Lamps ensconced in metal shades toss warm beams across New Earth Garden Center's verdant showroom, where thriving basil, tomato, and hot-pepper plants demonstrate the dirt-free wonders of hydroponic gardening. Organic provisions for soil-less and traditional planting fill shelves and display cases with supplies such as nutrients and fertilizers, eco-friendly pest control, composting supplies, and heirloom seeds whose plants bear hardy blooms, unique fruits, and stories from their seedling days of climbing trellises uphill both ways. Robust collections of wheatgrass growing kits also guide gardeners through the two week process of nutrient-packed projects and inspire future harvests.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps to inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
The fresh scent of flowering plants, modest-sized trees, and hardwood mulch wafts about the greenhouse of Maple Crossing Nursery. Water droplets mist the leaves and petals of take-home flora—shrubs, bushes, and perennials—selected for their ability to flourish in the humid climate of Kentucky and southern Indiana. An arsenal of gardening and landscaping tools arm walk-in green thumbs for tasks such as trimming up boxwoods, mulching flower beds, and digging moats around doghouses.
The rich soil of Walnut Grove Farm—tilled throughout more than 150 years and four generations—sprouts with flowers, shrubs, and trees sold in an eponymous onsite nursery. Arched greenhouses plant their pillars in the grounds' northwest corner, where they shelter shrubs such as boxwoods and holly, annuals such as petunias, mums, and pansies, and more than 80 fragrant perennials. Mulches chipped from hardwoods and cypress join peat moss and compost to blanket exposed roots, and a Gardener's General Store stocks country essentials ranging from grass seed to locally laid eggs. Walnut Grove's green-thumbed experts also emerge beyond the nursery walls to beautify lawns with landscape designs and routine maintenance such as edging, weed control, and flamingo herding.
Before opening Tree Tech Lawn & Tree Service, owner Matthew Kelly learned everything he could about the landscaping business while working beside his father. Now with his own company, Matthew oversees a crew of skilled arborists who pride themselves on the quality of their tree and lawn care solutions. Services include pruning, trimming, and removing timber seven days a week. Technicians help boost curb appeal by removing infested shrubs before they start to spread, or eradicating an old tree that has claimed it will cast out a plague of wild animals through its infected tree hollow.
When Simon Huber arrived in southern Indiana from Baden-Baden, Germany in 1843, he knew how to do two things particularly well: grow fruit and make wine. What started out as Simon's humble, 80-acre operation, today stretches across more than 600 acres as one of the state's oldest wineries. It remains a family business, too, with seventh-generation Hubers at the helm.
Open seven days per week, 12 months a year, the facility features u-pick fruits and veggies, a bakery, a cafe, and even a family farm park. All of this activity bustles above the wine cellar, which resides underground beneath the Huber's restored 1938 barn. There, the family transforms 18 different varieties of grapes into award-winning wines, combining modern equipment with old-world winemaking techniques.