The Three Sisters and Companion Gardening

Friday March 1, 2019

Native Americans relied on three principal staples for survival; corn, beans and squash. These crops were so important to the Indians that they were often called "The Three Sisters," and they perfectly illustrate the concept of companion plants. All three sisters work together and support each other to their mutual benefit. The tall, sturdy corn stalks provides a frame for …


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The Three Sisters and Companion Gardening

Friday March 1, 2019

Native Americans relied on three principal staples for survival; corn, beans and squash. These crops were so important to the Indians that they were often called "The Three Sisters," and they perfectly illustrate the concept of companion plants. All three sisters work together and support each other to their mutual benefit. The tall, sturdy corn stalks provides a frame for …

Clean Air Plants

Saturday February 16, 2019

Even though we spend most of our time inside, indoor air quality is an often-over-looked issue. Common household items like furniture, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products can release toxins into the air of our homes and offices. Poor indoor ventilation can let airborne toxins build up, causing what doctors call Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The symptoms of SBS for …

Seed Starting Do’s & Don’ts

Monday February 11, 2019

DO Start with clean trays You can re-use last year’s trays but we recommend cleaning and sterilizing them. DON’T Use Regular Potting Mix because it’s probably not the best choice for your new little seedlings. Read Full Blog Entry…

Happy Groundhog Day!

Tuesday January 15, 2019

In February, we wait with bated breath as the famous groundhog emerges from his burrow and looks for his shadow, thus predicting the weather for the next three months. How did this strange series of events come to pass? Well, this most quirky of American holidays has a surprisingly long lineage. Read on to learn more about this wacky winter …

Christmas Gifts Gardner

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Tuesday December 11, 2018

Are you looking for some great gift ideas for all the gardeners on your list this year? Well look no further than O’Toole’s! We’ve got a huge selection of gift ideas for every gardener – from green thumbs to green horns. Here are a few of our favorite gardening goodies this year! Ames Garden Cart Remember your little red wagon? …

African Violets

Wednesday November 14, 2018

African Violets are sometimes called “America’s Favorite Houseplant.” And it’s easy to see why! Their compact size makes them perfect for just about every nook and cranny in your home. Not only that, but they bloom for months and months with a cheerful array of whites, reds, purples or yellows. African Violets have a somewhat undeserved reputation for being a …

The World’s Hottest Peppers

Wednesday October 17, 2018

The title of “World’s Hottest Pepper” is always contested. Pepper heat can be a bit subjective and inconsistent. And it seems as soon as everyone agrees on a champion, a new hybrid emerges claiming insanely scorching heat. But one pepper has managed to hold off all comers for the past few years – The Carolina Reaper.The Carolina Reaper Along the …

Six Unique Fall Bulbs You Should Try!

Thursday October 4, 2018

During fall bulb season, our shop is a lot like an ice cream parlor. Of course, we have everyone’s favorite flavors like grape hyacinths, bearded irisand tulips. These are the “Cookie Dough” of bulbs – always a treat! But every now and then, you might feel like a “Butter Pecan,” or heck, even a “Pistachio” for your fall garden. if …

2018 Tomato and Pepper Trial Results… sort of.

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Earlier this month, at our Littleton location, we celebrated our annual Tomato Festival. The Tomato Festival is usually when our resident veggie guru, Leo Ortiz, presents the results of our tomato and pepper trials. Each year in our community gardens, Leo grows one of every variety of tomato and pepper that we carry at O’Toole’s to see first-hand what works …

Planting Shrub Fall

Five Reasons Fall Planting is the Best!

Wednesday September 12, 2018

We all know what it feels like when spring is full to bursting in those halcyon days of April and May. What better time could there be to plant your garden? But wise gardeners know to be patient. The fall is just as good, if not better, than the spring for planting perennials, trees and shrubs. Here’s five reasons why! …