Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Euphorbia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 24, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Euphorbia
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Euphorbia (sometimes known as Spurge) is sort of a perennial jack-of-all-trades. Many people know that it's water-wise, bears peculiar flowers and displays striking foliage color. However, did you know that it's also evergreen, disliked by deer and gophers and thrives in full sun to partial shade? Euphorbia is one of the largest and most diverse genus of flowering plants in the world, it comes in many shapes and forms. Even the popular Christmas houseplant, Poinsettia, is a part of the Euphorbia family! With all of these wonderful traits, it's no wonder that Euphorbia has been a choice plant for nurseries in recent years, with more and more varieties in every color imaginable showing up each season.
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It grows happily in our Mediterranean climate, and with so few pests to worry about, Euphorbia requires very little effort to maintain. Although it benefits from the occasional boost of organic fertilizer and light pruning in late winter-early spring, this laid-back perennial will astound you with it's ability to perform in even the most neglectful gardener's yard. Although some varieties are frost-tender succulents, the garden-hardy varieties pictured above, 'Ascot Rainbow', 'Glacier Blue' & 'Blackbird' will tolerate temperatures as low as 10°F. 
It's Nick's plant pick-of-the-week because:

 

"Euphorbia has attractive foliage all year-round! Plus, it's drought tolerant, full sun, deer resistant and low maintenance. What's not to love?"

 

 

 

 

 

 
To learn more about plants that are disliked by deer, check out our Top Water-Wise & Deer Resistant Plants for Sacramento Gardeners 

For more easy-going perennials...

Drought Tolerant Plants

Topics: Waterwise, Sacramento Low Water Plants, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Garden, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Wordless Wednesday at Green Acres

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 20, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Enjoy…

 

Green Acres Water Tower

 

 

butterfly on lavender

 

 

strawflower

 

 

plant responsibly

 

 

gomphrena flower blooms

Topics: Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Summer Garden, Summer Flowers

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.

creating a salsa garden

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

creating a salsa garden

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.
 


Want more ideas for your edible garden?

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

Get Happy This Summer with Flowers! Homegrown Color Therapy

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 17, 2013 5:11:00 PM

ere's our nod to the ancient idea of chromotherapy (aka color therapy). We're offering nature’s spectacular color wheel to both soothe and invigorate your soul.  According to history (and marketing buffs) certain points along the light spectrum can actually affect and improve your mood, state of mind and cognitive abilities!

Thankfully, Sacramento summers generate flowers as bright and vivid as a Picasso landscape so why not paint your backyard canvas with petals this season?  

Summer flowers provide:

  • A dose of visual stimulation
  • Built-in aromatherapy, too…for a renewed you
It’s not too late to get potting, so read on for a rainbow of gardening possibilities.


Seeing Red

Crimson, scarlet, rose and fire.  Whatever the shade, chances are, your blood is pumping and romance is in the veins. In chromotherapy, red is used to stimulate the body, mind and circulation. Get your heart beating and fall in love with…

summer plants

Carpet Roses

Where: Low-growing rose suitable for groundcover; full sun

Added Allure: Disease-resistance

Color Mate: Yellow, pink

Cranberry Ice Tickseed (Red Coreopsis)

Where: Borders, containers: full sun

Added Allure: Easy plant care; available in other colors

Color Mate: Yellow, pink

 

 

 

 

Splash of Orange

When we see orange, visions of Creamsicles, peaches and kitchen motifs from the 1970s may appear.  This color was also used by the Chinese to heal the lungs and elevate energy levels. Breathe deeply with…
plants for summer

Tropicanna Gold Canna (Canna)

Where: Containers; partial to full sun

Added Allure: Exotic, tropical; attracts butterflies (link to butterfly garden article) and hummingbirds

Color Mate: Pink, peach, white

Zinnias

Where: Containers, borders

Added Allure: Attracts beneficial insects to veggie garden

Color Mate: Pink, peach, white

 

Sunny (or Mellow) Yellow

Yellow, the middle child of the rainbow, often equates to cheeriness, a spritz of citrus and songs about submarines. As the closest relative to white, it could be the happiest spot of color on the spectrum. Plus, ancients believed it could purify the body. Cultivate cleansing with…

plants for summer

Early Bird Gold Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia)

Where: Partial to full sun

Added Allure: Hearty; easy to grow

Color Mate: Violet, periwinkle, red

Flying Saucers Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Where: Partial to full sun; poolside

Added Allure: Easy plant care; attracts butterflies; available in other colors

Color Mate: Violet, periwinkle, red, pink, white

summer plants

Gold Lantana

Where: Groundcover or tumbling over containers

Added Allure: Attracts butterflies; also available in purples and whites

Color Mate: Violet, periwinkle


Chase Your Blues Away

Midnight, cobalt, sky and ocean. It’s easy to immerse yourself in a pool of blue. Considering our planet is made up of 71 percent water – one of the most restorative elements on earth – it’s no wonder the reflected color was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain. Add a water feature to your garden, sit back and let the healing begin with:

plants for summerLily of the Nile

Where: Partial to full sun; green roof; mass planting

Added Allure: Water-wise once established

Color Mate: White, pink

 

Sunny Skies Periwinkle (Verbena)

Where: Containers, borders; by the pool

Added Allure: Fire-wise; available in other colors

Color Mate: Yellow, white, pink


Hints of Lavender

The last stop on our journey is the king of colors, purple. Whether it’s in its darkest form or a paler shade of violet, this particular pigment is synonymous with royalty and luxury. Roll out the red – ahem – lilac carpet and bathe your senses in nature’s riches with…

summer plants

Big Blue Lilyturf (Liriopes)

Where: Groundcover, borders

Added Allure: Water-wise; easy plant care

Color Mate: Yellow, red

Vinca Annual

Where: Full sun, groundcover

Added Allure: Low maintenance; easy to grow

Color Mate: Yellow, red, pink, white

Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Topics: What Can I Plant This Season?, Flowers in the Heat, Flowers for Hot Weather, Landscaping Color Schemes, Summer Garden, Summer Flowers

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