In addition to providing high quality retail goods and a range of professional services, Giordano’s also aims to be a community resource. Take a look at our planting guide, the Cornell Guides and our curated video playlists and let us know if you have any questions that aren’t answered in the FAQ below – we’re happy to help!

Bountea Compost Tea @ Giordano’s!

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Giordano’s will be brewing Compost Tea once a week starting mid-May. Come with a container of your own or purchase a 64oz Giordano’s Growler full of Compost Tea and re-use the Growler everytime you fill up for a 10% refill discount! Call for details!

Planting Trees & Shrubs…

Planting Guide For Balled & Burlap-Grown Plants

  • Step 1 – Soil Preparation: Dig a hole 25-50% wider and only as deep as the rootball
  • Step 2 – Back fill the hole halfway (use unamended soil only).
  • Step 3 – Add 3-4 handfuls of Roots or Bio-tone.
  • Step 4 – Finish backfilling the hole. Mix Bumper Crop into the final cover the top of the root ball with anymore than a 1/4″ of soil. (NOTE: This is VERY important!)
  • Step 5 – Apply at least 1″ of water over a 3-hour period (slow drain). Continue to water in this fashion once per week until November for best results; twice per week if temperatures are above 85F!

Planting Instructions For Container Grown Plants

  • Step 1 – Dig a hole 25-50% wider and only as deep as the rootball
  • Step 2 – Remove Plant From Container
  • Step 3 – Cut through roots slightly, make these to four 1/2″ deep cuts.
  • Step 4 – Gently pull roots apart.
  • Step 5 – Backfill the hole with existing soil and pack firm (no amendments!)
  • Add 3-4 handfuls of Roots or Bio-tone.
  • Finish backfilling the hole. Mix Bumper Crop into the final cover the top of the root ball with anymore than a 1/4″ of soil. (NOTE: This is VERY important!)
  • Step 5 – Apply at least 1″ of water over a 3-hour period (slow drain). Continue to water in this fashion once per week until November for best results; twice per week if temperatures are above 85F!

Protecting Your Investment

  1. Plant during the last week of March or first week of April & Fertilize. Use either Roots 3-3-3 Fertilizer or Bio-tone Plus!
  2. Provide a fresh 2″ – 3″ layer of Long Island compost every April following your first planting.
  3. After Fertilizing add 2″ – 3″ of mulch – we recommend: Hampton’s Estate Mulch
  4. Sign-Up for our email plant-care newsletters & get timely seasonal care and planting tips straight to your inbox!
  5. Contact Giordanos at (516) 676-4011 if you encounter any problems, have questions or require any follow-up care/services.
  6. Maintain health and improve appearance with timely pruning!
  7. We offer Pruning Services – Inquire today!

What Plant-Hardiness Zone Are YOU In?

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What’s the Big Deal?

Your Plant-Hardiness Zone Map can inform you of the survival of plants through the winter. Using plants that thrive in your local zone will reduce maintenance and replanting. When it comes to vegetable gardens, using knowledge of your local zone can also help you develop a planting schedule.

HERE IS A PLANTING GUIDE FOR VEGETABLE GARDENS IN ZONES 7A AND 7B

VegetableDays to MaturitySpring PlantingFall PlantingRow SpacingSeed SpacingSeed DepthCompanions
Asparagus2nd season01/15 – 03/15Nov. & Dec.3 to 5 ft.1½ to 2 ft.6 in.
Bean, bush50-6004/01 – 05/0107/15 – 08/203 ft.2 to 4 in.1-1½ in.Plant near: beets, cabbage, carrots, catnip, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, marigolds, potatoes, savory, strawberries
Bean, pole65-7504/01 – 05/0107/15 – 08/103 ft.6 to 12 in.1-1½ in.Plant near: corn, marigolds, potatoes, radishes
Bean, lima65-7504/01 – 06/0107/01 – 08/012 to 2½ ft.3 to 4 in.1-1½ in.Plant near: corn, marigolds, potatoes, radishes
Beet55-6502/15 – 04/0108/01 – 09/202 to 2½ ft.2 in.1 in.Plant near: broccoli, brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, kohlrabi, onions
Broccoli60-8002/15 – 03/1508/01 – 09/012½ ft.14 to 18 in.0Plant near: beets, buckwheat, calendula, carrots, chamomile, dill, hyssop, marigolds, mints, nasturtiums, onions, rosemary, sage, thyme, wormwood.
Cabbage65-8001/15 – 03/1508/15 – 10/012½ ft.12 in.0Plant near: broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, chard, spinach, tomatoes.
Cantaloupe80-9003/25 – 04/20Do Not Plant4 to 6 ft.3½ to 4 ft.1½ in.Plant Near: Corn
Carrot70-8001/15 – 03/2008/20 – 09/252 ft.2 to 3 in.½ in.Plant near: cabbage, chives, early potatoes, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, rosemary, sage, salsify, wormwood.
Cauliflower55-6003/01 – 04/0108/01 – 09/013 ft.12 to 18 in.0Plant near: broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, chard, spinach, tomatoes.
Collard55-7002/01 – 03/2008/01 – 10/012½ ft.8 to 16 in.½ in.
Corn80-10003/15 – 06/0106/01 – 07/203 to 3½ ft.12 to 18 in.2 in.Plant near: beans, cucumbers, early potatoes, melons, peas, pumpkins, soybeans, squash.
Cucumber60-6504/01 – 05/1508/20 – 09/013½ to 5 ft.3 to 4 ft.1½ in.Plant near: beans, cabbage, corn, early potatoes, radishes, sunflowers.
Eggplant75-9004/01 – 05/1507/01 – 07/153 ft.2½ to 3 ft.0Plant near: green beans, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes
Kale50-7002/01 – 03/1008/10 – 08/313 ft.10 in.½ in.Plant near: aromatic herbs, buckwheat, cabbage family, marigolds, nasturtiums
Lettuce60-8501/15 – 03/0109/01 – 10/012 to 2½ ft.10 to 12 in.½ in.Plant near: beets, carrotsparsnips, radishes, strawberries
Mustard40-5001/15 – 04/0108/20 – 10/012 ft.1 in.½ in.Plant near: alfalfa cover crops, fruit trees, grapes, legumes
Okra55-6004/01 – 06/0106/15 – 07/013 to 3½ ft.6 in.1 in.
Onion (mature)100-12001/01 – 03/1509/01 – 12/311 to 2 ft.3 to 4 in.¾ in.Plant near: beets, cabbage family, carrots, chamomile, lettuce, parsnips
Peas, garden60-8001/15 – 02/15Do Not Plant2½ ft.1 in.1½-2 in.Plant near: beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, early potatoes, radishes, turnips
Peas, southern60-7004/01 – 08/01Do Not Plant3 ft.4 to 6 in.1½-2 in.Plant near: beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, early potatoes, radishes, turnips
Pepper65-8004/01 – 06/01Do Not Plant2½ ft.1½ to 2 ft.0Plant near: basil, carrots, eggplant, onions, parsley, tomatoes
Potato, Irish70-9001/15 – 03/0108/01 – 08/152½ to 3 ft.10 to 14 in.5 in.Plant near: basil, beans, cabbage family, corn, eggplant, flax, hemp, marigolds, peas, squash
Potato, sweet90-15004/15 – 06/15Do Not Plant3½ ft.12 in.0Plant near: basil, beans, cabbage family, corn, eggplant, flax, hemp, marigolds, peas, squash
Radish25-3001/15 – 04/0109/01 – 10/151½ ft.1 in.½ in.Plant near: chervil, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, peas, nasturtiums, root crops
Spinach40-4501/15 – 03/1509/01 – 10/151½ to 2 ft.1 to 2 in.¾ in.Plant near: celery, cauliflower, eggplant, strawberries
Squash, bush50-5504/01 – 05/1508/01 – 08/203 to 4 ft.2 ft.1½-2 in.Plant Near: Corn, Beans
squash, winter85-9004/01 – 08/01Do Not Plant5 ft.3 ft.1½-2 in.Plant Near: Corn, Beans
Tomato70-8503/25 – 05/0106/01 – 08/203 to 4 ft.2½ to 3 ft.0Plant near: asparagus, basil, cabbage family, carrots, gooseberries, mustard, parsley, onions, rosemary, sage, stinging nettles
Turnip45-6501/15 – 04/0108/10 – 09/151 to 2 ft.1 to 2 in.½ in.Plant near: peas
Watermelon80-9003/20 – 05/01Do Not Plant10 ft.8 to 10 ft.1½ in

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Paul Giordano and Giordano’s Gift & Garden have been fixtures in the north Nassau community for almost twenty years. Paul started in the horticulture industry at age ten mowing lawns and tending gardens in five homes. By the time he graduated high school, he was caring for more than twenty-five homes. Paul moved on to manage a large landscape company and by age twenty-one had started his own business designing and maintaining landscapes. In 1986, he opened his first garden center. Adding professional expertise to practical experience, Paul earned Certificates in Landscape Design from Farmingdale College, and Rutgers University and also found time to earn a BA in communication skills and a MS in Education.
Upon visiting the North Shore, Paul became enamored with the area: it’s hills, diversity of beautiful homes, history, and its proximity to Long Island Sound and its estuaries. In 1975, he and his family moved here and in 1993, he opened Giordano’s Country Garden. The store sells all kinds of plant materials, garden and lawn supplies and serves as a base for custom landscape operations. Giordano’s also features a gift shop, which changes with each season.

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Read Our Planting Guide & Plan Your Vegetable Garden

At every job, Paul brings his fifty plus years of horticultural experience. From both his formal training and hands-on learning, he knows what flowers, shrubs, and trees will work in our soils, climate, and position in your landscape. All the trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals sold in the Garden Center are chosen by him for their proven success in our area. Paul has designed and installed landscapes everywhere in the area from wooded lots in Brookville, sea swept properties on the Sound to pocket gardens in Sea Cliff.

Our F.A.Q.

What can I do to improve the quality of my soil?

It depends on what kind of planting you're looking to do. Here are a few examples:

  • Fertilizers/Soil Additives - these can come in many different forms, but we recommend only using organic fertilizers and additives as they will keep you, your pets, your family and your backyard friends safe and sound during the growing season. Use additives twice per year during the growing season at least 2 months apartment. Once at the start of your season and once about half way through
  • Compost - best used for seedlings and newly planted landscape elements (trees, shrubs, vines, vegetables, berries, and perennials).
  • Mycorrhizae - "myco" for short is a name for a collection of helpful fungi that form nutrient "networks" in your soil. By introducing healthy mycorrhizae to your soil, you increase the availability of nutrients to your plants, trees, bushes, vegetables, etc.
  • Mulch - often overlooked when considering the improvement of soil, mulching not only helps to keep more moisture in your top soil, but also reduces weeds (and thereby the amount of weeding you'll need to do!) Spread mulch 2-3" thick for best results!

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