Now’s a good time to stock up on indoor plants since it’s a
proven fact that they are natural air purifiers
and make your indoor environment healthier!
What’s even better is you also can save on the potting soil and pots!


981B052F-7209-4FF6-B84F-E89D7BAA4796January is the best time to start planning your garden.

1. Start collecting your seeds and looking at various plants that you would like to see in your gardens.

2. Once your list is compiled, get your seeds early so you can have the best selection!

3. Consider growing your own seedlings indoors if you have the time and space.

4. Plan on building a plant stand to start seeds indoors, particularly if you have adequate light.

5. Consult your garden notebook or notes from previous years on what grew and performed best in your landscape.

6. Sterilize old containers and pots by scrubbing off old soil and debris with a scouring pad. Soak in a solution of bleach and warm water for a half-hour or so then, rinse with clear water.

Our 2020 seeds are here and our seed racks are stocked and ready – with plenty of varieties to choose from. Brands like: Lake Valley Organics, Peppers of the World, Botanical Interests and more! If you’re not sure about which variety to choose, our gardening experts will help you decide!


A new year is upon us. It may not be as exciting as the first tomato ripening or the first lilac flower opening, but it’s a time for looking ahead and making new plans.
The garden has disappeared under a thin coverlet of white which thankfully hides all the chores left undone. This temporary lull in activity is a welcome holiday from work and gives an excuse for dreaming.
For now we have time to take stock of the past with an eye toward creating an even brighter future.


I hate to add to your list of resolutions but have you considered:
  1. Taking more pictures to record your garden’s progress over the growing season? Even the view out the kitchen window changes greatly as the year marches on. Snap a picture of your garden from the same vantage point on the first day of each month and at the end of the year you’ll have a great photo essay of the rise and fall of a year in your garden.
  2. Trying your hand at building a trellis, arbor, or pergola? Even if you are not handy with tools, now is the time to try a new craft. The rustic look is in, so your project doesn’t have to be perfect to do the job and it will give you an excuse to buy that new climbing rose or another clematis.
  3. Building a compost bin? Composting is the gardener’s way of recycling old plant material into rich, soil-nourishing compost. Plants love it! Wooden pallets are often free to source and are the perfect size for making a large compost bin. See how to build a compost bin with these steps.
  4. Keeping a garden journal?  It’s useful and enjoyable to track everything you do in the garden from planting to harvest. This year, the Almanac’s Garden Planner will be launching a ground-breaking new garden journal for your phone so it’s easy to take photos as well as track everything you do, from planting to harvesting and photos to weather forecasts. It’s free with the online Garden Planner.
  5. Getting the shed or garage organized? Hang larger hand tools on hooks and nails so they’re easy to grab. Put pruners and trowels in a clay pot.
  6. Growing and cooking a new vegetable?  If you like carrots, try parsnips which cook up nutty and spicy. How about planting leeks, a milder relative of onions? One of the most under-appreciated vegetables is rutabaga, which roasts up as sweet and rich as butternut squash with a touch of pepper.
  7. Trying more organics?  Switch to organic fertilizers for your lawn. Learn about natural pest control for healthier plants in your garden.
  8. Trying a new growing method?  How about planning a square-foot-garden or a raised bed garden?  Perhaps this year, try growing tomatoes in pots?
Happy New Year!



Annuals that have been growing indoors need bright light in the winter months to grow healthy, pest-free foliage and to set flower buds.

1. During the Winter months it is really important to routinely check potted annual cuttings for moisture. If your house is warm and dry, the potting mix may dry out more rapidly. Water when the growing mix feels dry to the touch.

2. Newly sown seed will need proper moisture to ensure good germination. Do not waterlog the growing mixture.

3. Cover the plant trays with plastic, but as soon as the seeds have germinated, remove the plastic cover to protect the seedlings from damping-off disease (caused by a pathogen in soil which is aggravated by keeping the growing mix too wet).

4. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the plastic cover. Water the growing mixture when it begins to dry out slightly or before seedlings begin to look droopy. Use a mister or watering can. It is better to slightly underwater, as the former reduces the onset of diseases.

TJs TIP: Remember to keep all of your potted plants away from heat vents so as not to dry up the soil too fast. Also, those with radiant heat, raise your plants off the floor.

Here’s a great product to help with melting ice that is functional & environmentally friendly as well.

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PLEASE NOTE: Do not use Earth-Wise Ice Melt or any ice melt on concrete that is less than 1 year old.


tinytemberssmzGood News for Pellet Stove Owners & Great News for the Environment!

Get Your Premium Wood Pellets From Payne’s Today! Good News for Pellet Stove Owners & Great News for the Environment! Payne’s is proud to feature Tiny T’Embers wood pellets that are made in Albuquerque from recycled, clean, urban wood waste and/or forest restoration biomass. Choosing Tiny T’Embers can help minimize costly landfill usage and prevent devastating forest fires.

While pellet stoves have always been known for their overall efficiency and low particulate emissions, trucking in pellets from faraway places takes lots of energy and puts lots of CO2 in the air. Tiny T’Embers make using a pellet stove about as green as you can get.

Get Your Tiny T’Embers From Payne’s North and South Stores!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!


In addition to the Easter lilies, we have started some hydrangeas to have color for Easter. We are growing a blue variety, a hot pink variety and a white. I am often asked by our customers, whether hydrangeas are hardy in Santa Fe. My answer is ‘maybe’.
The hydrangea is a shrub that can handle cold temperatures but prefers acidic soil. We have very alkaline soil. Some hydrangeas will do fine in colder areas as long as the winter is not too mild. The condition a hydrangea is most sensitive to is being exposed to a freeze after an extended warm spell. Here in Santa Fe we may have a week of mild weather and then we get hit with night temperatures in the single digits.
The hydrangea prefers soil rich in organic matter and a soil that drains well. They prefer to have morning sun and afternoon shade. Our summers may be too hot and dry for them to do well. Many of our customers buy the plants, enjoy them inside for Easter then grow them on through summer in a pot where they can control the soil, sun, and fertilizer. At the end of summer, they find a spot in their yard and hope for the best. Pictures when first planted and now.




Lynn Payne is the Garden Guru, and last week Lynn answered a few questions about how to keep our houseplants healthy during the winter and discussed a few ideas.
Lynn mentioned that some of his customers like to use milk or mayonnaise to clean the leaves on their plants because it helps them look shiny and makes them vibrant. Using these home remedies is really not good for plants at all! By applying milk or mayo, these products will tend to leave a sticky residue on them and will … well… you need to listen to the Garden Guru’s tip on how to clean your leaves and what else to watch out for.

Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.




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If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or other marketing
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