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    In anticipation of Tomato Season…

    by  • February 18, 2018 • Adria's Garden Blog, In the Garden • 0 Comments

    Here it is, almost the end of February and these warm, dry days have us ALL itching to plant the summer garden! Well, do your best to hold your horses. as we are still 6 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!

    -Adria

    2018 Fruit Tree List

    by  • January 4, 2018 • In the Garden

    Bareroot Multi Grafted Fruit Trees

    Cherry 2 in 1 ($ 44.99)
    Rainier-Bing-Black Tartarian-Lapins-Van-Utah Giant

    Cherry 4 in 1 ($ 61.99)
    Rainier, Bing, Lapins, Van

    Peach/Nectarine Showy flowers-Yellow 4 in 1 ($ 56.99)
    Saturn Peach, Redbaron Peach, Mid Pride Peach,Fantasia Nec.
    Double Delight Nectarine

    Peach/ Nectarine-White 4 in 1 ($ 61.99)
    Heavenly White Nectarine, Arctic Supreme Peach,
    White Lady Peach, Babcock Peach, Arctic Rose Nectarine

    Pear Asian 3 in 1
    Hosui-Shinseki-20th Century-Shinseiki ($ 51.99)

    Pear-Domestic Fire Blight Resistant 3 in 1 ($ 51.99)
    Warren-Keiffer-Harrow Delight-Blake’s Pride

    Pluot 3 in 1 ($ 56.99)
    Fl. King-Fl. Queen-Fl. Fl. Supreme-Dapple Dandy

    Pluot-Zee Sweet Nuggets 3 in 1 ($ 56.99)
    Splash-Emerald Drop-Fl. Grenade-Geo Pride

    Fruit Salad 5 in 1 ($ 67.99)
    Babcock Peach, Fantasia, July Elberta Peach
    Santa Rosa Plum, Blenheim Apricot

     

    Bare Root Fruit Trees

    APPLE
    Dwarf Fuji
    Dwarf Gala
    Dwarf Honeycrisp Dwarf Pink Lady Fuji
    Granny Smith Gala
    Ghost
    Red Fuji

    APRICOT
    Blenheim
    Flavor Delight Aprium Leah Cot Aprium Moorpark
    Pixie-Cot Apricot
    Royal Rosa
    Summer Delight Aprium Tomcot

    CHERRY
    Bing
    Black Tartarian Craig’s Crimson Dwarf Bing
    Dwarf Black Tartarian Dwarf Craigs Crimson Dwarf Lapin
    Dwarf Rainier
    Dwarf Stella
    Dwarf Utah Giant English Morello (Sour) Lapins
    Royal Crimson
    Royal Rainier
    Stella
    Utah Giant

    NECTARINE
    Arctic Blaze Arctic Glo Arctic Rose Double Delight
    White White White Yellow
    Bare Root Price List 2018 Price
    Honey Kist Liz’s Late Spice Zee

    PEACH
    Arctic Supreme Donut
    Earlitreat
    Elberta
    Fairtime
    Fantastic Elberta Fay Elberta Halford Cling Honey Babe Dwarf Kaweah
    Loring
    O’Henry
    Pix Zee
    Sauzee Swirl Dwarf Snow Beauty

    PEACOTUM
    Bella Gold

    PEAR
    Domestic Assorted (potted only)
    Willams Pride, Blake’s Pride, Kieffer, Potomac, Warren

    PLUM
    Burgundy
    Emerald Beaut
    Santa Rosa

    PLUERRY
    Candy Heart
    Sugar Twist
    Sweet Treat

    PLUOT
    Dapple Dandy
    Flavor Finale
    Flavor Grenade
    Flavor
    King Flavor
    Queen Flavor
    Supreme
    Geo Pride Splash

    PRUNE
    Italian
    French

    Potted Grapes
    Black Monukka
    Flame Seedless
    Thompson Seedless

    Potted Blueberries
    Jewel
    Misty
    Southmoon
    Sunshine Blue

    Potted Cane Berries
    Blackberry Navajo
    Blackberry Chester
    Boysenberry Thornless
    Raspberry Baba Red
    Raspberry Nova Red
    Raspberry Canby Red
    Blackberry Marion

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    Blossom Drop on Tomatoes

    by  • June 16, 2017 • Adria's Garden Blog, In the Garden

    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!

    Nature vs. Nurture

    by  • December 28, 2016 • Bulbs, California Friendly, Farmers Palette Blog, Farmers Palette Guest Blog, In the Garden, Trees

    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…)