tip 1: Ensuring your air plant receives adequate watering is the number one priority. When you notice the plant’s foliage begins to curl, it’s time to water. Typically, you’ll need to water your air plant once or twice a week which means submerging the plant in a bowl of water for a up to 15 minutes – the plant will only absorb the water it needs to survive. After watering, gently shake the plant to remove excess water and avoid rotting. *Pro tip: avoid using softened water due to the high salt level; instead use collected rain water or bottled water. Do not mist air plants as it does not provide enough moisture for the plant to survive and can actually kill the plant if water collects where the leaves emerge.

Tip 2: These plants also require a good amount of filtered sunlight, so place them near an east-, south-, or west-facing window. And while they can withstand near freezing temperatures, they prefer temperatures in the 70’s F. While many gardeners like to place these plants in a bathroom to take advantage of the humidity, it is more important that the plants get the appropriate amount of sunlight on a regular basis.

Tip 3: You can also fertilize air plants using a good liquid or water-soluble fertilizer for epiphytes, bromeliads or specifically for air plants. The fertilizers are rich in nitrogen and deliver it in a form that can be absorbed by the plant. Avoid fertilizers that have high amounts of copper, as it is toxic to bromeliads and only use the directed amount as too much fertilizer can burn air plants. Fertilization is not absolutely necessary for survival, but will increase growth and vigor of your plants and their blooms.

Tip 4: The possibilities of mounting medias for your air plants are nearly endless. Some suggestions that tend to work well are grapewood, driftwood, tree limbs, Manzanita burl, cork, clay pottery, rock or stones of any kind. Make sure the media you select does not hold water. If your media does hold water, you may be able to drill a hole through the bottom, but make sure you go all the way through and provide proper drainage. There are several different adhesives that can be used to secure your plant to the media such as Liquid Nails, low temp hot glue or E6000 glue. We recommend E6000 because it is colorless, extremely strong, water-proof and, most importantly, non-toxic to plants.

It’s Japanese Beetles Season

Japanese BeetleHave you noticed the browning of leaves with a “lacey” appearance on your plants? If so, beetles have been munching on your plants.  They can just nibble on a few leaves or defoliate an entire tree. Fortunately, we have a few suggested methods of treatment:

  1. If you are comfortable touching them, pick them off and place in a plastic sack. Tie up the sacks and dispose.
  2. If you aren’t comfortable picking them off by hand or there are too many to pick by hand, spraying is good option. We carry many great products and the right one depends on the plant you’re treating. Here are a few of the recommended products: Hi-Yield 38 Plus, Ferti-lome Triple Action Plus, Natural Guard Insecticides, Bionide Japanese Beetle Killer. You will need to re-apply treatment after rain or watering plants. Pro Tip: If you want to keep the area around your plants looking clean, you may want to place a tarp or something to cover the ground underneath your plants in order to catch the beetles after they are eliminated by the spray.  
  3. If you have a large area that is being affected, the best option is to trap them; however, make sure you place the trap far away from your plants and preferably downwind of the plants. The traps come with a floral lure and a pheromone lure, which the beetles will pick up on before they get to your plants. It’s also recommend that you place the trap only a couple days per week.

If you have questions about Japanese Beetles or any other type of harmful insect, stop in and talk with one of our expert customer service staff. We can help you identify the problem and help you determine the best solution to keep your plants and lawn looking beautiful.

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Apple Pie Recipe

There’s nothing that says summer better than a good apple pie and since apple trees are on sale this week, we’d thought we’d share the Frazee Family recipe with you.

What you need:

  • 1 package of pie crust mix
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (3 large)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • milk
  • additional sugar

Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 425° Make pie crust mix as directed for 9” two-crust pie, using 1/3 cup cold water; trim overhanging edge of bottom pastry 1” from rim of plate.
  2. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Add apples and toss. Spoon pastry-lined pie plate and dot with butter.
  3. Roll remaining pastry; cut into 10 strips, each about 1/2” wide. Place 5 strips across filling in pie plate. Weave cross-strip through by first folding back every other strip of the first 5 strips. Continue weaving, folding back alternate strips before adding each cross-strip, until lattice is complete. Trim ends. Fold trimmed edge of bottom crust ends of strips, building up a high edge, seal and flute. Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle lightly with additional sugar.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbly.