Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tomatoes and Herbs

We are still getting winter rains and cold temperatures but our tomato and pepper tables at Mission Hills Nursery are full of wonderful selections. Everything from Lemon Pear tomatoes, Sweet Cherry tomatoes, heirlooms and the constant San Diego tomato are available. Watch for Moose Creek Nursery's selection to increase as their weather warms up.
Speaking of Moose Creek and tomatoes, they will be hosting a tomato clinic on Saturday March 25th at 10:00 am come over and learn all there is to learn about growing tomatoes.

Herbs are plentiful with a wide selection of Basils and Mints. Lettuces to make any Salad stand up and Shout SPRING! If you are looking for anything special please just ask and we will do our best to get it for you.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Rose Tips

We have stopped shipping roses for this year but here are a few tips on how to care for your new roses, and older roses.
Downy Mildew occurs in early spring after substantial amounts of rainfall. Downy Mildew is an air-born fungus and the first signs are irregular shaped purple to purple-brown spots on your rose leaves. To help prevent and control Downy Mildew keep your rose beds clean of organic matter. Give your roses good spacing and spray with a fungicide at first signs of mildew.
Black Spot symptoms are circular black spots surrounded by a yellow halo. Spores are spread by rain or irrigation water. Irrigate at the time of day that allows the most rapid leaf drying. Remove all infected leaves that have dropped and dispose of, do not compost them. At first sign of Black Spot begin spraying according to your fungicide label.
Bayer has a product out that covers 3 important systemic products in one for complete rose care.

Tomato and Pepper Tips

Tomato and pepper plants and seeds are the vegetables most purchased by home owners according to a national company. We have a very nice selection of both in stock along with products to help you keep them healthy. These products are not listed as available for shipping from our website so come in to pick them up. If you are not in the area visit your local garden center, if they do not have them send me an email and I'll see about shipping to you.
To keep insects away you can spray with Spinosad, it is safe and can be used up to a couple of days before harvest. Keep snails and slugs at bay with an early application of Sluggo, then again when fruit has set. Can be used up to the day of harvest and is not harmful to pets or children. Our new line of Organic fertilizers has one formulated for vegetables, look for E.B. Stone on our shelves.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Composting Workshop

Free Composting Workshop and Low Cost Bin Sales for unincorporated San Diego County Residents to be presented Saturday March 18th from 10:00 am - 12:oo pm at Moose Creek Nursery.
Register Now by emailing your request to Cindy@solanacenter.org Space is limited.

Coming soon to a community near you. Garden walks - gardens of all sizes and shapes, from perennial gardens to zen gardens to estates all will be opening soon for you to go through. For dates and communities keep reading your blogs, I will post them as soon as I have details.
Mission Hills Garden Club presents Restful Sanctuaries, Gardens of Tranquility
Pt. Loma Garden Club presents Gardens on the Point
San Diego County Orchid Society presents Orchids on Parade

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you ...stop by Mission Hills Nursery and purchase a little pot of Irish Luck.