Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April garden to-do list

April is planting time! You can plant just about anything (including natives). While it is possible to get a late frost it will be light and plants can easily be covered with old sheets, newspaper, lawn chairs whatever you have.

  •   In early April there's still time for beets, lettuce, and radishes. In late April plant only the heat lovers, beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes.  

  •  Plant warm season annuals including petunias, marigolds, phlox, begonias, alyssum, Impatiens, dianthus.

  • Avoid planting snapdragons, pansies , violas or other cool-season annuals

  •  Fertilize lawns, roses, shrubs, and trees (just about everything except natives) with a balanced fertilizer.

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs, when they finish blooming. A good "rule of thumb" when pruning any shrub or tree, is prune them to shape and don't remove any more than 1/3 of the growth.  Pinch annuals and perennials for dense growth and more bloom.

  •  To encourage beneficial insects, plant alyssum, cosmos, dill, fennel, feverfew, mint, santa barbara daisy, thyme and yarrow.

  •  Handpick or bait slugs and snails.

  • Stay on top of the weeds while they are young and easy to control, before they go to seed.

  • Get that irrigation system in shape and if there hasn't been significant rain in the past few weeks put it to use!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Got Snails?

 Snails and slugs are out and about these days. The snail and slug controls we sell are safe to use around pets, people and wildlife, safe for the environment, certified for organic gardening. We can tell you from experience that they are very effective. They come in two easy to use formulas - granules or ready to use spray bottle.

Monday, March 16, 2015

A few more samples of the awesome batik banners we have for sale.

Elemental magic

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quality vegetable starts

Whats different about the veggie starts at Blue Moon Nursery? First, we start them from seed right here at the nursery in Three Rivers. That means from the very beginning they are acclimated to local conditions. Not shipped in from L.A. or ? We use organic practices - organic potting soil, organic fertilizer. No pesticides. And before we put them out for sale, we harden them off outside of the greenhouse for a week or two. We carefully choose the varieties best suited for the central San Joaquin valley. The same varieties that we grow in our own gardens.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Hours for spring

During the spring months we will be open for more hours than usual. 
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9-4
Sunday & Monday 11-3                             
    We'll keep these hours until it gets so miserably hot everyone will hanging out in the river more than in their gardens.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today we put the first tomato and bell pepper plants out for sale. Basil,squash and cucumbers will be ready in 2-3 weeks. Beans and eggplants soon after that.

Monday, March 9, 2015

New Garden Art

We now have a new selection of colorful batik garden banners & flag strings. Here is just a small sample of what we have available.
Moon Phases

Flower Fairies


Blue Iris Fairy

Friday, March 6, 2015

Plant delivery today

 Just a few of today's 
new arrivals. 
Angel wing Begonias

Creeping Lantana

"Silver Scrolls" Heuchera

Snapdragons & Iceland Poppies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One of my little monster buddies driftin' upon bird bath waters.