Poop Happens- and It Happens to be Good for Plants

Let’s tell the stinking truth! Poop happens to be good for plants (and if it doesn’t smell, it doesn’t work). We began to believe in this rich garden ingredient decades ago- dark, pungent Paydirt has been used at King’s for generations because, pure and simple, it makes flowers and vegetables thrive. There are lots of ways to enjoy the benefits:

Use it instead of potting soil to top off last season’s planter boxes. Add a layer a 3-6″ inches thick before you plant practically everything- flowers, perennials, broccoli and other edibles. It is much higher in nutrients, the kind that go directly into making your plants grow and take root. When you go to dig, make sure to mix it thoroughly into the existing soil at the root zone. If you’re planting citrus, trees or larger in-ground stuff, mix it 50/50 with the native soil. Good stuff…..

Sprinkle some Paydirt lightly over newly-sown seeds to help them germinate, dissuade birds from eating them. It will also help to ensure even moisture, and discourage weeds so the seedlings get a chance to take hold. Brew up some potent Paydirt tea, let it steep a bit, then pour it on your garden- your plants will take a nutritious drink and LOVE it! Use it to mulch beneath your trees and roses; it’ll keep the weeds out, water in, while delivering a nitro boost of nutrition.

And yes, it does smell. But only for a little while…..

It is a great time, after all, to plant a whole new round of color and foliage. We’ve got loads of Paydirt ready to go, in addition to several other types of soil for various other projects- houseplants, succulents, etc. (plus winter-blooming shrubs and vines, cool season flowers, camellias and just about anything else you can think to plant). Pop by to get inspired- and get the garden rolling!

 

 

 

 

 

Got Citrus? We do!

'Eureka' lemon tree loaded with fruit

I’ve been collecting citrus trees in my garden these last few years, and I have to admit I’m hooked!

Along with fresh herbs, citrus fruit has become a staple at my house. I keep a large bowl on the table, with lemons, limes, oranges and the occasional grapefruit inevitably outnumbering the other seasonal offerings. Salads, drinks, cooking and baking can always use some fresh juice or zest, and I absolutely relish a good batch of lemon curd now and then…

You can have all kinds citrus in your garden, too. They’re fairly easy to grow, and there are so many different kinds that do well here. The flowers smell phenomenal, plus the ornamental value is nice- glossy,  evergreen leaves create a lush background for the display of fruit.

Planting in containers is just fine (especially with dwarf varieties, since they only top out between 8-12′). You can even graduate in container size as you go, as long as you end up in something about the size of a 1/2 wine barrel. Use Planting Mix straight from the bag, and mix in a nice starter fertilizer (like Masterstart, Surestart). In-ground plantings get started off right when you add plenty of rich compost into the native soil, along with the aforementioned fertilizer. For happy, productive plants, fertilize pretty regularly with citrus food.

Home grown 'Washington Navel' oranges

We carry lots of citrus all through the year, and we make sure to grow the unusual varieties as well as the favorites. Here are a few of the coolest:

Meyer lemons are the tastiest!

‘Meyer’ lemon- there’s a reason these are so popular;  just one taste will tell you why. Full flavored, with a delightful balance between tart and sweet. Ultra productive, too, with year-round fruiting.

‘Bearrs’ (or persian) lime- I call it the ‘Meyer’ of limes. Bigger, juicier, and more flavorful than the kind you’d find at the store, and I must say, this is the tastiest lime I’ve ever tried. Grows better here than any other lime.

young limes

‘Owari Satsuma’ mandarin- hardy and vigorous, with a bushier appearance than other citrus. Plentiful, snack-sized fruit.

For something different, try a few on the more exotic side:

‘Variegated Pink’ lemon- Make pink lemonade! Clear pink flesh inside of green & yellow striped rind, with nice acidity. The foliage is downright gorgeous, with bold cream-colored splashes and bright pink new leaves.

variegated pink lemon leaves

‘Kieffer’ lime- the leaves are used in Asian cooking, as are the small bumpy limes. Deep purple-red new growth is interesting, too.

Calamondon- this is a striking plant in the landscape, with a compact habit and variegated cream and green leaves. The small fruit has a sweet rind and tart pulp, and you eat it whole like a kumquat.

calamondin

You can plant any of these (and many more) right now, so come in and see our selection- there’s a lot to choose from!

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