AVOCADO TREES HAVE ARRIVED!

AVOCADO TREES ARE NOW IN!!

We just received Avocado Trees.

  • Bacon – Type B
  • Zutano – Type B
  • Lamb Haas – Type A

Avocado trees are semi self fruitful. So one tree will give you fruit. If you plant a type A, and a Type B together, you will get larger crops of fruit.

Avocados need good drainage for best performance. Amend the soil liberally to give rich well drained soil. Protect from extreme heat and from frost, particularly when they are young.

All trees are $46.00 each.


April 2022 Newsletter

Well, other than a few warm days, April is turning out to be a very nice month weather. As I write this, the forecast for next week at this point is calling for rain on Monday and a chance of rain later in the week. Hopefully “they” are right and it comes to pass.

We have a large selection of vegetable starts and more coming on in our greenhouse, plus regular deliveries, so we will have a good selection of vegetables for the planting season. This month is usually a good time to get started with the vegetable garden. Get it prepped if you haven’t done that yet so you can plant your vegetable starts soon. I always use Bio-Live fertilizer and bone meal and kelp meal mixed in the soil before I plant. Bone meal adds calcium to prevent blossom end rot. Kelp meal helps with disease prevention. After you have your plants in, use straw or mulch on the top to help keep the moisture in and keep the weeds down.

Many other things are needing to be done in the landscape during April.

Rhododendrons should have the flower trusses that are spent snapped off at the base as soon as they fade. Don’t wait until all the flowers have finished blooming to remove them because the plant will expend energy making seeds that would be better used to add new foliage when it has completed the bloom cycle. Fertilize them right after flowering with a rhododendron azalea camellia fertilizer now and then again in 30 days and a final time 30 days after that. The same treatment applies to azaleas when they are done blooming.

Daffodils that were blooming earlier are now done here at the nursery. After they are done blooming, don’t cut off the leaves while they are still green. While the leaves are green, fertilize them with a high phosphorous fertilizer or one labeled “bulb food”. The old leaves can be pulled up when they have turned yellow or brown.

If you haven’t fertilized yet, it is time to do it. With the cool temperatures, except for the past couple of days, it is an excellent time to fertilize your landscape. An all purpose fertilizer will work for trees and shrubs. Citrus fertilizer for citrus trees. And an acid fertilizer for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias as well as blueberries. Be sure to water your plants well the day before you apply the fertilizer. Never fertilize a dry plant. Nitrogen part of fertilizer moves with water and if the plant is dry, it can pull up too much nitrogen when you water after applying the fertilizer and burn the plant. If it is moist and the fertilizer is applied and watered in, the plant pulls it up slowly since it is not thirsty.

Keep on top of the aphid problems and the fungus. Aphids seem to be quite a problem already this year. Spray with Neem oil or an insecticidal soap if you have aphids. Neem oil works as a fungicide too. Releasing lady bugs is another method to control the aphids. If you are going to use ladybugs, release them late in the evening, at dusk, and they will stay where you want them too.

I would recommend you start spraying your roses for fungus problems now before they appear. Use Neem oil or a fungicide on them on a regular basis to prevent the fungus from getting started. Neem oil will also act as an insecticide and prevent the aphid problem. We are starting to spray weekly here.

If you planted any bare root fruit trees this year or last year, the trunks of the trees should be painted with white tree trunk paint so that the young, thin bark does not become sunburned and cracked allowing insects to damage the cambium layer which carries nutrients to all parts of the tree. Do not use an oil based paint. A light colored, water based latex paint diluted by 50% works well.

Lawns should be fertilized with a lawn food, which will be high in nitrogen. You may want to over seed your lawn area to thicken it up a bit, and that can be done as long as your fertilizer does not have a weed control incorporated in the formula which would keep seed from sprouting. It is also a good time for starting a new lawn – before the weather heats up making it difficult to keep the area adequately dampened without having to sprinkle it every couple of hours or so. The same would apply to planting ground covers from flats – now is the time.

Lawns will do better if the mower blades are raised so that they are at least two inches high. Closely cut lawns don’t create much shade to the ground allowing it to dry much more quickly. That, in turn, requires more frequent and longer irrigating cycles for the lawn to stay nice and green. This will help to conserve water.

Summer annuals that provide reliable color through the summer will be becoming more available soon. Marigolds, alyssum, petunias, and other summer annuals will be coming in regularly soon. As the season progresses, they will be more plentiful

Hopefully you can get out and enjoy the nice weather in the garden
Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff


March 2022 Newsletter

After a dry February and dry start to March, there is now showing a chance for some rain early next week and maybe a bit more later in the 10 day forecast. Hopefully it comes to fruition. As far as watering goes right now, just water enough to keep newly planted bare root trees or other newly planted items moist. The ground does not dry out very fast with the cool nights and mild days. It is not necessary to water a lot yet. I’m watering trees in the new orchard about once every two weeks right now. Once they are in full leaf I will step that up a bit. Probably once a week or so. And when I get the drip system set up to where they can get a good deep soak, then once a week will be sufficient for the entire watering season. I do have 3″ of mulch around the trees as well.

It is now time to get ready to start fertilizing soon. As soon as deciduous trees and shrubs have their full set of leaves, you should give them their first fertilizing of the year. A balanced fertilizer works well for most things. Use a rhododendron, camellia, azalea fertilizer for your acid loving plants. Fertilize azaleas and rhododendrons after they are done blooming. Same thing for camellias. Citrus should use a citrus fertilizer. Citrus are best fertilized monthly through the growing season. Start after the threat of frost is past and continue monthly through October.

Roses should be leafing out now. If you have not pruned back roses, it is still a good time to do it. If you have any that are really large cause of neglected pruning during prior seasons, prune them down now. Prune roses down to 12 to 24 inches tall with several strong canes left and an open center.

Be sure to start spraying roses with a fungicide now. We use Neem Oil every two weeks here at the nursery on the roses to prevent aphids and fungus problems.

It’s time to start fertilizing roses as well. Roses are heavy feeders. They should be fertilized about every 6 weeks. Use a rose food or you can use a balanced all purpose fertilizer as well. I use a combination of the two on my roses and it works very well.

SPRING VEGETABLE PLANTING

We have some of our summer vegetable starts now and will be getting restocks weekly for the next two to three months depending how the season goes. We also have the greenhouse full of vegetable starts that will be ready for planting the first week of April or so, which honestly is the better time to plant your summer vegetables. Watch the weather. A good rule of thumb is to wait till overnight lows are consistently 50 degrees or higher and the ground is no longer cold to the touch. Prep your soil well before you plant. Add bone meal or oyster shell to the soil along with the vegetable fertilizer when you are prepping the soil. Bone meal adds phosphorous for root development and supplements calcium. Oyster shell adds calcium. Calcium will help to prevent blossom end rot. I use organic fertilizer on my vegetable garden. I use bone meal for phosphorous, and oyster shell for calcium , and tomato and vegetable fertilizer and kelp meal. Kelp meal helps to prevent diseases. About half way through the season I re apply fertilizer and bone meal.

AAUW GARDEN TOUR

The 28th Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Tour fabulous gardens in Marysville and Yuba City, plus an afternoon drop-in reception on the patio at THE BRICK COFFEE HOUSE in Marysville from noon until 4pm. $25 tickets are available now online at mvyc-ca.aauw.net/garden-tour-tickets.

Recycle your used containers here at the nursery. We gladly take back all used nursery containers. We re-use them in our growing operations. Don’t send them to the land fill. They can be dropped off here anytime during our regular business hours. Let us know if you have them with you when you come in, and we can unload them for you.

A note on our hours. We are open 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday and 10 to 4 Sunday.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


February 2022 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still good. The ground is still moist and the nights are staying cold so the trees are still dormant, so it is an excellent time to plant bare root fruit trees. At the end of the month we pot up what has not been sold bare root and then the price goes up. Take advantage of bare root prices and selection and get your fruit trees in now.

Final Dormant Spraying is Due This Month

The third and final dormant spraying to prevent leaf curl is due this month. Don’t delay. The final spray should be done before you see color in the flower buds. I recommend doing it as soon as possible. We have a couple of warm days coming next week and you want to get the final spray on before you see color of flower buds. Use copper and horticultural oil together in your sprayer. Use 1 ounce of liquicop and 2.5 ounces of horticultural oil together in 1 gallon of water. I spray all the deciduous trees in the orchard. It prevents leaf curl and also helps to prevent fireblight on pears and apples, although not completely, and greatly reduces the aphid and insect problems on all the trees. The third and final spraying is the most important one. You should have done two applications already and the final one should be done before flowers come out. I will be spraying the nursery orchard for the final time early next week to make sure I get it done before flowers start to show up. Apricots usually bloom early and I want to get them before they bloom. We got behind on the first two, because of the rain in December so one was done the first week of January then the second two weeks later and now the third. So if you are behind on getting it done, get the second done now, so you maybe can get the third on before the trees start to bloom. We have a period of dry right now so take advantage and get it done. Don’t put this off till it is too late.
Also when you are spraying the dormant spray on your fruit trees, do your roses too. Stop the rose diseases before they start.

Fertilizing

It will be time to start fertilizing towards the end of the month or early next month. When the plants come out of dormancy, it is time to start fertilizing. Evergreen plants can be fertilized as soon as the threat of hard freezes is past. So later this month or mid March depending on where you live. Use a balanced fertilizer on most plants. Use citrus fertilizer on your citrus. Use rhododendron azalea camellia fertilizer on azaleas and camellias after they are done blooming. Fertilize three times after bloom each thirty days apart and then no more for the year. Gardenias benefit from monthly fertilizing during the growing season. Use a rose food on roses or a balanced fertilizer on them and do them monthly during the growing and blooming season for consistent blooms. We have a good selection of fertilizers. Much of it organic fertilizers. Which I prefer to use.

Now would be a good time to plant winter vegetables. We have a nice selection right now. If you plant them now they will give you production for a couple of months for sure and maybe longer depending on the temperatures. When we get some warm days in late February and early March, it’s still a bit too early to put out spring vegetables. We will get spring vegetables, some time in late March or early April, depending on weather. Even though it’s warm in the day, the nights should be 50 degrees or higher consistently before putting your summer vegetables in the ground. If you are thinking about starting summer vegetables inside from seed, probably want to get them started soon so they are ready to put out in spring.

Citrus we will be stocking in larger volume in March. March is the best time to plant citrus since we are usually past any hard freezes. Be sure to protect citrus that you plant now if we have freezing temperatures.

With the cool nights, the bare root trees are staying dormant, and like I said earlier, it is the time to plant them. Once we pot them, the price goes up and they are not immediately available, They have to root into the container before we sell them.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff

 


Bare Root Fruit Tree selection is still very good. Bare Root Season continues through the end of February.

Our bare root fruit trees are in and ready for sale. Selection is still very good. Our list is available here. It’s an excellent time to get your fruit trees in. The selection is still good. We are sold out of multi graft trees and a couple varieties of single variety trees.

Bare root roses are also available and the selection is very good.

No pruning classes this year due to the current Covid situation.

Unfortunately we will not be doing any pruning classes this year. With the current situation we are erring on the side of caution and don’t feel it is a good idea to have the large gatherings that come with the pruning classes. Hopefully next year things are back to normal. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Bare Root Fruit Trees Are In And Ready For Sale

Our bare root fruit trees are in and ready for sale. Shop early for the best selection. Demand is high and supply is tight. What we have is what we have for the season. No re-orders available. If you would like a price list, email me and I can send one to you via email. Our list is also available here. It’s an excellent time to get your fruit trees in. The selection is great right now.

We will be close at noon Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.


December 2021 Newsletter

Lots of things going on in December. Our bare root roses are due in the week of December 13th. Once they arrive we will get them ready for sale. So hopefully they will be ready to go by the 16th or 17th. The bare root fruit trees will be in late in the month. We will begin working them as soon as they arrive. This usually happens the week before Christmas, but I don’t have that confirmed yet, and hopefully will be ready for sale right after Christmas. 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 will not re-order since availability is going be tight again this year. So when things are gone, they are gone for the year. Last year we were sold out of many varieties by the end of January. 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. Any trees that are paid for but not picked up by the end of February will be potted and will be charged a potting charge. There will be a 30% restocking charge on any pre sold bare root fruit trees that are cancelled by the customer. Availability is very tight and we have a short time to sell the trees so hopefully everyone understands the need for these policies.

WE ARE NOW CARRYING HOUSEPLANTS

We have a nice selection of houseplants and orchids. Good idea for Christmas gifts, or just to add to your home.

Dormant Spraying

Fruit trees should have lost their leaves by now. Your first dormant spraying should have been done last week or this week. 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 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 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 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.

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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be closed the 1st of January for New Year.

Open 9 to 5 Monday – Saturday, 10 to 4 Sunday
530-743-4856


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

Blueberries $11.50 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon.
Dwarf Blueberries $13.50 ea. Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet. Compact growing to 2′. Excellent for small containers or on a small porch.
When planting blueberries add acid fertilizer and peat moss to create an acidic environment they require.
Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.69 and will do 2.5 plants. A 5 lb. box is $13.89.
Add peat moss as well as acid fertilizer. A 4 quart bag of peat moss is $5.59 and an 8 qt. bag is $6.99.

Pomegranates $20.00 – Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
Figs $22.00 – Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota, Panache Tiger, Peter’s Honey.
Kiwi, Issai Hardy Kiwi. Self fruitful, cold hardy – $20.00
Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $15.00
Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $11.50
Olive, Manzanillo, Mission – $20.00
Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $20.00
Chester Thornless Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry, Thornless Boysenberry, Ollalie Blackberry – $11.50
Heritage Red Raspberry, Caroline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $11.50.
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.

We are open 9-5 Monday – Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
530-743-4856


Blueberries, Cane Berries, Pomegranates, Figs Are Now In 2021

Blueberries $11.50 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, Misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon.
Dwarf Blueberries $13.50 ea. Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet. Compact growing to 2′. Excellent for small containers or on a small porch.
When planting blueberries add acid fertilizer and peat moss to create an acidic environment they require.
Use 1 cup of Down To Earth organic acid fertilizer for each plant. A 1 lb. box is $4.69 and will do 2.5 plants. A 5 lb. box is $13.89.
Add peat moss as well as acid fertilizer. A 4 quart bag of peat moss is $5.59 and an 8 qt. bag is $6.99.

Pomegranates $20.00 – Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
Figs $22.00 – Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota, Panache Tiger, Peter’s Honey.
Kiwi, Issai Hardy Kiwi. Self fruitful, cold hardy – $20.00
Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $15.00
Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $11.50
Olive, Manzanillo, Mission – $20.00
Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $20.00
Chester Thornless Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry, Thornless Boysenberry, Ollalie Blackberry – $11.50
Heritage Red Raspberry, Caroline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $11.50.
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.

We are open 9-5 Monday – Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
530-743-4856


November 2021 Newsletter

Fall feels like it is here. The nights are nice and cool and the days very comfortable. We’ve had a nice amount of rain already for the season. 10.25″ on the season here at the nursery. The ground is moist. It is the best planting time of all the seasons. I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t emphasize enough that fall is the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs. The diagram above shows very well why. The diagram shows a tree but the same logic applies to shrubs. FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS. Take advantage of the beautiful weather we are having and do fall planting. Your fall installed plants will do much better next summer than those planted in the spring. Plant wildflower seeds this month as well. Sow them right before a rain and they will take hold and next spring will be beautiful blooms.

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, blackberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, figs and pomegranates will be arriving during the month of November. They usually arrive the middle of the month. 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.

Blue Spruce, Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, and Rhododendrons

Our shipment of living Christmas Trees such as Blue Spruce will be shipped this week or next week. We will also be receiving peonies, erica, and more. Japanese Maples, Dogwoods and Rhododendrons arrived last week and the selection is good. As soon as the Christmas trees 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 25th for Thanksgiving.
We also close December 24th and 25th for Christmas.

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

Jeff

Open Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4.
530-743-4856