Here it is, the end of February and thanks to wet, cold winter we had we are ALL itching to plant the summer garden! Well, do your best to hold your horses. as we are still 4 plus weeks away from the last day of frost!! This means that if warm season veggies are planted now and we get a very cold night, the plants will be damaged if not killed. Also, early season tomatoes are at higher risk of insect and disease damage long before they set their first fruit. Now, if we have an oddly warm and dry spring then your gamble may pay off.
As for me, I am dying to get things planted as well but I am not. I NEVER plant my tomatoes in the ground before the beginning of March is this is only done with protection like a Wall of Water or in a greenhouse. Yet I still plant the majority of my tomatoes in early to mid April. I currently have tomato starts in my greenhouse with more seeds going in now, but that is it.
If you want to research and plan your summer garden, particularly tomato varieties, here are the varieties we are expecting from Fredriks Nursery, our local bedder supplier. These will all be the varieties of tomatoes that you could special order or watch for them to arrive in the nursery! Want to learn more about growing Tomatoes? We will have a Growing Tomatoes seminar at The Greenery coming in April. Watch our events page here: www.greenerynsy.com/events.
I’d love to hear from you what will you do? Gamble on early season or will you plant? Leave your feedback in the comments!
Now is the perfect time to get started with seeds! Start your tomato, eggplant and pepper seeds indoors, and your beet and carrot seeds out in your garden right now.
Here’s what you’ll need: (more…)
Diagnosing Your Inner Gardener
If you have never been involved in a Nature vs. Nurture debate, then consider yourself lucky. It is a debate founded on the scientific theory of Nature (think of this as your biological make-up) vs. Nurture (the environment and experiences that are part of your daily life) and which one is more influential in your life. Typically, this debate ends either in a beat down given by the biologically stronger individual OR psychological abuse performed by an individual trying to prove their theory is the right one. I digress. I am not going to discuss this topic in the traditional way, and I am not trying to psychoanalyze gardening. I am just merely someone who loves to look at gardening in a different way.
So, let’s “diagnose” (by this, I mean figure out) what type of gardener you might be… (more…)
Join us for 3 Tomato-y events on July 30th, 2016.
10am Preserving Tomatoes
Speaker: Adria, The Greenery’s Certified Preserving Expert
Join Adria as she demonstrates how easy it is to preserve your own tomatoes including tomato sauce and beyond! Using her knowledge she will discuss proper preserving techniques for dehydrating, canning and freezing tomatoes and practical uses for your preserved tomato products. Copies of recipes included! Prior registration is requested. Reserve your seat here. (more…)
The days are warm and the nursery is in full bloom! Here’s what’s in flower right now:
Aster Dwarf Mix. Sold in 6 packs, this drought tolerant annual can stand the heat while providing a cottage garden look.
Chrysocephalum ‘Desert Flame’ is a low growing, low water perennial that seems to be in constant bloom at the nursery.
Short Stuff Mix Zinnias are a colorful annual that keeps on giving. The full green foliage and consistent blooms can easily trick you into thinking it’s a perennial. Use in full sun in containers.
Coreopisis ‘Early Sunrise’. Plant one 6 pack this summer or fall and have abundant blooms all spring through summer next year. It’s hard not to snap a picture of these when in full bloom.
Wooly Butterfly Bush is very different looking than other Buddlejas. The orange globes attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Mimulus ‘Jelly Beans Tangerine’ or Monkeyflower is a cultivar of a California native often found on a hike along the coast.
Becky Shasta Daisy is a perennial every cottage garden owner and Luther Burbank fan needs. The bright daisies are a perfect cut flower for the kitchen window.