• Japanese Maples

    by  • March 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

    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.

    Want to know more?

    Check out our upcoming seminar (more…)

    The Tomato King is Coming!

    by  • March 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

    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…)

    Responsible Water Use in the Landscape

    by  • March 21, 2015 • 0 Comments

    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…)

    Reducing or Eliminating your Lawn?

    by  • March 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    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…)

    Introducing…

    by  • March 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

    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

    Grow your own with The Greenery!

    by  • March 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Just like every Spring, we are excited to get planting! Our knowledgeable staff is excited to share gardening tips and tricks to get your own garden growing! Check out these upcoming seminars: (more…)

    All About Hydrangeas

    by  • March 5, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Tips for Selecting, Planting, Growing and Blooming


     

    Selection

    When it comes to Hydrangeas, there are lots to choose from. There’s the traditional “mophead” varieties and these are now available as the smaller growing plants.

    Not only are they available in smaller growing plants but you can get a variety called Endless Summer that will rebloom throughout the season! There’s a series of Endless Summer Hydrangeas including the Original, Blushing Bride, Twist N Shout and Bella Anna. You can read more about them here. The Original Endless Summer, Blushing Bride and Bloomstruck are in stock now.

    Then there are “lacecap” varieties. These have flat-headed blooms which are much lighter and more airy than the mophead types. I almost forgot to mention that the Mophead and Lacecap types are available in blue, white or pink and varying degrees between. I’ll explain more on colors below.

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    Candied Orange Peel Recipe

    by  • March 3, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Last weekend was my Preserving Citrus Seminar at which I presented Candied Orange Peel. For some reason I failed to share the recipe and have been asked many times since for it. While the original recipe came from “Put Em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook “, I was unable to find a digital version of the recipe to share. So here is my modified version. (BTW, if you don’t have that book I recommend getting it! You can pick it up at The Greenery).

    About 6 large oranges — or any citrus: grapefruit, lime, lemon!

    2 to 4 cups sugar plus more for dusting

    1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp Watkins Vanilla Extract

    Water

    Directions: (more…)