The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane Blog


Landscaping Plants Available

Despite the tornado which destroyed the greenhouse, we do have some plants available this Spring.

Especially, perennial Herbs, Landscaping plants and Blueberry Bushes.  The Blueberry Bushes have been grown organically, as have all the other plants.

We are not open regular hours due to the extended illness of a family member(s); and the injuries to others; plus the storm damage that we are recovering from on the farm. If you wish to make an appointment to come out to see the plants, please call, or text: 423 284 0899 – Georgia’s Cellphone or Email: GLDenman@aol.com or DenmanFam@aol.com

Some of the plants that we have available include:

White Lilac bushes: wonderful old fashioned white with heady aroma. Stays under 8 feet tall. $7.50 and up.

Blueberry bushes: Jersey: 4-5 y/o plants that will produce this year: $36.00  Duke: 2-3 y/o plants, will most likely produce this year: $15.00 Raised organically.

Various landscaping plants: Ornamental Plums, with dark burgundy red foliage; English Yew bushes; Historic Lady Banks Roses, aka the Yellow Rose of Texas – not an actual Rose; and others: $7.50 and up.

Rosemary bushes – can be planted outside.

Various culinary herbs: raised organically. $4.00 and up

Bamboo: $35.00 a clump; Discounts for 3 or more.  Dig your own.

Tansy: Ant repellent historic plants. Small yellow decorative flower. Grow 4-5 feet high. $10.00 and up.

And some other plants are available.  I’ll list them as we go along cleaning up around the greenhouse area.

Thank you to all our friends and family who have assisted us during the illness and tornado damage.

Please also see the website for the horses at: www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

Registered Morgan Horses: Stallions, Mares and Geldings. All ages. At various levels of training. Trained to saddle and cart. $2,000.00 and up.

http://www.SanTheDog.com
San helps out at the organic greenhouse

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Surviving the Storms/Tornados
April 28, 2011, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Tornado Damage, Weather, Weather in Tennessee

This is a quick post. More to follow.
As far as we know, all our friends and family have survived the storms/tornados. No one has power. All of our immediate family and critters are ok.
Most of our builldings had little damage. Some fencing was damaged, but the horses are all ok.
Friends in Bradley County lost all their farm buildings, but family and home are alright. Other friends had little damage.
Friends in McMinn County are flooded in; but they, home, and critters are all ok.
Britta is working in Arizona, and smoke is in the air from fires…but she is well.
We will update you with amusing stories, later…for instance Foxy and CL’s very heavy dog box stories…but for now…love and hugs to all our family and many friends…and prayers for all our friends, neighbors and customers…and the greater community of the world.
Hugs to all.
The Denman, McGee and Bayard Families



In the flower beds.
March 2, 2011, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Flower bulbs, Perennials, Weather in Tennessee

Depending on exposure, daffodils are either just up, or blooming gloriously.

No matter where they are planted, their faces turn to the South.

Sometimes, you can find leftover daffodil bulbs sitting in the clearance section of garden shops and discount stores. If the bulbs are still firm, it is possible to plant them and still get some springtime blooms.

If you find, or have, leftover tulip bulbs, they need to be exposed to cold, either in a cold garage, or the refrigerator, prior to planting.

When you walk through your garden and view the clumps of flowering bulbs, mark any clumps that need to be divided after blooming. A small stick or piece of old tableware, like a knife or fork, looks decorative, and reminds you where to lift and divide clumps of bulbs after blooming.

Pansies and snapdragons will benefit from fertilizing with a light feeding of liquid fertilizer, such as fish fertilizer every couple weeks.

Violet flowers and snapdragon blooms can be picked and added to fruit salads, or spring dinner salads for bursts of colors. Make sure that they have not been touched by inorganic chemical lawn and garden fertilizers.  Pansies are in the violet family, but the big hybrid flowers are more beautiful in the garden than tasty in your meals.

If you didn’t get a sprinkling of hardy annual seeds spread out last autumn, it is not too late to do it this month. Seeds like calendula, cleome (spider plants), and bachelor buttons will be fine sprinkled in to a flower bed now, and will produce a floral display later in the spring and summer.



2011 Heirloom Vegetable Plants

Hello,

Caitrin sent me a picture today from the greenhouse. The first of the tomato seeds have sprouted, and are sending tiny seedlings up from the trays.

She is busily planting mostly the Heirloom varieties of Tomato and Pepper plants at the moment.

Some of our most requested varieties are back this year.  Also, new varieties have made the list for this year.  We haven’t changed the website yet, but I’ve been working on the Lists of Plants.

If you just can’t wait to know what we are growing this year, come visit. Or, send me an email…and I’ll let you know some of the plans.  Keep watch here for more news about the plants that we’ll have available, and other organic gardening information. We do take requests and pre-orders. We only grow limited quantities of each variety.  So, if you have a special request get it to us early!   We’ll do our best to please.

Also, we’ll have some more recipes and herb use ideas on the website and here in my blog.

We also carry the complete line of Jim Long Herb books, with most always available. Jim has interesting historical herb books also.  Come see them in the Shop.  They are reasonably priced and are great to refer to over and over.  If you decide to order from their website, just tell them that Georgia at Morgan Lane sent you.  www.LongCreekHerbs.com

We have lots of reasonably priced items for Valentine’s Day, or just a special treat.

Also, I’ve been interviewed for a blog on how to incorporate old-time ideas in to modern living, especially the organic growing and the heirloom plant varieties.

Anne will probably be writing several different blogs from her visit to our farm.  Please check out her very interesting down-home blog.                                

www.floursackmama.blogspot.com

I am available for lectures on Herbs, Organic Growing, Antiques, or a variety of other topics.

We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Come spend a few minutes or a few hours. We are glad to see you, and there is always something new in the Shop, the fields, or the greenhouse.



Autumn Plant SALE continued

Autumn is a wonderful time to be out in the garden; and our SALE on just about everything at the Greenhouse is going to be continued through the end of the month.

We specialize in Culinary Herbs, and Heirloom vegetable plants, as you can see on the main parts of the website and other “blog” postings.  Here are a few “NON-edible” plants that we raise and can recommend to Gardeners.

The Yellow Ginger is Blooming, and the fragrance is wonderful.  The plants are similar to a Canna, but with a pleasant fragrance, and more resistance to Japanese Beetles than a Canna.  They make a lovely specimen plant in a tub.  Or, they can be divided and planted at the back of a perennial garden, or border.  These NON-edible Ginger plants are from stock brought directly from Hawaii, and have been doing well here in Tennessee.  They are perennial, and drought tolerant, and the tubers can be left in the ground, if planted there, where they will winter-over and multiply.

They are ON Sale from $10.95 to $29.95 for an extra-large tub with plenty of stalks. The tubs are worth that alone!

We have tubs of Mexican Sage ON Sale also.  These Purple hued beauties dance in the breeze, and look spectacular in tubs placed near the Yellow Ginger.  The Mexican Sage is a NON-Edible, Tender Perennial, to be treated like an Annual.  You either need to let it die; or bring it inside prior to the killing Frost, for the Winter.  These tubs are $9.50 for a few smaller ones to $27.50 for extra-large, very full tubs.

A third NON-Edible plant that we have ON Sale at the moment is Zebra Grass.   These tall, wavy stalks are striped like a zebra, of course.  They make a nice year-round feature in a border or planting bed. We have good sized plants in pots ranging from $5.95 to $11.95, ON Sale.

Tuesday through Saturday, we will have a Daily Special also…

So, come see the Morgan Horses and the lovely scenery, and participate in the specials occurring in the Antique Shop too.



It is not too late to plant in your garden

7/21/2010:

It’s time for a second garden.

If your zucchini has withered and your beans have played out, it is not too late to plant at least one more garden!

We stagger plantings here on the farm from Spring through Autumn, tucking plants in here or there and adding another row, or set of containers.  But if you garden in just a certain space, and you now have rows that need to be pulled up, it isn’t too late to add something new.

We have a few heirloom tomato plants for a late garden.  Also some containers of patio, or cherry type, tomatoes.

There are many varieties of peppers…compact, ornamentals from child-safe to EXTREMELY HOT; tall varieties and shorter garden plants from Bells to searing HEAT.

We have some Coneflowers (Echinaceas) to give you a start on your Autumn flower beds; Very Fragrant yellow non-edible Ginger plants that are more bug resistant than Cannas; and, naturally, we have many many culinary herbs!

We have sage, thyme, oregano, and other useful kitchen garden herbs.

Everything is organically grown and safe to eat.



Many types of organically raised squash

Hello,

The produce is starting to be available here at the farm.

We have yellow crookneck and straight neck; Raven and Delicata Zucchini; and white scalloped bush squash available.

They are all organically – raised.

We are beginning to have some peppers ready too.  From MILD to HOT.  We also have Pepper plants available. For rows or containers or specimen plants.

Today, we had a customer come for good old-fashioned spearmint.

We also had a customer come to buy some Rhubarb plants that we found for him.  They were raised here in TN, so they are accustomed to our climate.  I’ve been told that the problem with growing Rhubarb here in SoEast TN is that it does not cold enough for the plants over the Winter.

We’ve had mixed results with our planting/transplanting.  I’ve tried bringing plants down from WAY UP NORTH; from several states north of us; and from the immediate area.  Some make it…some do not.  Some only live a few years.  We’ve also had several years of drought.  So, I am not sure that one can blame the number of consecutive days of freezing in the Winter,or not.

Back to the squash.  I’ll post my “famous” zucchini bread recipe.