Q&A with Craig: grubHALT! Bt for Lawn

WOW Treated Lawn

We’re introducing some great new products for spring! This week, we asked our product expert, Craig, about our new grubHALT! Bt for Lawn!

What makes the active ingredient, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) galleriae, so effective against grubs? How does it work?

Craig: The patented strain of Bt galleriae that we are using (SDS-502) was developed because Read More

Sweet potato harvest – Video

Sweet Potato Harvest

A few weeks back, I was thrilled to harvest the Murasaki Sweet Potatoes I’d planted in Grow Tubs. This was my first experience with this variety, and I was happy with the yield.

Feeding your birds with suet

Suet Feeder

Your average adult woodpecker can peck up to 20 times a second, that’s roughly a total of 8,000 to 12,000 pecks a day. Speak of burning calories! The fluffy, feathery, winged, vocal visitors you so fondly invite into your garden require a nutrient-rich diet to support their pleasant, energetic existence. One of the surest ways Read More

Solve blossom end rot with Enz Rot

Blossom End Rot Tomatoes

So your tomato plants look healthy, but, when it comes time to harvest the fruit, you find yourself surprised by tomatoes that looks like this:


What happened?!

Blossom end rot can ruin tomato fruit; it can also occur in peppers and eggplants. Insufficient calcium within the fruit leads to a weakening of the Read More

Updates from our research farm

Summer Squash

At Gardens Alive!, we don’t just sell plants and seeds – we also do a great deal of research and testing. At our research farm, develop improved varieties, test new plants from our partner horticulturalists, and assure the quality of our stock. Since the farm is such an important part of our business (and since Read More

Composting with Craig

Gardener’s Gold Premium Compost

In this video, I’ll explain how to apply our Gardener’s Gold Compost – it’s an all-natural, organic compost made from the same stuff you put in your compost pile. Whether you make your own compost or purchase it, compost really helps an organic garden flourish.


Coming soon – fly traps

Fly Trap

Something new coming down our pest-control pipeline – fly traps! Everyone knows that flies threaten fruit harvests (and can generally be a real nuisance). Keep an eye out for these attractive fly traps, available this fall.

Grow Tub Update

Kennebec Potato Flowers

My potato plants are coming along nicely – check out these beauties growing in Garden’s Alive’s grow tubs. I plant Kennebec potatoes each summer; they are a top-yielding variety and produce good-sized tubers.

Grow Tubs

Kennebec Potato Flowers

Kennebec Potato Flowers


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My direct sowing experiment

Moskvich Tomato

Moskvich Tomato

Direct seeding experiment with tomatoes, direct seeded on April 27th.

Every year I like to try something different in my garden. This year’s experiment was to take crops that I would normally start indoors and direct seed them. Because of cool weather it took the seed a while to come up, Read More

Keep ants out of the house!

Ant Bait

This is the time of year that ants are hungry and looking to get the colony moving with the incoming warm weather. Typically, you find ants all over the house – I have fielded a lot of questions on what to use. I took this picture late last night and you can see 2 of Read More