We are open. We are adjusting hours during the current situation.

Effective April 1st, our temporary hours will be, Open Tuesday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4. Closed Monday.

We are an essential business and will remain open. We have vegetable starts available now and restock them weekly and will continue to do so all the way through the spring. Also fully stocked with all our plants.

We are disinfecting and cleaning regularly throughout the day. We are asking everyone to maintain 6 feet distance at all times. We are also allowing one customer in the office at a time.

We are adjusting our hours temporarily, Open Tuesday through Sunday and closed Monday’s, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. Due to reduced staffing levels during the stay at home directives, we need to have one day of the week closed.

Thank You for your understanding and your continued support.

Jeff Rice


MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER

After a dry February and dry start to March, it looks like things are starting to change to a bit more wet at least for the next few days. Very good news. Looks like a good soaking rain for the weekend which will keep the grass green and help with all newly planted and established plants 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.

Seed potatoes are now available. We have Red, Russet, 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 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 wet winter and you don’t want to let the fungus problems get going. 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 now have some of our summer vegetable starts for those who are ready to plant them now. If you are unsure if it time to plant, 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.

The Yuba City Home and Garden Show has been rescheduled to May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. We will be there.

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 2020 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still very good. The rain this year has been spaced out nicely so the ground is not soggy and the weather has stayed cool for the most part, to keep the trees 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. Get it done before the trees bloom. 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. We will be spraying the nursery orchard for the final time next week. We got behind on the first two so the second was applied last week and ideally we want at least two weeks between spray applications. So if you are behind on getting it done, get the second done now, so you 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. 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.

Watch for freezing temperatures.

This week is is forecast to get cold early in the week. Protect your citrus and any other frost sensitive plants with frost cloth or a sheet. Don’t use plastic as it does not insulate. plastic sitting on the plant will transfer the cold directly to the plant. We have frost cloth in packages of 12’x10′ for $13.89. We also have a roll 12′ wide by whatever length you might need. That sells for $1.00 per lineal foot.

Weeds are going to start growing in earnest soon.
You can spray with weed killer now to kill what is coming up and mix pre-emergent with the weed killer to stop the weeds from growing back so quickly, I’ve been using a propane torch on weeds. It’s working well for me. Less chemicals. We also have this year a non chemical weed killer called Burnout. one quart makes 1 gallon of spray and will cover 1500 sq. ft. I got it on a special buy and we are selling it for $12.99 per quart. Suggested retail price is $23.19.

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 next week and avocados are on order and should be in early March. 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. GET BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES NOW.

HELP WANTED
We have a part time position open. Duties include: Customer Service, Restocking Plants, Watering, Maintenance Of Plant Displays, and other duties. Weekend Work is Required.
If you know of anyone who may be interested, apply in person. No phone calls please.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff

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

Remember
Bare Root Season Goes Till the End Of the Month


FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINIC SATURDAY THE 1st, BARE ROOT SEASON CONTINUES

THE THIRD AND LAST OF THREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINICS WILL BE THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, AT 10 AM IN THE NURSERY ORCHARD.

FREE OF CHARGE. NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY.

LAST ONE OF THE SEASON.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR FRUIT TREES. WE WILL COVER PEACHES, NECTARINES, PEARS, PLUOTS, APPLES, PLUMS, APRICOTS, CHERRIES.

WE WILL HOLD THE CLASS IN OUR ORCHARD HERE AT THE NURSERY SO PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY. DRESS FOR DAMP GROUND AND COOL WEATHER.

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.

FREE COFFEE, TEA, AND HOT CHOCOLATE DURING THE CLINICS.

We will also cover rose pruning, dormant spraying, and planting bare root trees 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, all available now as well and onion starter plants. Strawberries and rhubarb and asparagus just arrived. Also horseradish.

Large Selection of Bare Root Fruit Trees
Hours: 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.
530-743-4856

Hope to see you soon.


FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINIC SATURDAY THE 25TH, BARE ROOT SEASON CONTINUES

THE SECOND OF THREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLINICS WILL BE THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, AT 10 AM IN THE NURSERY ORCHARD.

OUR THIRD WILL BE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, AT 10 AM.

FREE OF CHARGE. NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY.

IF RAINING ON ANY OF THE SCHEDULED DAYS, WE WILL RESCHEDULE.

TWO MORE CHANCES TO ATTEND THE PRUNING CLINICS. SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK INTO ALL SCHEDULES.
CLINICS ARE THE SAME, SO PICK ONE THAT FITS YOUR SCHEDULE, OR ATTEND MORE THAN ONE.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR FRUIT TREES. WE WILL COVER PEACHES, NECTARINES, PEARS, PLUOTS, APPLES, PLUMS, APRICOTS, CHERRIES.

WE WILL HOLD THE CLASSES IN OUR ORCHARD HERE AT THE NURSERY SO PLEASE DRESS ACCORDINGLY. DRESS FOR DAMP GROUND AND COOL WEATHER.

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY.
FREE COFFEE, TEA, AND HOT CHOCOLATE DURING THE CLINICS.
We will also cover rose pruning, dormant spraying, and planting bare root trees 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, all available now as well and onion starter plants. Strawberries and rhubarb and asparagus just arrived. Also horseradish.

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

Hope to see you soon.


Bare Root Fruit Trees Are In

Our bare root fruit trees just arrived. We are heeling in the standard size today and will be working on the semi-dwarf tomorrow. Shop early for the best selection. If you would like a price list, email me and I can send one to you via email. It’s an excellent time to get your fruit trees in. The selection is great right now.

We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Open 9-5 Monday Through Saturday, 10-4 Sunday.
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
530-743-4856


Bare Root Roses Have Arrived for 2020

2020 Bare Root Roses are in and ready for sale. We are potting and staking the tree roses as I send this. They are available as well.

All of the bare root roses are now in and ready for sale. $18.00 each for bare root bush or climber roses. If you would rather take it in the pot, they are $22.00.

  • 36″ Tree Roses $45.00 each.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $49.00 (Two varieties on one tree)
  • 24″ Tree Roses $31.50 each.

Bush Roses $18.00 ea. bare root. $22.00 ea. in pot.

36″ Tree Roses $45.00 ea. 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $49.00 ea.

24″ Tree Roses $31.50 ea.

Bare Root Fruit Trees will be coming soon. I will send an additional email when they are in.


December 2019 Newsletter

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

Dormant Spraying

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

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

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

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

Frost Cloth

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

Gift Certificates

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

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

We hope to see you soon
Jeff


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

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

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

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

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

OPEN FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH

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

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

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

Still good Fall planting time.