• Blossom Drop on Tomatoes

    by  • June 16, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Photo credit: Darla

    Photo credit: Darla

    This time of year we get a lot of questions as to why a vigorous tomato plant does not have any fruit on it. The blossoms drop off right at the “elbow” above the bloom. This is caused by a few different factors.

    1. Extreme temperature swings – Having 20 degree + temperature swings from one day to another can cause this. Obviously this is out of our control.
    2. Lack of calcium, lack of fertilizer or wrong fertilizer – have you fertilized? Maybe you did when you first planted but it might be time to reapply! Check the package for specifications or read our recommendation for fertilizing vegetables, here.  Avoid fertilizers with high nitrogen (the first number on the label). You can also use a supplemental spray to help blossom set. Find it in store.
    3. Lack of pollination – technically tomatoes are self pollinating but sometimes they need a little help. Give the tomato support or cage a gentle shake often times helps.
    4. Too much shade – like any fruiting plant, they need lots of sun to produce. Generally a minimum of 4 hours a day but 6 hours or more is better.
    5. Overwatering – this is generally the problem. Tomatoes, unlike other plants, need to be stressed in order to set fruit. Otherwise you will have large, lush plants and little to no fruit!

    How to water tomato plants

    It is best to keep the leaves dry and only water the plants when they actually begin to wilt, typically every 7-10 days once established. A large plant with lots of fruit may need it every 4-5 days during a heat spell. When watering, do so thoroughly and deeply. Please note, this applies only to tomatoes in the ground. Potted tomato plants will need water more frequently but still only when wilting. However, make sure the plant is wilting in the evening, if it is wilting in the afternoon but looks okay in the evening it doesn’t need water!

    Still not sure? Drop by and speak to one of our experts!

    How long should I run my drip system?

    by  • June 8, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Did you know that drip systems put out VERY LITTLE water at one time? Drip emitters either put out as little as 1/2 gallon and up to 4 gallons of water per hour. This depends on which emitter was purchased and installed. If you are not putting enough water on your plants at each...

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    Not Just California Friendly…

    by  • May 29, 2017 • 0 Comments

    It’s California’s Finest!

    When you imagine a “California friendly” yard, you might think of a dry landscape with gravel, a dry river bed, and a few plants that add a bit of greenery to the space. But, that’s not your only California friendly landscaping option. Recently, I visited a garden in Modesto that is a prime example of a lovely lush living space that would entice any homeowner to step outside in the valley heat. This green thumbed gardener lets her yard soak up the rain in the spring and hand waters only once a week in the summer!


    A healthy mix of varieties can keep your yard blooming all year round. Gardening with plants that spread can also help by smothering those pesky weeds!


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    Native grasses can certainly add a beautiful backdrop to other garden elements such as natural stones, rocks, and bricks.


    Save a special space for succulents! They can thrive in this area as long as you remember to protect them from frost in the winter. They can also help you create a larger than life fairy garden for all ages to enjoy!


    Create some shady areas so you can enjoy your garden during the valley heat wave. This gardener created a dramatic pathway leading to the backyard, making even a short walk to the backyard very enjoyable.

    Tip: It’s ok if your California plants go a bit dormant in the summer, just like we do. They love the spring and fall, but mostly try and survive during the summer.

    Build your Backyard Oasis

    by  • May 22, 2017 • 0 Comments

    The Building Blocks for Creating Structure in your Stylish Space.

    Another way of describing your yard is architecture in its natural form. Think of the architecture of your favorite building…it has style, strength and the capacity to take your breath away just by gazing upon it. Well, your yard can have the same effect and here’s how:



    Fill your space appropriately. Most yards can handle large trees and shrubs. Adding large “structural” elements to your yard can in fact make your yard seem larger than it is. By creating layers of sizes and shapes, it leaves your mind wondering if there is more beyond the layers and searching for that secret garden.



    Even the smallest structures can have a grand impact. Create visual drama with a simple boxwood by using the artful elements of line and design. Then fill the gaps with your favorite budding beauty.



    Leave plenty of space to stair step your structure…small shrubs in front, medium in the middle, and large in the back. This layering technique is sure to take you to the top of the home and garden favorites.



    If you are stripping your yard of sod, then don’t be afraid to fill it with large shrubs and trees. Define your space the way you would like to be defined so you and your garden will be happy.

    Thank you to the Crinklaw’s for providing an inspiring setting and allowing me to take photos for this blog.

    The Plant That Has It All

    by  • April 3, 2017 • 0 Comments

    Barberry; the plant of many colors.

    Do you ever want the plant that has it all? A variety of colors, drought tolerant, full sun and little-to-no pruning. Well, look no further…Barberry is the match for you.

    This plant will add great interest to your yard, but is still easy to maintain. Here are a few varieties, but come in to pick your favorite!


    Disclaimer: Barberry is as it’s name describes, it has barbs which makes it a great barrier plant as well.


    Cabernet variety. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Inspired by Art

    by  • March 27, 2017 • 1 Comment

    How to turn that peaceful garden painting into your backyard reality!

    Painted in WaterlogueMonet, Renoir, Kinkade &  Bob Ross are all artists we are familiar with because of the beautiful garden landscapes they painted. A cottage in the woods, lush gardens by the pond and a party in the garden are all images we daydream of having for ourselves. So, why not? Here are some seriously spectacular shrubs that are surely the source of many painters’ inspiration and are readily available to plant in your garden today!


    Weigela Minuet is a shrub bursting with color and is sure to inspire any painter. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Spirea Superstar will always leave a lasting impression. Photo Credit: Bailey Nurseries


    Pink Lightning is sure to spark your gardening imagination.

    Snow in the Valley?

    by  • March 23, 2017 • 0 Comments

    No, it’s a flowering cherry tree!

    These trees are sure to bring a flurry of flowers to brighten up your yard. I highly recommend driving by The Greenery to witness this “pink cloud” tree in it’s full glory. Even better, take a stroll through their rose garden and enjoy the flowering beauty up close and personal.


    Akebono Flowering Cherry


    Even the 5 gallon trees they have for sale are bursting with blossoms!


    The Lush Look with the Drought Drip

    by  • March 20, 2017 • 0 Comments

    These are my garden must haves for a healthy garden when the valley heats up again!

    Farmer’s Tip – Plant shrubs and trees now, while the weather is perfect to ensure a healthy well rooted plant before next year’s heat. Your plants will also be taking advantage of any rain that comes our way this winter!


    Ground Cover


    Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)- Beautiful color all summer! These flowers reseed themselves but I haven’t found them to be invasive.



    Salvia Greggii-Lots of colors to choose from! The color pictured is called “Hot Lips.” Fast grower that does well when nurtured or neglected. Hungry Hummingbirds love this plant. If you plant it, they will come…

    Small Tree


    Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)- Get a multi-trunk tree to add structural interest to your yard!

    Large Tree


    Schinus (California Pepper)- The look of a willow tree without being a water waster! You will see some of these well-established trees along the freeway where there is no irrigation!

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    For the Love of Sod

    by  • March 13, 2017 • 0 Comments

    If you love the look of sod but dislike the maintenance, try these water wise alternatives to keep you loving your field of greens…

    I’ll admit that I do love the look of sod…but I don’t enjoy wasting water, fixing lawn mower blades, lifting heavy lawn mower bags, edging and fighting gophers over lawn territory. Well, guess what, we have other options! There are California friendly grasses that are water wise and look beautiful when planted in masses to fill small and large areas in your yard.

    IMG_4515 Some are low growing and others are taller with more pronounced blades.

    The Greenery even has evergreen varieties to keep your lawn area looking beautiful year round without all the maintenance that typically comes with owning a lawn. While the weather is still cool and the skies are blue, now is the time to establish your lawn areas.