Anytime I plant something, the very first thing I do is prepare the soil. The soil has to support and feed the plant so it is vital for healthy productive plants. Here is how I plant my veggies:
1. Make sure the soil is not compacted but rototilling or digging the entire bed is not necessary.
2. Mix in soil amendment. (more…)
In case you haven’t noticed, Japanese Maples are BEAUTIFUL here in the Central Valley right now! You will find almost 70 varieties of these gorgeous specimens right here at The Greenery.
This is the best time to pick out your new Japanese Maple!
Here’s a list to peruse.
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We are pleased to announce that on April 4th we will have Steve Goto at The Greenery to teach us more about Tomatoes! Steve is an expert nurseryman and lecturer based in southern California. He uses organic gardening practices to grow over a 900 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables. Learn from Steve all the tips and tricks to successful tomato harvest.
Everything you want to know about growing Organic Tomatoes Seminar
Cost: $3 per person at the door
Saturday, April 4th 10am & 1:30pm (more…)
Here we are in a 4th year of a severe drought with no end in sight. We are all facing moderate to severe watering restrictions depending on where we live. However, we can do better than we are being asked, to reduce water. The Greenery has been striving to educate gardeners on responsible water use for decades. In the mid-late 2000′s when California began to be concerned about water supplies we created several information handouts full of information to help our customers reduce and conserve water. You can find them on our California Friendly page.
On our California Friendly page you will find basic tips on watering the landscape, tips for proper and responsible watering of trees and shrubs, tips for lawns as well as a list of California Friendly plants that you can find at The Greenery. While the water needs of your landscape is not the same for every yard and garden the basic tips will get you started. The knowledgeable staff at The Greenery can help you one on one (FREE of charge!) deal with your specific landscape. If a site visit is needed, however, there is a charge. See our Services page for more details.
In the meantime here are a few quick tips: (more…)
While lawns have a specific use they are largely unnecessary. Personally I won’t remove all my lawn since I have young children who need a wide open area to run and play. However I HAVE reduced the size of my front lawn by about 30% and 2 years ago removed altogether it in the back yard. I also only water my lawn MAYBE once per week right now, which only began last week whereas since last October I have MAYBE watered it once per month. Guess what folks, my lawn is still green! What’s the difference? I water 25-30 minutes at each watering. However I have very sandy soil. If you have heavier soil you can’t water that long. Please ask one of our staff how to water deeply in difficult soils.
If you are thinking about letting your lawn go dry or removing it, there are things to consider: (more…)
So you’ve decided to let your lawn die or remove it. If you haven’t considered how it can impact the rest of your yard, please read this article. If you’re ready, here are 3 ways to go about it: (more…)
our Certified Preserving Expert
Adria of The Greenery and her upcoming seminars!
Adria will share her knowledge and passion for preserving local or homegrown fruits and vegetables during several seminars this year. She will cover herbs, tomatoes, berries and many more. See the list below and watch for more classes to come. Click to reserve your seat.
4/25 Growing, Using & Preserving Herbs
5/16 Preserving Fresh Berries
6/13 Preserving Safely
7/25 Preserving Tomatoes