Saturday, May 30, 2015

Now closed Mondays

This was today's temperature at the Nursery. Summer heat means we'll be open fewer hours. We will be closed Mondays starting June 8.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Our New Sign!


  We asked Jana Botkin, a friend, customer and amazing local artist if she would design and paint a sign for us. She kindly agreed even though she's not a sign painter. Her beautiful art & her version of the story can be found here: http://www.cabinart.net/2015/05/
  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

Zinnias are ready for sale!


Zinnias love the hot, sunny, dry summers of the central valley. They bloom all summer & into fall, attracting bees, butterflies & birds



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

The Zahara zinnias will be blooming anytime now. They are drought tolerant with brightly colored 2" blooms on 12"-18" tall plants.

Narrow-leaf zinnia are sprawling drought tolerant plants covered with 1" orange flowers.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Compost


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

May Garden To-Do List



  • 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.