Perennials, Annuals, Herbs and Vegetable Starts
The selection of plants is better than ever this year. We will begin with cool-tolerant selections when we open in March. By Mid-May and into the summer, we will have a full offering of garden plants. Our nursery will remain well-stocked with fresh material, including finished planters for the summer patio. Early fall brings another big surge of new perennials and, of course, our large, heavily budded mums. As we move to the cold weather, look to our greenhouses for forced bulb containers and poinsettias to brighten the shortening days.
We are growing an increasing number of our own woody plants and buying more than ever from well-respected neighbors like Weston Nurseries. Come see how our tree and shrub yard has exploded in variety and quantity this year. The quality, of course, remains uncompromised.
A vast and varied selection of containers are once again in the offing at Allandale Farm. Glazed pottery and terracotta are in abundance. We are particulary excited about pots constructed from rice starch as an alternative to plastic. Help us give them a test drive this year as we figure out if they might be an answer to decreasing our plastic use.
Bulbs and Seeds
We carry only the highest quality seed and bulb material. From harder to find items like elephant ears, to an incredible selection of dahlia tubers, to the very seeds we use on the farm, we have all your garden start-up needs covered. This year we will be carrying seeds from our old friends Botanical Interests and Johnny's Seeds as well as a deep selection from Seed Savers Exchange.
Soil Amendments, Mulches and Potting Soil
We carry 20 different organic, bagged products. As in the past, we will have a full range of Coast of Maine products. This year we will also be featuring compost, potting soil, gardening soil and germinating mix from Intervale Compost in Burlington, VT. Salt marsh hay and straw will be available as of early May.
Organic and natural fertilizers, pest and disease controls (including beneficial insects), tools, gloves, trellises, and more. There are so many options on the market. We select what we believe to be the best available products in terms of efficacy as well as environmental impact and offer them to you in our well-stocked store.
Soil testing: It all starts with good dirt. Visit the UMass Amherst web site to view their soil testing brochure. The process is simple. We recommend soil test B ($9 for a good basic test) or test C ($13 for test B results plus organic matter information).
Gardening questions? Come in and chat with our knowledgeable garden center staff. For remote help, please try the following hotlines: