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In-Store Shopping starting Friday, May 22

In-Store Shopping starting Friday, May 22

We will be welcoming you back into our greenhouse and nursery starting Friday, May 22.  In order to facilitate a safe experience for all our customers and staff, please note the following expectations:

* If you have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or if you are sick or feeling un-well, PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME.

* We will be restricting the number of customers allowed in at any time.  Please just one or maximum 2 people per household.  

* Follow the physical distancing guidelines at all times... in lineups outside, in the nursery and greenhouse and with our staff members.

* Each shopper must use a shopping cart.  These will be sanitized between customers.

* No outside food or beverages.

* No pets permitted

* Washrooms will not be available.  Please plan accordingly.

* All sales are final.  We are not able to handle returns or exchanges at this time.

* Payment in-store by debit, Visa or MasterCard.

* Please note:  Our staff will not be able to spend the time and attention that you are used to from us.

* If possible, please come prepared with a shopping plan.

* Initially, hours will be 11:00 am - 5:00 pm with last entry into the nursery at 4:30.  These may be adjusted as needed in the future.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

  • Kristin Ego
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for all your support this spring during these really challenging times!

It hasn't been easy for anyone and we are working very hard behind the scenes to help you get the plants and products you want this spring as easily and safely as possible.

Many of you have emailed of phoned in with lots of questions about the process for online ordering and scheduled pick up and delivery.  Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked...

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. I want to place an order and pick it up at Ego’s, when can I do this? When are you open?

A. You can place your order online anytime.  When you check out you will be given a list of dates and time windows to select for pick-up. Each window is 15 minutes long and you are expected to show up in the time you select.

Have your order number ready when you arrive and one of our staff will bring the cart to your car OR if it is a larger or bulky order (e.g. mulch, soils, etc) it may be set out for you at one of our designated loading areas and you will be directed to it.

 

Q. What if I just need a couple of things I missed on my first order?

A. Right now there’s no way to open up an existing order and add on to it. We’re working on it but it’s not possible now. You can add a second order and ask for the same time slot (as long as it is still available) and reference the first order number in the notes.  We will do our best to arrange them together for pick up.

 

Q. I just went on your site but the item I’m looking for isn’t on here, can I still buy it?

A. We’re working as fast as possible to load as many items online as we can, but we have thousands of items to upload. Chances are our team is working to add that item to our Online Store. For some items, they might not be in stock yet. If/when they become available, they will be added!

 

Q. I really need my order today, can I pick-up my order the same day?

A.  At check out you’ll see our pick-up windows for the next 3 days, depending on how many orders we have, you might find one that works great for you. If we’re experiencing high order volume the pick-up dates/times might be limited.

 

PRE-ORDERING 

Q. I would like to schedule an order for a few weeks from now, can I do that?

A.  Sorry, to best manage our inventory and ensure that flowers and plants are at peak freshness we currently can only accept orders for delivery/pick-up a maximum of 3 days ahead.

 

Q. I know what I want to plant in my garden already, can I pre-order everything from you now?

A. We are no longer able to take any pre-orders. We just don’t have the space to pull them and keep them!  We can only process orders for the next 3 days currently.

 

Q. I want to place an order for a plant/product I know Ego’s usually has or grows, but it’s not online. What do I do?

A.  We’re working as hard as we can to organize our thousands of plants and hundreds of other products so we can bring them to our online store. When plants are in stock and ready to go we’ll add them to the site!

 

CHANGES TO YOUR ORDER

Q. I just placed an order but I forgot to add something my order, can I add on to it somehow?

A. Once an order is in, it’s in. You are welcome to make a new order but we’re unable to add on products to the same order. If you do place a second (or third) order you’ll need to pick a new pick-up window and it might not be at the same time or even the same day as your first.

The best we can do is you can include in the Notes at check out that you just placed another order or have another order in already and reference that Number. We’ll do our best to try and pull them together. 

 

DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS

Q. I placed an order for delivery and chose the delivery day, when will it come?  

A.  We will give you a call the morning of your scheduled delivery as soon as we have established the route for the day to give you an approximate time.  

Our driver will unload your order to the side of your driveway or other accessible location by truck.

 

REDEEMING GIFT CERTIFICATES

Q. Can I use my Ego’s gift card to pay for my Online Purchase?

A. Not yet. We’re working on this but our Online Store and in-store Point of Sale system that our gift card balances are stored in don’t ‘talk’ to each other. Gift cards will still be honoured in-store when we re-open. For now, they won’t work for online check-out.   If you have a list of what items you would like from our online store you can email us the list and reference your gift certificate number for redemption and we’ll arrange to get your order in.  You will then be added into our pick up schedule with in the next 3 days.

 

  • Kristin Ego
Seeds are a great way to get started!

Seeds are a great way to get started!

Seeds are a great way to get started!

So as we get excited about Spring finally arriving – buying and planting seeds is a good ‘spring’ activity that you can do when it is still cold out.

A few considerations...  the frost free date is the ‘official’ date when the risk of a killing frost is less than 50%…  for Ontario we use some old data from the 80’s that might not take into effect the recent climate change issues – but here is a chart that will get you close to the time it is safe to plant out tender flowers and vegetables.Cuc seedlimgs in peat pots 1

Barrie  May 26
Hamilton  Apr. 29
Kapuskasing  Jun. 12
Kingston  May 2
Kitchener  May 11
London  May 9
Ottawa  May 6
Owen Sound  May 12
Peterborough  May 18
Sudbury  May 17
Thunder Bay  Jun. 1
Timmins  Jun. 8
Toronto  May 9
Windsor  Apr. 25

 

But we can play with seeds ahead of the frost free dates – both indoors and out in the garden.

Veg and Flower gardens have 2 types of seedling processes – one is for seeds you need to start indoors ahead of putting plants into the garden while the other activity is with seeds you plant directly outdoors into your garden beds.

Plants we start in our greenhouses are the same types of plants you could grow yourself indoors on your windowsill or start under artificial light. Typically we start indoors ahead of the season tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers and squashes  – all plants that need warm soil and take a long time to fruit. The annual flowers we start ‘indoors’ include begonias, marigolds, alyssum, petunias and other slow to grow flowers.

A few things to know about starting seeds indoors:

1) Clean is key – you need to use ‘sterile’ seedling mix as bacteria and slimy stuff likes warm, humid environment.  Do not use garden soil – a ‘soil-less’ or seed-starting mix is best.

2) Light is important – you need a bright windowsill, or strong artificial light from grow lamps to keep young tomato plants from getting too stretchy.

3) High moisture when seeds are germinating and seedling are very small is key, Use a clear plastic greenhouse covers or you can use clear saran wrap – also good to know that after seedlings are an inch or so high to ease back on high humidity to toughen up the small plants to get used to drier air of garden.

4) Do not start seedlings too soon!  We all get so excited about spring coming that we plant seeds in dark of winter.  Look at your outdoor planting date – then back up from that date time for seeds to germinate then about 3-4 weeks of growing time for peppers/eggplant/tomato – only 2-3 weeks growing time for cucumbers (they grow really fast).

5) Read the packet – all seeds are a little different – some like to be covered – some like light to germinate. Spend a few minutes reading each seed packet and you will have greater success.

6) Start with easy plants – if you have not done this before consider trying some of the easier plants first to get experience and see if seed staring is for you. Good beginner seed items include any cucumber or squash, peppers, marigolds, sunflowers and zinnias. Tomatoes are a little harder but worth a go if you are keen – and small seeded and slow growing plants like begonias and petunias are perhaps for more experienced gardeners.

But if you start clean, have enough light and moisture and leave just the right amount of time – chances are you will have great success with indoor sowing.

On to outdoor sowing.  The vast majority of veggie crops can be sown directly into the garden. Radish, peas, lettuce, cabbage, beans are the most common.  Add into that mix sweet corn, cucumbers & zucchini (for those who chose not to try these two fast growing plants indoors), carrots, beets – – it is a long list.

In early to mid April – you can plant peas, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and onions.  Warm loving crops like peppers and tomatoes need to wait a few more weeks.

 

  • Kristin Ego
PW Idea Book

PW Idea Book

We grow many of the varieties featured in the annual PW Idea Book.

Click here to download a little inspiration for 2020

  • Kristin Ego
Classic Blue Named Pantone Colour of the Year

Classic Blue Named Pantone Colour of the Year

ANNOUNCING THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2020

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

  • Kristin Ego
Lantana - Easy Growing Butterfly Magnet

Lantana - Easy Growing Butterfly Magnet

Lantana has a rich history of being utilized in the garden for long-lasting, colorful blooms, superior heat tolerance and the ability to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Featuring clusters of bright colors, solid as well as multi-color, Lantana can be used in containers, landscaping and hanging baskets.

In the 18th century, lantana was a popular greenhouse plant in Europe and breeding efforts were extensive, resulting in hundreds of available selections.

There are 150 species of lantana in the verbena family (Verbenaceae) and the most commonly used ornamental selection is Lantana camara. Hardy to zone 8, this plant can be a perennial (tender perennial in zone 7) or even a medium shrub in frost-free locations. It is most commonly used as an annual in colder areas.

 

Pollinators love Lantana - Year of the Lantana - National Garden Bureau

Butterfly Heaven

Looking to attract butterflies in your garden? You can’t go wrong with lantanas!

Lantana is a must-have for creating a pollinator haven. These plants are REALLY attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds on so many levels: sweet nectar for food, attractive scent, bright color, and the overall flower form (it’s a literal landing pad!).

These flat-topped “landing pad” flowers consist of clusters of tubular blooms that together make an umbel flower form. Lantana flowers come in single or multiple colors. Multiple colored lantana flowers change color as they mature. The newest flowers, opening in the center of the umbel, are one color that changes as they mature and move to the outer edges of the cluster. This maturation of the flowers within the umbel can lead to two or even three-toned flowers. The flowers come primarily in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, pink, purple or lavender and often have a slight, spicy flower fragrance.

Lantana Little Lucky Red by Ball Flora - Year of the Lantana - National Garden Bureau

Ready for the Heat and Drought!

Want a flower that keeps on flowering throughout the summer is scorching heat and dry conditions? Then Lantana is the perfect plant to grow in your garden and containers!

These plants love the heat and like to be kept on the drier side. They do best in full sun and well-drained soil and hate to be overwatered.

Breeders have recently introduced sterile, or near sterile, Lantana, which means the plant never sets seed, so they continue to bloom and bloom and bloom through the entire season! So, when that heat kicks up, these sterile varieties won’t set seed or cycle out of flower. (setting seed usually means the end of flowering).

Compact or Trailing

Lantanas fall roughly into two forms: compact or trailing. Compact, mounding plants are readily available and perfect for small spaces and containers. Trailing forms, which can spread up to three feet, are ideal to economically fill in larger areas with an impressive display of color. When purchasing your Lantana, always consider the final plant size as some can get quite large.

Home Gardening Tips

  • Continuous blooms and easy care make Lantana perfect for those new to gardening.
  • Lantanas grow best with at least 8 hours of full sun and in a variety of well-drained soil (they do tolerate salt). Avoid overwatering or placing them in poorly drained locations.
  • In the spring, home gardeners will find Lantana plants at their local garden retailers and through some plant catalog companies.
  • In colder climates, plant after the threat of frost has passed and ideally after the soil has warmed.
  • Very few diseases are found. Powdery mildew may become an occasional issue, particularly during cool, wet summers and in situations where proper air circulation isn’t available. Root rot and sooty mold will occasionally become factors in overly damp situations as well.
  • Overfertilization may result in more stem and foliage growth at the expense of flower production.
  • Deadhead (removing spent blooms) regularly to keep the plant tidy and neat.
  • If your plant becomes overgrown, prune it back severely to maintain a more compact form.
  • Deer and rabbits avoid Lantana because of the “disagreeable odor” of the leaves.

  • Kristin Ego