Archive for August, 2012

The Ornamental Koi

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One of the most popular ornamental fish that pond enthusiasts go after today is the Koi. Koi come from the common carp family, and is the Japanese word for ‘carp’. Even tho it is often thought they come from Japan, it is believed they actually originated from China and the Black, Caspian, and Aral Seas of Eastern Asia, and were introduced to Japan when the Chinese invaded the country.

Japanese farmers originally bred Koi for the sole purpose as an additional food source, but over the years, as different coloring became visible, the Japanese took the naturally occurring mutations and developed them further (another reason why it is often thought that Koi originated in Japan).

Even tho the first account we have in history of Koi being kept as a hobby dates back to AD 200, the outside world did not know about these beautiful Koi until the Great Tokyo Exhibition in 1914. Since then, Koi popularity has spread all over the world.

Today Koi are bred all over the world and are considered the most popular freshwater ornamental pond fish.

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Inspirational Create-a-Paradise Video

Need some inspiration to do a backyard pond? Not sure if it’s worth spending so much money for it? Not quite convinced this is something for you? Watch the video below to see some amazing ponds put in by Aquascape’s pond team.

-Compliments of Aquscape, Inc.

Wow! I don’t about you, but this video makes me wish I could have a pond like these in my backyard! Hopefully if you had any misgivings before now, they were all put to rest by watching this video. So, stop by soon; we would love to help you figure out the details for your backyard oasis!

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Backyard Makeover

Tired of looking at the same old, same old? How about giving your backyard a mighty makeover! Until the end of August, we have coupons for ’7 P’s for your Personal Paradise’. These coupons focus on Patios, Pergolas and Pavilions, Poly Furniture, Ponds, Pits, Plants, & Pots. CLICK HERE to print these coupons or stop by TMMLC and we’ll be glad to give you the coupons as well. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 Isn’t it amazing what a difference it can make?

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Tidbits from the Greenhouse…

                                                                                                                                           

Hello from the garden center! We’ve been enjoying summer here in our greenhouse and nursery area. Mostly we’ve been kept busy with watering, watering, watering. When the humidity is low and there is no rain, or only a thundershower or two, the trees and shrubs are always crying for more. Here are some tips to help you make sure you are watering effectively. First of all, water deeply and less frequently. If you turn a sprinkler on, let it on for several hours. Or just lay a hose beside your tree for 10 minutes or longer. Also, do not water by schedule. A lot of factors determine whether you should water or not. Heat, humidity, whether in sun or shade, and type of soil all play into it. What it basically boils down to is this: Is the soil dry?

What do you get when you stack a hydrangea bush on top of a trunk? A Hydrangea Tree! And they’ve just begun to bloom! Come on out and check out these cool specimens-they’re sensational!

Are your roses starting to get a bit stressed out in this summer heat? One solution may be giving them a dose of Bayers All-in-One Rose and Flower Care. This is a fertilizer/fungicide/insecticide that works great, plus the nice thing about it is that one application takes care of fertilizing or spraying for 6 weeks. If you have a more serious problem, the leaves on your rosebush are turning yellow and dropping off, spray them with Rose Defense. This does wonders in helping them recover from disease. And if they really don’t seem to be blooming very much, even with all the TLC you have been giving them, try watering them once or twice a week. Could be that’s all they need for the little extra energy required to bloom.

Have a happy summer!

             -June Zimmerman

Posted on: August 7th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

New Cookbook for Wood-Fired Cooking!

Need some inspiration for cooking in the great outdoors? With our new Wood-Fired Cooking cookbook by Mary Karlin, you can gain the inspiration, techniques, and recipes that you need to create an amazing array of delicious food.

This contemporary collection of more than 100 recipes from chef-instructor Mary Karlin covers the range of wood-fired cooking options available to home cooks. From flame-licked Plank-Roasted Porterhouse or Grilled Naan to a hearth-baked Milanese Risotto, Leek, and Asparagus Tart or Warm Chocolate-Chipotle Cakes, Karlin’s unassuming yet refined kitchen sensibility shines through in every dish. With a vast knowledge of terrific ingredients, the diverse flavor characteristics of hardwoods, and the best live-fire techniques and equipment now available, Karlin is a passionate advocate for this growing trend.

Her globally inspired Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, American, and North African recipes for cooking over live flame and embers are paired with contributions from Peter Reinhart, Bruce Aidells, Deborah Madison, and other fired-up chefs. Whether you’re a seasoned barbecue expert or you just bought your first bag of lump charcoal, WOOD-FIRED COOKING will have you stoking appetites in no time.

Mmm! Is your mouth watering yet? More of her recipes include Smoked Chicken Stew with Herb Dumplings, Campfire Pork and Beans, Fire Roasted Crab, Mom’s Crazy Chocolate Cake, and many more. Not only does she have piles of recipes, she also shares tips on cooking with grills, outdoor ovens, as well as open fire cooking.

This incredible book is only $22.99, so stop by soon to claim your copy of it! See you soon!

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by admin | Comments Off
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