1. TOMATOES ARE-- IN INCLUDING HEIRLOOM'S! We have all the
spring flowers and vegetables in now. Higher elevations may need to
wait or protect tender plants with frost cloth or some other
method. Don't forget a tomato cage. I find the best way to do
vegetables in the ground, is to mix in manure, compost, worm
castings or something like Harvest Supreme on sale above, and then
use some organic fertilizer like Gardner & Bloome Tomato or
fertilizer right in the hole that you planting
in. Just toss in a small handful and plant. Your vegetables will get
the benefit of having an instant nutrition source as well as get
inoculated with beneficial micro-organisms.
2. When buying vegetable plants, remember that Hybrids are
NOT genetically engineered.
They are cross pollinated
generally by hand to get a superior, often times disease resistant
plant with more vigor and more production. Heirlooms like tomatoes
are great and have fantastic flavor, but take longer to produce, the
plants get larger, and generally don't have as much disease
resistance as hybrids. If you're not saving the seed, a combo of
heirloom and hybrids is the best.
We do not carry any genetically engineered seeds or plants!
3. Now is a great time to put that sod down. We are distributors
for Delta Bluegrass Sod - grower of high quality sod using rich
Delta peat soil. Check out the prices here:
4. Most of our new fruit trees will be rooted and ready for sale
some time in late April or early May. We do have some from last year
that are ready to go right now like apples, pears, olives, figs,
plum-cots, mulberry and pomegranates. Also have blueberries in 5
5. Treat roses
you see black spot, mildew and rust.
If you're not sure what that is, here is a link to our website:
. We have lots of good sprays, including organic
types. Bayer Disease Control
is a systemic spray
that works great for roses. Liquid and granular Bayer
All-in-One Rose & Flower Care
fertilizes, controls disease
and insects for plants in the ground. Apply every couple months but
especially in spring -
like right now
6. We have lots of organic as well as traditional sprays.
Organic Sprays at Rising Sun Nursery
. If you're growing
vegetables, think about using some of these sprays. Even traditional
sprays are more benign than they used to be. There are lots of
7. Seeds are a great way to get into the vegetable and flower mix
at a much
lower price. But remember to protect from snails, slugs and
Go out at night with a flashlight. You will see
the little critters. Have pets? Use Sluggo or Sluggo Plus
with Organic Spinosad
. Safe for pets and actually
fertilizes your plants as it breaks down. We also have standard
8. Weeds, weeds, weeds. That's what rain brings. Either spray
them (Kill-zall is only $39.99/gal), weed-eat them,
mow them or cover them. We have the sprays and we have bark, cedar
and redwood mulch and walk-on bark. You can even use cardboard for
pathways in your garden. It will keep down weeds too. Weed block
9. Start checking all your water systems and time clocks. We have
been spoiled with rain but it will be time to start watering your
you know it.
10. Cut back those flowering shrubs AFTER they bloom--Lilacs,
Viburnum, White Spirea, Forsythia, Azalea, Wisteria, etc.
11. We still have blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries,
raspberries, figs, pomegranate, olives and grapes in quarts. Later
in April we will start potting some of them up into 5 gallon pots
and whatever is left, we will sell out. Get them now while we have
the best selection.