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May/June Newsletter 2016

Home Gardener’s Newsletter May & June 2016 Here’s some articles you will find in this month’s issue: May & June Gardening Tips Time to Plant Flowers! More Plants Equal A Longer Life Plant a Kitchen Garden! May & June Gardening Tips Vegetable planting continues! Get those warm-season vegetables planted if you haven’t already. Plant new sections every 3 weeks of beets, beans, corn and radish to provide successive harvests. Pick out some new roses! Our gorgeous new varieties in stock have been bred to be more disease resistant and carefree than most of the older varieties. Check the soil regularly around new plants for moisture. Even drought tolerant plants need watering until established. For trees and shrubs planted now, even tough varieties, you’ll need to water at least through the first summer, although mulching will reduce the need for watering as frequently. Make plants happy and use less water by mulching! Apply a 2-4 inch layer, and add more mulch yearly. Time to Plant Flowers!    There is no doubt that we experienced April showers, so it must be time for May flowers! We’re bursting at the seams with colorful plants you can put in now and enjoy. Here are just a few of the annuals, perennials, and groundcovers we have to offer as plants and seeds, in useful categories to help you find what you need. Ask us to point out others for your planting project. • Flowers that attract butterflies: asters, lantana, marigolds, zinnias, tithonia, most daisy-like flowers, butterfly bush (Buddelia). • Great flowers for cutting: Alstroemeria, Shasta daisy, statice, scabiosa, coreopsis, zinnias, asters. • Flowers for containers: ageratum, alyssum, impatiens, coleus, petunias, lobelia, tapien verbenas. • Flowers that trail: verbena, sweet potato vine, sweet alyssum, cascading petunias, calibrachoa hybrids, ivy geranium, scaevola, bacopa, nasturtiums....

March/April Newsletter 2016

Home Gardener’s Newsletter March & April 2016 Here’s some articles you will find in this month’s issue: March & April Gardening Tips Fixing Our Lawns It’s Time to Plant a Tree! Overwintering Monarch Counts Are Up Plant a Pizza Garden!   Attend a Free Seminar Container Gardening April 9, 10am March & April Gardening Tips It’s Spring Planting Time! Now is the time to start planting both ornamental and food plants to create a more beautiful and productive yard. Come in and see all the flowers and other plants we have! It’s a great time to plant vegetables, herbs, berries, and other plants that produce healthy and tasty foods. Come in and pick out your all-time favorites, plus some new varieties to try. We have an excellent collection of selected varieties that do well in our area. These are soooo good when you harvest them fresh! Give your yard a finished look by mulching around new plantings. It makes all the difference in the world, plus it reduces weed problems and helps keep the soil moist. Release some of our ladybugs (arriving soon) to help control pests safely and naturally. Read the label directions to improve results. If you have serious pest problems, you’ll need one of our sprays to provide immediate control. We have some excellent organic sprays that take care of most pest problems. Start a garden journal if you aren’t already keeping one. It will become an invaluable source of information, and it can be as simple as a Word document. Write down what varieties you plant (they are too-easily forgotten), what plants do especially well together, blooming times, and other discoveries you make.   Fixing Our Lawns Many people completely stopped watering their lawns last year. What has come up from the rains is a hodgepodge...

An Awe Inspiring Spring

By: Kathy Robinson      What an interesting Spring we’re having.  Actually, quite a beautiful one indeed!  At Robby’s Nursery, it’s been awhile since we have been as inspired, as this Spring.  Hopefully everyone of us has been inspired, but at the same time learned from the last few years.  Let’s remember our past lessons on water conservation as we forge ahead with redoing our gardens.      The biggest change in our yards this Spring should be the frequency of watering.  We now know our yards can exist on far less water than we thought. Even our common everyday varieties of plants only need to be watered when they are dry.  The days of everyday soaking are over………Please don’t go back to those water wasting habits, no matter what the weather does!      The last few years have also introduced us to a whole new plant pallet of Drought Tolerant Perennials.  How exciting it is to try new and different varieties The color and interest of a whole new array of plants has sparked the interest of many gardeners that thought “they had seen it all”.  Clearing out the old and bringing in some new has helped to make this an inspiring Spring.  And record sales are validating this point.      Vegy Sales and Organic Gardening are another category inspiring especially the young gardener.  The wanting to “Grow Your Own” mentality has not been seen like this since the late 1960’s.  More and more interest has been show from our young families and teaching their Kids the joys of gardening.  From Lady Bug Sales to arbors of fruiting vines, new...

Growing Your Own……….Vegy’s!

Written By:  Kathy Robinson It certainly seems like an early Spring.  Easter comes at the end of March this year and the birds are back singing away. That means it’s time to get started on our Vegetables. At Robby’s Nursery & Calico Gardens we are having our Annual Vegy Seminar on Feb 27 at 1:00pm.  In the meantime, you can start planning this year’s plan of attack on Growing Your Own,  Vegy’s that is! One of the most important steps to a great harvest is preparation.  Pick a nice Sunny area for your garden.  Get the area weeded and turn in some good organic matter.  A half mulch, half native soil mix is good.  We like Harvest Supreme or Soil Building Compost. Your first round of planting can be “cool” season vegetables.  You can plant from seeds or, this late, it might be better plant from starter plants.  We usually have a nice long Spring so you can get another crop of the “Fall” vegys now, before the heat hits. Early bird gardeners will start planting their tomatoes mid February.  Be sure to Hot Cap them if you are among this group. Come by and we can give you Robby’s tips on early tomatoes.  Or attend the seminar where we will go over these and many more hints on being successful with Vegy’s. Fertilize your garden once a month with our Organic Vegetable Food.  Watch for insects or disease problems and treat accordingly.  Bring in samples of your problems in a plastic bag for help with diagnoses and a cure.  When maintaining a garden be sure to water in...

November/December Newsletter 2015

Home Gardener’s Newsletter November & December 2015   Here’s some articles you will find in this month’s issue: Fall Gardening Tips Do-Able Weekend Landscaping Combat Stress Fried Green Tomatoes Come to Our Christmas Shop Open House! Rose Seminar Pruning & Taking Care of these Beauties December 12th, 1pm   Fall Gardening Tips Plant poppy seeds on Veterans Day, November 11th, for flowers next year.  The seeds are very small, so one technique for not planting them too close is to mix them with sand and sprinkle them in your garden.  Sow wildflower seeds & take advantage of rains.  Prevent peach leaf curl on peaches and nectarines – apply the first spray as soon as the leaves have fallen, and another one just before the flower buds open in February.  We have a spray that helps prevent this common disease. For Holiday Decorating – We will have gorgeous Christmas cactus, poinsettias & other blooming & colorful holiday plants – use them for gifts, & decorating!   Do-Able Weekend Landscaping Sometimes re-landscaping seems like such a huge project, we end up doing nothing at all.  When that happens, start ‘thinking small’ and you’ll actually get more done.  What can you accomplish in a day? Perhaps replace a poor-performing pant, or focus on one small area.  Consider replacing groups of plants with dead branches, are high maintenance, aren’t thriving, or have stopped producing abundant blooms. Just remember, if you replace plants with different watering needs, you must adjust the watering frequency and duration to the needs of the new plants.  Or you will need to gradually replace the other plants on that...