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

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

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 – Eversweet, Parfianka, Pink Satin, Wonderful.
  • Figs $19.00 – Black Jack, Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Conodria, Kadota.
  • Gooseberry, Hinnonmaki Red – $12.50
  • Gooseberry, Pixwell – $12.50
  • Kiwi, Hardy Issai – $17.00
  • Hops, Cascade & Centennial – $9.50
  • Olive, Mission – $16.00
  • Mulberry, Dwarf Black Fruiting – $17.00
  • Chester Thornless Blackberry, Olallie Blackberry, Triple Crown Blackberry – $9.50
  • Heritage Raspberry, Caeoline Red Raspberry, Fall Gold Raspberry – $9.50.

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


Dogwoods, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons and live Christmas Trees Just Arrived.

Dogwoods, Living Christmas Trees, Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, and other Oregon stock arrived yesterday.

We have White, Pink, and Cherokee Chief (Dark Rosey Pink) dogwoods in now. Just arrived.
We also have a nice selection of Colorado Spruce and Dwarf Alberta Spruce.
Also just got in some Exbury Azaleas (deciduous azalea), Tulip magnolias, some very nice Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, Mugho Pines, and other Oregon Stock.

And below is a picture of Chester and Jessie when they were about two months old. Now they are 9. Not plant related but very cute puppies. Great dogs now. Always happy to see everybody.

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

We Hope To See You Soon,
Jeff


October 2018 Newsletter

We are having some nice fall weather now after a long hot summer. Glad that is behind us. Now is the time for fall planting. FALL IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS.

Fall fertilizing should be done now as well. 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.

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 vegetable 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.

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

TREES IN STOCK FOR FALL PLANTING

  • Autumn Blaze Maple 15 gal. $65
  • Autumn Fantasy Maple 15 gal. $65
  • October Glory Maple 5 Gal. $35, 15 gal. $65
  • Sun Valley Red Maple 5 gal. $35, 15 gal $65
  • European White Birch 5 gal. $35
  • Mimosa Silk Tree 5 gal. $35
  • Strawberry Tree 5 gal $39, 15 gal $75
  • Deodara Cedar 5 gal $25
  • Eastern Redbud 5 gal $35
  • Oklahoma Redbud 5 gal $35
  • Mexican Redbud Multi trunk 15 gal $65
  • Western Redbud 1 gal. $11.25, 15 gal $75
  • Western Catalpa 5 gal $35
  • Leylandi Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Italian Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Arizona Cypress 5 gal $25
  • Raywood Ash 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Chinese Pistache 5 gal $35
  • Krauter Vesuvius Flwg. Plum 5 gal $35, 15 gal $35, 24″ Box $165
  • Fruitless Mulberry 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65, 24″ Box $165
  • London Plane Sycamore 5 gal $35,15 gal $65
  • CA Sycamore 5 gal $25
  • Liquidambar styraciflua 5 gal $25
  • Silver Maple 5 gal $25
  • Pin Oak 5 gal $25, 15 gal $65
  • Scarlet Oak 5 gal $25
  • Red Oak 5 gal $25
  • Shumard Red Oak 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Crape Myrtle, Assorted Colors 5 gal $36
  • Liriodendron tulipifera 5 gal $35
  • Sour Gum 5 gal $35
  • Aptos Blue Coast Redwood 5 gal $31.50,
  • 15 gal. $70
  • Thuja Green Giant 5 gal. $31.50, 15 gal $75
  • Lombardy Poplar 3 gal. $12.50
  • Weeping Willow 5 gal. $35
  • European Mountain Ash 5 gal $35, 15 gal $65
  • Chinese Fringe Tree 5 gal. $35
  • Walnuts, Assorted 15 gal $45
  • Pecans, Assorted 15 gal. $59
  • Assorted Fruit Trees 5 gal $25
  • Assorted Citrus Trees 5 gal $36
  • Japanese Maples Prices vary by size and variety.

All prices are limited to stock on hand.

If you are looking for a tree not on the list, let us know. We can probably order it and have it within a week or two.

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.


July 2018 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.

20% OFF ALL REMAINING ROSES IN STOCK.

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. I do all my new planting in the summer since I have more time, and we do planting here at the nursery then as well. 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. Then 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 a little extra to newly planted shrubs and trees, and make sure established 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 are a little slow this year because it is cooler. 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 will benefit from a 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 cool for the summer as it has up to this point. 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

  • Lantana – 6 varieties, Yarrow – 3 varieties, Verbena – 3 varieties, Penstemon – 3 varieties, Rudbeckia – 3 varieties, Gaillardia – 4 varieties, Gaura – white and pink, Coreopsis – 4 varieties, Callibrachoa – 4 varieties,
  • Salvia – 4 varieties.

Nice selection. All blooming. Most drought tolerant and deer resistant.

We will be doing some landscaping here at the nursery this summer to brighten up the nursery as people drive up. We’ll get it designed and started in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully my plans aren’t overly ambitious. Sometimes that happens. It should look very pretty when we are done.

Hope we see you soon.

Jeff


May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 marks 33 years in business for us here at Bald Mountain Nursery. My parents, Richard and Cecilia Rice started the business in 1985. Richard Rice (Dad) passed away in 2005. I joined the business in 1992 and have been fortunate enough to raise my son here and have him grow up around the business. He used to be here all the time as a kid and worked here too. Truly a family business. He’s now off on his own and living in Wisconsin. Mrs. Rice (Mom) is still here regularly but starting to take time away more. She enjoys watering and tending to plants but she is not there for writing up sales. She also enjoys and talking to folks. It’s nice that she still enjoys the business that she and my dad started in 1985.

This month has not been hot except for a couple of warm days and a little rain and long range forecasts indicate seasonal temperatures for the rest of the month. We have had a beautiful spring this year. It’s a great time to do some gardening and planting.

Check your watering systems and make sure all drippers and sprinklers are working. Don’t want to find out a dripper is not working when you see a dead or dying plant. Remember to mulch around your trees and shrubs. This will reduce your water usage by as much as 50% and your plants will withstand the warm days much better because the moisture you apply stays in the ground and does not evaporate. Two to three inches of mulch is what you want around your trees and in your planting beds. Also mulch your vegetable gardens. Saves water and gives you healthier plants and cuts down on the weeds.

Clean up blooms under camellias this month if you have not done so already. Fertilize bulbs that are done blooming with bulb food or bone meal to regenerate the bulb for the next season.

Watch roses and other plants for aphids. Lots of customers are having lots of aphids this year. Plum trees and crape myrtles are also subject to aphids among other plants. If you see curling leaves on your plum trees, check them for aphids. Spray with insecticidal soap or neem oil to help get rid of them.

If you did not fertilize in April, do it now. Many plants were under stress the last few years due to the dry seasons we have had. With the rain this year and last they are doing well and fertilizing will really help them grow vigorously and prepare them for the summer when it gets hot.

With this year being 33 years in business and 26 years in this business for me, we want to thank all our customers for your support and patronage. We will continue to strive to offer quality fully acclimated plants appropriate for our climate area at a good value. We’ve gotten through recession and drought and we are still here thanks to the support of our customers. We plan to be here for many years to come. Maybe we’ll get to 64 years. That’s a way’s out. I’d be pretty old to be working still but you never know. Mom is still at it. She is an inspiration.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon.

Jeff


Organic Vegetable Gardening Class

Organic Vegetable Gardening Class
April 14th and 15th. 10 AM.

We will have organic vegetable gardening classes this Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM.
We will show you how to prepare your garden beds to grow your vegetables organically, discuss planting techniques, watering, mulching, insect control, and answer any questions you have about vegetable gardening.

Classes start at 10 AM and last about 30 minutes.

No charge and no need to register for the classes. Just show up.

We also have and excellent selection of vegetable starts for planting your vegetable garden.

We hope you can make one of them,
Jeff


Organic Vegetable Gardening Class Schedule Change

Due to the rain, the Saturday Organic Vegetable Gardening Class is rescheduled for next Saturday the 14th. Class for Sunday the 8th is still on at 10 AM.

With the weather forecast for 3″ of rain Friday into Saturday this week we are rescheduling the Organic Vegetable Gardening Classes. Saturday the 7th is cancelled. Sunday the 8th is still on at 10 AM. Saturday the 14th we will have another class at 10 AM and also Sunday the 15th at 10 AM.

There is no charge for the class and no need to register or sign up. Just attend the class that fits your schedule.

Hope to see you there,

Jeff


March 2018 Newsletter

Seed potatoes

WE ARE EXTENDING BARE ROOT SEASON FOR TWO MORE WEEKS. WE STILL HAVE A REASONABLE SELECTION OF FRUIT TREES AVAILABLE BARE ROOT. DON’T WAIT TILL TOO LATE TO BUY BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES. THE COOLER WEATHER IS KEEPING THEM DORMANT SO WE CAN EXTEND THE SEASON A LITTLE LONGER. ONCE WE POT THEM UP, THE PRICE GOES UP. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXTENDED SEASON AND GET BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES NOW.

March has started out a bit cool this year. Winter decided to come a bit late. It actually is still winter by the calendar until the 20th which is the first day of spring. Lots of nice rain to start off the month. My rain total for the winter up through the end of February is 15.25″ so far since October here at the nursery. As I write this, we had another 1.5″ overnight last night and more rain coming through Friday at least. Last year at this point we were at 38 inches for the same period.

It is now time to get ready to start fertilizing.The rain is going to get the ground good and moist, and with the above average temperatures we had in February, many trees are leafing out. 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.

Some citrus may have suffered some damage from the freeze we had last week. If you have that problem, I would suggest treating them with Superthrive. It will help them to get past the damage. Start fertilizing as soon as the danger of frost is past. I think it will be safe in another week or two. Most likely we are past hard freezes. Fertilize citrus monthly through the growing season. Speaking of citrus, we now have some of our citrus in and avocados are on order and will be in soon along with more citrus. With the late freeze we just had, I pushed the shipment back a week to be sure we are past freezes. I expect next week or the following they will be in. Call ahead to check. I will send out an email as soon as they arrive. We will have a nice selection to choose from.

It’s a good time to plant seed potatoes now too. We have Red, Russet, Yukon Gold and Kenebec. They sell for $2.50 a pound. If you’ve never grown seed potatoes, they are very easy to do. And the potatoes you get when you grow your own are much better than the ones you buy at the store. To plant them, cut them into pieces with two eyes per piece. Let the pieces you cut dry enough to scab over the cut. Plant the pieces in the soil about 8 to 12 inches deep and add the dirt back over as they grow and even mound up as the plants grow. The roots under ground produce the potatoes.

Roses in plantable paper pots. $21.00 each. Grade #1.

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 have had a dry winter but we are getting rain now so don’t neglect to spray or rose diseases could get started. 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 will have vegetable starts in two to three weeks. As soon as we get a few warm days, we will have requests for summer vegetable starts. It really is too early to put them in now. We will wait a couple of weeks before we will be carrying them. Maybe longer depending on weather. The rule of thumb is to waittill overnight lows are consistently 50 degrees or higher and the ground is no longer cold to the touch. You can start seeds indoors now and you can start prepping the soil now. 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. We also have calcium nitrate which can be added to help prevent it. I use organic fertilizer on my vegetable garden. I use bone meal and oyster for calcium and phosphorous, 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.

We will be having an organic vegetable gardening class on March 7th and April 8th. I will send out email reminders for that. We may also do one on the 17th and 18th if people are interested that early in the season. Please send me some feedback on when you would like to see those classes, or any other classes, and I will try to accommodate schedules as much as possible. The 24th and 25th are not available for classes since I will be at the Yuba City Home and Garden Show.

If you were not able to get the dormant spraying done on your fruit trees because of all the rain, we do have a fungicide that works after the fact if you end up with leaf curl. It is made by Dr. Earth and it works well at curing the problem. One other thing to consider with fruit trees is the damage that occurs on nectarines and peaches. The fruit can be damaged by a bug when it is very small and then as it matures the damage grows. To prevent this, spray with neem oil or horticultural oil after the petals have dropped and you are sure the bees have finished pollinatiing. This should help to minimize the problem by keeping the bug that causes the damage off the small fruit that is forming. Be sure to fertilize your fruit trees when they have their full set of leaves. Use a balanced fertilizer of a fruit tree fertilizer. We carry both.

This time of year, we start getting lots of merchandise in. Usually weekly or every other week we get things in. If there is something that you are looking for that we do not have, we can usually have it within a week or two as long as it is available. Lots of new stuff comes in regularly through the spring.

Don’t forget daylight savings time begins March 11th.

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