What’s new at Green Acres for 2014? A serendipitous flower pallet will prevail at the patio and in the greenhouse this year. Nestled amongst old favorite’s – annual’s and perrenials – will be some new and exciting plant introductions that will dazzle even the most ardent plant enthusiast! Take a look at these new plants that will be on our tables for sale in 2014. Prepare to be amazed!
Lantana Little Lucky Series
A Lantana like you never seen before! The Little Lucky Series is a dwarf, compact form of lantana. This new variety grows to a height of only10-12 inches tall and spreads only a foot wide. Perfect for hanging baskets, pots (thrillers, fillers and spillers depending on pot size) or just for a beautiful mass planting in your yard. All lantana attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees and this new lantana is no exception. Add some life to your garden. Four new varieties this coming year: Little Lucky Peach Glow, Little Lucky Red, Little Lucky Pot of Gold and Little Lucky Orange Flame. Full Sun, heat and drought tolerant. Hardy down to 20 degrees F. Most Lantana is Deer Resistant.
Verbena Enduro Series
There is much to love about the new Verbena Enduro Series. The new Enduro Series is the most cold hardiest Verbena. Even more cold hardy than the old standby Homestead variety! The Enduro series flowers continuously all summer and fall with no down flowering time. That feature is unique since other varieties of verbena tend to bloom on and off throughout their blooming period. Look at these color choices: Enduro Purple, Enduro Rose and Enduro White! Plant in Full hot sun, drought tolerant when established. Attracts Butterflies and hummingbirds. Great for hanging pots, containers (spillers) and ground cover. Tolerates temperatures down to the low teens. Plant in areas with good drainage as Verbena is drought tolerant when established. Not deer resistant. Limited availability.
Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’ (Pink Zazzle Globe Amarenth).
This new Gomphrena hybrid boasts eye-catching color with jumbo flowers. Extremely large 3” plus bright pink flowers change to a soft pink as the flower ages. The plant grows to a height of 24 inches high and a foot wide. Blooms last for an extremely long time – 3-4 weeks outdoors. Dead head old flowers to make way for new flowers. Plant has an incredible “WOW” factor. Green Acres carried this plant last year in limited quantities and they sold out almost as soon as they were placed on the sales floor! Considered an annual when planted outdoors during cold winters. Plant in containers, cottage gardens or even makes a great indoor plant. Flowers make excellent cut flowers. Low water requirement and very heat tolerant.
Dianthus Early Bird Series
This series of Dianthus starts flowering early. Flowers can appear as early as March in most cases and depending on weather. Blooms though out the summer and into fall if you deadhead old spent flowers. The flowers of the Early Bird Series are distinctive and stand out amongst other Dianthus with their distinctive compact growth habit, early season enticingly clove fragrant double blooms that repeat blooming through out the season.
Chose from these enticing colors.
Chill (PPAF) – Bold Electric Pink/Coral with double flowers.
Fizzy (PP 21,394) – Pale Lavender petals with serrated edges and deep purple center.
Frosty (PPAF). Pure white flowers.
Radience (PP 21,824) – Double Crimson flower.
Sherbert (PP 21, 418) – Large magenta dark flowers on compact plant.
Even though these plants were introduced from the United Kingdom, this variety of Dianthus is drought and heat tolerant. Plant dianthus in window boxes, planters, nestled in a flower- bed amongst other annual and perennials. Dianthus makes wonderful gifts of the heart and these new Dianthus Early Bird Flowers will dazzle whomever you want to impress. Makes excellent cut flowers, corsage. USDA Zone 5 (-20 degrees F)
Calibrachoa hybrid ‘Pomegrate Punch’
A Proven Winner introduction. Another stunning Calibrachoa superbell mini-petunia to add to your yard’s collection! This new Calibrachoa has rich velvet red blooms with a black eye. Grows to a height of 6-10 inches and can trail up to 24 inches! Makes a stunning addition to any hanging planter or use as a spiller in a container. Plant this superbell in full sun. Pomegranate Punch blooms early spring until late fall. Calibrachoa’s are fantastic for low maintenance gardens. The plants have a low-growing, compact growth habit that requires little dead heading! Looks stunning planted with other colors of Calibrachoa or plants like Bacopa, Dahlia. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies! Very heat tolerant. Grows 6-10 inches and trails up to 24 inches. Plant in full
Sun or partial shade. Waterwise (drought tolerant) when established. Keep plants covered during cold frost. Not deer resistant.
Many gardeners have been asking, am I doing the right things in my garden this time of year? Read on to find out...
Winter Garden Care:
If you currently have a winter garden, the plants should be leafy vegetables like lettuce, mustard greens, cabbage, chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. Also included in a winter garden would be carrots, turnips, celery, onions, potatoes, shallots, garlic and kohlrabi.
- Go through garden cultivate weeds, remove litter, and check for infestations of snails, slugs and cabbage worms (caterpillars). Treat for snails and slugs with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus and treat for cabbage worms with BT (bacillus thuringiensis).
- Fertilize with EB Stone Organics Citrus, Vegetable, or All Purpose formula. Plants cannot read so they do not care what the label has printed on it.
What does every plant care about?
- N – Nitrogen – the first number listed on a fertilizer label is for green leafy growth and is utilize in high amounts by growing plants.
- P – Phosphorus – the second number listed on a fertilizer label is for root development, flower development and fruit development.
- K – Potassium – the third number listed on a fertilizer label is for general plant health, water uptake and cell turgidity. Very important for root crops and flowering bulbs.
- Do not apply fertilizers to dry soils and always apply a large amount of water to the soil at the time of fertilizing.
- Depending on the spring weather, your winter gardens could continue to produce through mid-April. When the daytime temperatures are consistently in the mid eighties, leafy vegetables will begin to get bitter.
Spring Garden Prep:
Planting temps should be consistently in the seventies. Soil temps should be at or above sixty-four degrees F.
- Choose a location that will get six to eight hours of sunlight.
- Choose a location that will get good air flow through the garden.
- Choose a location that has good soil drainage. This is most likely the biggest problem for gardeners in the Lincoln area.
- For poor draining soil locations…make raised planter beds and break-up the soil surface in the interior of the raised bed. Fill the raised planter beds with Green All Soil Booster. Plants can be grown in this mix without blending with native soil or any other soil mixes.
- Add EB Stone Organics Sure Start fertilizer into the soil mix either at the time of planting or ten to fourteen days later.
- Plant your seedling starts or your purchased starter plants and water the garden immediately.
- Please see attached listing for spring plantings.
Starting seeds vs. starters
- There is plenty of time to start seeds from packets indoors at this time.
- Advantage with seeds, greater choices on the varieties, can control the care the plants have received from the start.
- Use starter trays or peat plugs to start seeds.
- Do not plant seeds too deep, they will not germinate.
- Water seed starts and cover, place in a warm area i.e. on top of the refrigerator.
- After the seeds have germinated, move the trays into a brightly lit location.
- Continue to check for adequate watering.
- Rotate seedling trays every couple of days to ensure even growth.
- Thin out weak seedlings.
- The seedlings are ready for planting in the garden when their roots have started to appear at the bottom of the starter media.
- A tip you might not know...if you are a smoker, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling anything in your garden.
Add quality soil amendments and bioactive fertilizers to your planting areas to help to ensure your success with your gardens. It is paramount that the soil has an adequate supply of quality organic matter along with an introduction of beneficial soil microorganisms that will break down the organic matter into quality sources of nutrients that can be utilized by the plants, improve the quality of the soil, and increase the nutrient capacity of the soil.
- Quality soil amendments are going to have a large amount of diverse organic matter in their mix.
- Quality soil amendments will not rob your plants of nitrogen in order to break down.
- Introducing beneficial soil microorganisms will ensure that your garden will have the correct populations of bennies that can do the work of feeding your garden.
- As organic matter is breaking down, it improves the quality of the soil and will allow for roots to be successful, thus improving the quality of your plants.
- Organic matter and clay have the ability to hold onto and release nutrients to the microorganisms and to the roots of the plants.
- In order to make all of this work successfully, correct and adequate watering practices must be kept.
Deciduous Tree Care:
Once Spring has arrive it is time to fertilize your trees that were dormant in winter.
- Decide on the fertilizer formula that best suites the needs of the trees that are to be fertilized. Remember N-P-K and that trees cannot read.
- Quality organic fertilizers will feed the trees at a slower rate and will improve the health of the trees’ roots.
- Apply the fertilizer on the soil at the dripline of the canopy. This is the area around the tree at the branch tips. This is the location of the hairline roots that take water and nutrients into the tree.
- Apply a large amount of water to the area with a garden hose to wash the fertilizer into the root zone of the tree.
- Amend soils with quality organic matter.
- Inoculate soils with beneficial microorganisms.
- Allow enough space for each plant that you are planting.
- Try to apply heavier amounts of water less often to improve the roots of plants.
- Use Actinovate to improve disease resistance in plants.
- Enjoy your garden and walk through it frequently to notice problems early.
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At Green Acres bareroot roses are not just a rose but much more! Bareroot season, is here and will be gone soon. Now is one of the best times to buy and plant roses.
What is a bareroot rose you may ask? A bareroot rose is simply a rose sold in the winter time when the plant is dormant, (sleeping).
Some people are uneasy about planting bareroot roses, maybe because they don't know how to plant them. Bareroot roses want to grow badly enough and will overcome planting deficiencies as long as they are planted green side up with a good dose of water.
Why is this the best time to plant a rose?
While the roses are dormant the plants can be planted with little disturbance. Another interesting fact is that little soil is needed around their root system because they are dormant.
Are there added benefits to planting rose during bareroot season?
Sure! Because the plant is sold in a dormant state with little soil and no blooms, bareroot rose season is one of the most economical times to buy a rose. The cost savings during the bareroot season is at least 30 percent less than during the Spring and Summer months. The second perk is that there is a large variety of roses to be found during bareroot season. Bareroot roses will soon look just like a potted rose that you might buy throughout the Spring and Summer. Your just going to save some money by buying and planting now.
At Green Acres Nursery, we only sell grade #1 roses. Grade #1 is important. This means that these roses have at least 3 strong canes with a very strong bud union. Our roses are from Certified Roses, a rose grower known for their quality roses for over 60 years. The roots of certified roses are strong and adjust quickly to soil conditions when they leaf out in late winter and early spring.
So, you have decided to buy a bareroot rose …
Before planting, it is recommended by the American Rose Society and Green Acres to submerge the entire plant into a bucket of water with a few tablespoons of the effective transplant solution, Vitamin B-1 by Liquinox. Let your plant soak for at least 12 hours. This soaking will help rehydrate the roots and make it optimal for planting.
Now where do you plant it?
The optimum spot for a rose is in a sunny location (at least 6 hours of sun, morning sun is best, especially for hybrid teas). Make sure the rose is placed in a spot with good air circulation to avoid fungus problems and well draining soil so that the roots will not rot. The planting hole should be 2' by 2' by 2'. This may seem like overkill to you, but planting in a deep and wide hole will help with drainage. If you have well draining soil you are set and can get by with a hole 18 inches deep. If you aren't sure about your soil- fill the hole with water and if it takes more than an hour to drain then dig to 24", fill the hole with 4-5" of gravel and plant. Be sure and use Greenall Rose Planting Mix with native soil and EB Stone Sure Start Fertilizer. These products are made here in Northern California, for yards like yours! They get your roses off to the best start possible.
You found a spot in your yard, what type of rose is right for you?
Hybrid Teas – Most popular variety
This is the cut flower rose. Flowers appear in a single blossom on a large stem. The roses are usually larger (3-6” across). Hybrid Teas also tend to be the most fragrant. The plants usually grow tall and upright.
A couple notable Hybrid Teas this bareroot season:
Chrysler Imperial: Chrysler Imperial is an older classic. Sensational red roses are produced on this plant. Introduced in 1952, this wonderful rose is still a favorite among rose lovers. Long pointed buds develop into extra large blooms that are velvety dark red. Perfect for cutting. Blooms are 4-5” across. Fragrant
Love Me Tender: Orchid to creamy pink cherry edged blooms. This rose flower emits a gentle fragrance. Grows 4-6’ and bushy.
Floribunda Roses- Natures bouquet
The first floribunda roses were introduced by a Danish Rose hybridizer named Svend Poulesin in the 1920’s. Floribundas are known for their bouquet of blooms on each branch. The flowers are smaller than Hybrid Teas but make quite a statement with their clusters! Most floribundas grow to a height of 3 feet and are more compact than hybrid teas making them perfect for containers and hedges. Floribunda varieties also tend to be hardier in full sun and more disease resistant than Hybrid teas.
A few notable Floribunda varieties this bareroot season:
Iceberg: Although this variety is available through out the year. Bareroot season offers an excellent opportunity to plant this rose in a hedge at a very affordable price! Iceberg is a beloved rose that is extremely disease resistant and prolific. It has long pointed buds and shapely, pure white blooms borne in clusters of up to 15 per spray. Medium fragrance. Great container plant too!
Poseidon: Exquisitely cupped lavender-blue rosettes pack in over fifty petals each that cover this naturally disease resistant rose!
Scentimental: Burgundy red and creamy white blooms. This exquisite rose grows to 3 feet and has a nice strong fragrance!
Grandiflora Roses – Roses of Distinction!
Grandiflora roses tend to be the taller growing roses. They are a cross between Floribunda and Hybrid Teas. Grandiflora’s are a modern hybrid with larger blooms than a floribunda but usually in clusters continuously blooming throughout the season.
Notable Grandiflora Tea Roses:
Silver Star: A non fading beautiful lavender rose with vigorous growth. This rose can grow 5 feet plus. Makes a great focal point in the middle of a garden that will signal its presence to anyone able to admire it! Slightly fragrant.
Strike it Rich: Elegant Gold and rosy pink buds amid disease resistant foliage. Strike it rich has unusual long red stems and vigorous growth that make it a truly great cutting rose!
Climbing roses – Trellis, Arbors or Fences will never look so grand!
So you have an Arbor or Trellis that needs a bit of spice? A fence that needs a bit of color? Try a climbing rose! Low maintenance and elegant.
A couple of varieties this year.
Joseph's Coat: A kaleidoscope of colors – multi-colored rainbow that opens yellow-orange than varies between orange, pink and red. Slightly fragrant. (pictured)
Angel Face: Loved for its sweet lemon-like fragrance, this favorite is covered in lavender blossoms. Grows 10-12 feet to cover even the largest Arbors!
Plant a rose and enjoy our National Flower with all its beauty and fragrance. Click hyper link below if you'd like a list of all the Roses Available in 2014 at Green Acres.
When to Plant?
It’s bareroot season! Now is the time to plant fruit trees like apples. The trees are dormant and transplant well when they are “sleeping.” Bareroot season (Winter) is the optimum time to plant an apple tree because you will never find a better selection of apple varieties: Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, Golden Delicious are all types you've probably heard of before. However, there are plenty more varieties with lesser known names but incredible fruit!
Well, that saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is true!
Studies show that an apple a day can help you maintain a healthy, happy body. Apples are full of fiber and helpful antioxidants. Chewing on an apple can even help reduce bacteria and help keep your teeth clean. Who can deny the joy of biting into a crisp apple or savoring a spoonful of homemade apple cobbler- especially if they are grown in your own backyard.
Choosing the Right Apple
When you come to the nursery take a look at all the wonderful Dave Wilson Nursery apple varieties available. While shopping for an apple, make sure to consider these hard to find apples just waiting to be planted in your backyard. Here are 11 of the best backyard orchard apples for all you Sacramento gardeners out there.
11 of the Best Backyard Orchard Apples Revealed
1. 'Arkansas Black' –
Fruit is large with deep red skin. High quality apple that does well with low chilling requirement. A great dessert and cooking Apple. Produces better planted near other apple varieties.
2. 'Cox Orange Pippin' –
Old favorite dessert apple. Fruit is firm, juicy, sweet, rich flavor, not tart but with distinctive aroma. The skin of this apple is orange red to bright red over yellow. Self-fruitful.
3. 'Empire' –
Sweet and juicy with sprightly flavor, a cross of McIntosh and Red Delicious.
Apple for hot summer climates. A heavy bearing tree. Early fall harvest and great pollinator for Mutsu, Gravenstein, Winesap, Jonagold. This apple is self-fruitful.
5. 'Honeycrisp' –
Becoming one of our most requested apples! Fruit is crisp and juicy with an aromatic flavor. Striped red over yellow color. This apple stores well. Ripens mid-August. Pollenized by Gala, Granny Smith, Empire and Red Delicious.
6. 'Jonagold' –
Superb flavor, a connoisseurs' choice. A cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Yellow with red-orange blush. Crisp, juicy, all-purpose. Pollenized by Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith or Red Delicious.
7. 'Pink Lady' –
Hot climate apple from Western Australia. Very crisp, sweet tart, distinctive flavor. A great keeping Apple. Skin reddish pink over green when ripe. White flesh resists browning. Harvest in late October. Self-fruitful.
8. 'Pink Pearl' –
Unusual pink fleshed, highly aromatic fruit. Medium-sized, cream and pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Tart to sweet-tart, depending on time of picking. Early fall harvest. Great keeper. Makes colorful, tasty applesauce. Early, profuse, pink blossoms in spring. Needs a pollinizer.
9. 'Sierra Beauty' -
Yellow with red blush, rich sprightly flavor, moderately sweet. Excellent fresh or cooked. Great keeper. Favorite late apple in Northern California. Self-Fruitful.
10. 'Sundowner' –
A sister plant to the popular Pink Lady. Sundowner has a sweet, crispy, white flesh and excellent flavor. Considered a late harvest variety ripening from October well into winter. Low chilling requirement. Self-Fruitful.
11. 'Yellow Newton Pippin' –
Yellow green, late, firm, crisp, slightly tart, superb flavor. Good keeper. Famous for cooking, excellent fresh or dried. Self-fruitful.
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Gardeners know that water is an essential part of plant sustenance and growth. Roots take moisture from the soil and carry it to the plant’s trunk, stems, and leaves. Moisture is constantly released by a plant as part of its breathing process, called transpiration.
Understanding how to water your plants properly can save you money and make the gardening experience more rewarding. Watching water use will be essential as we continue to have a dry winter throughout California. Are you a water-wise homeowner? Everyone can learn to better manage their water use. Read on to learn Green Acres' best practices for watering.
Consider these five variables to determine best watering practices for your landscape:
- Plant type
- Soil type
- Plant size
- Plant location
- Is it your lawn? An annual, native shrub or shade tree?
- Is it newly planted (less than 2 years old) or is it an established plant?
- Is it planted in a container or in the ground? The same plant will require more water if planted in a pot versus in the ground.
Plants are typically classified as high, moderate or low water plants. The following is a guide to help understand which plants are each category.
HIGH WATER NEEDS- Plants need ample moisture.
- Evergreen trees
- Certain fruit trees
- Small shrubs
- Many vines
- Certain perennials
- Many vegetables
- Lush ground covers
MODERATE WATER NEEDS- Plants require regular moisture and shouldn't be too wet or too dry.
- New plantings of drought tolerant plants and succulents
- Ornamental trees
- Shade trees
LOW WATER NEEDS- Plants need less than regular moisture. Watering every 2-3 weeks.
- Established drought tolerant plants and succulents.
- This category includes water-wise perennials, certain fruit trees, and a large selection of trees & shrubs.
Define your landscape. Is your yard a high, moderate or low water landscape?
- Coarsely textured and have large pores in the soil therefore they do not hold moisture well
- Soil drains quickly. Plants may need more frequent watering.
- Medium texture and are composed of clay, silt, and often organic matter.
- Ideal soil!
- This rich soil holds moisture well.
- Checking soil in between waterings will prevent over-watering.
- Fine textured with very small pores in the soil so there’s little air.
- This soil holds onto water a long time and does not drain quickly.
- Clay soils need slow, deep watering to allow the water to percolate down to the root zone.
- Ready to use for plants in containers.
- Most are designed to hold moisture well.
- With containers it is important to keep the pot raised on ‘pot feet’ to assure proper drainage.
Describe your soil type. Is it sandy, loamy, clay, or potting soil? Soil testing kits are available to determine what soil type you have. Try soil amendments to make existing soils richer in organic matter and closer to a loamy state.
The larger the plant typically the more water it will need. Unless it is an established drought tolerant plant.
- During spring the ground is warming up and plants are coming out of dormancy- its an ideal time to plant.
- If using a drip irrigation system, trees and shrubs should go on separate valves as their watering requirements differ.
- After new plantings the soil needs to be kept moist but not soggy. With established plants allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.
- Depending on rainfall frequency your established landscape will need to go back on a regular watering schedule. Drip irrigation can be turned back on but adjust frequency and time according to the weather.
- Most watering mistakes occur this time of year. Soil should never be soggy especially overnight as this increases the potential for disease and pest problems.
- The daytime temps can be extreme; however plant stress does not always indicate to water more.
- Confirm that drip irrigation emitters are flowing properly.
- Small plantings such as annuals and hanging baskets will need deep watering more often. Established shrubs and trees benefit from deep infrequent watering.
- Deep watering encourages roots to go to deeper soil levels.
- Established natives will only need occasional watering.
- Daytime temps can be warm, but the evening temps cool off.
- Very ideal time to plant.
- Monitor drip according to temperatures.
- Most shrubs and trees are dormant but still will require occasional watering.
- The ground is cold and will hold onto water longer. The soil should not go completely dry.
- Drip irrigation needs to be adjusted and often can be turned off especially during a wet winter.
- During a freeze it is crucial for the plants to be hydrated. Water before applying frost cloth to insulate your plants.
Watering practices vary depending on the plant’s location. Imagine you have a plant that gets 6 hours of full, hot afternoon sun. It will require more water than that same plant with morning sun and afternoon shade. Adjust watering times on irrigation systems accordingly.
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Peaches and Nectarines – There is Fungus Among Us!
Question: Why talk about peaches and nectarines this time of the year? After all, there aren't even leaves on the tree!
Answer: That's right, the trees are dormant. But, now's the time to start a dormant spray program to prevent peach leaf curl fungus (Taphrina deformans). The fungus spores start germinating during periods of cool weather and rainfall.
How does Peach Leaf Curl (PLC) Fungus Affect Peaches and Nectarines?
The fungus affects blossoms, fruit, leaves, shoots of peaches and nectarines. PLC Reduces fruit production and puts trees in stress mode. Affected leaves fall off of tree causing sun scald injury and an invitation of peach twig borers to enter tree which can eventually kill the tree.
How do you know that you have Peach Leaf Curl?
Infected trees start to show signs on the leaves about two weeks after the tree starts leafing out late winter and Spring. Infected leaves come out deformed and have patches of different colors ranging from light green to yellow to shades of red. The colored areas of the leaves tend to thicken. As the leaves mature, the leaves develop spores that turn the leaves gray and shrivel and finally drop from the tree. It is crucial to pick up spore laden leaves from the ground to help prevent future infestations. New twigs produced by the tree can become distorted and die. If left untreated, the fungus can cause the tree to produce less fruit, (fruit can be distorted too), and the tree becomes stressed and eventually may die.
How often do I spray to control PLC Fungus and what do I spray?
A good fungus prevention program starts around Thanksgiving. Your trees should be sprayed a minimum of three times. For easy reference, the best times to spray are Late Fall – Around Thanksgiving. Midwinter - Around New Years Day and Early Spring – Around Valentines day. Use Copper Fungicidal Liqui-Cop Spray for best results. Be sure to shake well before use. Follow label directions and make sure that the trees are sprayed to the point of runoff or until all the twigs are dripping. Make sure to spray the entire trunk too! This spray can be used on other fruit trees, citrus and ornamentals too to control a number of fungus problems. More on this in future blogs!
Don’t forget to add an All Seasons Horticulture Spray Oil to the mixture. The spray oil not only makes the copper more affective but also helps control insects by suffocating egg cases that were laid earlier by aphids, mites and scale insects.
Spraying your peaches and nectarines during dormant season will ensure that you will have a healthy tree and a bountiful harvest of fresh fruit for years to come!
You might be wondering what other plants can be treated in the winter to reduce the risk of pests and diseases come spring. Do you ever get that annoying, sticky sap under your Crape Myrtles? This substance is known as honeydew, a secretion from Aphids which can easily be prevented by a dormant spray program. Please see a nursery staff person, or visit the Monterey Lawn & Garden and Bonide websites for specific information on which plants can be treated with dormant sprays.
Want to learn more about fruit trees?
Attend our Bareroot Fruit Tree Classes or Pruning clinics this January!
It’s Pomegranate time! The selection is never better than this time of the year.
Carried in special 3” sleeves and at $12.50 each, our quality Dave Wilson pomegranate selection is not only incredible but extremely affordable. Furthermore, they make excellent holiday gifts for that health enthusiast or gardener. Plant a pomegranate, give a pomegranate…
The Benefits of the pomegranate
Pomegranates are native from Iran to Northern India and brought to America by the Spanish Conquistadors. pomegranates have a long history of lore since they are one of the oldest fruits known to man. Once thought to symbolize wealth and a long and healthy life, medical studies now show that the juice of the pomegranate contains antioxidants that can offer protection against heart disease, cancer, help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and help clean the arteries.
Fruit & Foilage
The seeds of the pomegranate are edible. Tossed on a salad, the seeds add color, crunch and are nutritious! Pomegranate shrubs and trees planted in a landscape offer beauty and focal points to any yard. Their beautiful flowers attract hummingbirds and their beautiful fall foliage offer breathtaking yellows to rival many fall coloring trees! Pomegranates are also drought tolerant once established. Planted in a pot or planted in the ground, pomegranates make an awesome addition to any landscape.
- Very Sweet. Virtually seedless fruit. (Even immature fruits are sweet.)
- Red skin, clear (Non-staining) juice.
- Harvest late summer through fall.
- Large, showy orange-red flowers.
- 8-10 ft. arching shrub, or train it as a tree or espalier.
- Large red fruit is sweet with a hint of acidity.
- Arills (outer covering of seeds) are red with very small edible seeds.
- Vigorous upright plant sets a heavy crop dependably.
- Always receives the highest praise for overall flavor.
- Maintain at any height with summer pruning.
- Great for juice and for eating fresh.
- Fantastically huge fruits, up to three times the size of 'Wonderful'.
- Pale pink skin. Purple sweet juice similar to 'Wonderful'.
- Long-lived, thrives in any soil.
'Red Silk' Pomegranate
- Medium to large sized fruit with a brilliant red silky exterior.
- Large, firm yet edible seeds have a sweet berry flavor and a great acid/sugar balance.
- This naturally semi-dwarf tree has a slightly spreading growth habit and sets large crops.
- Eat fresh or use in cooking.
- Grow as a tree or shrub. Can be kept to any height by summer pruning.
- Most popular pomegranate.
- Large, purple-red fruit with delicious tangy flavor.
- Drought tolerant.
- Beautiful red-orange flavor with beautiful ornamental foliage.
- Fall color is spectacular golden that gives an incredible focal point to your yard.
- Sweeter fruit than 'Wonderful', and more widely adapted (better quality in cool-summer climates, if your giving as a gift to friends in the Bay Area).
- Small, glossy-leafed ornamental tree with showy orange-red blossoms in late spring.
- Harvest late summer.
- Un-split ripe fruit stores in cool, dry place for two months or more.
- Great for espalier and container growing.
What is the Big Green Egg? Is it a grill? Is it a smoker? Is it an oven? The answer to all of these questions is yes. This revolutionary American made ceramic cooker has been a source of culinary innovation from professionals and novices for over 30 years. Though there have been many imitations on the market, there really is only one Big Green Egg. And now is your chance to bring this product home for the holidays.
The Big Green Egg really can do it all, and in its variety of sizes you can find the perfect one to fit your needs. It is a charcoal cooker, so no propane necessary. This allows you to get that nice smoked flavor that you can only get from cooking over charcoal. The possibilities with a Big Green Egg are endless; you can cook chicken, steak, pork chops, fish, pizza and so much more all with one product. This eliminates a need to purchase separate appliances to achieve all these results.
The Egg makes outdoor entertaining easy. With such a versatile tool in the backyard, there is less for you to have to do in the house allowing you to maximize time with your guests. Even during the times when you will be entertaining indoors, nothing starts the party like slow cooked ribs fresh from a Big Green Egg.
If you stop by our Folsom store, you can take advantage of our special packages. We provide a great value. You can get shelves, a nest, charcoal, a place setter, an ash tool, and starter with our large size Big Green Egg for only $995 for a limited time. Not looking for a package? That’s alright we are THE destination for Big Green Egg accessories in the area. We have everything you might need to complete your very own Big Green Egg experience.
The Big Green Egg is a perfect gift this holiday season. So make sure you check out the Big Green Eggs and accessories at Green Acres Folsom for all the Eggheads on your list this holiday season.
Kids are in school all week with routines and schedules. On the weekend they want to be creative and have fun. This Saturday we have a Kid's Planting Workshop where they can let their creative juices flow and get their hands in the dirt.
Do you have a child or grandchild with an interest in plants or arts and crafts? Bring kids of all ages to Green Acres to plant up some fun winter annuals in a terra cotta pot they can decorate for only $5*!
The $5 Includes:
1-6" Terra Cotta Pot
Organic Starter Fertilizer
Craft materials to decorate the container
Let them make a holiday memory with you this weekend while they enjoy being creative. These planted containers make a wonderful handmade gift for a friend, teacher, parent, grandparent or other relative. All the while you can enjoy time together at our festive nurseries. And don't forget, we do all the work, you just get to grab a cup of coffee and relax!
Stop by any Green Acres Nursery location this Saturday, December 14 from 9am-12 noon to take part!
Everyone loves a good tip.
We contacted some of the best gardeners in the area and asked them to share their knowledge.
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice in Sacramento during winter?
Water with the weather. And, because reports indicate that we're facing another drought year, conservation of water is vital. So, what can we do right now -- today? Reduce the frequency and duration that your irrigation system runs. Cooler days and nights mean that plants do not require as much water.
Install a rain sensor that will interrupt your controller's irrigation schedule in the event of rain. Once the rains begin, turn off the irrigation system altogether for the winter season.
Keep in mind, however, that the fall and winter seasons are when many plants expect rainfall, especially some California natives and plants suited for Mediterranean-type climates such as ours (typically cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers). So, if this fall and winter are dry, then you may need to provide supplement water for your plants.
Program Manager Green Gardener Training Program
Executive Director of EcoLandscape California
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice in Sacramento during winter?
Turn off the irrigation timers. Monitor the moisture level in the soil wherever you have actively growing plants. Use a moisture meter or dig down eight to twelve inches and feel the soil at root level. Irrigate manually if the soil at that depth is on the dry side. If the soil is saturated in the root zone don't add water, even if the surface appears dry.
Lifetime Master Gardener and Host of the "KFBK Garden Show"
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice for Sacramento during winter?
Don't just let your garden sit there -- do SOMETHING! Sacramento winters are relatively mild, which allows for a lot of gardening opportunities. You can plant a winter vegetable garden. Or start preparing beds for next spring and summer.
Fava beans help with both tasks. Started now, favas are dependable, low-care and prolific -- and they help build better soil for next summer. They're a delicious and versatile addition to the winter garden; the edible leaves taste like spinach and the beans can be eaten young like green beans or allowed to fully mature. Meanwhile, their roots help "fix" more nitrogen in the soil, which squash and tomatoes will appreciate next summer.
Senior Writer for the Sacramento Bee covering Home, Garden, Food & more!
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice for Sacramento gardeners during winter?
Prepare for a rainy winter. With a fresh 9 Volt battery in hand, head towards your sprinkler system controller. If necessary, clear a path to the controller by relocating the collection of items that accumulated over the summer. Does your system have a battery backup? If yes, install the fresh 9 Volt. The battery will allow your controller to keep time when winter storms interrupt power. Next, verify the time of day is correct (day-lite saving time). The most important step is to adjust the watering days and run times to coincide with your plants reduced water needs. Some gardeners can actually turn the system OFF until early spring. With your remaining enthusiasm, continue to prepare for the rain by raking the leaves collecting in the storm gutters and drains.
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
UC Cooperative Extension
Sacramento and Yolo Counties
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice for Sacramento gardeners during winter?
Prevent many of next year’s pests with a dormant application of Bonide’s All Season’s Spray Oil or Monterey’s Horticultural Oil, both are organically acceptable. Defend against Peach Leaf Curl (PLC) with a dormant spray of Liqui-Cop. Make the PLC spray more effective by adding a 1% concentration of one of the oil spray products mentioned above. Don’t spray until the leaves are off the tree and you expect a minimum of 24 hours without rain.
IPM ADVOCATE with the Our Water Our World Program
What is your BEST and most actionable gardening advice for Sacramento gardeners during winter?
Want to prevent pests from overwintering in your garden? Sanitation is key when it comes to overwintering pests and diseases. Remove any fallen fruit or diseased leaves from the garden area. Fallen fruit can be composted but diseased leaves may survive a home compost pile so make sure to put those in the Green Waste Recycling.
Our Water Our World
Extra Irrigation Tip from Cheryl Buckwalter
How can you tell if you need to irrigate?
Get dirty. Grab a trowel, or better yet a soil probe, and dig into the soil three to five inches to get a sample. Feel it, squeeze it. Is the top two inches or so dry to the touch, but then below that the soil is moist? If so, you can probably wait another few days to water. If the majority of your soil sample is fairly dry to the touch (meaning that it's not as dry as powder and there is still some moisture in it), then run your irrigation system for a cycle.
As seasons change, our irrigation schedules need to change as well. Remember, water with the weather. Our plants will be healthier for it!
Lots of tips on irrigation and correct watering practices! We hope you found this helpful.
Look forward to more garden help at our 2014 Dig Into Spring Event. Troubleshoot your toughest garden problems. March 1-2, 2014 at our Folsom Store.