December 2019 Newsletter

Lots of things going on in December. Our bare root roses are due in the week of December 9th. They should be ready to sell by the end of the week next week. Maybe sooner. The bare root fruit trees will be in very soon. We will begin working them as soon as they arrive, usually the week before Christmas, but I don’t have that confirmed yet, and should be ready for sale right after Christmas, if all goes well. Maybe even right before. Depends on when we get our delivery. I will send out emails as soon as things are in and ready to go. Complete lists of fruit trees and roses are available at the nursery, or request one and I can send it to you via email.
If you are wanting bare root fruit trees, don’t delay when they arrive. We have already pre- sold lots of fruit trees. We usually don’t re-order unless it is a substantial quantity and depending on availability. So when things are gone, they are likely gone for the year. Also, we cannot hold any items without payment. You can pre-order from our list and pay, and we will tag them and set them aside so you are sure to get what you want. And then you can pick them up when you are ready as long as they are picked up before the end of February. We cannot hold any fruit trees without payment in full.

Dormant Spraying

Fruit trees should have lost their leaves by now. Your first dormant spraying should have been done last week or this week. Work around the rain. If you have not done it, you should get your first dormant spraying done. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or neem oil and spray the entire tree. Spray all of your deciduous fruit trees. Even if leaf curl is not an issue, it will help to prevent other diseases and to kill overwintering insects. Be sure you get this done 3 times throughout the dormant season. The second application is due around Christmas and the third should be done around Valentines day. Watch your trees closely for the third application. If we have a warm February, they may start to break dormancy early. The last application needs to be done before the trees bloom.

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, Pomegranates, and Dogwoods, living Christmas Trees, and nice Japanese Maples are all In.

We have a nice selection of blueberries and cane berries in now. When you plant blueberries, be sure to add soil sulfur and acid fertilizer. If you want to grow them in pots, which works very well, mix potting soil with fir bark and peet moss, 1/3 ratio of each, and add sulfur and acid fertilizer to the mix and you can grow them in pots. Pots or raised beds work much better for blueberries than straight into the ground because of the heavy clay soil. Now is a great time to plant blueberries and cane berries while the selection is good and the ground is soft.

And our inventory is full for whatever else you may want and if we don’t have it, we can usually get it within a week.

Frost Cloth

The nights can get cold this time of year. Be sure to protect frost sensitive plants when temperatures get down to freezing. We have a bulk roll that is 12’x 250′ which we sell for $1.00 a lineal foot. So we can measure off just what you need. We also have pre-packaged 10×12 size. It is $13.49 per package.

Gift Certificates

We sell gift certificates for holiday giving. If you can’t make it in, we can sell them over the phone and mail them to you or to the recipient. Just call and let us know the amount and pay over the phone and we will send it. Or you can come in and buy it.

We will be closed the 24th and 25th for Christmas and will be closed the 1st of January for New Year.

We hope to see you soon
Jeff


Blueberries, Gooseberries, Figs, Cane Berries, Pomegranates are now in

  • Blueberries $11.00 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon.
  • Dwarf Blueberries $14.00 ea. Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet. Compact growing to 2′. Excellent for small containers or on a small porch.

When planting blueberries add soil sulfur or acid fertilizer to create an acidic environment they require. Use 8 oz. for each plant. Soil Sulfur 2.5# bag. $8.59

Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.49 and will do 2.5 plants.

  • Pomegranates $16.00 – Parfianka, Wonderful.
  • Figs $20.00 – Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota, Janice Seedless Kadota, Panache Tiger, Peter’s Honey.
  • Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $14.00
  • Gooseberry, Pixwell – $14.00
  • Kiwi, Hardy Issai – $17.00
  • Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $11.00
  • Olive, Manzanillo, Mission – $16.00
  • Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $17.00
  • Chester Thornless Blackberry, Olallie Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry, Thornless Boysenberry – $10.95
  • Heritage Raspberry, Caroline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $10.95.
  • Dwarf Bush Form Raspberry & Blackberry. Baby Cakes Blackberry $14.00
  • Raspberry Shortcake Raspberry $14.00. Dwarf clumping forms. Will grow 2 to 3 ft. tall. Excellent for growing in containers.

OPEN FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH

THERE IS A SAYING “MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES”.

Well, the sun will be shining Friday, so we will be open. And we will be honoring the 20% Small Business Saturday discount on Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday.

Blueberries and Cane berries, Figs, Pomegranates, Kiwi, Hops and more arrived on Wednesday.

Still good Fall planting time.


Thanksgiving Hours & Dormant Spraying Of Fruit Trees

We will be closed Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th for Thanksgiving. We will be back Saturday the 30th at 8 am.

Time for the first of three dormant spray applications.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day are the three dates to remember for dormant spray applications on your fruit trees, The first application should be done this week or very soon after. As soon as the rain stops and the trees have lost their leaves. Use Liquicop mixed with Horticultural Oil or Neem Oil. Spray the entire tree. Spray all your deciduous fruit trees in your orchard to prevent leaf curl, reduce the chance of fireblight and kill overwintering insects. Healthier trees will be the result next spring.

Kind regards,
Jeff Rice


Living Christmas Trees, White Dogwoods, Paeony, Hosta, Mugho Pines, are now in

DORMANT SPRAY REMINDER

The first dormant spray for your fruit trees is coming up soon. They should lose their leaves very soon and as soon as they do, it is time for the first dormant spray of the season. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or Neem oil. Spray the entire tree. This is to prevent leaf curl and any fungus problems that may come up. It will also help to prevent or minimize fireblight.

The next application will be in December right around Christmas.


November 2019 Newsletter

Fall has been taking a while to get here this year but lately the nights are nice and cool and the days very comfortable. It is the best planting time of the seasons. Fall is the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs as you can see in the diagram above. Take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having and get fall planting done now. Your fall installed plants will do much better next spring and summer than those planted in the spring. This is also the time to plant fall bulbs for spring bloom. Plant wildflower seeds this month as well when the rains start coming regularly.

Dormant Spray on Fruit Trees

This month you will need to be thinking about spraying your first dormant spray on your fruit trees to prevent leaf curl. Use liquid copper and horticultural oil or Neem oil with the copper to spray the trees when they are dormant. Looking at the orchard here at the nursery, it looks like about 3 weeks or so and they will need their first spraying. Once the trees have lost their leaves, is when you want to do your first application. You will do two more applications after for a total of three. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines Day are easy dates to remember. But you have to watch the weather and the trees. Sometimes they will not have lost all of their leaves by Thanksgiving and if we get a warm snap in February, the final spaying will need done earlier. But be sure to get 3 sprayings done to prevent leaf curl. I spray all my trees in the orchard. It helps to stop other diseases such as fireblight and it also kills over wintering insects. It’s also a good idea to rake up the old leaves to help prevent disease and insect problems too. Don’t neglect this task or you will have leaf curl next spring which puts the trees under stress and they do not produce well and have to suffer through the summer, when a healthy treated tree has no problems getting through.

Blueberries, Cane Berries, Figs, and Pomegranates arriving soon

Our blueberries and cane berries and figs and pomegranates will be arriving soon. I will send out an email as soon as they come in. When you plant blueberries, add some soil sulfur and peat moss to create an acid environment for them. If you are going to grow them in a pot, mix pine or fir bark 50/50 with the potting soil. Blueberries like good drainage so if planting in the ground, be sure to amend the soil very well.

Asparagus, Rhubarb, and Strawberries will arrive in January. This is a change from the past.

Blue Spruce, Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, and Rhododendrons

Our shipment of living Christmas Trees such as Blue Spruce and our white Dogwoods will be shipped next week. Japanese Maples and Rhododendrons arrived last week. As soon as they arrive we have them inspected by the county and then they are ready for sale. I will let everyone know as soon as they are in and ready to go.

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

Bare root roses will be arriving in mid December and bare root fruit trees will arrive in late December. We have complete lists available at the nursery, or you can email me and I can send you lists via email. I will notify via email when things arrive.

Gift Certificates

We have gift certificates available for holiday giving. We can sell them over the phone via credit card and send the gift certificate to you or direct to the recipient. We do not sell them online.

Regular Hours Year Round

A reminder on our hours. We are here 9-5 Monday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. We do not change our hours for winter or close because of rain. We frequently get questions about that so I just want to let everyone know that nothing changes for winter or rain.
We will be closed November 28th for Thanksgiving.
We also close December 24th and 25th for Christmas.

Small Business Saturday is November 30th. We will be here.

Very nice fall weather we are having this year. Get out and enjoy it and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Pink Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, & Rhododendrons Have Arrived

Pink Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, and other Oregon stock arrived Friday.

We have another shipment due next week which will include white dogwoods, living Christmas Trees, paeonies, hostas and other Oregon stock

We have Pink, and Cherokee Chief (Dark Rosey Pink) dogwoods in now. Just arrived.

We also just got in some Pieris japonica, Tulip magnolias, some very nice Japanese Maples, and Rhododendrons.

Our bare root fruit tree list is now available as well. If you would like a copy, let me know and I will email one to you. Bare root fruit trees will be in late December. If you want to place an order in advance off of our list, we will need a 50% deposit to hold the trees then the balance due when they are in and picked up.

Hours: 9-5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday 530-743-4856

We Hope To See You Soon, Jeff


October 2019 Newsletter

We are having some nice fall weather now. We had a bit of rain last weekend and now temperatures in the low to mid 80’s in the forecast. Now is the time for fall planting. FALL IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS

Our FALL SALE FLYER is now out. You can request one via email and I will send it to you or you can pick one up at the nursery. It will be distributed in the Grass Valley area in the newspaper and it will be mailed to Loma Rica/ Browns Valley and surrounding foothill areas.

Our BARE ROOT FRUIT TREE LIST FOR JANUARY 2020 is now available. We have copies available at the nursery or I can email you a list upon request.

Fall fertilizing should be done now. If you have not done your fall fertilizing yet you should do it as soon as possible. This fertilizing is important because it gives plants a good boost and also gives them stored food for winter. Next spring they will use that stored food for growth as soon as the weather warms. A balanced fertilizer is good for almost everything in the landscape. Citrus trees would like a citrus fertilizer and this should be the last application for them for the season. Don’t feed them in the winter. Rhododendrons and azaleas should not be fertilized now unless it is with a bloom fertilizer. This will help give more blooms next spring. The same could be used on Dogwoods if you have one that does not want to bloom well. It may help.

The weather is now ideal for fall planting of trees and shrubs. Fall planted trees and shrubs develop roots through the cooler fall and even into the winter and then are ready to take off and grow next spring and will be well established by summer to get through the heat of the summer with no problems.

Next month we will be getting in our Blueberries, pomegranates, figs and also berries. I don’t know of the exact dates but I will notify via email and on our Facebook page when they come in.

Also due in next month, Dogwoods and Rhododendrons and live Christmas Trees. Also larger Japanese Maples and other items that come in from Oregon.

Don’t forget to do your dormant spraying of your fruit trees this winter during the dormant season. It is too early now, but the first spraying will need to be done in November. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or Neem oil and spray the entire tree as well as the trunk. Rake up leaves from this year when they fall to help reduce the spread of the fungus that causes leaf curl. Remember to spray 3 times during the dormant season. We suggest Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines day as easy dates to remember.

It is time to plant your winter vegetables if you have not already done so. We will have them available for another 2 or 3 weeks. When you plant, use a vegetable fertilizer in the soil before planting and then re apply about 1/2 way through the season.

Happy Birthday Chester and Jessie!
Chester and Jessie are 10 years old this month. A little slower than they used to be but Chester will still try to play fetch. If he brings a rock, please don’t theow it for him. He breaks his teeth. I’m trying to break the habit. “Old dog new tricks”. It’s proving to be a hard habit to break. When you are in wish them a Happy Birthday. They will be glad to get the attention.

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather we are having. And remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Onion Sets and Garlic Are Now In

Onion Sets:
Yellow, Red and White onions – $2.60 / pound, Sweet onions – $4.95 / pound.
Garlic – $4.50 / pound
Elephant Garlic – $6.25 / pound
Shallots – $6.25 / pound

All available now for fall planting. Cooler weather ahead. Shorter days, cool mornings. FALL PLANTING SEASON IS HERE.

Winter vegetables are now in as well.


September 2019 Newsletter

The weather is getting cooler. The long range forecast is for upper 80’s and low 90’s for the next 15 days except for a few. It is starting to feel like fall.

FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR PLANTING.

We have an excellent selection for fall planting and if we don’t have it in stock we can get it usually within a week.

Fall fertilizing should be done this month. Use a balanced fertilizer for most of your trees and shrubs. We carry 15-15-15 in 50 pound bags and organic all purpose fertilizer in 6#, 25# and 50# bags. If you have only a few plants, we also have it in 1# boxes. Be sure to fertilize your deciduous plants and perennials before they show signs of dormancy. Give your tomatoes a balanced fertilizer now and you should get more production out of them for another month, maybe longer. With the cooler weather coming, trees and perennials will start to go into dormancy probably later in the month or early October. Weather depending. Fertilize citrus now, then let them go through the winter without feeding but do protect them if there is freezing weather in the winter. Use a citrus fertilizer on your citrus trees. Give roses fertilizer now and enjoy some more blooms before the winter. This should be the last feeding for your roses. Use a rose fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer for your roses. Fertilize lawns with a winterizer fertilizer for going through the winter. Wait to fertilize Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias until after they have bloomed. You don’t want to promote growth now because it will be at the expense of blooms in the early spring. They should be fertilized 3 times after bloom, each 30 days apart.

Winter vegetables will be in this week at the nursery. We’ve been waiting for the weather to cool so they don’t bolt when you plant them. We will continue to stock them through October. Get them in when it is still warm enough to get development of roots and plant. Mid to late September and October are good times to plant.

Onion Sets, Garlic bulbs, Shallots, and Elephant Garlic will be in soon. I will send out an email when they arrive.

Continue with deep soaking of your trees and regular watering of your shrubs and plants. You may start to cut back on amounts now though. Nights and days are cooler and days getting shorter so the ground does not dry out as quickly as it did in July and August. Yay!!! Fall is on the way! My favorite time of the year.

September Specials

  • 5 gallon assorted fruit trees. $20.00 each. (Does not include Citrus)
  • 1 gallon assorted perennials $3.95 each
  • 1 gallon Crape Myrtle $4.95 each
  • 15 gallon Tuscarora Crape Myrtle Bush $39.00
  • 5 gallon White Butterfly Bush $12.50
  • 5 gallon Deer Grass $7.50 each
  • 5 gallon Teucrium fruitcans $7.50 each
  • 15 gallon Japanese Black Pine $45.00 each
  • 5 gallon Pennisetum Moudry $7.50 each
  • 15 gallon Walnut Trees $45.00 each
  • 5 gallon Pin Oak $25.00 each
  • 5 gallon Scarlet Oak $25.00 each
  • 5 gallon Shrubs $17.50 each. Choose from:
  • Photinia fraserii
  • Purple Hopseed Bush
  • Grevillea Canberra
  • Pineapple Guava
  • Tuscan Blue Rosemary
  • Euryops Daisy
  • Abelia Edward Goucher

All special prices are limited to stock on hand and expire September 30th.

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff