Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Scott John, Blue Moon Nursery's chief engineer & all around Mr.Wonderful, primed, framed and securely installed our sign at its' final home along the highway in front of the nursery.
Thank-you Scott & Jana for our beautiful sign. We love it!
|@ Jana's studio, waiting for a ride to its' new home|
Sunday, May 10, 2015
|We have tall, large flowered zinnias, not in yet in bloom. Plant them now, BEFORE they look like this, to get the best display of flowers and hardier plants|
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Adding compost to your soil improves soil structure. It helps sandy soil retain moisture & helps loosen clay soils, improving drainage and aeration. It makes nutrients more available to plants & helps to balance the PH levels in both alkaline & acid soils.Compost also feeds the beneficial microbes in the soil that support healthy plant growth. We sell 1.5 cubic ft. bags of organic compost for $10. It contains no animal products.
Friday, May 1, 2015
- Plant summer annuals such as begonias, cosmos, dahlias, dianthus, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, salvias, sunflowers and zinnias. Tall varieties of cosmos and tall, large flowered zinnias give their best performance if you transplant them before they are in flower.
- Plant beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, and tomatoes.
- Perennials of all types can be planted - vebena, salvias, monkey flower, ornamental sweet potato vine, penstemon, artemisia, butterfly bush, gaillardia, coreopsis, shasta daisy, dusty miller, pyracantha, coral bells, lamium, geraniums and more.
- Plant herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, borage, chamomile and oregano.
- Pest control. Aphids and spittle bugs can be controlled by using a strong spray of water from the garden hose. If they persist you can spray using a couple of tablespoons of dish soap in a gallon of water or insecticidal soap. Watch for worms and caterpillars. Budworms on petunias and geraniums can reduce the amount blooms. You can control these with a spray of BT (Bacillus thuringiensis), a natural pesticide that will not harm beneficial insects, birds, people or the environment.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilac) when they have finished flowering.
- Thin out fruit trees, allowing 6 to 8 inches between remaining fruit.
- Fertilize roses, shrubs and trees.
- When watering shrubs, trees and other perennials remember infrequent deep watering during early morning hours is best, especially for natives. Water the entire root zone, not just the base of the plant. Check sprinklers to be sure they are aimed in the right direction and not plugged up.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! It helps to keep the soil from drying out as quickly and keeps the root zone cooler.