Fall is a great time of year to think about your landscape and home maintenance needs.
Clean gutters and downspouts Blow leaves and other debris off your roof Clear landscape lawn and beds of leaves and other debris Check windows and doors for air leaks - caulk or insulate Fireplace? Make sure the damper can be completely closed Check any outside lighting fixtures - clean and update lamps with LED lights Check smoke detector batteries
Fall is a great time of year to review your home’s landscaping. What maintenance or updating will help improve your home’s “curb-appeal” and the personal enjoyment of your family? Your home’s outdoor living environment can be just as important as its interior design.
Contact Deal’s to help you develop a landscaping plan for your family!
Deal’s News and Blog site is now searchable by a category or by a tag.
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Today we have only one open entrance to our office. We have a call in to the city to see where we may be able to set a temporary sign to show folks how to get in here. If you are familiar with our place of business and want to brave the traffic, the eastern most driveway is open. That's where we hope to place some sort of sign. Otherwise, here's what our parking lot looks like for now.
Yes! We are still in business even though it doesn't look like it at the moment. Our sign is inside ready to be repainted. Once that's done, we will work on setting the pillars back to hold it in it's new place.
We really do appreciate your patience and continued support during the reconstruction of Dayton-Xenia Road!
Deal’s is open for business as usual - really! Our sign is down and being moved. Nursery stock has been moved to our side and rear lots. Check our blog page for more information as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as construction continues on Dayton-Xenia Road.
A panoramic view of Deal’s lot… from across the street. The lot looks a bit bleak - we’ve relocated our stock to the side and back of the barn..When the widening project begins we’ll be relocating our sign and losing several feet of our lot frontage.
We are now located on a gravel road! (Or at least a small piece of a gravel road). Today we had the road crew and our crews in for a lunchtime cookout. While they were here, we got an update. They are hoping to have the road reopened next Thursday. I guess our semi-vacation will be over.
Hard to believe, but we’re all ready at mid-summer. This is great time to start thinking about fall landscape updates.
Autumn is a great time to add trees, shrubs, and perennials to your landscape - or a time to replace overgrown/worn out specimens. Early planting allows plantings to become well established before winter, ready for the growth spurt of next spring.
Need help with planning your landscape update? Contact Deal’s! We’d love to visit your home and suggest updates/improvements for your home’s landscape.
Dayton-Xenia Road has been closed in front of Deal’s…
The road in front of our shop is closed. We're guessing it's for tonight only since the sign still says closed for 10 days starting July 17. Yesterday, the road crew closed one lane and dug a very large deep hole in front of our lower driveway. All day today there was a thick metal sheet over the hole. Tonight, there are large lights, an open hole, and a crew working on the closed road.
We now have an official road closure date. July 10-20 the road will be closed for the culvert replacement; it contains the creek that runs along the east side of our property. We will remain open during the road closure. We will still be making deliveries and our parking lot will be accessible from the west. If you need directions, please give our office a call at 937-426-2118.
After many requests, our organically grown warm season vegetables, mostly tomatoes and peppers, are ready to make their appearance this weekend. They are out of the greenhouse and slowing getting adapted to being in full sunlight. Posted here are the varieties we will have. Please keep in mind, quantities of some varieties are limited. As we previously posted, if you visit during the week, expect short delays from the road work. During the weekends, so far, there have been no road workers and no delays. Last we heard, the road closure will not begin before June first. Hope to see you soon! Tomato Varieities Pepper Varieties
Spring has sprung! After a beautiful week of sunny weather, the cool season vegetable plants are ready to be planted. Lettuce, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are all out for you to choose. We may also have basil and parsley plants available soon.
Warm season vegetables - tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and a few melons are coming along nicely. Looks like they will be ready in early May.
New nursery stock is arriving every week. Most of the evergreen, shade and ornamental trees are here. Shrubs and perennials are arriving almost every day. At the moment, we're less than organized, but we can usually find what you're looking for - just ask! (Contact Deal’s)
Just heard back from the city with an update on the road work and closure. At this time it looks like the road will not be closed until after June 1. Until then, there will be periodic disruptions, but no closures.
The gas lines are just starting to be relocated, which will take about a month.
Near the end of April, the electric, phone and fiber lines will be relocated which will also take about a month.
Once that is accomplished the road will be closed for a period of about ten days at the eastern corner of our property. This is to replace the culvert for the creek that runs through our property. After that, at least one lane of traffic, and usually 2, will be open, but with periodic delays.
In the meantime, if you would like to know the road conditions at the moment for a planned trip to visit us, just call our office and we will walk outside and give you as much of an update as we can see in both directions.
Seed Potatoes Just arrived! Certified Organic seed potatoes. This year our choices include Purple Viking, Red Gold and Yukon Gold. Asparagus Roots Also new this year, we have Jersey Supreme Asparagus roots in stock. These are one year crowns, however they are conventionally grown rather than organic. So far, we haven't found a good source for organic asparagus roots. As soon as it warms up a bit, it will be a great time to get the asparagus in the ground. Shortly after that, it's potato planting time!
We will get updates on greenhouse grown organic vegetable seedlings as they come along. The cold weather has slowed them down quite a bit, but eventually they'll catch up.
Hope to see you soon. We’ll update our Deal’s Blog page often as we move into spring!
As you may know, the road in front of Deal’s will be widened this year. We don’t have a firm start date yet, but the first thing scheduled is replacement of the culvert at the east corner of our property. This stage of the construction will result in the road being closed. During that time our western most, uphill, driveway will remain open but the eastern drive will likely be blocked with equipment.
Our mulch piles will be relocated. So, mulch (and anything else we have) will still be available through the whole construction project.
Our sign will also be relocated. Hopefully, we will be able replace it with something as close to the existing sign as possible. Keep your fingers crossed!
We will post updates as we know more. Keep checking back.
t may still be February, but some herbs and vegetables are already up and growing in the greenhouse. New this year, after several requests last year, we will have the much asked for mint. Spearmint adds a fresh flavor to many dishes. As with all mints, be sure to grow in a contained area, or you may want to try growing in a pot to keep it in check. It will tolerate light shade and can be harvested by pinching off leaves whenever needed. Mmmmm mojito.
We are also trying Artichokes this year; although we only started a few to see how they do. The young plants of the ‘Green Globe’ variety are lovely. We aren’t sure if we will harvest any fruits this year or if we will try to overwinter them for harvest next year. We’ll give them a somewhat sheltered spot and see how it goes. At worst, looks like we will have some great ornamental plants.
Another new start for this year is St. John’s Wort. Even if we don’t harvest the herb, we will have a great small shrubby groundcover with bright yellow flowers in late summer. This is a plant native to our area, so we should have no problems if we give it a spot with cool morning sun. It can self seed, so we will plant in an easy access place where we can control possible new plants.
Those are newbies we know about. There may be others to come. We’re just getting started. Stay tuned!
Beavercreek’s winter has been fairly mild so far, but this is not the time to ignore your landscape, particularly if you added new plants this past fall or a new live Christmas tree. Adequate watering is necessary over the winter months for your landscape. Dorment plants, old or new, require watering to survive the winter. Have questions? Contact Deal’s if you have questions or need help.
Warmer wet weather feels a lot like spring! It really will be here before we know it. Our Seed Savers Exchange seeds have arrived, just in time to get a head start on your gardens.
Many seeds in our selection are certified organic.
Here’s an abbreviated list of what we have available… Arugula 10 varieties of beans, broccoli 2 types of beets Red and green cabbage Corn 2 varieties of carrots A medley of cucumbers, endive, eggplant, ground cherry A multitude of herbs 3 types of kale Leeks 5 varieties of lettuce Melon, onion, peas, peppers, radishes, and spinach A collection of 8 squash Swiss chard An assortment of tomatoes, turnips and watermelon.
Live and freshly cut trees, roping, and wreaths arriving Thanksgiving week. Contact Deal’s soon for help in decking your halls with Christmas cheer. Custom designed grave blankets are a speciality of Deal’s, as well as custom roping and specially designed wreaths created just for you.
Need outdoor lighting to trim your house? Deal’s offers economical LED lighting to beautify your home for the holidays.
Praying Mantis egg case found on Pimiento Pepper plant - I'm not sure if I should eventually cut the stem of the pepper plant and wire the egg case to an evergreen branch for winter protection, or not. Will have to do some research. I could just leave the plant in the garden all winter. Not sure which would be best.
Yes, spring is many months away, but this is a great time to start thinking about your yard and landscape in 2017. Contact Deal’s for help and suggestions for next year’s landscape, yard, and gardens at your home.
Winter’s coming! Cold temps, ice, snow, and generally yucky conditions making paths, sidewalks, and driveways a mess. Contact Deal’s to schedule snow removal for your home or business. Deal’s offers seasonal contracts or on-call snow removal.
Hard to believe, but the holiday season starts in just a few weeks - Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, and New Years. Deal’s can help you decorate you home for the holidays - live and cut trees, roping, grave blankets, and home lighting. Want to know more? Contact Deal’s.
Fall has arrived! That means that leaves are coming down, burying your yard and landscape. Contact Deal’s for leaf removal and general cleanup of your landscape, not to mention preparation for winter and next year’s garden wakeup.
Fall is a great time to refresh your landscape with new plantings - as well as preparing your landscape for winter. Check for dead stems and branches or overgrown shrubs.
This is the time to think about adding new spring flowering bulbs to your garden. Who doesn’t enjoy the sight of of crocuses and snowdrops pushing up through any late season snow? Followed, of course, by daffodils, tulips, and many other spring flowers.
Yes, it’s still the first of August, but you should begin to plan for next year’s lawn! Deal’s is now scheduling fall aeration and over-seeding. Regular aeration and over-seeding are essential to maintaining a thick, weed free lawn on an Organic program. Aeration allows improved water and gas exchange; it destabilizes the soil, making room for fresh root growth.
Also, if you’re using Corn Gluten pre-emergent weed control late fall and next spring, aeration will greatly improve weed control in your lawn.
We’re busy applying the second round of Liquid Seaweed to your yard!
Brown Patch Fungus has caused some concerns this year - the humid weather along with all the rainfall has created conditions where the thatch and grass remain wet for extended periods, which is great for fungus but not for your yard.
BPF rarely does any permanent damage and intervention is not needed, BPF will die out as the weather becomes less humid and we approach fall. Organic Earth’s Seaweed Spray provides plant sugars that promote the growth of microbes that feed on fungus.
If you’re using irrigation systems, you should reduce how often they run. Too much water can be bad for your lawn and landscape, leaching out important soil nutrients and depriving plant roots of oxygen.
This is a great time to plan your new outdoor living areas! Deal’s can design and estimate areas from small shady sitting areas to full outdoor kitchens. Give us a call or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our designers and we will be able to install your perfect personalized space before the leaves turn colors this fall.
For your vegetable gardens we now have two compost choices. The same mushroom compost we've had for several years and now a new organic compost. The organic compost is not certified, but if you are a certified grower, it passes certification standards. Please call for more information or contact us.
Safe to plant?
May 03, 2016
It’s early May - the conservative safe planting date in our area is usually mid-May. While Deal’s is not making any recommendation about a safe planting date this early in the spring, you might want to consider setting out your seedlings. Be aware, of course, that you may need to protect tender plants from any late spring frost.
Tomato and Pepper Starts available as of 04/22/2016
Lacinato Kale, Yellow of Parma Onions and 2 or 3 types of lettuce are ready for sale. The lettuce is a little small yet, but I planted some at home and they've grown just fine through the storms and cold the last few days.
Popular mid-season variety from Holland. Smooth red skin and deep golden inside. Moist, creamy texture with a delicate flavor. Reliable and easy to grow. An excellent choice for a general cooking potato.
La Ratte (fingerling)
Long prized by French chefs. Highly recommended and an absolute delight to cook with. Long, uniform tubers with yellow flesh and a firm texture and a nice nutty flavor. Holds together very well. Especially good for potato salad or boiled.
Smooth, thin yellow skin with creamy yellow flesh. Stands up well to any kind of cooking, baking, frying, mashing and salads – dry heat or moist. Sweet tasty potato that stores very well
This is a great time to start thinking about your landscape maintenance needs for 2016. Deal’s offers a full line of very affordable landscape maintenance programs including Organic Earth & Lawn Care™. Our Organic Earth™ program has a proven track record of earth-friendly turf and garden enrichment and maintenance. Want to learn more? Contact Deal’s