Four Reasons to Grow Veggies this Fall

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 5, 2016 5:40:57 PM


lettuce2.jpgSacramento is blessed with long, hot summers and mild, temperate winters, meaning we can grow our own year 'round. 

However, most home gardeners forget about the delicious, nutritious and hardy vegetables which thrive when the temperatures drop.

Here are four compelling reasons to give cool-season veggies a try this fall!

 

 

Keep The Beds Clean 
Rather than letting your vegetable beds become overrun with weeds throughout the winter, try planting cool-season crops! If you are selective about crop-rotation, the quality of your soil can actually be improved by continuing to grow veggies during the winter months. Click the button below to learn more about how to rotate your crops to maximize your yield. 

Crop Rotation 101

They're Easy Peasy 
Cooler temperatures means fewer pests, making it easier to maintain your garden organically. Slugs and Snails are usually the biggest culprit for crop damage in the winter, and they can be easily controlled by lining your beds or containers with copper tape. You'll find copper tape in the Garden Solutions department of any Green Acres Nursery & Supply. 

Nutritious & Delicious
Leafy greens such as Kale, Swiss Chard and Spinach are high in vitamins and antioxidants, boosting your immunity through the cold & flu season. Cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts contain a substance called glucosinolates, which have been found to reduce your risk for certain types of cancer. 

Fewer Food Miles 
Food miles are the distance that your food has traveled to get to you. By buying your veggies plants from your local nursery and growing them in your backyard, you are reducing the environmental impact of fuel consumption caused by transporting food long distances (AKA your "carbon footprint")

Green Acres Nursery & Supply sources all of our vegetables from local growers such as Eisley's Nursery in Auburn, Kawahara Nurseries in Morgan Hill and Fredriks Nursery in Ripon. By sourcing our vegetable starters locally, we are:

  • Helping sustain fellow independent nurseries in our local economy
  • Providing you with plants that are well-acclimated to the area
  • Ensuring that your veggie starters are fresh, giving them a head start in your garden

Ready to start growing your own?

Here's a list of what vegetables you can plant when for the Sacramento Area:

Veggie Calendar

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Winter, Edibles, Veggies and Herbs, Fall Veggies, IPM, Fall

Our Favorite Bulb Companions

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Sep 14, 2016 4:07:17 PM

bulb_mix-1.jpgFall bulbs are the best investment you can make in your garden now, for colorful beds next spring. You don't need to dig a huge hole to plant them, and many varieties will naturalize in your garden and come back, putting on a more impressive show of flowers each year.

Try some of our favorite spring-blooming bulbs, and mix with companion plants that will make your bulbs stand out. 

Iris_Bearded_Spirit_Mountain-840764-edited.jpgIrises

A rhizome that gives way to a clump of blue-green narrow foliage about two feet high and wide. Irises come in many shapes and sizes, and will naturalize well in our climate, gradually spreading each year. Every few years they need to be divided to flower vigorously year after year. Click here to learn more about the Bearded Iris varieties we carry. 

Colorful Companion Plants: Ornamental Grasses, California Poppies, Yellow Violas.

 

 

 

Tulips-1-979022-edited.jpgTulips

A classic bulb which forms a narrow clump of blue-green foliage topped with cheerful cup-like flowers in the spring. Tulips require six to eight weeks of refrigeration before planting. The refrigeration simulates the winter dormancy that they would endure in their native climate. Tulips to not naturalize here, and are treated as an annual. For the best results, plant them en masse in groups of 12 or more. 

Colorful Companion Plants: Shasta Daisies, Forget-Me-Nots, Wallflower.

 

 

 

Daffodil_Pink_Pride-099005-edited.jpgDaffodils

The bright green strap-like foliage of this fall bulb is usually the first to pop up in the spring. Daffodils bear bright daisy-like flowers with a single cylindrical petal in the center called a corona. They can be white, yellow, peach, cream or many combinations thereof, and they are one of the most reliable bulbs to grow in the Sacramento Area. Daffodils will naturalize easily in your garden, putting on a more impressive display every year. 

Colorful Companion Plants: Delphinium, Ornamental Kale, Grape Hyacinth.

Bulb Planting Tip: The bulbs we carry come in packaging that takes the guess work out of planting; follow the simple instructions to know just how deep to plant, and the best distance and positioning. 

 

 

Topics: Bulbs, Fall, Perennials

Are You a Friend of the Fig?

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 31, 2016 5:05:59 PM

Fig.jpgFigs are an unusual fruit (technically an inverted flower) with a rich history, earning notoriety in many cultures around the world. Legend has it that citizens of ancient Athens called themselves philosykos which literally translates to 'friend of the fig'.  Who wouldn't want to be a philosykos- figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and essential vitamins.

Figs require full sun, and will tolerate almost any soil type. They're drought tolerant, but produce a better crop with regular irrigation. If unpruned, they can reach 15 feet high and wide, but they can be kept to six feet with regular pruning*. There are even some dwarf varieties that grow well in a pot. Fig trees are perfectly adapted to our Mediterranean climate and extremely prolific, your family and friends are sure to flock to your home when fig season rolls around late summer through autumn. Figs may mean farewell to summer, but with an abundance of these delicious fruit to snack on, who cares?

Here are some of our favorite fig varieties**, and some tantalizing recipes to try too...

Black Mission - Purplish-black skin with strawberry-colored pulp and luscious flavor, this variety is a farmer's market favorite. Delicious when eaten fresh, dried or preserved.

Brown Turkey - Plump fruit with brown skin and pink flesh. Sweet, rich flavor is best enjoyed fresh.

Kadota - Large fruit with light greenish-yellow skin and amber flesh, sometimes referred to as a "white" fig. Scrumptious when eaten fresh, dried or preserved. 

Panache/Tiger - A fancy fig indeed! This variety boasts stylish yellow stripes on green flesh which contrasts beautifully with the crimson pulp. 

Violette de Bordeaux - This dwarf variety stays small, but the fruit still packs a punch. Small to medium purple fruit with deep red strawberry flesh and tasty fresh or dried. 

*Be sure to wear gloves when harvesting or pruning figs, as the trees produce a sap which can be mildly irritating to the skin. 

**Inventory changes throughout the season, please contact the stores for current availability. 

Visit our Fresh Eats board on Pinterest for some delectable fig recipes to try this fall: Phenomenal Fig Recipes

 Do you love to grow your own? Check out more of   Our Favorite Fruit Trees

Topics: Edibles, Fruit Trees, Drought Tolerant, Fall, Mediterranean

Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 9, 2015 6:45:00 PM

Fall is here and that means it's pumpkin time! Green Acres Nursery & Supply offers a wide variety of pumpkins perfect for decorating, carving and even eating. Here is a breakdown of some of our more popular pumpkins, squash & gourds:

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The following varieties are both beautiful and delicious. They have very thick skin so be careful when attempting to cut them. 

Pumpkin_jarrahdale-518439-editedJarrahdale

Donning hues in unearthly blues, Jarrahdale is a rare heirloom pumpkin from Australia. Its golden colored flesh is mildly sweet, string-free and great for baking. Although most people buy it for its cool color, squatty shape and deep ribs, this is also our most highly recommended pumpkin for pies. 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_Cinderella-700746-editedCinderella

The true name of this heirloom variety from France is Rouge vif D'Etampes which is a description of its vivid red coloring. Its nickname is derived from its squat shape, which resembles the pumpkin that Cinderella's fairy godmother turned into a carriage for her to ride in the night of the ball. No matter what you call it, this pumpkin is sure to impress as a decoration or baked into a pie. 

 

 

Pumpkin_Kamo_Kamo-241841-editedKamo Kamo Squash

Originally from New Zealand, Kamo Kamo is a medium-small rounded squash with deep ribs and green and orange stripes. Its unusual color variation makes it a festive fall decoration, with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_fairytale-845309-editedFairytale

Originally known as Musque de Provence, this is an old time favorite from France. It's deep green when immature, and ages to a fine antique-looking sepia tone. The orange, fine-grained flesh is ideal for baking. 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_lil_pumpkemon-954735-editedLil' Pump-ke-mon

Perfectly portioned white-and-orange striped pumpkins, aren't they cute? Try stuffing and baking them, or using them as decorative bowls for autumn-spiced soup. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_spooky_lumina-056051-edited-072483-editedLumina

A medium-sized ghostly white pumpkin which delivers a bright orange surprise on the inside. Spooky and delicious, Lumina is tasty for baking and will hold its color for longer if kept out of direct sunlight. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ornamentals

The following varieties are great for painting carving, decorating or even just using as a festive fall centerpiece. 

Pumpkin_Folsom-741144-editedBig Max

Watch out for this behemoth! Big Max is a hefty pumpkin which makes a statement with your fall-themed decorations. It has cheerful, bright orange skin and tends to have one flat side from lazing about on the ground. It makes a great pumpkin, or chair as you can see here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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What sets this carving pumpkin apart is its thick stem. It's sturdy, long-lasting and adds great character to any jack-o-lantern. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This indestructible pumpkin comes in a deceivingly small package. Iron Mans are orange, round, and tough as nails. We like to cut off the stems and use them as bowling balls during our annual Fall Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The perfect size for little toddler hands, this mini pumpkin is sure to inspire awe in your festive fall display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_knucklehead-325687-edited-340305-editedKnucklehead

Warty and lovable, this medium-sized carving pumpkin is just begging to be transformed into a grinning witch. Will it be a good witch or a bad witch? Take one home and get creative. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Too Many

This large barrel-shaped variety is swirled with pale pink and cream variegatied. Said to resemble a bloodshot eyeball, its unusual color is sure to turn heads in a spooky Halloween theme. 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_Gooseneck_Gourd-607579-editedGooseneck Gourd

This bright green-and-white striped serpentine gourd is somewhat bulbous at both ends, giving it a sort of avian appearance. Its hard skin makes it extremely long-lasting. It's a fun gourd to paint or carve when it's dried.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin_Lunch_lady-706539-editedLunch Lady

When a couple of little warts just aren't going to cut it, you need the bumpiest pumpkin we sell: Lunch Lady. Their unusual texture and extraordinary color variation makes Lunch Lady a great addition to a Halloween or Thanksgiving display. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever your tastes, Green Acres Nursery & Supply is the destination for pumpkins this fall. Come to any of our locations and pick up your perfect pumpkin today!

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Topics: Edibles, Pumpkins, Fall, Decorating

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