Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 10, 2015 2:40:56 PM

Chances are you know a few people who love to spend time in the garden. There may not be a whole lot of yard work to do right now, but there is plenty of fun gift ideas at Green Acres Nursery & Supply!

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Roses

Do you know a gardener that is passionate about roses? Make sure you give them all they need to thrive. Mid-December through Mid-February is the best time to prune roses in our climate.

We carry everything you need for rose pruning, plus a great selection of packaged bareroot roses available in stores now! Choose from a wide variety of Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda and Climbing Roses. 

Packaged Bareroot Rose Varieties

 

 

 

 

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Grills

What about that special person who loves outdoor entertaining? Green Acres Nursery & Supply Outdoor Living is your destination for grills in Elk Grove, Folsom, and Rocklin. We carry a great selection of barbecues from trusted brands such as Big Green Egg and Weber. The Big Green Egg package is a great deal, available in several sizes and comes with everything you, or your favorite grill master, need to get grillin'. Check out our gallery of grills

 

  

Houseplants & Accessories

The holidays give us many opportunities to visit with our loved ones. Don't show up to a party empty-handed! Check out some of these beautiful gifts for your favorite host or hostess:

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Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a fountain-shaped succulent which bears beautiful pink flowers right around Christmas time. Its graceful weeping forms, drought tolerance and reliable bloom make it a great houseplant year-round. 

 Varieties may vary at each location.

 

 

 

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Hand-Painted Pottery*

This pottery and statuary is bright, colorful, and sure to liven up a patio or flower bed. Hand-painted in Mexico, each piece is one-of-a-kind, and sure to perfectly accentuate your next fiesta. 

 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

 

 

 

 

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Tillandsia Wreath**

What about a wreath that is still stylish even after the holidays? This one, made of woven grapevine and topped with a bow is bearing Tillandsia (Air Plants), an unusual type of eye-catching houseplant which requires very little maintenance to thrive. 

 

 *Available at Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville.

 

 

 

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Amaryllis Centerpiece

There's no going wrong with Amaryllis, a bulb which can be "forced" to bloom indoors to create a stunning living centerpiece. Simply set in a container lined with decorative pebbles, add some water and watch the stalk shoot up to reveal huge trumpet-shaped flowers that are sure to impress guests. In a hurry? We have pre-potted Amaryllis bulbs ready for any occasion.

Growing Bulbs Indoors 

 

 

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If you just can't decide, go for the gold with a Green Acres gift card! Available in any amount. 

Topics: Gift Ideas, Winter, Holiday Decor, Seasonal Items, BBQ, Outdoor Entertaining, Houseplants, Roses, Airplants, Tillandsia, Big Green Egg, Grilling, Christmas, Grills, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Rose Care, Hybrid Tea Rose

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jun 19, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Father's Day is upon us.  A few short days to get your dad a gift he will remember and use.  If you need some quick yet thoughtful ideas, read on...

Tools:

Upgrade his landscaping experience by getting him the right tools.  Nothing is more frustrating than working out in the yard with a broken or rusty old tool that doesn't work.  Make his work a breeze with these high quality tool ideas.

Father's Day gift

  1. Red Rooster Shovel- D-Handle, roundpoint dirt shovels, aluminum scoop shovels, Irrigation shovels.  
  2. Corona Bypass Pruners
  3. Flexrake Rake- 19" aluminum rake that is well made, durable and light.  Made in the USA!
  4. Red Rooster Professional Vine Loppers- strong and lightweight.  Makes sturdy cuts up to 1 1/4" 

Citrus & Fruit Trees:

What dad wouldn't like going to his own back yard and picking a bag full of succulent, sweet oranges that he grew?  We offer a full line of fruit and citrus trees on dwarf and semi-dwarf root stock for any size yard.  Ask us about starting a backyard orchard for dad.

  • Fruit Trees- Apple, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry, Almond, Walnut, Pear, Fig, Pomegranate & more. Fruit cocktail trees also available (multiple varieties on one tree!)*
  • Citrus Trees- Limes, Lemons including 'Meyer', Grapefruit, Kumquat, Tangelo, Orange, Avocado & more. *

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Bonsai:

Bonsai is a great old time hobby that is on its way back.  It provides an outlet for relaxation and helps lower stress. If your dad has always wanted to get into the art of Bonsai, now is his chance.

  • Get a stand alone Bonsai plant so you can plant up your own container for dad. 
All you need is: 
  1. A glazed ceramic pot
  2. Your choice of juniper, boxwood or azalea in Bonsai size.  (All are great plants for beginners)
  3. Training wire so you can shape branches and trunk
  4. Bonsai shears
  5. Bonsai soil mix

fathers day gift ideas

Gloves

  • Sturdy work gloves- in materials like leather, bamboo, jersey knit, nylon, canvas, cotton & more.
  • Waterproof gloves also available for working with irrigation or pond maintenance.

 

Veggies & Herbs

  • 1G or 2G vegetables 
  • Plant a container herb garden for the dad who likes to grill.  Fresh herbs help make the most delicious rubs and sauces for the grillin' dad.

 

Grills and Grill Accessories**

If you really want to go big this year, rock his world with a new grill! See our website for current specials.  We offer only the best brands that actually get the job done and last for years...and years...and years.

Weber Grills-

Offering over 25 in stock and assembled Weber grills. Many styles and colors along with all the accessories.  We carry items you can't find at the box stores.

fathers day gift ideas
The Big Green Egg-

An Eggcelent gift for dad.  The Big Green Egg is the best ceramic komodo type cooker on the market and of course has a lifetime warranty!  It is the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking device; cook pizzas, ribs, chicken, whole turkeys, veggies, cakes, pies & more!

Grilling Accessories-

A full line of grilling accessories from Weber and the Big Green Egg. You'll find our selection to be extensive and complete.  If it is something we don't have in stock, we can certainly order it for yo.

  • Covers
  • Grill Cleaners
  • Brushes
  • Grilling Spatulas, Forks and Tongs 
  • Aprons
  • Gloves & Mits
  • Grilling Baskets
  • Cedar Planks
  • Flavor Enhancing Wood Chips
  • Thermometers
  • Rubs, sauces & more!
Hopefully you are inspired by some wonderful gift ideas for your dad.  Whether he has a green thumb or not, he will be sure to enjoy and use these items from Green Acres.   

 

Store Locations

*Availability of products subject to change.  See stores for details.

**Outdoor Living products sold at select Green Acres locations.

Topics: Gift Ideas, BBQ, Backyard Orchard, Big Green Egg

Grow Your Own Salsa Garden

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 23, 2014 2:56:00 PM

Fresh salsa is so tasty on grilled chicken tacos, your favorite grilled fish, or added to grilled steak fajitas. And, whether you’ve got little gardening experience, or are an experienced Green-Thumb, a salsa garden can make a great addition to any backyard. It doesn’t take a lot to get started. With just three easy steps, you’ll be on your way to fresh homemade salsa, truly made from scratch.

3 Steps to Growing a Salsa Garden
to compliment grilled chicken, fish, or steak

creating a salsa garden

Step 1:

Choose Your Salsa Elements.

There are some key elements to salsa that you will want to plant in your garden.

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Corn, fresh or grilled
  • And, add a twist with nectarines or peaches

Unfortunately, not all of the above elements ripen in the garden at the same time, but tomatoes and peppers will thrive during Sacramento's hot summer months.  Many of the other ingredients prefer cooler weather, so simply supplement with store bought produce when not available at your local garden center.

If there is a recipe that you enjoy, then model the salsa garden on that based on that. If there isn't a recipe in mind, you can choose tomatoes, peppers, and herbs based on what is popular in your home. Feeling adventurous? Divide garden space between favorites and other varieties that you would like to try.  When the harvest comes in, enjoy classic favorites or invent new salsa recipes that can be enjoyed year after year.

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Tomatoes and peppers take between two-to-three months to produce fruit, but this will depend on the variety you choose to plant.

If you're looking for some inspiration, here are some of the most popular varieties:

Tomatoes:
Better Boy, Roma, Early Girl, Cherry, & Beefsteak are very popular for salsa making.  

Peppers: 
Mild: Bermuda, Poblano

Medium: Jalapeno, Fresno

Hot: Serrano, Tabasco, Cayenne

Since the peppers come in different heat levels those are some favorites at each tier.  If you find that your salsa is too hot, remove the seeds.  This will remove some of the capsaicin, the part of the fruit which is most attributed to heat.


Step 2:

Choose Your Location

A big part of any gardening is putting the plant in a place where it will be able to thrive. Salsa veggies need full sun, so it's important to plant them in a place where they get that. Herbs, including the ones you find in salsa, only require around four hours of sun each day. You'll want to find a spot that will provide your herbs with some daily afternoon shade. Fruit trees require full sun and well-drained soil. 

All of the vegetable and herb elements of a salsa garden can grow well in containers, if you remember three key things:

  • Use a large pot, giving plants room to grow
  • Remember to fertilize regularly, to keep plants nourished
  • Plant in well-draining soil to prevent root rot
  • If growing fruit trees, ultra dwarf, or pole fruit varieties do well in large pots


Step 3:

Plant and Maintain

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With the ideal spot and the perfect medley of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs you'll have the ability to make fresh salsa whenever you want. Food grown at home tastes much better than what is available in stores, not to mention it’s far more cost-effective. All that's needed is a little maintenance and with the following tips, it will be a piece of cake!

  • Add organic fertilizer to soil. Organic fertilizer will give plants the nutrients they need without burning them in the hot summer heat.
  • Pick and pinch your herbs regularly. The more herbs are picked or pinched, the more they will grow. It's also important to keep it from flowering; because once it flowers the herb will turn bitter.
  • Deep and infrequent waterings preferred. Instead of watering everyday, try a deep and infrequent watering schedule. This means letting a slow trickle of water seep in over a long period of time. This allows the water to permeate the soil and encourages root growth.
  • Convert to Drip. Drip is the easiest way to do deep infrequent waterings.
 


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Topics: Salsa Garden, Peppers, Edibles, Organic Fertilizers, BBQ, Summer Garden, Planting Ideas, Veggies and Herbs, Tomatoes, Summer, Grilling

The Perfect Holiday Gift: The Big Green Egg

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 13, 2013 9:15:00 AM

 

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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.

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If you stop by our Folsom or Elk Grove store, you can take advantage of our special packages. We provide a great value and are the best local source for Big Green Egg accessories. 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 for all the Eggheads on your list this holiday season.

Topics: Outdoor Living, Gift Ideas, Outdoor Kitchen, Grills in Folsom, BBQ, Outdoor Entertaining, Big Green Egg, Grilling, Christmas, Grills

Big Green Egg Grill

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 21, 2013 10:21:00 AM

The Big Green Egg Grill is one of the best cookers on the market. The “Egg” as it is known, derived from the Japanese Kamodo Cooker. Pilots coming back from the Korean War brought them home upon their return and there has been a following in the U.S ever since. The Big Green Egg company was started over 25 years and its headquarter office is located in Atlanta, Georgia- the home of “low & slow” cooking.

The Egg is in a ceramic cooker that not only cooks “low & slow”, but can bake a pizza, sear stakes, and grill burgers, tuna, roast, turkey, and ribs like no other. Since the Egg is ceramic, is it much easier to maintain the temperature you want. A bowl of the Big Green Egg lump charcoal will last from 7-9 hours at 250°F without refilling charcoal.  The biggest difference you will find between The Egg and other cookers or grills is the incredible flavor you get when using The Egg.  You'll see for yourself that no matter what food it is, everything tastes better cooked on an Egg!

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One of the most popular ways of cooking food is by using a “plate setter” to cook indirectly. This way of cooking is the best for cooking “low & slow,” while not burning the outside of the food you’re cooking. This method is also great for keeping the food moist and not dried out.  It's the outdoor cooker you've always dreamed about.  That's why grilling fans and chefs and chefs around the world are calling the Big Green Egg the Ultimate Cooking EGGsperience!

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If you have already experienced the magic of The Egg and are ready to get one for yourself, Green Acres** carries all sizes of Eggs: XL, L, M, S and Mini. We can design custom islands to incorporate any size egg and offer custom Big Green Egg wooden carts that fit XL and L Eggs. If you are already an Egg lover and just need the extras, we also have a wide assortment of Big Green Egg accessories ranging from covers, platesetters, and beer can chicken holders to Big Green Egg corn holders, pizza stones and pizza pellars/cutters. You will also find a dynamic selection of sauces and rubs to add a little spice and zest to your new dishes. Happy grilling!


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Grill Selection

 




*The Big Green Egg, other grills and outdoor furniture are exclusively sold at our Folsom and Elk Grove locations.  

Topics: Outdoor Kitchen, BBQ, Big Green Egg, Grilling

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