Onion Sets and Garlic Are Now In

Onion Sets:

Yellow, Red and White onions – $2.35 / pound, Sweet onions – $4.50 / pound.

Garlic – $4.10 / pound

Elephant Garlic – $9.50 / pound

Shallots – $5.75 / 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.

Free Fruit Tree Pruning Classes This Saturday And Sunday @ 10am

Free fruit tree pruning classes this Saturday and Sunday January 28th and 29th @ 10 am each day. Attend either one or attend both. we will have one more class on Saturday the 4th of February.

Learn how to prune your fruit trees. We will hold the classes in our orchard here at the nursery.

No registration neccesary. Just show up.

Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate during the class and bare root season.

We will also cover rose pruning and dormant spraying and answer any questions you may have.

Bare Root season continues through the end of February. Great selection of bare root fruit trees and roses and shade trees. Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Asparagus, Artichokes, and Strawberries all available now as well and onion starter plants and seed potatoes. And of course our full line of shrubs, trees, and plants.

Hours: 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.

Hope to see you soon.

Wet Weather Special: Get One Bag Of Organic Soil Amendment 1/2 Price For Every Two Bare Root Fruit Trees Purchased And Picked Up Now Through January 16th.

Wet weather special!!!
Buy two or more bare root fruit trees at regular price, and get organic potting soil or organic soil builder for 1/2 price.
Limit of one bag for every two bare root fruit trees purchased and picked up, now through January 16th.
Use it to mix with the wet soil to ensure good fill of dirt around the roots of your bare root fruit trees.
Must purchase and pick up trees and soil now through January 16th for special price on soil. We cannot hold trees and amendment for this special.
Limited to stock on hand.
Special price on soil amendments good through January 16th only.
Bare root fruit trees are regular price.

Organic Potting Soil 2 cf. Regular price $14.50

Organic Soil Amendment 1.5 cf. Regular price $5.50.

Bare Root Berries and Blueberries and Artichokes, Asparagus, and Rhubarb are now in.

Blueberries $10.00 ea. Bluecrop, Blueray, misty, O’Neal, Pink Lemonade, South Moon

When planting blueberries add soil sulfur to create an acidic environment they require. Use 8 oz. for each plant. Soil Sulfur 2.5# bag. $8.39

Pomegranates $15.00 – Eversweet, Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.

Figs $18.00 – Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota.

Thornless balckberry, Olallie Blackberry, Boysenberry – $6.50 ea.

Heritage Raspberry, Canby Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $4.50 ea.

Artichokes, Greeen Globe – $4.95 ea.

Artichoke, Jerusulem – $1.50 ea.

Asparagus – $9.25 per bundle of 10

Rhubarb, Victoria Cherry – $4.00 ea.

Onion Sets and Garlic Are Now In

Onion Sets:

  • Yellow, Red and White onions – $1.60 / pound, Sweet onions – $4.00 / pound.
  • Garlic – $4.60 / pound
  • Elephant Garlic – $9.70 / pound
  • Shallots – $5.60 / 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.

October 2011

October Gardening
Well the first weekend of fall did not really feel like it but after the nice soaking rain we just had and the cooler temperatures, it feels like fall. This is a great time of year and as we always tell our customers it is the best time to plant. Trees and shrubs get established without the heat but before the cold and are set to put out new growth in the spring with well established roots that will take them through their first summer without the stress from the heat that a plant with a less established root has.


Trees are starting to show fall color now with the cool nights so you can see what color you will be getting when you buy your trees.  The selection is good and the colors will be beautiful over the next few weeks.


Fall is also the time to plant bulbs for spring color. Tulips and daffodils are available now and we have them on sale at 20% off for the month of October. Daffodils are deer resistant and gopher resistant and will naturalize in this area. When planting them use a bulb food or phosphorous in the bottom of the hole to encourage the root development. Tulips are also available for planting now. However you do need to protect them from gophers. Line the whole with a gopher basket or wire to protect them or the gophers will eat them. We are having a bulb planting clinic on Saturday October 8th at 10 am.


If you have fruit that has fallen off your fruit trees that you were not able to use be sure to clean it up regularly. Fallen fruit and leaves should be cleaned up from under your fruit trees so they don’t give a place for fungus to grow. And don’t forget to plan for dormant spraying of your fruit trees. The three date to remember are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines day. Lime sulfer spray is no longer available so the spray to use for dormant spray is copper spray. We mix a dormant oil such as Saf-T-Side with the copper spray. We get better results than spraying the copper by itself because it helps it to cling to the tree rather than running off. It also helps to kill overwintering insects. Remember to spray three times during the dormant season to avoid leaf curl.


If you have not done fall fertilizing, now is the time to get it done. The weather is cool and you want to get it done before plants go dormant. If the plants go dormant, then they do not utilize the fertilizer. This fertilizing is important since it helps with vigor going into the winter and gives them food to store for next spring that they will use when they first come out of dormancy.


Plant your winter vegetables now. Get this done soon so they can get established before the weather gets cold. We have them available now. If you were not able to attend the winter vegetable gardening clinic, ask for the handout when you come to get your vegetables. Lots of good information in it.


We will be getting our berries and artichokes and asparagus in November. Our bare root fruit trees will be available in January. We have the list of fruit trees and berries that we will carry available now. I am attaching a copy to this email but sometimes the attachment does not open. If that happens let me know and I can send you one via email.


One final note. We love to here feedback from our customers. Let us know how we are doing. Ideas, suggestions, clinics you would like to see, anything you would like to say. We like to here from our customers on how we are doing or for anything else.


We hope to see you soon for all your fall planting and gardening needs.

July 2011

Gardening tips for July

Well I hope everyone enjoyed the abbreviated spring this year. Did not really last too long. Rained and snowed forever and then not too long after it all stopped it got hot. Oh well, can’t do much about the weather.

The biggest thing to do this month is water. When it is this hot it is time to step up the watering. Increase time on timers to give plants good deep soakings.

Some signs to look for that show not enough water are wilting in the heat that does not recover when the weather cools for the evening. If water is not increased when you see this the next thing will be leaves dropping and flowers dropping before the blooms are spent. The next thing is edges of leaves will turn brown and then die back on branches. If you see any of these signs increase the water to the plant. If a plant is stressed due to lack of water or other reasons, use Superthrive. Mix 1 to 3 caps of superthrive with 5 gallons of water and soak the plant. This will help the plant to recover. Also a good idea to use it when transplanting or plants during warm weather. We use it on all planting here at the nursery. We start most of our 1 and 5 gallon shrubs during the summer since it is when we have the tiem and we have excellent success using superthrive when planting.

If you are unsure of how much water to give you plants, let us know. We have a sheet available at the nursery which shows how much water per week is required by trees during each month of the year. It can be used for shrubs as well by reducing down for the size of the plant. Basically, don’t be worried about overwatering during the summer when it is so hot. Unless the plant is soggy it is okay. It is best to soak long and deep about 2 to 3 times a week rather than short wtering every day. This produces a much healthier plant that withstands the heat much better. Rmember that drip systems are rated for gallons per hour not gallons per minute. So if you have a 1 gallon per hour dripper on your plant and you run the system 15 minutes you are giving the plant a quart of water.

Mulching is an excellent way to reduce the amount of water you have to apply. It will keep the moisture in the soil rather than allowing it to evaporate. Lay mulch 2 inches deep around your trees and shrubs. When putting it around your trees, keep the mulch back away from the trunk by about 3 inches.

If you do want to plant in the summer it ceratainly can be done. Plant in the evening and use superthrive and then make sure to keep the new plantings well watered and you should have no problems.

August 2011

Vegetable Gardens

By now you should be able to hopefully be getting some vegatables. It has taken a while this year. Watch for tomato worms. Use caterpillar killer on them or pick them off and kill. Water your garden well about 2 to 3 times a week. Give it a good deep soaking when you water. You may need to fertilize one time this time of year. If you are suffering blossom end rot, add calcium.
Harvest regularly to keep your garden producing.
Hopefully it looks full now and not like the beginning of the season.

Water Water Water

With the summer heat comes the need for watering. Remember that it is better for trees inparticular to have deep soakings 2 to 3 times a week rather than daily short waterings. This will get a deeper root system and produce a tree that can withstand the long hot days much better than one that is watered daily for short periods.

If you are seeing stress from the heat such as burned leaf edges, flowers fading quickly, wilting, etc., increase the amount of water you are giving. Use Superthrive to help revive a stressed plant. It seems the biggest problem we here during the summer are customers with plant symproms described above. Usually the problem is corrected with an increase in water.

Planning Ahead For Fall

Even though it is summer now fall will be here soon. Remember fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Our selection of trees and shrubs is excellent with a full inventory to choose from. If you have a place that is just too hot, consider a tree to put in to reduce the heat. Shade trees make the yard much cooler and can help to reduce cooling costs when planted on the west and south sides of the house.

September 2011

Fall Planting Season

Fall is almost here. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. We are starting to see a little bit of fall color on a few of the trees at the nursery.


Fall is the best time for planting just about everything, paritcularly trees. Plants that are planted in fall get the cooler weather to get roots established without the stress of the heat and transplant shock and continue to establish roots even after they lose their leaves. They will continue root devlopment with the fall and winter rains. The roots then are established and the tree or shrub is ready to take off and grow next spring and is well established before the heat of the summer and can tolerate the summer heat much better than the same plant put out in the spring.

The inventory here at the nursery looks great. It is full and is ready for fall planting. If you are planning on planting trees this fall, don’t wait too late in the season. The inventory is full right now but we are not overstocked like the past couple of years. So as the season progresses the inventory will become more limited than in the past. We can always special order if we don’t have it but since we grow most of our trees here at the nursery, the price is generally higher if we special order it than the inventory we have on hand. If you would like a current tree inventory and price list let me know and I can send one via email. If we don’t have in stock what you are looking for we can usually get it within 1 or 2 weeks.

Fall fertilizing should be done this month. This is an important fertilizing because the plants will be going dormant soon and will store the food for next spring so they can thrive in the spring. Be sure to get it done before the fall color starts to show, for the plant to fully utilize the fertilizer. If fall color is showing then it is beginning to go dormant and will not use all the fertilzer you give it. Fertilize your evergreen plants in the fall as well to give them food to go through the winter.

Use Remuda or other non-selective herbicide to kill most growing weeds and grasses. Mix a preemergent with the weed killer to stop seeds from sprouting thus reducing the need to spray again in a few weeks. Remember, don’t use a preemergent in areas where you want to plant seeds. Be sure to spray the grasses before they start going dormant, particularly bermuda grass. If grass has invaded a flower bed, Monterey Grass Getter can be used to kill grasses in broad leafed plants. Always test on a small spot first. Not good to spray the whole area and find out that it killed one of the things you wanted.

Our first shipment of winter veggies just arrived this week. They can be planted anytime now and have plenty of time to get well established before the weather becomes cold. Although not in yet, we should have onion sets and garlic soon. Winter annual flowers are now available. Daffodil and tulip bulbs will be in soon.


Don’t stop watering your plants after the first couple of showers. We need to have significant amount of rain to keep the ground moist before you can stop watering altogether. The amount of water can be reduced as the temperatures go down but makes sure you keep things watered until we get good reliable rainfall. When we do get the rainy season going, put a cut in the side of the basin around trees if you have them so that they do not stand in water through the winter that could damage the tree.

March/April 2011

SPRING IS COMING officially on March 20th. The temperatures are on the rise from the rather cold winter we have had — with some nice almost spring-like weath- er interspersed. By April spring has usually come for sure. The warmer temperatures encourage the production of new foliage on plants that have been resting throughout the winter months. This is the time to encourage all that fresh new growth with some fertilizer. An All Purpose Fertilizer such as 16-16-16 can be used on all deciduous trees, all fruit and nut trees and most shrubs and ground covers, etc. Some of the principal exceptions are:

Fertilizing Roses – Do it every 4-6 weeks with fertilizer labeled for roses. It can be straight rose fertilizer or a product such as Bayer Advanced Garden 2-in-1 and Flower Care which includes a systemic insecticide for insect control.
Fertilizing Citrus – Do it every month, except in the coldest part of the winter. Don’t encourage new tender growth that would be damaged badly, even killed, by freezing temperatures. Be sure it is a fertilizer labeled for citrus.
Fertilizer Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias – Do it for three applica- tions at 30, 60, and 90 days following the end of the bloom cycle with a formula labeled RAC. Use the same RAC formula on gardenias, but do it monthly. RAC fertilizer is an acid based fertilizer and can be used on other acid loving plants such as hydrangeas and Lily of the Valley shrub. Just an added note — break off the flower trusses on rhododendron when they are finished blooming. They may spend enough energy producing seed to keep them from setting buds the follow- ing year.
Preparing for Vegetable Garden – Prior to the last pass of the rototiller, scatter a starter fertilizer, or Super Phosphate, 0-45-0, or other source of phosphorous such as bone meal or bat guano to promote root growth. If you have experienced blossom end rot in tomatoes, melons, squash, peppers, cucumbers, etc., till in some ground oyster shell (100% calcium) to prevent this. Follow up later when the plants have been in the ground 4-6 weeks with some vegetable food. Early to mid April is usually about the right time to start planting summer gardens. The soil should have warmed to 50 degrees F before planting.
CITRUS TREES – Citrus trees should be available now, if not, they will be very soon. We hope that all freezing weather is now past and there won’t be a need to protect them. We will have a good selection. We carry many more dwarf citrus than we do standard sized trees. The reason being, that most of our customers live in areas in which citrus need winter protection. A dwarf citrus can survive well in a large container such as a half barrel which will allow it to grow to about 4’ X 4’, and it will still provide a good supply of fruit. Planted in the ground they will usually grow to a maximum height and width of approximately 8’. Either of those sizes are reasonably easy to protect. A standard tree will generally achieve a size of about 20’ X 20’ not easily protected, nor is the fruit as easily harvested. See inside this flyer for prices and the varieties we offer.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT for slugs and snails. As the weather warms, the slugs and snails become more active, hiding in dark damp laces during he day and doing their busy work during the night. There are some simple traps that work well. Since the cool, damp spots are preferred, place a clay pot among the shrubs upside down with a rock to prop it up enough to allow them to crawl in, and then dispose of them during he daylight hours. They also like to crawl into hollowed out grapefruit or cantaloupe rinds and then dispose of the whole thing. They seem to like beer, and a container buried to ground level and filled with beer will attract them, they fall in and drown. There are very effective baits available. One very effective product looks much like wheat bran which is the medium to carry metaldehyde which is the pesticide for control, but not safe around pets. A more organic and safe product is iron phosphate which is used in the product called ‘Sluggo’. It is safe for pets or in a vegetable garden and it degrades to a fertilizer. There is also ‘Sluggo Plus’ – the same, with Spinosad added Spinosad is an organic insecticide, so helps to eradicate the insects that like the same cool, shady, moist areas that attract the snails, such as earwigs and sow bugs.
IT MAY NOT BE CURL LEAF – Plums, apples and cherries are all subject to aphids. They are most often on the underside of the leaves and as they suck the juice from the leaves, the leaves will curl giving the appearance of Curl Leaf. They should be sprayed with insecticide, trying to get the under-side of the leaves well, It is also a good idea to spray the trunk and around the base of the tree to get rid of ants that farm aphids. Check for aphids if you see ants crawling on a tree or shrub because there may be an infestation of aphids as well.
CHLOROSIS is the yellowing of leaves from an inadequate supply of iron. The laves will be yellow and all the veins in the leaf will still be green. The iron supply in the soil can be depleted with heavy winter rains or frequent watering in the summer washing it away. Citrus and gardenias are frequently affected. Apply chelated iron either around the base of the plant or as a foliar spray on the leaves. It usually works rather quickly, but more than one application may be required to correct the condi- tion. We have available a granulated form — Ironite, 10# for $12.19 which would be spread around the plant and watered in well. Grow More Iron Chelate is a powdered form, 8 ounces for $5.40. It is concentrated and a little goes a long way. It is best used mixed with water and applied as a foliar spray or poured at the base of the plant. Fol- low package directions.
HYDRANGEA COLOR can be altered by applying Hydrangea Blue (aluminum sulfate) to intensify the blue pigment. It should be applied in late winter or early spring, every 4-6 weeks until the flowers have formed. For more intense pink use phosphorous similarly.
TRUNKS OF YOUNG TREES can be protected from damage sunburn by paint- ing them with Tree Trunk Paint. Sunburn can cause the thin bark to crack and that in turn can allow insects, such as borers, to invade the wounded bark and become a difficult problem to correct. Paint the trunk up to the first set of limbs, or to the point at which the tree is shading its trunk.
REMOVE SPENT FLOWERS from the fading spring bulbs. Do not cut back nor tie into a bundle the leaf foliage. It should be fertilized and watered until it dries naturally in order to recharge the bulbs forming for the bloom next year. When it yel- lows and dries it can be pulled up or trimmed.
SUMMER blooming bulbs should be planted now to add more color to your sum- mer garden. As summer approaches, and lawn mowing becomes a frequent job, it is probably time to make sure your mower is in good repair. The mower blade should be raised to 2” height if it was lowered during the cooler weather. The higher setting will allow the grass to shade the ground resulting in a less frequent need for irrigating.
SPECIAL DAYS IN MARCH AND APRIL – Arbor Day is celebrated in California on the horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday on march 7th. He introduced the popular Santa Rosa Plum. March 13th we start Daylight Saving Time – set your clock ahead one hour. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day – wear green. March 20th is the first day of spring. Easter Sunday is on April 24th. Celebrate spring!