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Halloween Decorating Themes & Trends

A Fortune of Findings Ghostly Figures Season of the Witch Haunted Houses Bare Bones Apothecary Pumpkin Patch Halloween has grown to be the second most decorated holiday. Therefore, take a grave approach to help make your home the envy of every trick-or-treater in the neighborhood. With our boo-tique style decor pieces, we have the widest…

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All About Asters

Asters

When it comes to fall annual flowers, Asters seem to always be overshadowed by the ever more popular Garden Mum. The Robin to the Batman. Skipper to Barbie. Patrick to Spongebob… you get it. However Asters offer a plethora of garden opportunities that will make you think twice before passing by at the garden center.…

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Mum’s The Word

Garden Mum

Mum’s the word – Chrysanthemum that is. Because it’s no secret at all where to find Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland Area’s biggest, most beautiful selection of garden mums. How It All Began World Famous Garden Mums We Do Things A Little Bit Differently Alsip Home & Nursery is the biggest and best Independently owned Garden…

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Hanging Basket Care

petunia hanging basket

01Watering Basket Plants02Fertilizing with Jack’s Classic Petunia FeED03Maintaining Plants in Hanging Baskets04Best Flowering Annuals for Hanging Baskets Nothing brightens up the patio like a collection of hanging basket full of vibrant annual blossoms and cascading foliage. They’re perfect for trying out exotic new varieties of flowers and playing around with different color schemes. While the…

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The Meaning of Easter Lilies and Other Seasonal Plants

01The Importance of Easter Lilies Nothing beats the feeling of excited anticipation as we wait for fresh spring flowers to emerge. Beautiful blossoms in every color of the rainbow bring forth an air of positivity and rejuvenation, instantly adding a spring to your step. It seems this season is appropriately named! Gifting flowers to family…

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Creating a Desktop Terrarium

01Top 5 Plants for Terrariums 02 Creating a Terrarium 03 Terrarium Care Sometimes a little desk decor can spruce up our workspace enough that we dread heading to the office just a little less. The same can be applied to our homes – a couple of lovely accents can turn a room we like into a place we love instead of a…

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Valentine’s Day Gift Plant Guide

With Valentine’s Day just a heartbeat away, it’s time to think about how we’ll spoil our sweethearts this year! While a bouquet of flowers makes a thoughtful, traditional gift, why not treat your special someone to a live plant that can flourish all year? These popular Valentine’s Day plants are so perfect for the occasion, your significant other will fall in love at first sight.

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Superb Superbowl Recipes

Whether or not you’re a football fan, there’s an undeniable appeal to the Superbowl festivities – the camaraderie, the intriguing and oh-so-expensive advertisements, and of course, the food. From old standbys like fried chicken and mouth-watering meatballs, to exciting international fare, everyone looks forward to the Superbowl spread just as much as the game itself.…

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Grilling a Christmas Ham & Tips for Winter Grilling

Tips for Grilling a Christmas Ham

From hanging Christmas lights to shoveling the walkway, we always have more to do than we have time for over the holiday season. If the season is truly about giving, we should give ourselves a break whenever we can! Christmas dinner, for example, has the potential to consume all of our time and energy, leaving us too exhausted or distracted to enjoy our guests’ company. The perfect solution? A grilled Christmas ham! This crowd-pleasing holiday meat comes pre-loaded with succulent flavor and nearly ready to serve. All that’s left to do is add some heat – and any excuse to use the grill is good enough for us!

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Easy Holiday Recipes to Impress Your Guests

Eggnog Recipe

When the holiday season finally rolls around, we find ourselves surrounded by our closest friends, family, loved ones, and, of course, food. From the hors-d’oeuvres being passed around at parties to the cornucopia of delicious dishes filling our Christmas Day dinner tables, there are dozens of opportunities to bring the best from our kitchens. Put your best foot (or, rather, food) forward with these seriously simple recipes that everyone will love!

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Guide to Holiday Gift Plants

Holiday Gift Plants

At the heart of it, the holidays are about gathering together, and if we’re doing it right, our front doors should be getting a lot of mileage around this time of year. Since many of our season’s greetings happen at our doorways, we want our front porch to make a welcoming impression. We can do that by creating “porch-pot” arrangements with winter greenery.

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Real vs Lifelike Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree

As much as we love the holiday season, it’s a time filled with competing priorities. We want to have a home filled with jolly decor and inviting aromas, but we’re also busy balancing our time between the trays of Christmas baking and to-do lists that are as jammed as an Imperial cookie! So when it comes to Christmas trees, we’re left with a choice: would we rather save some extra time by cutting out the tree maintenance, or are we dedicated to the tradition of a live tree?

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Christmas Tree Styling Tips

Christmas Tree Styling Tips When the air chills and snow falls, the countdown to Christmas begins. It’s the same story every year: a shopping list as long as your arm, a hundred cards to send, and a pile of presents to wrap. There’s also the matter of the tree, which will undoubtedly be the same…

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Game On: New Recipes for Football Season

Creamy Corn and Salsa Dip

Game day means its time to gather with friends and family to cheer on the local team – be it Friday night lights, Saturday afternoon tailgates, or spending your whole Sunday on the couch razzing your fantasy team online. No matter how you celebrate football season, food is a quintessential component to the action. Alsip…

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Herb Gardening

Fresh herbs are a valuable commodity in any chef’s kitchen! And they can be expensive if not homegrown. That’s why home herb gardening is growing in popularity, as the demand for fresh ingredients and bold flavors has skyrocketed the past few years! Although we carry a selection of herb plants year-round, our best variety is…

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Top Tips for Seed Starting

Before We Get Started, Get a Plan! What Type of Garden Do You Want? A vegetable garden requires full sun and plenty of water. A flower garden can be grown in sun or shade, depending on the plants you choose. No space, no worries! Container gardening allows you to grow veggies, fruit and flowers right…

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Picking the Perfect Houseplant

Why are Houseplants Beneficial? Provide more oxygen for the home or office. Increasing humidity. This is good during the winter months when the air in the home is very dry. Reduce levels of some pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. They can even filter tiny fecal matter particles out of the…

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Christmas Lights for Beginners

Christmas Lighting 101 Have a Plan What and where do you want to decorate with lights? Roof, peaks, railings , pillars, trees, shrubs. Know Your Measurements Figure out the height and width of each area you want to hang lights. For trees and shrubs best guess on height that you want lit. Locate Your Power…

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5 Reasons to Have Plants in the House

Now that cold temperatures are here, you can feed your inner gardener by getting beautiful indoor plants to accent your home. Houseplants of many shapes, sizes, colors and textures can satisfy that instinctual craving to be around live plants. Not only is keeping  houseplants a fun recreational activity, it also promotes a healthier lifestyle in…

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Give Grafted Tomatoes a Try This Season!

So What is Grafting Anyway? You may have heard lately about grafted tomato plants and you have begun to wonder what this means and why they might cost a little bit more than “standard” tomato plants. No, it’s not a weird GMO thing that we do to the plants. Basically, grafting is a centuries-old process…

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Holiday Eats & Good Treats

One of the best things about the holidays is the parties! And the best thing about the parties? FOOD! Stonewall Kitchen not only offers incredible gourmet foods, but also fantastic recipes to try everything and really impress your guests! Browse the menu below of some of our favorite recipes using these great products. They’re sure…

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2016 Christmas Theme Trees

Every year, and actually all year, not just the Christmas season, our team of expert designers spend countless hours on our famous themed Christmas trees! Starting with the selection of products and colors to best match the theme ideas, and then eventually building, designing, and decorating the trees. These trees and collections are our pride…

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Prune Perennials and Create Stunning Summer Bouquets

Pruning Perennials Now that it is OFFICIALLY summer, many early spring/early summer flowering perennials will be ready to be cut back. Most of these perennials can be cut back to about 10-12” above the ground and will bloom again after just a few weeks. Now the quickest method is to just hack the whole plant down to size and…

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What are Cool Season Crops?

These crops are cooler than you think!             What is a cool season crop? Cool season varieties (often called “cole crops”) are best harvested in cooler temperatures of spring or fall (or winter for our mild climates gardeners). The temperature is important because heat can encourage bolting (prematurely flower), which…

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Ready? Set? Sprout!

Why Should YOU Sprout? Sprouts are by far more nutrient dense than their mature plant versions. This is because a seed is not just a baby plant, it is also a tiny package of nutrients and enzymes ready to spring into action at germination. While types of sprouts vary, generally, studies show sprouting increases the…

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Houseplant Care Tips

Discover Beautiful Houseplants such as bamboo, ferns, orchids, kalanchoes and more at Alsip Home & Nursery

Alsip Home & Nursery has one of the largest selections in the area of the highest quality house plants to make your interior space as interesting and soothing as your exterior landscape. Our eclectic selection of new and unusual plants combined with help from our knowledgeable staff can help make your home or office more beautiful…

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Create An Indoor Environment

Here is the recipe to fully planting your indoor environment: One 8” or 10” (container size) Plant per 100 square feet One Small 4” or 6” (container size) plant in your personal breathing zone (6-8 cubic feet), for example, on your desk or night stand 15-20 plants for 1500 sq. feet To successfully grow house…

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Christmas Light Tips

Christmas Light Tips Here are some quick tips to help you get your Christmas decorations and lights set up and perfected in no time at all! November is the Best Time to Decorate There’s no sense in waiting until the week before Christmas to hang your outdoor lights and other decorations. We have been fortunate to have…

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Get Happy With Houseplants

Find Houseplants at Alsip Home & Nursery

Pressure of hectic schedules, urging responsibilities and other factors cause fatigue and strain. Each day the typical person spends 90% indoors, thus depriving ourselves from the natural world and building stress from our enclosed environments. Treat incorporating plants into your decor the same as you would the paint color or carpet texture. When we fulfill our…

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Ditch the Roses this Valentine’s Day…

…And Buy A House Plant! Yes, you heard us correctly, forget the plain old bunch of a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day this year.  Or maybe we should say, don’t get JUST a bunch of cut roses or other flowers. Sure, they look great at first, but how long do they really last? Maybe a…

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Top 5 Decorated Christmas Trees

This Year’s Top Trends in Tree Decoration This year there are a lot of great trends in holiday home decor. Here at Alsip Home & Nursery, we strive to be your go-to for the latest in trendy decor and as always, bring you the Best of Every Season! We have a great selection of ornaments,…

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Protect your Winter Landscape with Wilt Stop

The use of Wilt Stop by Bonide will greatly benefit many plants in your landscape throughout the harsh winter months. The all organic product is derived from pine sap and is available in a ready to use spray and concentrate.  It is simple and easy to use for all homeowners. Apply Wilt-stop in the fall…

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