King’s Nursery in Santa Rosa
Voted the best nursery in Sonoma County.
Open for Garden Fun
9-6 Mon-Sat, 9-5 on Sundays
Thinking of growing vegetable plants, from seed or starts? We carry both- high quality seeds that are guaranteed to grow, and eager young starter plants that are locally grown.
Veggies can be grown year-round here in Sonoma County, and you can even incorporate them into your ornamental landscape (this trend is called ‘ornamedibles’)
Since more gardeners have decided they like heirloom and unusual veggies, we like to offer stuff you don’t see anywhere else, like ‘Bright Lights’ chard, ‘Watermelon’ radishes, or variegated perennial basil. We stock loads of different heirloom tomatoes, too, like ‘Brandywine’, ‘Green Zebra;, ‘Pineapple’ and many more.
Some folks are devoted to reliable stalwarts in the veggie garden. If you are the type who relies on the tried and true, you’ll find the classics here- ‘Early Girl’ & ‘Better Boy’ tomatoes, crookneck and patty pan squash, ‘Chandler’ strawberries, and a lot more.
It’s wise to add compost and get the soil ready to embrace the new additions you’ll soon be tending. We LOVE Paydirt, a stinky organic compost made from chicken manure and mushroom compost. An easy way to add this in is to put a 3-6″ layer over your plot, then rototill as usual. Or, if your not tilling, just ‘double dig’ the compost into each planting hole, leaving the rest of the compost layer undisturbed; it will act as a mulch, keeping weeds out and moisture in.
If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, you understand the importance of a sturdy tomato cage. Put it right over your new seedlings when they are young so they can just grow right up through the center- little to no training on your part (if you wait until the plant is larger it can be difficult to secure it without breaking some branches). We only sell the kind that will stand up to the weight of a fully loaded tomato plant- MANLY CAGES, in either the standard circular version, or a larger square-shaped style that will fold flat after the season is over.
Did you know how much of a difference it makes when you fertilize your veggie garden? If you want the most produce you can grow, throw out some granular veggie food, like Master Nursery Tomato vegetable food or E.B.Stone organic tomato vegetable food. I noticed a big increase in the amounts that were harvested through the season when I fertilized once a month, and it hardly took any time at all. I just scattered the food around the root zone of all my herbs and veggies, then watered it in- done!
Until recently, eliminating slugs and snails from my tender seedlings would require the application of highly toxic snail bait. Now there’s Sluggo- iron phosphate, which is safe for humans, pets and wildlife. This product is perfect for the veggie garden, it’s organic, and any unconsumed pellets even break down into nutrients that feed your plants. How do they come up with this stuff?
Plant most summer crops in the full sun, or at least 6 hours of afternoon sun, to get your plants to produce well. There are a few summertime things you can plant in shadier spots, or morning sun, like lettuce, radishes, strawberries and most herbs. Adjust your irrigation accordingly, since things that get less sun tend to be happier if they go longer between waterings.
Remember, King’s is a great resource to help you along the veggie garden path. We will answer any questions, offer growing tips and advice, demonstrate and explain what you can do to have a successful harvest- just come on in!