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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...