Weekly Business Profile
The Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store
Type of business:
Mercantile Feed, Supply & Nursery
3675 Corrales Rd
Corrales NM 87048
Number of Employees:
Gardening at Home: Enjoying Your Back Yard, The Right Way
Spring is in the air, and if gardening is on your mind, The Village Mercantile in Corrales is your place for answers. It's also your place for everything you need to build a successful garden, from premium soils to high quality plants, grass seed, lawn or pasture feed, organic and synthetic pest and disease controls, plus everything to feed all of your animals, too. The Village Mercantile is your one-stop shop. Gardening in Corrales (or the Albuquerque area) can present many challenges, and it all starts with the soil. The Westside is sandy in many areas, the valley has its clay and the Eastside, well, can be a combination of types. But in our dry climate and high elevation, all areas need soil preparation. Sandy soils dry out fast and need substance. A finer course compost, as well as manure, can help build structure and water retention. For clay heavy soils that tend to hold moisture, a course screened compost helps with drainage. The addition of composted organic material can help any soil grow plants that are fruitful and productive. And working the soil offers exercise and a rewarding feeling come harvest. A good shovel, a sturdy garden fork and a hoe are all you need to start. Oh, and a good back helps as well. Starting with vegetables and herbs is a great first year trial. Tomatoes and peppers are the common favorites. Tomato varieties such as Roma, Early Girl, Beefsteak and Patio are popular, but there is an increasing availability of heirlooms like Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple, and many others. Peppers commonly grown here are the bell types, jalapenos and green chiles of varying heat. Melons, cucumbers, beans, peas, squash, onions, carrots, radishes, and many leafy greens can also be grown here, but the produce won't stop there for the avid vegetable enthusiast. Herbs that are easily grown include rosemary, thyme, lavender, basil, cilantro, chives, sage and dill. Herbs also make great container plants, as do the smaller or shorter season veggies. Many herbs are perennials that will last for years to come. You can start with seed or small plants to grow your crops. Just stop in and ask The Village Mercantile what you need to know and grow. The Village Mercantile also carries a wide variety of bedding plants, perennials, shrubs and trees. Cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons and alyssum are in full bloom and are a great way to add some color to these cooler leafless days. As the days begin to warm, plants like petunias, geraniums, marigolds and dianthus can offer color for the rest of the summer. Now is a good time to plant some perennials, and the assortment of colors you can find covers the entire spectrum. Blanket flowers are hardy and require little water, plus they come in mixes of yellow, orange and red. Coneflowers offer large daisy-like blooms that are often in shades of pink. Penstemons come in purples and pinks and are hummingbird magnets. If you like butterflies, plant yourself some yarrow. Yarrows vary in habit from low-growing to tall and upright, and come in a number of colors as well. Succulents like sedum or iceplant are great additions to the xeric landscape, with their various shapes, attractive foliage and ability to withstand our hot and dry conditions. You can also find a wide selection of trees and shrubs at The Village Mercantile, and now is the time to plant them. Many flowering trees are now in bloom (or will be soon). Purple-leaf plums, redbuds, flowering pears and crabapples are ready to go. If it's shade you're looking for, we have cottonwoods, honey locusts, oaks and elms (No, not the seed spreading, weedy Siberian elm). Native and/or New Mexico adapted shrubs include: Russian sage, Apache plume, red-flowering yucca, New Mexico olive and desert willow, just to name a few. In these drought-stricken days it is important to choose your plants wisely. You can find higher water-use plants at any nursery, and The Village Mercantile is no exception. However, now is the time to think about what suits your need(s). The Village Mercantile carries all the right plants and all the right products to assist you. Our plants are grown within the state and many of our fertilizers and soils are produced locally as well. We have a wide variety of plants and products from Trees of Corrales, McClain Greenhouses, Bonnie Plants, Suregreen, Western Organics, Soil Mender, Neptune’s Harvest and Ferti-lome, and our staff has the answers to help you grow your flora or fauna. Mention you read about us in the Weekly Alibi and receive 5% off your purchase. Come on down to The Village Mercantile Home & Farm store located in Corrales, N.M. Stop in, say hi and tell us the Weekly Alibi sent you. The Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store is your destination for all your animal and home needs. While you're in Corrales, make a trip of it and visit the Corrales Grower Market or Arts in the Park on Sundays, then dine at one of several restaurants in the Village like Village Pizza, Hannah & Nates, or Perea’s.
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