Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tomato Smorgasboard

This week we received probably 20 different varieties of tomatoes. From tiny Sweet 100's, one that sounds yummy, Black Cherry to the large Beefsteak and everything in between. Heirlooms in all colors along with the local favorite San Diego. To read about some of the varieties we carry click over on the title above Tomato Smorgasboard, you will be taken to one of our grower's website Doright Growers

To get you started on your vegetable garden we do recommend you plant with E.B. Stone's newest product we've begun to carry called Soil Booster. All organic contains chicken manure, earthworm castings, bag guano, kelp and more. Mix it into your soil and your vegetable garden will produce more vegetables with real vegetable taste. Be sure to also add Sure Start, I consider this a jump start for your roots.

Just in also is our first shipment of Annie's Annuals, poppies, linarias, and more.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Musicians Wanted

If you play an instrument and are looking for somewhere to practice we would love to have you at the nursery. We think it would be enjoyable to stroll around the nursery and hear music played by local artists. If this is something you might be interested in please contact Toni and we can discuss it further.

California Native Plant Class

Are you looking for ways to reduce water usage in your garden without turning it over to cactus and succulents? Interested in California Native Plants but not sure how to plant and care for them? You will want to attend our class April 10th beginning at 10:00am.
A representative from Moosa Creek Nursery, who supplies us with a wide selection of California Native Plants will lead the class. Come and learn from someone who grows them, bring your questions. After you have learned which California Natives will work in your garden we will offer you a first ever discount, buy 4 plants get the 5th one free (equal or lessor value). We have in stock over 40 different plants in one gallon and a very nice selection of larger stock in 5 gallon.

wear your hat as this class will be outside in the sun by the Native plants.

Kate Sessions planted California Natives back in the early 1900's which are still in gardens here in Mission Hills today. One plant found in gardens then and now is the Matilija Poppy, we do have them for sale.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Local Inspirational Author

This year's shipment of Louise Hay roses are beginning to leaf out and we've been shipping them all around the country. In May of this year Hay House is sponsoring I Can Do It, a weekend retreat for your soul, right here in San Diego. I am excited to be able to attend along with having the nursery there to sell her rose to many of her followers. If you haven't read any of her books you may want to check them out, she is a local author who has inspired many with her positive writings.

Monday, March 08, 2010

planting vegetables

Saturday March 13th you can watch Tiger on Channel 6
between 9:00 and 10:00am. He will be demonstrating how to plant your vegetable garden in containers. After his segment he will hurry back to the nursery to put on a seminar for you personally, hands on. Not sure what you can plant together? Not sure what containers you can use?

This is a class you will want to attend. Remember there is no charge for the class, and a bonus is you will be able to save 15% off your vegetable purchases once the class is finished.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Continuation of Herbal Lesson

What a beautiful Sunday we had last weekend, following a rainy and blistery Saturday. It was nice to have some of you come in and ask about the herbs I had written about in my previous blog. Continuing with my findings in this blog I'll cover Flax, Hyssop, and Sorrel. First let me say that I am not trained in herbs what I'm posting is from researching on the internet, please don't read my writings and assume I am recommending any medicinal remedies.

Flax, Linum usitatissimum, also known as linseed. An annual herb with grey green leaves which produce sky blue flowers in the summer. After the plant has flowered you will find capsules which contain shiny, oval and flat seeds. These seeds are dried and used in various ways. Crushed, the flax seed may be mixed into breakfast cereal for the treatment of constipation. When crushed and mixed into a poultice (soft moist mass) it is known to be effective in local inflammations, such as boils, and eczema.
Now how sweet does this little flower look?

Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis. evergreen bushy herb which can grow up to 2', square stem, linear leaves. The flower tops are used medicinally in teas. As a culinary herb it is used in broths and salads.
Look for the blooms to appear June to October, depending on your climate.
Plant in a warm area, keep moist until established then they do better with a dryer soil.

Sorrel, Rumex sanguineus.
Grown as a foliage plant due to it's unusual coloration. Plant in full sun and provide regular watering, do not overwater. The young leaves are the edible parts and you eat them as you would spinach. Cut the flower stalks off and more energy will go into producing larger foliage clumps of sword shaped leaves highlighted by red veining.

This morning I'll be picking fresh basil for tonight's dinner, and if the sorrel plants look big enough maybe pull a few leaves to add to the salad. Fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit from your own gardens just taste so much better.