It’s Time to Plant Veggies!

Nan is potting a tomatoIt’s a wonderful, magical time of year- cool season vegetable planting time!

Oh my, veggies and other edibles are certainly the thing right now. People really want to grow their own food, and they’re so excited to plant anything and everything……

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 in winter? Yes! Food can be grown year-round here in Sonoma County, and you can even incorporate them into your ornamental landscape (this trend is called ‘ornamedibles’)

'Bright Lights' chardSince more gardeners have decided they like heirloom and unusual veggies, we like to offer stuff you don’t see anywhere else, like Kalettes- a cross between kale and brussels sprouts that is all the rage right now. or purple broccoli, cheddar cauliflower and savoy cabbage.

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 great fall and winter classics here-, Walla Walla onions, romaine lettuce, sugar snap peas, fava beans 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, just like you would in spring. 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 (every bit counts in this drought!)

Feed Me!

Feed Me!

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 crops in the full sun, or at least 6 hours of afternoon sun, to get your plants to produce well. The lower temps and (hopefully) seasonal rains will make for much easier tending, plus, cold weather will result in sweeter and nuttier flavors.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want a Butterfly Garden?

It’s butterfly season, and we get lots of ’em

Everyone loves butterflies. Kind of like puppies, kittens or baby chicks- when you see them, it makes you go ‘awww.’

These are the ballerinas of the insect world, showing grace with every movement, fluttering and floating effortlessly about. Here in Sonoma County we are visited by many different types, and you can encourage them to visit your garden by planting certain flowers.

a butterfly’s dream

Young larvae will need food plants, while adults will go  for nectar. A shallow dish or other regular water source is also part of the plan, as they drink water just like the rest of us. Understand that pesticides are a no-no if you want  these beauties to keep coming around.

Although, ideally, a thriving butterfly garden is somewhat overgrown (in order to sustain a working habitat), you can successfully encourage them to visit your tidy flower beds, as long as there are plenty of worthy blooms to check out. Here are a few candidates:

These are a few of the plants that will be eaten by caterpillars, or larvae, who will turn into glorious adults:

Dicentra, or Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts- a lilting perennial that blooms in late winter early spring.

Nasturtium- a soft looking, low growing rambler with edible flowers

linaria ‘flamenco’

Linaria (toadflax)- sweet mini snapdragons

Sunflowers- we all know what those are!

Penstemon- soft spires of tubular bells; bloom continuously

Hollyhock- tall towers of open-faced flowers; love the sun

Foxglove- lush leaves and large bell-shaped flowers

Here’s a few selections that will provide plentiful nectar to mature butterflies:

stunning delphinium

Delphinium- fat, long cones of many long-lasting flowers. Showy!

Lavender- pleasantly pungent leaves and blooms. Low water, too

Honeysuckle- sweet-smelling vine for full sun or part shade

Lilac- clusters of late winter/spring flowers. Great cut flower

Coneflower (echinachea)- strong-stemmed daisies form prominent cones as they become spent

Sweet Pea- These potently fragrant vines bloom through the cool season

Butterfly Bush (buddleja)- honey-scented conical flower clusters

butterfly bush

Lantana- round clusters of bright flowers. Can be a groundcover or an upright shrub

Flowering Maple- tropical looking, pendulous flowers that resemble hibiscus

Dianthus- sweetly scented, plentiful flowers

A lot of these plants are attractive to other pollinators, and hummingbirds, as well as being drought resistant, deer tolerant. A good many are suitable for cutting bouquets, so you can enjoy the flowers as much as your butterflies do. We stock all these plants and many more, and we’ll gladly help you design your garden and decide just what you need.

 

 

 

I Found my Thrill- Blueberries

 

Ready for picking

It’s berry time, and we’ve got a nice crop of plants that are so LOADED with berries you can barely see the leaves! They will give a harvest the first season and fruit will be produced for months, so they’re gonna give you you’re money’s worth right away.

Why we love blueberries-

Blueberries are an excellent and permanent addition to edible and ornamental landscapes because, thanks to modern breeding, they are very easy to grow. The handsome plants have dark blue-green foliage and attractive pink or white ‘ bell’  blooms in spring, which turn into yummy blue summer berries.

Some even have great autumn color, with a full spectrum of yellow, orange and red. All can be planted in the veggie garden or used in the landscape. All this and the bonus of luscious fruit loaded with anti-oxidants! Since they are a permanent addition to the garden, the yields of berries increase each year.

Planting

In our fabulous gardening climate, blueberries can be planted most anywhere from full sun to part sun. Just be sure the location gets at least a half a day of good sunlight. Since they are long lived, it is a wise idea to amend the soil properly when planting. A wide, fairly shallow planting hole, backfilled with half Master Nursery Planting Mix and half our native soil along with a dollop of Master Start fertilizer would be great. After planting, mulch with a bit of additional Planting Mix to help with moisture retention. Planting distance can be up to 5 feet apart or as close as 3 feet for a hedge effect. Or, intersperse them throughout the garden. Blueberries easily adapt to containers and to make it even easier, you can use Master Nursery Planting Mix straight from the bag. You could even add flowers and herbs to the container for a beautiful effect.

Blueberries are ornamental, too

Care

It’s so easy! The new blueberries are low maintenance, vigorous plants. They like routine water like your other garden plants and monthly feeding March through October with our Camellia Azalea food or our veggie food. Your berries will produce more and bigger fruit with a bit of winter pruning. First remove any dead wood, then thin out about a third of what remains. As the plant grows older, you can select six or so main erect branches to form its permanent structure.

Selection

We select and prefer the southern highbush varieties as they are particularly suitable for us. They love the warm days as well as the cool ones and thrive in our mild winters. Three plants are about the minimum for a family but there are, of course, no limits. Blueberries are self pollinating. So, if you remember 7th grade science, that means you only need one plant to get some fruit. However, the more the merrier in the world of the birds and bees. In fact, the fruit will be much more prolific if you plant two or more varieties. Also, by mixing varieties you can easily extend your harvest. Some of our favorites (but we love them all)…

 

Jubilee: Fruits early, nice and upright
Misty: Fruits very early with lots of berries
O’Neal: Another very early variety
Sharpblue: Fruits early to mid season and great to extend the season. Fast grower with big berries.
Star: Fruits early with large berries
Sunshine Blue: Mid season, a more compact plant and evergreen.

Plus others, of course, and please feel free to ask us any questions about blueberries or other parts of your garden. At least in the garden, we want you happy, healthy and successful.

 

Fragrant Gardenias

BillieIt’s the best time for gardenias- the flowers are loving this weather….

I’ve always thought of the gardenia as the southern belle in my garden, loving the warm nights and summer heat so prevalent in the south. Visions of a flower-filled courtyard in the moonlight, a heady fragrance in the evening air. A lovely lady wearing one in her hair. A gentlemen’s boutonniere.039

These glossy evergreen shrubs are happy to grow here in our climate. A few things about gardenias worth mention:

-Get the grafted ones. They were originally developed for nematode resistance in the southern states, but it was discovered that grafted plants will utilize nutrients more efficiently, making them greener, more floriferous and vigorous.

– Food. Give them acid fertilizer regularly and you will be rewarded with many more flowers. Liquid food every 2 weeks, or granular monthly is best during the growing season (March – October).

– Plant them with acidic Planting Mix. It has great drainage, right out of the bag. Use it straight in containers, or mixed 50/50 with your native soil in the ground. While you’re at it, throw in your first dose of fertilizer.

-Flowers are most prolific when the nights are warm, so pick a nice warm spot. I like to put them near a walkwaya-gardenia-in-the-nursery2-300x273 or window to best enjoy the wonderful fragrance. And yes, I bring the flowers inside- how could you not?

We like to stock these plants most of the year, but now is the best time to see them in bloom. Once you smell those flowers….comea handfull on by to see what I mean. Our staff is ready to tell you more if you have any questions.

 

 

Exotic Clematis

The vine of the times right now is clematis. Our customers are really snatching these up!

Winding, twining, lacy tendrils adorned with masses of tropical-looking flowers. Clematis is one vine that gets noticed…..

We love the look of this when it’s allowed to clamber up through climbing roses, creating a bouquet effect with the two types of flowers blooming together. Try it spilling out of a hanging basket, where it can mound, cascade and wind upward all at once. Use it to fill up sections of chainlink fence for a spectacular ‘living wall’ of color, or guide it up a post for a fountain effect. Add even more ‘wow’ when you blend several colors and styles in the same area.

 

Grow clematis anywhere that you’ve got some sun. It’s happy in the ground or in containers, especially when there’s something planted beneath that will keep the roots nice and cool. The only maintenance it generally requires is once a year pruning; some types don’t even need that. Provide the usual good drainage (as with most things you plant).

 

There are so many kinds available, most with large flowers- some can get 10″ across! We’ve got lots in stock right now, setting flowerbuds and ready to climb. Come check ’em out!

 

 

 

A List of 2017 Roses- In Stock Now!

Our 2017 roses are all planted! We only offer top notch, grade #1 roses, potted into 5 gallon cans with premium soil. Feel free to call or stop by and make your choices now for the best selection of the season:

 

 

Abbaye

Abbaye de Cluny’  hybrid tea

about face‘About Face’ grandiflora

 

adobe_sunrise_web_0‘Adobe Sunrise’ floribunda

 

all a twitter‘All A’Twitter’ miniature

bush and 18” tree

 

all my loving‘All My Loving’ hybrid tea

 

 

the-alnwick-rose

‘The Alnwick Rose’ English

 

 

altissimo II‘Altissimo’ climbing

always and forever‘Always and Forever’ hybrid tea

 

america‘America’ climbing

angel face‘Angel Face’ floribunda

bush and 24” tree

Anna's Promise‘Anna’s Promise’ grandiflora

 

 

barbra streisand‘Barbra Streisand’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

baronne‘Baronne de Rothschild’ hybrid tea

 

 

 belindas-dream‘Belinda’s Dream’ floribunda

 

 

bella roma‘Bella’Roma’ hybrid tea

 

 

betty boop‘Betty Boop’ floribunda

 

bewitched‘Bewitched’ hybrid tea

‘Blaze’ climber

bolero‘Bolero’ floribunda

bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

 

bonica‘Bonica’ shrub

‘Boscobel’boscobel English

 

brandy‘Brandy’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

brilliant pink iceberg‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg’ floribunda

24″ & 36” tree

 

 

two-fer-brilliant-pink-iceberg-iceberg

‘Brilliant Pink Iceberg & Iceberg

36″ two-fer tree only

 

two-fer-burgubdy-iceberg-iceberg

‘Burgundy Iceberg & Iceberg’

36″ two-fer tree only

 

candyland‘Candy Land’ climbing

cecille‘Cecile Brunner’ climbing

 

cherry parfait‘Cherry Parfait’ hybrid tea

chicago peace‘Chicago Peace’ hybrid tea

 

chihuly‘Chihuly’ floribunda

 

 

childrens-hope

‘Children’s Hope’ shrub

 

 

china doll‘China Doll’ floribunda
36” tree only

 

chris evert‘Chris Evert’ hybrid tea

chrysler‘Chrysler Imperial’ hybrid tea

cinco de mayo‘Cinco de Mayo’ floribunda

 

Cloud 10‘Cloud 10’ climbing

 

coffee bean‘Coffee Bean’ miniature

colorific‘Colorific’ floribunda
bush and 36” tree

 

 

coretta scott king‘Crescendo’ hybrid tea

 

 

crimson bouquet‘Crimson Bouquet’ grandiflora

'daddy's little girl'‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ miniature

 18” tree only

dark night‘Dark Night’ hybrid tea

 

dee-lish‘Dee-lish’ hybrid tea

 

dick clark‘Dick Clark’ grandiflora

 

distant drums‘Distant Drums’ shrub

 

dolly parton‘Dolly Parton’ hybrid tea

 

don juan‘Don Juan’ climbing

 

doris day‘Doris Day’ floribunda

bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

 

 

double delight II‘Double Delight’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

 

 

dream come true‘Dream Come True’ grandiflora

 

drop dead‘Drop Dead Red’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

 

easy does it‘Easy Does It’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

 

easy goin'-easy livin'‘Easy Going/Livin’ Easy’

36” two-fer tree only

easy-to-please

‘Easy to Please’ floribunda

 

ebb tide‘Ebb Tide’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

 

ebb tide-julia child‘Ebb Tide/Julia Child’

36” two-fer tree only

 

eden climber II‘Eden Climber’ climbing

 

edith's

‘Edith’s Darling’ shrub

 

 

elle‘Elle’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

 

 

‘Elina’ hybrid tea

 

falling in love‘Falling in Love’ hybrid tea

 

 

fallstaff

  ‘Fallstaff’ English

 

 

firefighter‘Firefighter’ hybrid tea

 

fire n ice‘Fire N Ice’ hybrid tea

 

first prize II‘First Prize’ hybrid tea

 

Fourth of July up close‘Fourth of July’ climbing

 

fragrant cloud‘Fragrant Cloud’ hybrid tea

 

fragrant plum‘Fragrant Plum’ grandiflora

 

francis‘Francis Meilland’ hybrid tea

 

french lace‘French Lace’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

 

 

 

fruity-petals

‘Fruity Petals’ climbing

Gemini

‘Gemini’ hybrid tea

 

the generous gardener‘The Generous Gardener’ English

 

gentle giant‘Gentle Giant’ hybrid tea

 

gertrude jekyll‘Gertrude Jekyll’ English

 

gina‘Gina Lollobrigida’ hybrid tea

 

gingersnap‘Gingersnap’ floribunda

 

 

girl's night out‘Girl’s Night Out’ hybrid tea

 

 

golden celebration‘Golden Celebration’ English

 

golden showers‘Golden Showers’ climbing

gold medal‘Gold Medal’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

good as gold‘Good as Gold’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

gourmet‘Gourmet Popcorn’ shrublet

graham thomas‘Graham Thomas’ English

grande dame‘Grande Dame’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

 

 

happy go lucky‘Happy Go Lucky’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

 

 

heirloom‘Heirloom’ hybrid tea

henry fonda‘Henry Fonda’ hybrid tea

heritage‘Heritage’ English

honor‘Honor’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

hot cocoa‘Hot Cocoa’ floribunda

 

 

 

Iceberg‘Iceberg’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree, 36” tree and climbing

 

 

icecap‘Icecap’ shrub

ingrid‘Ingrid Bergman’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

ink spots‘Ink Spots’ hybrid tea

 

 

 

intrigue‘Intrigue’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree

 

jfk‘John F. Kennedy’ hybrid tea

 

 

joseph's‘Joseph’s Coat’ climbing

julia‘Julia Child’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree

 

julio_iglesias_web‘Julio Iglesias’ floribunda

joey‘Just Joey’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

ketchup‘Ketchup and Mustard’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree

 

 

 

lady emma hamilton‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ English

the-lady-gardener

‘The Lady Gardener’ English

 

 

lasting love‘Lasting Love’ hybrid tea

 

 

livin easy‘Livin’ Easy’ 24” tree floribunda
36” tree

liv‘Liv Tyler’ hybrid tea

love‘Love’ grandiflora

love & peace‘Love & Peace’ hybrid tea

love song‘Love Song’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree

 

mardi gras‘Mardi Gras’ floribunda

marilyn‘Marilyn Monroe’ hybrid tea

melody parfumee‘Melody Parfumee’ grandiflora

memorial day rose‘Memorial Day’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

midas‘Midas Touch’ hybrid tea

‘Miss Congeniality’ grandiflora

 

mr. lincoln‘Mister Lincoln’ hybrid tea

bush and 36” tree

moonstone‘Moonstone’ hybrid tea

 

Neil Diamond

‘Neil Diamond’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

neptune‘Neptune’ hybrid tea
36” tree

new dawn‘New Dawn’ climbing

night owl‘Night Owl’ climbing

new zealand‘New Zealand’ hybrid tea

oktoberfest‘Octoberfest’ grandiflora

oh my!‘Oh My!’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

olympiad‘Olympiad’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

opening night‘Opening Night hybrid tea

oranges n lemons‘Oranges N Lemons’ shrub

orchid romance‘Orchid Romance’ floribunda

oregold‘Oregold’ hybrid tea

over the moon‘Over The Moon’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pat austin‘Pat Austin’ English

peace‘Peace’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pearly gates‘Pearly Gates’ climbing

perfect moment‘Perfect Moment’ hybrid tea

perfume delight‘Perfume Delight’ hybrid tea

peter mayle‘Peter Mayle’ hybrid tea

 

polynesian-punch‘Polynesian Punch’ floribunda

the poet's wife‘The Poet’s Wife’ English

the pope‘Pope John Paul II’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

pretty_in_pink_eden‘Pretty in Pink Eden’ climbing

pretty lady rose‘Pretty Lady Rose’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

princess alexandra‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ English

 

princess-charlene

‘Princess Charlene de Monaco’ hybrid tea

 

 

pumpkin patch‘Pumpkin Patch’ floribunda
24” tree

purple splash‘Purple Splash’ climbing

purple tiger‘Purple Tiger’ floribunda

queen elizabeth‘Queen Elizabeth’ grandiflora

radiant‘Radiant Perfume’ grandiflora

red eden up close‘Red Eden’ climbing

rio samba‘Rio Samba’ hybrid tea

rock n roll‘Rock & Roll’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

rouge royale‘Rouge Royale’ hybrid tea

_RubyRuby‘Ruby Ruby’ miniature

Sally‘Sally Holmes’ climbing

scentimental‘Scentimental’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

secret‘Secret’ hybrid tea

secret's out‘Secret’s Out’ hybrid tea

sedona‘Sedona’ hybrid tea

sexy rexy‘Sexy Rexy’ floribunda

sheila's‘Sheila’s Perfume’ floribunda

shockwave‘Shockwave’ 24” tree

showbizz‘Showbiz’ 24” tree

silver star‘Silver Star’ grandiflora

sky's the limit‘Sky’s The Limit’ climbing

smokin' hot‘Smokin’ Hot’ hybrid tea

sparkle‘Sparkle & Shine’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

stainless steel‘Stainless Steel’ hybrid tea

sterling‘Sterling Silver’ hybrid tea

st pat‘St. Patrick’ hybrid tea

 

 

 

‘Strawberry Hill’ English strawberry-hill

 

 

strike it rich‘Strike It Rich’ grandiflora

sugar moon‘Sugar Moon’ hybrid tea
bush and 36” tree

sunset celebration II‘Sunset Celebration’ hybrid tea

sunsprite‘Sunsprite’ floribunda
bush, 36” tree and 24” tree

 

 

sunstruck II‘Sunstruck’ hybrid tea

Take_it_Easy‘Take it Easy’
24” tree

teasing-georgia‘Teasing Georgia’ English

tiddly winks‘Tiddly Winks’ miniature

tropical lightning‘Tropical Lightning’ climbing

tropicana‘Tropicana’ hybrid tea

trumpeter‘Trumpeter’ floribunda
bush, 24” tree and 36” tree

 

 

tuscan sun

‘Tuscan Sun’ floribunda

twilight-zone‘Twilight Zone’ grandiflora
bush and 36” tree

valencia‘Valencia’ hybrid tea

 

 

vavoom‘Vavoom’ 24” tree

 

 

 

veteran's‘Veteran’s Honor’ hybrid tea

 

 

 

violet‘Violet’s Pride’ floribunda

bush and 36″ tree

 

voodoo‘Voodoo’ hybrid tea

 

westerland‘Westerland’ climbing

white eden‘White Eden’ climbing

white licorice‘White Licorice’ floribunda
bush and 24” tree

wild blue yonder‘Wild Blue Yonder’ grandiflora

wwII‘WWII Memorial Rose’ hybrid tea

yves‘Yves Piaget’ hybrid tea

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