Thunder Ridge is a privately owned and
maintained garden in south central Wisconsin
(formerly zone 4b, now zone 5, thanks to
global warming!). Our land includes several
perennial/annual flower beds, including
over 40 named iris varieties, an 80x30 vegetable
bed, an orchard, an oak/conifer forest,
and 25 acres maintained in the federal government's
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). I have
a Master Gardener Certification from the
University of Massachusetts.
We do our best to be primarily organic.
Anything that is for consumption, including
vegetables, fruit and edible flowers is
always grown organically. This site provides
articles and growing information for the
area, including organic controls that prove
successful. We also have irises available
for sale and trade during the summer. Thunder
Ridge Gardens is proud to offer the very
best vegetables, herbs, flowers and seeds
from the finest gardening retailers. We've
brought together the best plants and products
from Henry Fields, Gardens
Alive, Plow and Hearth, White Flower Farm and Dutch Gardens.
Check out these great gardening products from Gardener's Supply.
When it comes to strength and convenience, no imitation can compare with VELCRO® brand self-gripping tape. And we've learned that it's perfect to use as plant ties - soft enough to coddle the most delicate flower stems, yet strong enough to hold heavy tomato plants and secure vines to a trellis. Green color disappears into foliage. Made of VELCRO® self-gripping tape 1/2" x 75-foot roll VELCRO® is a registered trademark of Velcro Industries B.V.
Even the biggest, heaviest blooms like peonies can hold their heads high with the help of these flower supports. Set them out in spring and stems will grow right up through the supports, keeping plants standing straight and tall and preventing unsightly flopping. The concentric rings forming the top of the support hold stems in more natural form than grid-shaped supports. Set of three supports; each support consists of one top and three legs. The 12" support is ideal for short to medium-height flowers, including compact varieties of coreopsis, zinnia, campanula and veronica. The 18" support is perfect for shrubby flowers like taller zinnias, salvia, young peonies, Shasta daisies and poppies. The 24" support holds larger plants, like mature peonies, campanula and rudbeckia. Vinyl-dipped steel wire 12" support is 12" in diameter x 18" H overall, 12" to 14" H installed 18" support is 18" in diameter x 24" H overall, 18" to 20" H installed 24" support is 24" in diameter x 30" H overall, 24" H installed Easy assembly Gardener's Supply Exclusive
Why throw out the soil in last year's containers? Our organic Booster Mix replaces the nutrients that the plants used up, so this year's plants get a fresh start. One bag is enough to revitalize 96 dry quarts of soil - at big savings for you! This potent, all-organic formula includes a complete diet of nutrients and trace elements to keep plants lush and healthy. Just 4 to 8 tablespoons recharges a quart of soil. Made in Vermont. Contains concentrated plant and manure compost, washed granite, Chilean nitrate, black rock phosphate, and seven other natural ingredients 6-quart bag Use 4 to 8 tablespoons of Container Booster to each quart of planting mix Gardener's Supply Exclusive
This beautiful elevated bed includes a matching cold frame top to protect plants from harsh weather, making it perfect for starting seeds, hardening off transplants, and growing greens and other cool-season crops. The 2' x 8' elevated bed is easy to plant, tend and harvest without kneeling or bending. There's a false floor made of cedar slats, set 10" down from the top so there's plenty of root space for vegetables and flowers. Excess water drains through slats; vents in the sides allow air to circulate and excess moisture to evaporate. The cold frame top is made with polycarbonate panels that diffuse light so plants don't "cook," and there are adjustable braces to hold panels at various intervals for ventilation. Assembly required Cedar, polycarbonate, aluminum, imported fabric liner Elevated bed is 24" W x 96" L x 29" H Cold frame is 7-1/4" H at the front, 14-3/4" high at the back Holds approx. 13 cubic feet (329 dry quarts) of potting mix Please note that planter boxes cannot hold regular garden soil, topsoil, sand, clay or rocks Gardener's Supply Exclusive
Grow your own salad greens and herbs right on your deck or patio in this compact salad garden planter. With a footprint of less than 6-1/2 square feet, it's ideal for condos and townhouses with limited space for gardening. The 4-1/2" deep planting box is just right for shallow-rooted crops like greens and herbs. Made from rot-resistant cedar and plywood. Cedar and plywood 49-3/4" L x 19" W x 33-1/2" H 4-1/2" planting depth Holds 60 quarts of container mix Plants shown are not included Easy assembly Gardener's Supply Exclusive
This terraced planter strawberry bed is sized to fit 25 strawberry plants for a big yield in a small space. We've combined our own industrial-strength aluminum corners with rot-resistant cedar to give you a sturdy, easy-to-assemble raised bed at a great price. This attractive bed is also suitable for growing flowers, herbs and salad greens. Assembly required Rustproof aluminum corners, rot-resistant cedar sides Tiers are 1', 3' and 5' square; each tier is 7-1/4" deep Holds 526 quarts of soil Gardener's Supply Exclusive
A longtime customer favorite, this lightweight yet practically indestructible watering can is perfectly balanced for easy carrying and pouring. The big 3-gallon capacity saves trips. Removable rose has a stainless steel face plate that comes off for cleaning. Buy two for a balanced load! Durable polyethylene plastic with removable stainless steel rose. Polyethylene, stainless steel 22-1/2" L x 4-1/2" W x 17-1/2" H overall Holds 3 gallons Gardener's Supply Exclusive
Boost your garden's productivity by providing a happy home for peaceful, non-stinging Mason bees. Slightly smaller than honeybees, mason bees are incredible pollinators. Each one visits as many as 1000 blooms per day - 20 times as many as a honeybee! Hang this natural bamboo house against a tree or wall where it will get morning sun and attract mason bees. Female bees fill the bamboo tubes with their eggs, and nectar and pollen for the young to eat. Natural bamboo Lasts one to two years Designed to attract Mason bees (bees not included) 5-3/4" W x 10" H x 5-3/4" D Gardener's Supply Exclusive
Dramatic angles and beautiful cedar butcher block combine to create a stunning planter that makes a welcome addition to any outdoor living space. A beautiful way to grow vegetables right at your doorstep! The planter fits in a compact space, and the integrated trellis provides an additional 12 square feet of vertical growing space - perfect for cucumbers and peas, as well as flowering vines. Big 4" openings in the trellis make harvesting easy. The self-watering reservoir holds four gallons of water and keeps soil perfectly moist, so plants thrive and you water less often. A shelf provides handy storage for gardening supplies. Made from rot-resistant cedar and durable aluminum for many years of enjoyment. To make the most of our precious forest resources, we use reclaimed pieces of high-quality North American cedar from lumber mill trimmings and give them new life in our butcher-block planters. Only the best reclaimed pieces are selected and glued together to form strong, solid panels, which are planed smooth to highlight the attractive variations in color and grain. The skilled craftsmen in our Vermont factory transform the panels into these uniquely beautiful planters. Assembly required Cedar, aluminum, nylon twine 39-3/4" L x 16-3/4" W x 76" H overall Planter box is 34" H 12" planting depth Trellis is 40" L x 42" H Weighs 44 lbs. Holds 110 quarts of planting mix Reservoir holds 4 gallons Gardener's Supply Exclusive
New sprinklers adjust to spray in a 5- to 360-degree pattern, with flow control valves to fine-tune water output for uniform coverage. Set includes 50' of hose, 3 rotor sprinklers, 3 end caps, 1 hose coupler and 1 Y-connector. Use scissors to cut the hose to the lengths you need, then attach sprinklers. Waters 400 square feet. Y-Connector provides additional opportunity to customize your system. You can create two watering zones or create a loop for more even water flow across all sprinklers. Add up to 2 additional Snip-n-Spray Sprinklers, sold separately. PVC garden hose, polypropylene, plastic Includes 50' of hose, 3 rotor sprinklers, 3 end caps, 1 hose coupler and 1 Y-connector Sprinklers' spray arc adjusts from 5 to 360 degrees Flow control valve on each sprinkler Sprinklers are 10" L x 3" W x 1-1/2" deep overall, including 5-1/2" ground stake We recommend spacing sprinklers 10 feet apart Performs best on water systems with 50 to 65 PSI of water pressure Gardener's Supply Exclusive
A gentle breeze sets this flock of butterflies in motion, accompanied by the sweet chiming of handmade bells. Light dapples off the hand-painted sculpture, adding to its allure. Hang on a porch, door or branch to enjoy the captivating sound and movement. Hand-painted steel 14" W x 23" L overall plus hanging chain
Frequently used in traditional English gardens or landscapes with water features, these cranes are spectacular showcase pieces. Their graceful long legs and articulated necks make them a perfect fit for an entryway, or place them among tall plants or by the side of a river or pond. They are piped through the body and neck for optional fountain use. Bronze with verdigris patina Curved neck: 37" H; weighs 16 lbs. Straight neck: 43" H; weighs 16 lbs. Can be left outside in all seasons
The Gardens at Thunder Ridge web site was
originally published January 8, 1996