Category Archives: General Gardening

Extraction Class – October 1st 2017

Extraction Methodology Class

Level 2: Basic Extraction Refinement signup

(This class will be a requirement for our future Level 3 Extraction Class)

This will be a 2-3 hour class at American Beauty Garden Center where we will be demonstrating the foundation of extraction polishing and refinement. We will be taking the BHO (Butane Hops Oil) yielded from our Level 1: Hydrocarbon Extraction class through winterization, filtration, and distillation. Students will follow along by filling out the Standard Operating Procedure log and will be free to ask questions during a Q&A session at the end of the class.

We will also be covering:

  • Proper maintenance and storage of equipment

  • Methods for safe handling and storage of solvents

  • Basic principles behind steam distillation

Ticket Price for the class is $250 prepaid

No refunds for no show

Class will be limited in size, so please sign up ASAP if you are interested.

You can sign up online,  in-store or over the phone at 704-334-8651.  See you there!

Join us on 06/25/2017 @ 12:00 pm

Extraction Methodology Class

Level 2: Basic Extraction Refinement

(This class will be a requirement for our future Level 3 Extraction Class)

This will be a 2-3 hour class at American Beauty Garden Center where we will be demonstrating the foundation of extraction polishing and refinement. We will be taking the BHO (Butane Hops Oil) yielded from our Level 1: Hydrocarbon Extraction class through winterization, filtration, and distillation. Students will follow along by filling out the Standard Operating Procedure log and will be free to ask questions during a Q&A session at the end of the class.

We will also be covering:

  • Proper maintenance and storage of equipment

  • Methods for safe handling and storage of solvents

  • Basic principles behind steam distillation

Ticket Price for the class is $250 prepaid

No refunds for no show

Class will be limited in size, so please sign up ASAP if you are interested.

You can sign up in-store or over the phone at 704-334-8651.  See you there!

Good Day Beautiful Gardeners!

“April showers bring May flowers.” We should definitely have some gorgeous flowers come May! What’s new here at ABGC? We have brought a new nutrient line onboard, “Emerald Harvest”. This line of nutrients uses plant-based proteins and you can choose either a 2-part or 3-part base with a core of 4 supplements. The Emerald Harvest line is specifically designed for hydroponic use. We have been testing it out on some zinnias in our grow room at the store and it is definitely a heavy hitter! (click on our Instagram Link to see the pictures!)

We have also introduced a new Customer Loyalty Program. You can sign up in-store (just talk to any of the staff) or online here. This program will keep track of the points you earn with each purchase, and these points can be used for special discounts and offers.

Don’t forget about our Hydrocarbon Extraction Class-Level 1 on Sunday, May 7th at noon. This is a repeat of the class we had in March; it was so popular we decided to do it again! Sign up for class in-store, online here or over the phone. This will be a 3-4 hour long class here at the store where we actually run an extraction of hops in a closed loop system while explaining the process as we go.

We had a great Spring Sale last week! Special thanks to Joe from Fox Farm, who hung out all day to help answer questions for our customers. Keep in touch for details on upcoming events, and keep growing!

Join us on 05/07/2017 @ 12:00 pm

Extraction Methodology Class

Hydrocarbon Extraction Level 1

This will be a 3-4 hour class at American Beauty Garden Center where we actually run an extraction in a closed loop system while explaining the process as we go. Students will be following along by filling out our Standard Operating Procedure log and will be free to ask questions during a Q&A session at the end of the class.

We will also be covering:

  • Proper maintenance and storage of equipment

  • Methods for safe handling and storage of solvents

  • Proper methods for purging and storing end product

  • Basic principles behind steam distillation

Ticket Price for the class is $100 prepaid

No refunds for no show

Class will be limited in size, so please sign up ASAP if you are interested.

How to sign up:

American Beauty Garden Center
4400 E Independence Blvd

Online by clicking here

See you there!

Organic Soil Amendments

We’ve received Glacial Rock Dust (Glacial Rock Dust 1lb) and Soft Rock Phosphate (Soft Rock Phosphate (0-3-0) 1lb) in stock! In addition to these valuable components, we also carry all amendments needed to create your own Super Soil and TLO soil. These soils are applicable in all gardening situations. Are you unsure about your yard’s NPK values? We have soil tests (Rapitest Soil Test Kit) that you can use to determine your Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and pH levels! Is your soil too acidic, a very common problem here in the Charlotte area? Add some lime (Espoma Garden Lime 6.75lbs). Do you have hydrangea bushes that you’d like to turn blue but they keep coming out pink? It’s likely the soil they are in might be a little too alkaline. Try adding (Espoma Soil Acidifier 6lb).

Come on in to American Beauty Garden Center, the largest indoor & outdoor gardening center in Charlotte! We’re open every day to help you grow!

Hello gardening friends!

Today is the New Moon and also the Chinese New Year.  It’s a time for new beginnings and fresh thinking.  The New Year is also known as the “Spring Festival” and we are certainly in a festive mood here at American Beauty Garden Center!  We are pleased to announce we have been asked to participate in the Southern Spring Show taking place February 24-26 and March 3-5.  The Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners will be showcasing some of our products in their booth/area and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Please stop by and check out our seed selection and let’s get ready for SPRING!

Hydrocarbon Extraction Class – Level 1- Complete

*Update*

Thank you for attending!

This class is now complete, stay tuned for future class announcements!

Join us on 03/19/2017 at 12:00 pm

Extraction Methodology

Hydrocarbon Extraction Level 1

This will be a 3-4 hour class here at ABGC where we actually run an extraction in a closed loop system while explaining the process as we go. Students will be following along by filling out our Standard Operating Procedure log and will be free to ask questions during a Q&A session at the end of the class.

 We will also be covering:

  • Proper maintenance and storage of equipment
  • Methods for safe handling and storage of solvents
  • Proper methods for purging and storing end product
  • Basic principles behind steam distillation

Ticket Price for the class is $100 prepaid

No refunds for no show

Class will be limited in size, so please sign up ASAP if you are interested. 

How to sign up:

See you there!

Hello Beautiful Gardeners!

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year.  2017 is full of possibilities!  But what is a gardener to do when it’s cold outside?  Garden planning is an essential step to a successful garden, so we can concentrate on that.

Have you gardened before?  Think about what plants you were successful with, and make sure to include some of those in your planning.  Note any changes in environment in your garden-will it get less or more sun this summer?  If trees in your yard (or your neighbor’s yard) have grown or been removed this may change the amount of light your garden will receive.  Remember what types of plants were planted where in your garden last year and make sure to rotate.  For instance, do not plant tomatoes, peppers or potatoes in the same soil you grew tomatoes, peppers or potatoes last year. This will help avoid soil-borne diseases for these plants.

Did you notice deer or rabbit activity last year?  You will probably need to plan for this activity again this year.  Did you go through last year wishing you had installed a rain barrel or started a compost pile?  Planning for these things now will help you get the ball rolling for the new year.  Do you have a relative or friend who really loves a certain kind of vegetable or flower?  Plan to grow this plant for them!

You may think January is not a good month to plant, and here in Zone 7 this is true for many vegetables and flowers.  But if you just can’t wait to plant something, try onion seeds!  We have been fortunate to have some mild weather in the Piedmont, and onions can germinate at 50 degrees F.  Once germinated, they are cold hardy, so this will give them a head start in the spring when temperatures warm up again.  Also, in early February (right around the corner!) there are lots of things that can be started indoors, such as cabbage, eggplant, and lettuce.  In late February, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, peas, peppers and tomatoes can be started inside.

So grab a pencil and some graph paper, draw out your garden, think of what you’d like to grow, and get planning!  2017 seeds are in stock at our store, we have diverters you can install into your gutters to divert water into your rain barrel, we have products to help with deer and rabbits, and as always we have premium soils, soil conditioners such as gypsum and lime, inexpensive containers and saucers, and everything you need to start seeds inside. See you soon!