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7 Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

7 Plants That Are Poisonous To Pets

Spring showers make spring flowers! But be mindful of the top plants that are toxic to pets!

Dogs dig under all plants so many of the flowers in your yard may be an issue. You may not even realize it!

You can ask our staff more about each of the below if these are your fave but it’s risky and potentially dangerous if your animals nibble on these.

According to the ASPCA, the list is long – so please visit their site for the complete list (more than 700 plants). Here are the more common plants found that pet parents should be careful around when they have their animals with them:

  • Amaryllis

amaryllis

Vomiting (not horses), depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia, tremors.

  • Apricot – scary pits for dogs to choke on

Stems, leaves, seeds contain cyanide, particularly toxic in the process of wilting: brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, shock.

  • Alocasia (or Elephant’s Ear)

Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting (not horses), difficulty swallowing.

  • Sago Palm

Vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death.

  • Azalea

Vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure. 

  • Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of mouth , tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

  • Lily of the Valley

Vomiting, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, disorientation, coma, seizures.

The ASPCA is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

Resources: Always have the ASPCA’s site saved and bookmarked.

 

MARCH CUSTOMER OF THE MONTH: MEET PUPPY, BOWIE

MARCH CUSTOMER OF THE MONTH: MEET PUPPY, BOWIE

Meet Bowie – our March Customer of the Month!

We love Bowie! Why was Bowie nominated for March?  “It’s so much fun to see how much he’s grown since the first time he visited us at Fang! He had to be a Spotlight because he stole our hearts,” according to Fang and Feather’s owner, Nancy Fedelem. We asked Anna (pet parent) to tell us a little about Bowie.

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Bowie
  2. What is the name of your pet? Anna Heston
  3. What breed is your pet? Boston Terrier
  4. How old is your pet? 4 months
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? He snores like a pig
  6. What is their favorite treat?  Beef Trachea 
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Playing with Bowie
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Bo Bo
  9. What has your pet taught you? That dogs are babies
  10. Where does your pet sleep? Pup bed in living room, cuz he snores
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? That I’m a dog mom too

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang & Feather can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangandfeatherpdx.com. 

Fang & Feather Re-Brands Logo, Name and Website to Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Fang & Feather Re-Brands Logo, Name and Website to Fang! Pet & Garden Supply

Fang & Feather opened its doors in 2012 in the growing Kenton neighborhood where owners could walk from their houses or apartments to find a friendly store stocked with a wide variety of affordable supplies, including food, toys, and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, bunnies and other small animals.

Six years later in our new home on Lombard, we are re-branding with a refreshed logo and name. “Fang! Pet & Garden Supply better reflects who we are as a company after expanding over the last year. Fang! Is what people know us as and Pet & Garden Supply is what we have to offer our awesome customers. We have spent a lot of time growing the products that we offer as a full line pet supply store. At the same time, we have been building our garden center that carries houseplants year-round and also have a seasonal outdoor garden center that carries a full line of outdoor plants for every aspect of your plant-loving person needs,” explains owner, Nancy Fedelem.

Fang! Pet & Garden Supply: Why We’re Re-branding

The personal service and attention that the store’s team gives their customers will not change! It now includes a unique skill set that focuses on the garden center.

 This Q&A with Nancy will answer a few questions about the new look and feel.

Q1. How will Fang Pet & Garden Supply be different than Fang & Feather?

A1. New website www.FangPetGardenSupply.com launches on March 19.

You’ll see new and better signage both inside and outside the store. We will have a new neon sign on the front of the building so it’s easier to see the store as you are driving. We will also have a sign on the west side of the building for better visibility.

Things that won’t change! Our great customer service! Our great products! And our store hours.

Q2. Is the entire staff well versed in gardening or are there specific team members the community should rely on?

A2. We have a dedicated staff for our seasonal outdoor garden center that can answer all your gardening and plant questions. Inside the store, our staff will be able to answer basic questions and help you with all your houseplant needs along with all your pet supply needs.

Q3. What are you most excited about?

A3. I’m excited about our new logo, it’s a nice fresh look at who we are as a company. It has a nostalgic feel to our old logo with the circular design element and large capital “F” but at the same time, the new fresh font makes the design more energic to reflect the recent changes that Fang! has seen as we have added new products and departments to our store.

The Site informational portal that helps our customers know what kind of products we carry and what you can expect when you visit us at the shop. We also have a new blog that offers some wonderful articles about all things dog, cat, small animals, and plant. And every month we highlight our favorite customers in a “customer spotlight” and I always look forward to learning more about our customers and seeing all their cute pictures.

Q4. Will you introduce any new product lines with the launch?

A4. We are always adding new products on a weekly basis to the shop, however, the re-branding is happening at a very important part of the year as we get ready to open our season garden center on March 31.  What better time to drop the word “feather” and add “Pet & Garden Supply.”

 

Meet Frances: February’s Customer of the Month

Meet Frances: February’s Customer of the Month

Meet Frances – our February Customer of the Month! Our owner, Nancy, nominated Frances because “she stole my heart the first time she was in the store”. We asked Bonnie and Casey to tell us a little about Frances. Enjoy this brief interview! Those ears go on forever!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Bonnie and Casey Holdahl
  2. What is the name of your pet? Frances
  3. What breed is your pet? Basset Hound
  4. How old is your pet? 8 months 
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? She barks at me when she’s raking. She stretches out as long as she can make herself.
  6. What is their favorite treat? Favorite pastime? Bully sticks, chasing other dogs at the park
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Going to Kenton Park
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Bubs, Battlebot
  9. What has your pet taught you? To play hard, plus you can buy another soaker hose!
  10. Where does your pet sleep? On the bed
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? She’s part of the family, plus she’s part of the community

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangpetgardensupply.com. 

Customers of the Month: Meet Finnegan, Sophie and Max

Customers of the Month: Meet Finnegan, Sophie and Max

We are thrilled to introduce our first Customer Spotlight trifecta! Meet Finnegan, Sophie and Max. We asked Becky about her three and what they enjoy most. Enjoy this brief interview! She has two seniors! Lucky Becky!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Becky Robbins
  2. What is the name of your pet? Finnegan, Sophie, and Max
  3. What breed is your pet? Finnegan- Lab, Sophie– pit bull, Max- chi mix
  4. How old is your pet? Finnegan- 12, Sophie- 6, Max- 13
  5. What do they do that makes you laugh? Finnegan takes his blanket everywhere he goes- he drags it around the house, takes it with him to go to the bathroom and to greet guests. Woobie travels. Sophie gives herself the zoomies for no reason. She eats and sometimes just suddenly tucks her bum and rounds circles around the house. When I hear things falling down, I know its zoomie time. Max recently learned to itch his back on the ground. He doesn’t quite have the entire move down, so he just throws himself down on the ground. If you don’t notice him, he’ll throw himself over and over until you give him a belly rub. It’s like ‘Stop. Drop. Roll” without the roll.
  6. What is their favorite treat? Favorite pastime? Treat- Code Skins from Fang, watermelon and fresh blueberries! & Pastime- Car rides, going for walks in the neighborhood and trips to the beach!
  7. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Simply being lucky enough to be their mom. I thank goodness every day they are mine. They’re rescues and I can’t imagine no one wanted them. I scored. I think they are the best dogs. Anything that makes them do the pant/smile, I just melt. Snuggle/snores are good too.
  8. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Finn- Angel Face, Boo Boo Bear; Sophie- Po Po Chanel, Poey nut nut head and Max- Maxie Million Wonder Chi
  9. What has your pet taught you? Resilience, bravery, patience and to live in the moment.
  10. Where does your pet sleep? Anywhere they want! I’m just a visitor in my own home. It’s basically a slipcovered doggie daycare.
  11. Lastly, what is most precious about your relationship? Their unconditional love. I can tell them anything and they’ll never judge me. They may also lick a tear or two if I need it! I also cherish the love they give each other. They truly look out for one another.

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting THIS year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at info@fangpetgardensupply.com. 

 

Hostess Gift Ideas: Plants for Every Personality

Hostess Gift Ideas: Plants for Every Personality

We all know that plants reduce stress. But did you know? “Being around plants helps people concentrate better in the home and workplace. Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy. This yields a higher quality result,” explains Floriculture experts. That said, here are some plants which are great hostess gift ideas.

There are four categories that people typically fall into when it comes to plants:

  1. People that only want plants that are super easy to care for like Succulents
  2. The plant lover that has an entire room in their house dedicated to plants like the Bat Flower
  3. Folks that prefer airplants over ALL other plants (that’s me!)
  4. Many of our homes are light-starved, so there are plant lovers that need low light plants

At Fang , we have something for everyone on your list this year and we highly recommend these plants as hostess gift ideas! Given the typical hostess is really stressed these are the MOST thoughtful gifts. Their animals certainly help reduce stress but this should get them through the winter months a little easier! We also sell pruners – combined with the plant is a great gift too!

Be prepared. Pick up several plants for hostess gifts and be ready for your upcoming parties!

hostess gift ideas - plants!

Put Plants Away From Pets:

Remember to put a note on your gift to suggest that your hostess gift is put somewhere safe in the house.

So safety first when it comes to our animals! It is worth noting that all plants are toxic depending on how much of that plant is consumed by your cat or dog. If you’re interested in learning more about the plants you have and which should be moved to a place out of the way of your beloved animals, visit: the ASPCA.

Remember: Our staff at Fang can help answer other questions about any of these plants. Swing by on your way to the next party to pick up one of these plants as a hostess gift idea!

Now let’s look at some of the plants we carry that are great hostess gift ideas.

There are four categories:


EASY TO CARE FOR:


Succulents

These are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. These hostess gift ideas are easy to maintain.

Echinopsis

Echinopsis

Cacti!

Super low maintenance and easy to care for! The Echinopsis cactus flower blooms overnight—and lasts only a  day. So cool!

Euphorbia

This is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants, commonly called spurge, in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Note that many cultivars are often misidentified as cacti. Important to note that they secrete a  milky latex when broken or cut and that all varieties will produce specialized leaves. What we carry is different from the common euphorbia found in landscaping in the Portland area.

Philodendron

Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family. Even inexperienced houseplant owners will have no trouble growing philodendron plants because they adapt readily to the conditions inside the home.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Philodendron Houseplants: How To Care For A Philodendron Plant

Pothos

Arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but may just keep on growing.

ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) Zanzibar Gem

Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.

Sansevieria (all varieties) or Snake Plant

Most people know it by this name or as Mother in Law’s Tongue.

Sansevieria is always at the top of any list as being one of the most tolerant of all decorative plants to survive the most unsuitable growing conditions.

Hoya

Easy to care for but exotic in appearance, hoya plants are the ideal houseplant for those who crave tropical blooms.


PLANT LOVER OR COLLECTOR:


Euphorbia

Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants, commonly called spurge, in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). There are various types you can explore these euphorbias’ at the store which are also wonderful hostess gift ideas.

Euphorbia:

  • Trigona^
  • Pachypodium^
  • Ammak
  • Lactae
  • Flanganii (Medusa Head proxy).
Large Crassula Jade

Large Crassula Jade

Large Crassula Jade

The LARGE Crassula Jade^ (Crassula is in the Succulent designation, we have a large sculpted specimen which makes it a collectible, otherwise it is very very common).

Crassula (KRAS-ew-la) & Jade Plants: The Crassula family presents an incredible range of forms, from large tree-like shrubs to plants with trailing stems ideal for hanging baskets. Most have waxy surfaces with beautiful markings and brilliant color.

Cylindropuntia Subulata (more cacti!)

Austrocylindropuntia subulata is a species of cactus native to the Peruvian Andes. The name subulata comes from the Latin subulate, for awl-like, referring to the shape of the rudimentary leaves.

Monstera Deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron)^

The Split Leaf Philodendron or Monstera deliciosa is a large popular easy-care houseplant that is not really a Philodendron at all. There is a great deal of confusion about what to call this plant because the variable names have become interchangeable.

Monstera Adonsonii (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera Friedrichsthalii (synonymous with Adansonii) is a glossy, evergreen, tropical vine native to regions of Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil. It is also called “Swiss Cheese Plant” or “Swiss Cheese Vine” because of the ever-present holes in its leaves.

Phiodendron Bipinnatifidum

Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a plant that belongs to the family Araceae and subgenus Meconostigma, one of three subgenera within the genus Philodendron. This plant is native to South America, namely to Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Sansevieria Gracilis

This plant is a caulescent, herbaceous species slightly ascending to spreading or trailing in cultivation. It forms rosettes of up to twelve conical, in-rolled, light green leaves arranged spirally.

Sansevieria Moonlight

A member of the Sansevieria Family and also known as the Mother in Law Tongue. It has thick silvery green blades. The blades then slowly mature to a soft green. Very attractive and excellent for indoors.

Ginseng Ficus^ (do you know a bonsai lover?)

Native to Malaysia, Taiwan, and other Southeast and East Asian countries, the Ginseng Ficus is an excellent choice for bonsai tree growers. Sometimes known as the Taiwan Ficus, Banyan Fig or Indian Laurel Fig, the Ginseng Ficus is characterized by the shape of its strong roots and stems.

Bat Flower

Growing Tacca bat flowers is a great way to have an unusual flower or novelty plant, both indoors and out. Bat flower info indicates the plant is actually an orchid!

Staghorn Fern^

They are Old World tropics native to Africa, northern Australia, and Southeast Asia. This large gorgeous fern looks great in a hanging basket but can also be hung against a wall because all the leaves are on one side.

^Often Available 


AIRPLANTS (TILLANDSIA):


We carry a lot of the popular varieties. We have some in bloom, others just budding, the rest are un-bloomed. These plants are very low maintenance and are also great hostess gift ideas.

The King of Airplants

The King of Airplants

Xerographica

Known as the king of air plants! A beautiful silvery green with some pink highlights. Their bloom can grow to 4 times the height of the plant. They make a beautiful centerpiece.

Caput Medusae

Added to the unusual plant section for its obvious bizarre look is the Tillandsia Caput Medusae. An air-plant also known as the Medusa’s Head Plant (different from the Euphorbia Medusa’s Head) for its similarities with the Greek mythological character Medusa.

Bradeana

Tillandsia brachycaulos is a species in the genus Tillandsia. It is native to Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela

Oaxacana

Tillandsia oaxacana is a species in the genus Tillandsia. This species is endemic to Mexico.


LOW LIGHT LOVERS:


The Zamioculcas

The Zamioculcas

ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) Zanzibar Gem*

Zamioculcas is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It is a tropical perennial plant native to eastern Africa, from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa.

Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchids do well as house plants. The Jewel Orchid or Ludisia discolor is a terrestrial orchid unlike other Orchids. Known for its foliage rather than its flowers, it is simple and easy to care for and produces lovely little white flowers.

Philodendron Cordatum*

The most common indoor philodendron is the Philodendron Cordatum, sometimes called Sweetheart Vine or Heart Leaf Philodendron. This Philodendron has heart-shaped, green leaves that are typically about 2-3 inches across and can grow much larger.

Monstera Deliciosa (Split Leaf Philodendron)*+

The Split Leaf Philodendron or Monstera deliciosa is a large popular upright growing easy-care houseplant that is not really a Philodendron at all!

Japonica Farfugium (Giant Leopard Plant)

Farfugium japonicum Giganteum aka Giant Leopard Plant. Grows in Sun to Part Sun ( It thrives in Full to Mostly Shaded conditions, does not like full sun.) Flower Color is Yellow/Gold and blooms in Fall.

Bat Flower

Growing Tacca bat flowers is a great way to have an unusual flower or novelty plant, both indoors and out. The Bat flower is actually an orchid.

Sansevieria all varieties* (see above for two)

African Mask*

The African mask plant (some think the plant looks like one) or Kris plant have veins with contrasting colors.

Ferns: (except Asparagus Fern, Bird’s Nest, and Staghorn)

A fern is a member of a group of vascular plants that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. (Ferns require more vigilance in terms of watering habits, place a tray of water under a fern to help minimize how often you need to water, daily misting is recommended to keep it looking full and happy).

Xerographica can do well in a North facing window

Xerographica (zero-grafika) are also great low light plants.

Tips:

*easy to care for

*+ easy and more attention needed

General Rule:

Dark foliage tolerates less light due to the higher levels of chlorophyll present in the leaves and variegated varieties cannot photosynthesize as readily as dark leaf varieties and thus need a little more light.

Customer of the Month: First Spotlight!

Customer of the Month: First Spotlight!

We are thrilled to introduce our new Customer Spotlight post for Fang! Meet Rudy, Junebug and Tigerlily – the FIRST pet(s) featured this month. We are really grateful for all our wonderful customers and featuring one or two a month for the world to see is our way of saying thank you – for being so awesome! We asked Suzy Day to tell us a little about her dog and cats. Enjoy this brief interview!

Rudy!

Customer Spotlight

  1. What is your name? Suzy Day
  2. What is the name of your pet? Rudy, Junebug, Tigerlily!
  3. What breed is your pet? Rudy is part Golden Retriever/Terrier and the other two are kittens
  4. How old is your pet?  Rudy is six years old and the kittens are 9 weeks old
  5. What is their favorite treat? Pig ears and soft meat treats
  6. What activity do you enjoy the most with your pet? Walking the beach and taking them to work
  7. What silly name do you call your pet when no one is around? Rudy, Squirrel
  8. What has your pet taught you? Patience
  9. Where does your pet sleep? Bedroom 

Tigerlily! The kitten! 

Our 2018 calendar

Any pets featured as a Customer of the Month will be automatically added to a new calendar we’re debuting next year. If you would like to be featured, any of the staff at Fang can connect you with the form to fill out or please email our store manager at  info@fangpetgardensupply.com.

Junebug! The other kitten… 

Plants to Help You Sleep even with Your Pet

Plants to Help You Sleep even with Your Pet

Did you know?

Half of American households own pets and half of those pets sleep either right in the bed or somewhere in the bedroom. Some studies say sleeping with pets is beneficial because people feel more secure. Other studies say people found sleeping with pets very disruptive. With that in mind, if half of the pets are sleeping with their owners then what can you do to decrease the tossing and turning! Whether you feel secure or “exhausted” is there anything proactive you can do to help?

Six Plants to help you sleep

plants


Three of the six plants you can purchase at Fang :
#1 – Spider Plant, #2 – Aloe Vera, #3 – ZZ plant

Did you ever consider plants to help you sleep even with your pet in the room? Flowers too! Yes, ordering a bed for your pet to sleep in is a smart idea but just in case you fall into the category of people that like their dogs in their beds at night, consider these six plants:

  1. Jasmine: It’s proven to reduce anxiety levels
  2. Lavender: Has many benefits but research shows it helps with stress
  3. Aloe-Vera: Emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful slumber. These are also super low-maintenance plants. (Above: #2 in the image) 
  4. Bamboo Palm: This plant is known for being a great air purifier and it provides a tropical feeling in your bedroom.
  5. The Spider Plant: The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.  (Above: #1 in the image) 
  6. The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): The ZZ plant is capable of  “cleaning” the indoor air and making it healthier for humans to breathe. (Above: #3 in the image) 

And if you don’t believe us – NASA did a study! If these ideas work for astronauts you should at least try adding one of the above.

The staff at Fang can answer any questions you have about plants to help you sleep and show you around the garden center. Come check it out today!

Pet Photos with Santa are Back!

Pet Photos with Santa are Back!

Pet Photos with Santa is back in November! Did you miss last year’s event? We’re already planning for the holiday season so we wanted to make sure you had dates well in advance for this photo shoot.

Pet Photos with Santa at Fang  in Portland, Oregon

What:

Fang will be offering fun and memorable pet photos with a jolly and pet-friendly Santa Claus. Owners will receive a high-resolution digital copy of their image to print at their convenience, be entered into a raffle and be given a special treat. The digital photo can be used on any social media platforms. Please remember to tag us!

The first 40 people will also take home a goodie bag. We look forward to seeing you!

Beneficiary:

We will be asking for a minimum of $15 donation per pet, which will benefit The Pongo Fund.

When: 

Photos will be taken from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 19 at Fang . If you can’t make that date Santa will be at Salty’s Pet Supply on November 18 from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m or December 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Three Paws Neighborhood Pet Supply. 

Photo Tips:  

Don’t forget to follow these tips from Dog Mom Days before you bring your dog to the store for their photo shoot!

  1. Prepare and bring high-value treats
  2. Make sure your dog is good with people (at least Santa!)
  3. Groom and Bathe your pup!
  4. Items to Bring: Bottle of water for you and your dog!

Portland Christmas Trees Available!

 

Fang is thrilled to host North Portland Christmas Trees in the back lot again this year. Please support this wonderful tradition and your local community by purchasing your holiday tree from the Manun family. The Maunu family has been selling Christmas trees for many years. They started in the 60’s on the front lawn of a North Portland neighborhood. Very little has changed over the years. When you come to the lot, you’ll meet the family. You will be remembered year after year. You will get a great deal for your tree too!

What! There is more?

In addition to Santa Pics, help us raise funds for the Pongo Fund throughout the holiday season -starting on November 18.

Buy a holiday ornament for $6, $16, or $26 and we will fill our windows with all the joy of the season honoring your pet and family.  In return, you’ll go home with a tasty treat for your dog or cat. The funds will help fight animal hunger, The Pongo Fund’s mission. Never heard of them? Here is a little background:

The Pongo Fund is Oregon’s only full-time charity focused on fighting animal hunger. Because hungry people have hungry pets. We work tirelessly to reduce shelter populations and keep families together by providing emergency pet food assistance to anyone in honest need. Protecting beloved family pets from the suffering, starvation, surrender, abandonment or worse, when a lack of food, but not a lack of love, is their only enemy.

Eight Fall Garden and Houseplant Tips

Eight Fall Garden and Houseplant Tips

What are your favorite fall activities?

Outside of pumpkin carving, you’re probably making hearty recipes that call for mustard greens and garlic and what about shallots? All of these veggies are perfect for your fall garden!

The Fang garden center made the transition from summer to fall over the past few weeks. We’re ready to talk about veggie starts for fall and what winter cover crops are appropriate for the season.

The advice we’re giving to customers?

This is a great time to plant out natives, adding worm castings and compost to the holes for trees and shrubs. Give them a good mulching once planted to help retain moisture and warmth.

We’re hosting an event in October!

Dug and Cover: An Introduction to Autumn Gardening. The Fang staff will host a free seminar/demo on October 14 & 15 from 12-1:30 p.m. covering Autumn Gardening.

 

Eight Fall Garden and Houseplant Tips:

#1. Veggie starts that experts recommend for fall gardens include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Arugula
  • Mustard Greens
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Endive
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic, and Shallots.

These are crops to plant now and the seedlings will overwinter.

#2. According to Fine Gardening Magazine, “Bring particularly rare or expensive plants inside. Some can go dormant in a dark basement, while others will overwinter happily in a sunny room.”

#3. Put a Succulent in it – a great fall project: Fang has a large variety of succulents that you can add to vessels. You can even place them on the top of a birdhouse. Or check out these tips on how to make a succulent wall garden!

#4. Houseplants like air plants are perfect for fall and super low-maintenance.

#5. Winter Cover Crops: It’s a good time to be working on soil improvement. By planting a cover crop in summer or fall and letting it overwinter, you can:

  • improve soil organic matter and soil fertility,
  • suppress cool-season weeds, prevent soil erosion,
  • and create a better seedbed for spring planting.

We will have Rye, Peas, Wheat, and Crimson Clover available this fall for your Northwest garden.

#6. Worm castings are a great option for fall gardening. They stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product available. Worm castings are absorbed easily and immediately by plants. They also inhibit root diseases. (Also Worm tea is a thing! It is made with the worm castings, not the worms. If you’re interested in learning more, check this article out.)

#7. Herbal advice: Cilantro can be seeded now through the beginning of October. And chives in the ground can stay or starts can be planted. Transplanting shrub herbs like rosemary, lavender, and sage can happen now. They may try to flower quickly but the growing period is pretty much done and this can help minimize transplant shock.

#8. Natives like Oregon Grape, Mountain Currant, Oregon Stonecrop, and Nookta Rose are top performers and superheroes of fall plants

Come see what’s available at Fang and get more fall garden and houseplant tips.

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