• Worms in Cherries? Prevent them now!

    by  • May 6, 2013

    Worms of Western Cherry Fruit fly
    photo credit: http://jenny.tfrec.wsu.edu/opm/displaySpecies.php?pn=150

    In the past several years there have been an increasing number of these insects damaging our precious cherries! Treatment has to be done weeks ahead of time to stop the damage otherwise the insecticide will not be able to reach the worms inside the fruit.

    What is it?
    Western Cherry Fruit Fly

    What does it do?
    In May, as the cherries begin to turn color the flies begin mating and laying their eggs. These eggs are inserted and deposited inside ripening fruit leaving very little evidence of the fact. That is why when we go to pick and eat the cherries there are worms inside!

    What do I do?

    For the homeowner, monitoring and spraying is the simplest thing to do. As soon as cherries begin to color, put out Pest Wizard Deciduous Fruit Fly traps to monitor when the flies are present. This step can be eliminated and you can just begin spraying as the fruit begins to color but I always spray (even organic sprays) as little as possible so you can wait until you find adult flies to reduce the number of applications.

    There are a few different things you can spray but I recommend Monterey Garden Insect Spray. The active ingredient, Spinosad is not as toxic as Malathion or Sevin yet effective on certain insects. It is also OMRI listed! Begin spraying as soon as you see the adult flies on the traps or as the cherry begin to turn color. Spray once per week until harvest.

     

    So it is simple, just a matter of being prepared. Hope this helps!

    Happy Cherry Season!

    -Adria

     

    P.S. If you would like to read further about the Western Cherry Fruit Fly, here is a good article.

     

    Unique jewelry…Made in the U.S.A.!

    by  • May 6, 2013

    Have you seen one of our new jewelry lines in our Garden Shop? Silver Spoon jewelry is brand new this spring! These intricate pieces are hand made in the U.S.A. cast from authentic Oneida silverware molds then fashioned into wonderfully unique jewelry and are silver plated. Choose from necklaces, bracelets, earrings  and more!

    To see more of our selection of Silver Spoon jewelry visit our Garden Shop page.

    All About Peonies

    by  • April 17, 2013

    Julia Rose Itoh Peony

    Peonies are perennials that will live for years. There are 2 basic types, Herbaceous peonies and Tree Peonies.  Herbaceous peonies regrow from the ground every year and can get 2-4′ tall and wider with age. They bloom best when winter is chilly enough and don’t mind the heat if they are planted in the right exposure. Tree Peonies do not grow as trees but are considered a shrub that can grow up to 6′ tall but looses their leaves in the winter.

    You may have heard about the new Itoh Peonies. These are a hybrid between herbaceous and tree peonies. This results in more vigorous growing and blooming plants with the vibrant colors of the tree peony. Itoh Peonies will die back to the ground every year. For more information on Itoh Peonies, click here. Itoh Peonies are currently on sale at $20 off! For more information, click here.

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    Encouraging Beneficial Insects

    by  • March 27, 2013

    I wanted to write about encouraging beneficial insects in your yard. It is easy enough but frustrating to release something like Ladybugs in your garden only to find that a few days later they have all wandered away! There’s a few reasons why they do…

    1. Not enough to feed on

    Yes, if an insect predator like Ladybugs, Lacewing or Praying Mantis do not have enough food (insects) in your yard they will move elsewhere to find them. This is something that is out of your control since you definitely don’t want to purposely infest your yard with aphids!

    2. Not enough cover

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    Success with Blueberries!

    by  • March 27, 2013

    Blueberries are incredibly useful plants. Not only do they give us these delicious berries but they are pretty spring through fall. Some varieties even have reddish stems in the winter! The key to planting blueberries is soil pH. Blueberries prefer 6.0 or below. Always use organic fertilizer on blueberries. Organic fertilizer makes them disease resistant, heat resistant and just healthier which means a prettier, more productive plant for us!

     

    HERE’S A FEW TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED.

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    Romantic Redbuds

    by  • March 21, 2013

    You Can Grow That!

    Redbud trees are in bloom now which means this is a great time to pick your favorite! Redbuds are showy accent trees that are very drought tolerant once established. Best in full sun except as noted below. Water these trees deeply but not too frequently once they are established.

    Here’s a few of our varieties we have in stock now!

     

     

    You Can Grow That is a group of Garden Writers that Adria is a member of. This group is passionate about promoting gardening for the greater good.

    Hellebores!

    by  • February 28, 2013

    SHADE BEAUTIES

    These lesser know perennials add excellent, unique color for the shade. Hellebores are at their peak in the late winter and very early spring before anything else in the garden is thinking about coming alive. Add these to your shady flowerbeds with Azaleas, Camellias and ferns!

    How to grow

    Treat Hellebores like you do any other acid loving plant in our climate. Feed with Gardner & Bloome Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia fertilizer 2-3 times per year. Water as needed being careful not to over water and that’s about it! As long as you prepare and maintain the soil for them, they will thrive for you!

    Happy Hellebore Season!

    -Adria

    Additionally I had a question if you could grow Hellebores in pots. Yes, you can but they will die to the ground in late summer which is why they are best as accents and not a focal point.

    Delicious Pepper Jellies

    by  • December 11, 2012

    Now available in the Pantry located in our Garden Shop are a wide a selection of Gourmet foods including Pepper Jellies!

    Just arrived are:

    Cranberry Butter with Port was just restocked!

    Garlic Pepper Jelly and Sweet Onion Pepper Jelly is new to our selection. These make great marinades and glazes for your favorite cut of meat!

    Cranberry-Jalapeno split Pepper jellies are perfect for the holiday meal!