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


August Newsletter

August is a good time to start planning for the fall planting and if it is not too warm you can get a jump on the fall planting season. Looks like we will be in for some nice weather for a couple of weeks starting this week. Nice weather to get a jump on fall planting. Remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Especially trees.
I know the ground is hard after the summer but if you start a hole and soak it and then dig a little more and soak it, pretty soon the hole you need for the tree or shrub is done and it is a fairly painless way to dig a hole.

Watering and Mulching
Continue to water established plants deeply for the balance of the summer and into fall. Check the mulch you added at the beginning of the summer, and if it is getting thin, add more to keep the moisture you are applying in the ground.

Late Summer & Fall Planting
We have a very large selection of trees and shrubs for fall planting in stock as always. If you want to get a jump start and plant now, just be sure to keep the plant moist for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Water it once a day after you plant for the first week and then every two to three days for the balance of the season and it will do well.

Fall Fertilizing
Fall fertilizing should be done in September. The weather will be cooler and the days shorter so even when we get some warm days the heat does not last as long. This is the time for fall fertilizing. Trees and shrubs will benefit from a balanced fertilizer. Citrus should be fertilized with a citrus ferilizer.
When fertilizing, water the plant the day before very well. Then fertilize the following day and water in well. Never fertilize a dry plant. It will burn it and can possibly kill it.

Grass Seed
Grass seed for lawns or pasture or overseeding should be done in late August or September. Get it planted while it is still warm but not baking hot. The seed will germinate quickly and it will need to be kept moist while it gets established. Don’t wait too late in the season or it won’t get well enough established before the winter and may have a tough time getting through the winter. I’m ordering new stock of grass seed which should be in next week, so we will have a good supply for all planting needs.

Winter Vegetables
We will start getting winter vegetables and winter annuals in September. Watch the weather. If it’s too warm it will cause them to bolt. But get them in early in the fall so that they get developed and start producing for you before it gets cold.

Special Orders
If you would like us to special order items for you that we may not have in stock, we can do that.We can usually have it within a week, sometimes two. We do need payment in advance on all special orders.

The weather this summer has been very nice. Very few 100’s, mostly mid 90’s and cool mornings. The overall temperatures will be getting even cooler soon.The hottest part of the summer is very close to behind us. Start getting ready to plant for fall now.

We hope to see you soon.
Jeff


July 2019 Newsletter

ONE GALLON PERENNIALS ON SALE – $4.95 EA. SEE LIST OF VARIETIES BELOW. ALL IN FULL BLOOM NOW. ADD COLOR TO YOUR LANDSCAPE. PERENNIALS COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR AND BLOOM IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER.

This year has been a very nice spring and early summer. Any hot periods have only lasted a couple of days and then it cools back down. Very nice weather for your landscape whether new plantings or established plantings.

With summer here and longer days, it gives a lot of time for gardening. Do your planting early in the day or in the evening if possible so it is easier on you. Plants will handle the transplant just fine but do make sure you give additional water for the first week or two after planting to make sure it is kept well hydrated. Also be sure to mulch to hold the moisture in the ground. Water the new planting well, and then water in with Superthrive mixed in water. This will eliminate any transplant shock that may occur. Keep the plant moist but not soggy while it is getting it’s root system established. If you are using a timed drip system that runs for very short periods, you will need to supplement with a hose periodically. A slow trickle for an hour or two works well about once or twice a week along with the drip system. Mulch well around your trees and shrubs to keep the moisture in the ground. Use 3″ of mulch.

On the subject of watering whether newly planted or established plantings, when there is a spike in temperatures coming, be sure to give extra water. Make sure all shrubs and trees are well watered going into the temperature spike rather than waiting till afterwards. Sometimes the stress on the plant will be too much if too dry. Signs of not enough water will include crisp edges of leaves, wilting in the heat and perhaps shedding some foliage soon after extreme heat. If you see any of these symptoms, you probably should increase the amount of water or mulch or perhaps a combination of the two. If you see any stress on your plants, treat them with Superthrive mixed with water. This product eliminates transplant shock and also revives plants under stress. We do all of our transplanting here at the nursery during the summer months and we use Superthrive on all of our transplants and cuttings that we do.

Crape myrtles are now starting to bloom here and in landscapes. They love the heat. Although crape myrtle is a very drought tolerant plant, it will bloom much nicer with at least one good deep soak a week. Also spray for aphids if you see sticky shiny leaves. Use neem oil or an insecticide or insecticidal soap. Any of these are better sprayed in the evening so that there is no damage to the leaves from the heat of the day.

Vegetable gardens probably need fertilizing about now. If you fertilized when you planted, it’s about time to give the garden another fertilizing and then again sometime in August to keep your plants healthy and productive. Use a vegetable fertilizer for this. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers as they will cause growth at the expense of production. Organic vegetable fertilizers work well because they feed slowly and there is less chance of burning the plants in warm weather. Mulch your garden too, to hold the moisture in and use less water. If you are experiencing blossom end rot on your tomatoes and squash, add calcium to your soil. We carry oyster shell and a liquid calcium called Foli-Cal. The liquid calcium is used as a foliar spray directly on the leaves of the plants.

Watch for tomato worms. If you see them, use BT or Monterey Garden Insect Spray to get rid of them. Both are organic controls. Or just pull them off and get rid of them.

Hopefully the weather continues nice and mild for the summer as it has up to this point for the most part. Get out early and enjoy the cool of the morning and do some gardening. It’s a great way to start the day.

Perennials On Sale
Crape Myrtle, 3 varieties, Lantana – 6 varieties, Yarrow – 3 varieties, Verbena – 2 varieties, Rudbeckia – 3 varieties, Gaillardia – 4 varieties, Gaura – white and pink, Coreopsis – 4 varieties, Salvia – 4 varieties.
Nice selection. All blooming. Most drought tolerant and deer resistant.

We will be closed on The 4th of July.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff


June 2019 Newsletter

June looks like it is starting off very nice. The rest of the spring has been nice although a bit more rain than normal. I’ve tracked 42″ of rain this year. Our average here is 26″-28″. It has meant no hot days all spring. Mostly cool and nice spring weather. Great spring planting weather.

WATERING

Watering becomes much more important to make sure it is done well as the weather warms up. When watering trees, be sure to give established trees a deep soak once or twice a week depending on temperatures. Newly planted trees should be watered daily for the first week or so then cut back to about two or three times per week. Do not give short daily watering. Give good deep soaks. A good rule to use is to give 10 gallons of water per week for every inch of trunk diameter and be sure to soak to a depth of at least 12 inches. On larger trees you’ll want to soak to a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Use slow drip and let it run long enough to soak deep. Add 3″ of mulch around your trees and shrubs to hold the moisture in the ground and not allow it to evaporate. Mulching garden beds and vegetable gardens should also be done. Deep soaking and mulching encourages a deep healthy root system so that trees and shrubs and new plantings can go through hot spells with no adverse effects on the plant and you will use less water.

FERTILIZING

It’s time for your second fertilizing of the season if you have not done it already. Use a balanced fertilizer for most trees and shrubs. Be sure to water your plants well the day before you are going to fertilize and then fertilize and water the fertilizer in well. DO NOT fertilize on a very hot day. It is very easy to burn plants with fertilizer if you fertilize on a very hot day. Nitrogen portion of the fertilizer moves with water and plants are moving lots of water in the heat. Fertilize in the evening and look for temperatures in low to mid 90’s as a high or less for fertilizing. Fertilize citrus trees monthly through the growing season. Use a citrus and avocado fertilizer. Rhododendrons azaleas and camellias are about due for their third and final fertilizing. They are fertilized 3 times, each 30 days apart, after they are done blooming.

JUNE SPECIAL

#1 GALLON PERENNIALS $4.95 EACH

Yarrow, Rudbeckia, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Gaura, Verbena, Gaillardia, Teucrium, Lantana, Salvia, Santa Barbara Daisy, Agastache.

CITRUS LEAF MINER

Citrus Leaf Miner can be a problem for citrus trees. It looks a bit like snail tracks in the leaf of the citrus tree and affects primarily the new growth. The new growth curls and looks shriveled with lines looking like snail trails in them. Treat this with Monterey Garden Insect Spray. We carry it. The active ingredient is Spinosad. It is OMRI listed for organic gardening. It is absorbed into the leaf and kills the leaf miner. We spray and then wait a few days and prune out the affected area. Treatment can be done weekly. This will take care of the problem.

MULCH MULCH MULCH

Be sure to mulch all new plantings and re mulch older plants. Use 3″ of mulch around your plants. Keep the mulch away from the immediate base of the plant. Mulching keeps the ground and roots of your plants cooler and holds the moisture in the soil. New plantings will do much better, no matter what the temperature, if they are watered well and mulch is used. You can cut your water use by up to 50% by mulching and your plants will do so much better. You can use shredded bark or chunk bark or compost or even gravel will work as mulch but gravel will reflect heat onto your plants so for some plant If you aren’t mulching, I would strongly advise that you do. Your plants will get through hot spells with no adverse effects, this is not a good choice. With mulching, you can plant any time of the year with no adverse effects. IT REALLY HELPS!

BLOSSOM END ROT

If you experience blossom end rot on tomatoes and squash, you want to add calcium to the soil. The bottom of the tomato and the ends of the squash will shrivel and become brown or black. If you add calcium at the first sign of this, the problem will be corrected fairly quickly. We carry bone meal, and oyster shell lime. The bone meal and oyster shell are organic products. We also have a product called Foli Cal which is a foliar spray calcium which will also correct blossom end rot.

APHIDS AND FUNGUS PROBLEMS

Aphids will be bad as the weather warms. Some problems have already started. For control of aphids, Neem Oil works well and is an organic pesticide. It also works as a fungicide so it does double duty. Use it every two weeks on roses and control aphids and fungus such as powdery mildew, rust and blackspot. It will also control aphids and powdery mildew on Crape Myrtles. We also have a product called Monterey Take Down Garden Spray. It is not organic but it works very well for controlling aphids and other insects. It is pyrethrin and canola oil. With all insecticides, be careful not to spray when bees are present. Better to spray late evening or very early morning when bees are not active, to avoid injuring bees.

HOURS ARE 9 TO 5 MONDAY – SATURDAY, 10-4 SUNDAY.

We are open everyday. Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 4..

We’ve had a very wet spring this year which the plants really have liked. The inventory is full and looking good. All of our plants are fully acclimated to our climate. We don’t protect them under shade cloth so they can go into your landscape and not miss a beat because they are used to the weather. We do keep shade loving plants in the shade here at the nursery. If for some reason we don’t have what you are looking for, we can order it and usually have it here in a week.

This time of year here at the nursery we start doing lots of cleaning and maintenance in our growing ground. We shift plants from smaller pots to larger pots to grow. we will be cleaning mats and we will have many one of a kind or overstock items going into the parking lot reduced price area over the next few weeks. Be sure to check it out when you come in. You may find a great price on a plant you could use.

Enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Avocados Arrived 4/17/19

We just received our Avocados. We have Bacon, Mexicola, Zutano, all of which are cold hardy for our area. Mexicola cross pollinates with Bacon or Zutano. Zutano and Bacon do not cross pollinate with each other. Trees are semi self fruitful but having A Mexicola with one of the other varieties for cross pollination will produce larger crops of fruit. All varieties produce fruit.

Avocados need good drainage and some afternoon shade in the hottest part of the summer.

We also have 5 Hass avocados. They are not cold hardy for our area but some people have had success if they are planted in an area that does not get hard freezes. If you want to try a Hass, you must find an area that is protected from freeze. Most normal areas around here are not good. Choose your location carefully if you want to grow a Hass avocado in our area.

Avocados are $36.00 each.


April 2019 Newsletter

 

February and March have been pretty wet this year to say the least. according to my rain gauge, we have had 37.75″ of rain to date here at the nursery. Our average annual rainfall is 22″-24″ here. And looks like a bit more on the way. The late season moisture is keeping things green and the ground soft (although at times kind of muddy) and making for excellent gardening weather as soon as the rain stops. My long range forecast for the next 15 days shows the warmest day to be 72 and mostly in the 60″s. Perfect weather for planting and enjoying, especially when the sun does come out. Deciduous trees and shrubs are starting to leaf out. A bit late this year. The cool weather is nice. Looks like the rain will be scattered after this week. Not deluges.

Many 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”. They bloomed early this year but here at the nursery the leaves are still green and the fertilizing can still be done. Hopefully it is the same with yours. 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 moist ground and the cool temperatures 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.

Keep on top of the aphid problems and the fungus problems which might be worse than usual following a wet March. Spray with Neem oil or an insecticidal soap if you have aphids. Neem oil works as a fungicide too.

I would recommend you start spraying your roses for fungus problems now before they appear. With the wet spring we are having fungus will be a problem. 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. Also, due to the cool March, some trees are starting to leaf out late. Don’t give up yet on them. Apples and Cherries in particular are slower than other trees to break dormancy and with the cooler spring may be late leafing out. They have not started here yet but should in a week or so. So depending on where you live, may be still dormant.

It will soon be the optimal time to plant your vegetable garden because the soil will be warming up more quickly as the night time temperatures are not so cold. We have a large selection of vegetable starts and seeds now in for planting and get restocked every week on Wednesdays and will continue to stay well stocked on vegetables through the spring season . Seedling plants as well as seeds should do well in the warmer soil, so plan your gardens. The root vegetables such as radishes, carrots (we suggest the short stubbier carrots in the areas with heavy clay), turnips, and beets should do well, too. When planting corn in your veggie garden, keep in mind that the pollen transfer is by the wind, so corn should be planted in blocks of parallel rows – not in a single row. If you run your rows north south, then that is the prevailing direction of winds and will help with pollination. In preparing your garden use a vegetable fertilizer and be sure to add calcium to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes and squash. I also add kelp meal and bone meal which helps with disease prevention (the kelp meal) and helps with faster root development (the bone meal). Mulch your vegetable garden with compost or straw which will help control weeds and reduce the water you use. With a good layer of mulch, you can give a good soak to your garden about once a week during the cooler spring and maybe twice a week during the hot part of the summer. I used straw from cleaning the barn on my garden and it works very well. One customer said she used alfalfa as mulch and you get the benefit of the calcium and nitrogen as the hay breaks down. Something to consider.

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 are becoming more available now. Marigolds, alyssum, petunias, and other summer annuals are starting to come in. As the season progresses, they will be more plentiful

We have fruit trees that were potted in January now available. They are in paper pots so can be planted pot and all. Assorted varieties. $32.00 each.

We are having a very nice and somewhat wet spring this year. Take advantage of the moist ground and cool but not cold weather and get some planting done. Enjoy the spring in your landscape and garden.

We will be closed Easter Sunday, 4/21/19.

We hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Organic Vegetable Gardening Class 2019

Organic Vegetable Gardening Classes. This Saturday and Sunday, March 30th and 31st. Both days @ 10 AM.

We will cover how to prep your vegetable beds with organic fertilizers and mulch to be ready for planting your vegetables. We will also discuss organic insect controls and watering techniques. We will have a large assortment of tomatoes and other vegetables for planting if you are ready to start now. Spring vegetable season is just beginning. We will have large selections of tomatoes and other summer vegetables starting now and through the season.