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A Scandinavian Christmas

A Scandinavian Christmas

Swansons Nursery has Scandinavian roots and so do two of our veteran employees: Inger and Rolf. Both of whom have been with us over decades and have helped shaped Swansons to be the warm and welcoming place it is today. As the holidays approach, we would like to share the stories of their Christmas traditions. God Jul!

7 Awesome Tomato Varieties Everyone Should Grow (At Least Once)

7 Awesome Tomato Varieties Everyone Should Grow (At Least Once)

It’s the height of tomato-planting season and Swansons is stocked to capacity with tons of tomatoes of all shapes, colors, and sizes. With so many choices, it can be difficult to settle on just one or two (or seven or eight) varieties to grow.  Here are seven of our favorites that we think everyone should grow – at least once!

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Our annual veggie collection has arrived, and every year we receive more questions on porch and patio gardening: “I’d like to eat healthier by growing more fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs on my apartment balcony or windowsill, where do I start?” With so many varieties of plants and so little space, getting a successful start to container gardening can be daunting, but local landscaping and edible gardens consultant Amy Pennington has written Apartment Gardening to get you growing.  

Preserving The Harvest With Rolf Hokansson

Preserving The Harvest With Rolf Hokansson

What a glorious and beautiful time of year. The leaves are turning vibrant colors and this year the tomatoes were still ripening well into October! Besides the traditional autumnal activities like decorating with corn stalks and gourds, carving pumpkins and exploring hay mazes, with the shorter days comes a gentle slowing down of the garden and time to think about how to handle the abundance of produce that this long, hot summer has provided.

A Feast That Was... Well, Incredible

A Feast That Was... Well, Incredible

24 farmers, 24 chefs, 1 winery, 2 breweries, and 275 ravenous guests: this year's Incredible Feast was quite a party. We're still dreaming of the fabulous food and entertaining company (we met so many great people) so we thought we'd share some of the highlights - including a recipe from the feast itself!

Yikes! What’s Eating My Plants?

Yikes! What’s Eating My Plants?

While heading outside to do a little weeding on a recent sunny day I decide to check out my currant bushes. Two years ago I planted one bush each of red, white and black currants and I expect this year I’ll have a nice big crop. What the heck!?! The leaves had been chewed on and in some cases only the leaf stem and veins were left!