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


February 2018 Newsletter

Bare root season continues through February. The selection of bare root fruit trees and roses is still very good. We had 8″ of rain in January with a dry start in February and 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 not only prevents leaf curl but it also helps to prevent fireblight on pears and apples 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 sprayed the nursery orchard for the final time last week because some of the apricots were ready to bloom. 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.

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.

Weeds are going to start growing in earnest soon. You can spray with weed killer now to kill what is coming up now 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 will get spring vegetables in some time in late March or early April. Even though it’s warm in the day, it’s too early to start putting them out. 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 are starting to stock now and avocados are on order and should be in within a couple of weeks. It’s a little early this year but it seems as though we won’t have any hard freezes from here on. The forecast for next week cools down and overnight lows look to be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s. More like it should be.

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.

We hope to see you soon,
Jeff


TWO MORE FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES THIS WEEKEND, 2/3 AND 2/4/18

WE ARE ADDING TWO MORE FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3RD AND 4TH AT 10 AM.

I’VE HAD MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR MORE PRUNING CLASSES, SO THIS WEEKEND WE WILL HOLD TWO MORE. THESE ARE THE FINAL TWO FOR THE SEASON.

LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR FRUIT TREES. WE WILL HOLD THE CLASSES IN OUR ORCHARD HERE AT THE NURSERY.

NO REGISTRATION NECCESSARY. 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, 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.


FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES THIS SUNDAY AND NEXT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY…

FREE FRUIT TREE PRUNING CLASSES THIS SUNDAY JANUARY 21st AND NEXT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THE 27TH AND 28TH AT 10 AM EACH DAY. ATTEND ONE OR ATTEND ALL. WE WILL HAVE SOME FREE GIVE AWAY’S FROM THE SUPPLIER OF OUR BARE ROOT FRUIT TREES.
LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR FRUIT TREES. WE WILL HOLD THE CLASSES IN OUR ORCHARD HERE AT THE NURSERY.

NO REGISTRATION NECCESSARY. 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.
530-743-4856


Bald Mountain Nursery, January 2018 Newsletter and Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates

Bare root season is now in full swing. We have our fruit trees in stock now and are selling briskly. Bare root shade trees will be in within a couple of weeks and a few more miscellaneous fruit trees. We will also have some bare root lilacs available in a couple of weeks. Bare root berries, and vegetables such as artichokes and asparagus are also available now. Blueberries, figs, and pomegranates in pots are in as well.

We have free coffee or hot chocolate or tea during bare root season.

Most standard sized fruit trees are $22.00 and most semi-dwarf fruit trees are $25.00. There are exceptions. Complete price lists for bare root fruit trees and bare root shade trees are available at the nursery or via email by request.

Bare root season goes now through the end of February. The selection of fruit trees is very large, but don’t wait till the end of the season to shop. Once a variety is sold out, it is gone until next year’s bare root season. At the end of February, the trees that are left, which should be few, are potted up and sold later in the year and the price is higher after we pot them.

We also still have our full regular inventory for whatever you might need.

Bare root roses are now available as well.

We have a large selection of roses to choose from. We sell them bare root until the end of February and after that they are sold only in pots.

  • Roses are $18.00 bare root or $21.00 in pots.
  • 36″ Tree Roses are $40.00 each, staked and in pots.
  • 24″ Tree Roses are $29.50 each, staked and in pots.
  • 36″ Twofer Tree Roses $45.00 (Two varieties on one trunk)

Again, complete list is available via email or can be picked up at the nursery.

It’s time for the second dormant spraying on your fruit trees if you have not done it already. Use copper mixed with horticultural oil or Neem oil and spray the entire tree including the trunk. If you have not done any spraying yet, get one done now and wait a couple of weeks and do the second and then the third and final spraying should be done in February just before bud break. I spray all trees in the orchard to help kill overwintering insects and to help prevent diseases such as leaf curl and fireblight. It helps to reduce aphid problems in the spring as well.

We’ve had some cold nights a couple of weeks ago and will probably have more. Continue protecting citrus and other frost sensitive plants when we have freezing temperatures. We have frost cloth available for sale if you need it. 12′ x 10′ in packages are $13.99. We also have a bulk roll which is 12 ft wide and we can measure off whatever lineal feet you may need. It is $1.00 per lineal foot.

Onion Plants Arrived Today

We have the following:

  • Candy (Yellow Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Red Candy Apple (Deep Red, Flat Globe Shape, Sweet, Hybrid)
  • Walla Walla (Yellow, Semi Flat Shape, Sweet)
  • Yellow Spanish (Globe Shape, Mild)
  • Red Wing (Red, Globe Shape, Slightly Pungent)
  • Red Torpedo Tropea (Red, Torpedo Shape, Sweet)
  • Onions are $4.95 per bunch. There are 50-75 plants per bunch.
  • Lancelot Leeks: $21.50 per bunch. 50-60 plants per bunch.

Seed potatoes will be in soon. I don’t have the prices yet but they are ordered and should be shipped very soon. Last year we had a class on planting seed potatoes. Once they are in we will have one again this year.

If you would like to see any kind of classes, please let us know. If there is enough interest in whatever kind of classes, we will have them.

We will be having our fruit tree pruning classes later this month.

  • Fruit Tree Pruning Class Dates
  • January 20th and 21st @ 10am.
  • January 27th & 28th @ 10 am

All classes are free of charge. No reservation is necessary. Free coffee and hot chocolate is available at the classes.

I will demonstrate pruning of fruit trees and also will demonstrate the pruning of roses for the late winter early spring season. The demonstration usually lasts about an hour or so and I will answer any questions you may have. If we have rain on any of the dates, we will reschedule since we have them here at the nursery orchard and prune the trees in the orchard.

We hope to see you soon for your bare root or other planting needs and at one or more of the fruit tree classes or both.


Bare Root Fruit Trees Are In

Our bare root fruit trees are all in. We just finished heeling in the standard size today and will be finishing 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.

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

Bare Root Fruit Trees Heeled In And Ready For Sale

Dave Wilson Nursery is the supplier of our quality fruit trees.