"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." Audrey Hepburn
AUGUST BUSINESS HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 9 AM - 5:30 PM SUNDAY 10 AM - 5 PM
The dog days of summer have arrived and for many gardeners it is all about
maintenance. The bugs are always bad at this time of year and the damage they do is
very apparent in the damage we see to the plant material we are shepherding through the
long, dry days of August.
The results of the time and effort you put in this spring
become more crucial to the overall health and viability of your plants now. If you are
discouraged with the gardening results you are seeing now, use this information as a
learning curve to achieve better results for next year.
Many avid gardeners keep a garden diary from year to year. A calendar makes a great diary. Add the daily high and low temperatures, weather conditions, and what is being done when. Record when
perennials bloom, harvesting begins, successes and failures. Pictures are nice.
too early or late to start a gardening diary. In December and January, when it is time for
a long winter's rest, bring out your diary and use it as a template for planning the new
August is very dear to our hearts here at Greenhouse Garden Center. This will be the
12th consecutive year of Art At The Greenhouse. We have over 40 artists booked this
year, with an amazing variety of talent on display.
Jakki Ford, jazz stylist, will be joining
us again this year as a part of Carson City Jazz and Beyond festivities. The Carson High
School Band Boosters will be selling refreshments including hot dogs, snacks, and soft
drinks as a fundraiser for the coming school year.
Come join us on Saturday, August
15th, between 10 AM and 3 PM, and support our local artists and the CHS Music
MAKE A PURCHASE AND COLLECT HARVEST BUCKS REDEEM HARVEST BUCKS 9-12 THROUGH 10-10
BUSINESS HOURS CHANGE - OPEN 9 AM - 5:30 PM,
SUNDAYS 10 AM - 5 PM
Seminar, "Gift Shop Presents Fall Wreaths and Seasonal Decorating",
Speakers-Nancy Bergan and Tiffany Wickham, 6 PM - 8 PM,
$40 FEE AND RESERVATIONS
ART AT THE GREENHOUSE, 10 AM TO 3 PM
FULL MOON MADNESS SALE - NURSERY-WIDE - LIMITED TO
STOCK ON HAND, 8 AM TO 7 PM
JOIN OUR RECYCLING CLUB. BRING BACK YOUR USED BLACK POTS
AND ENTER TO WIN A MONTHLY DRAWING FOR A $25 GIFT
Before and after pictures of a rock garden/xeriscape designed and landscaped by Greenhouse Garden Center Landscape Division.
Landscaping serves two main goals, to increase the marketability of the property and to
enhance the looks of a particular piece of property.
This can be done through the use of
plants, fencing, lighting, water features, walkways and terracing with retaining walls.
Different landscaping techniques that include rocks can also cut down on blowing dirt,
aid in weed suppression, work on erosion control, act as a fire barrier, and generally
improve the quality of soil where the addition of plants are used.
Rocks have become a
popular, low-maintenance and inexpensive choice for the homeowner to incorporate into
the landscape. Rocks can be used to highlight an interesting spot or special plant, divert
water, define a pathway and to hide flaws in the landscape.
Best of all, rocks come in a
large variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
Rocks may be used in virtually every application in a landscape.
Accent Boulders: A large boulder can be used as a focal point in your garden. Choose one with an unusual shape or color. Bury the bottom third of the rock for a more natural
effect. Plantings, pebbles, or gravel soften the look of the boulder.
Ground Cover: Landscaping rocks ranging in size from 1/4" to 1-1/4" are among the best options for ground cover. Ground cover rocks are available in different colors. With the addition of a pre-emergent during the dormant season, applied over the top and
watered in, weeds shouldn't ever be an issue.
Flower Bed Border: Rocks can be a good option for natural edging material to define vegetable or flower gardens. Different types of rocks can be used for this purpose.
Walkways: DG (crushed granite) works well,and by spreading it at least 2" deep, creates an effective weed barrier. Other options include stepping stones. In the spaces
between the stepping stones fill in the gaps with smaller rocks or gravel or use ground
cover plant material.
Pond Border: Rocks are excellent as an edging material for the garden pond. Rocks hide the edges of the pond liner. Mortar may be used to hold rocks in place.
Waterfalls and Dry Stream Beds: Flat rocks in the spillway will create as cascading effect. Collect stones of different shapes and sizes to create a natural feel. Pond foam
may be used to seal cracks. In a dry stream bed incorporate some twists and turns so the
flow of rocks will more closely mimic water.
Rock Garden Plants: Not just any plants are suited to rock gardens. Rock gardens tend to share certain
characteristics with xeriscaping that make plant selection important. The following
characteristics should be considered: drought resistant, a need for good drainage, and a
compact growth habit. Group plants with similar growing requirements together.
Over 200 species of whiteflies cause problems. Like aphids (their close relatives), they're sap feeders, sucking plant juices from leaf undersides. The adults, which look like tiny white moths, fly up in a cloud when disturbed. Some of the nymph stages resemble scale insects. Whiteflies are found year around in warm climates; in colder regions, you'll see them only during summer. Warm, still air is the perfect nvironment for whiteflies, making greenhouses a favored haunt.
Target: Many plants
Damage: Heavily infested plants lose vigor and may turn yellow. Some adult
whiteflies transmit viruses.
Life Cycle: Adults lay minuscule eggs on leaf undersides. Yellowish nymphs hatch out and begin to feed: they lose their antennae and legs in the first molt, after which they're
immobile throughout the remaining nymph stages. All adults are winged, but only the
females develop legs. There are many overlapping generations each year.
Control: Organic controls include Neem oil, yellow sticky traps and pyrethrins.
Dormant Oil can help control overwintering insects and eggs. Other non-organic
controls include Annual Systemic Tree and Shrub, malathion, and Eight.
Pick off heavily infested leaves and destroy them.
Use nitrogen fertilizers sparingly -the insects reproduce faster under high-nitrogen conditions.
Art Hearts are a curated collection of limited edition sculpted hearts. Each unique design was created
by one of many contributing artists. Art Hearts are designed to either hang from the tasseled cord or by
using the decorative key, which also functions as a stand. Look on the back of each limited edition
heart to find the name of the artist whose work is featured.
Art Hearts are available in our award-winning gift shop.
HEAVY METAL BLUE SWITCH GRASS Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Monrovia has done it again! Stiff metallic blue blades distinguish this handsome perennial grass from other grasses. It retains upright, vertical form without flopping.
Airy pink-tinged panicles appear mid summer. Ageing seed heads persist into the winter
providing visual interest and food for birds.
Bright yellow fall foliage provides and
excellent accent. This grass will get 3' tall and 2'-3' wide. In addition, Greenhouse< Garden Center also stocks two other varieties of switch grass, Shenandoah and North Woods.
Julie has done a wonderful job of keeping our fairy/miniature garden department stocked with unusual,
delightful and whimsical accessories. These stump houses just arrived. You can find accessories
featuring holidays, camping, farming...or create your own vignette from the many accessories available.
Reapply Biodefend Snake Repellent With Extendex or Liquid Fence Snake Repellent at the beginning of the month. Both products are environmentally safe, easy to use, long lasting and will not harm lawns or vegetation.
Test your pond water every month through the summer with Microbe-lift 5-in-1 Test Strips, closely monitoring the alkalinity and pH. Rising temperatures cause high amounts of evaporation. Carefully add Pondcare pH Down, so as not to shock the fish in a rapid adjustment period.
Fertilize water lilies every month with Jobes Organic Fertilizer Spikes. Reduce string algae by using a larger pump to move more water.
Plant cool season vegetables for fall harvesting.
Apply Casoron now to control fall grasses, if you have not used Casoron twice before.
Boxelder bugs (black with an orange X on the back) love to eat the seeds of boxelders, silver maples, and other soft-wood maples. These pests can be controlled now by spraying with Sevin. Use Florel in the spring, when the trees are blooming, to prevent seed germination.
Fertilize the lawn, after the 15th, using Dr. Earth Lawn Food or Master Nursery Mastergreen Lawn Food. Fertilize the garden again, too!
Continue hosing down all of your needled evergreens with a strong stream of water to help control spider mites. Remember, not all insecticides are miticides. Check your labels carefully to make sure mites are listed before treating for spider mites. Neem Oil is a good all-purpose insecticide, miticide and fungicide - and it's organic, too!
Divide and replant any iris beds that are older than 3 years. Greenhouse Garden Center sells over 15 varieties of irises in a variety of colors.
The battle with earwigs is in full swing now. Sluggo is an organic bait that can be used to control them. If your plants are getting chewed alive, use Sluggo and traps as well.
A simple home-made trap consists of setting out empty tuna cans and filling them with soy sauce, beer, or koolaid. The earwigs will climb in for the liquids and drown.
Do not try to spray any big weeds in dry areas at this time, because they will not absorb much herbicide. Actively growing weeds in the spring and early summer are the easiest to control.
Summer is perfect for grilling! This quick marinade makes flavorful, juicy chicken ready for the grill in less than 30 minutes. Serve with homemade potato salad and grilled vegetables for a great summertime dinner in less than an hour.
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/3 tablespoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon crushed coriander seed
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper or 1/3 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
3 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/3 cup olive or peanut oil
6 chicken breast pieces with ribs
1 zipper-style plastic bag, one-gallon sized
Step by Step:
Open one-gallon size zipper style plastic bag.
Add spices: onion, garlic and chili powders, paprika, ground cumin, crushed coriander seed, salt, and black pepper (or crushed black peppercorns); mix together in plastic bag until well combined.
Add 3 teaspoons liquid smoke to spice mixture and drizzle with olive or peanut oil.
Knead mixture through plastic until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes.
Remove chicken from refrigerator and rinse under cold water, patting dry with paper towels. If chicken breasts are large, cut in half with chef's knife or butcher knife so that pieces are uniform.
Place chicken into zipper style plastic bag. Seal zippered bag and thoroughly toss chicken in marinade until it covers all pieces.
Push air out of the bag and seal, placing into a bowl in the refrigerator (in case bag leaks) and allowing to rest for 15-20 minutes.
Clean rack and turn grill to high, closing cover until grill is hot.
Prepare clean grill rack by oiling lightly or by removing rack with potholders, moving away from fire and spraying with nonstick spray.
Remove chicken from bag and place onto grill breast side down, allowing chicken to sear on both sides over high heat, about 4 minutes per side.
Turn off one burner and transfer seared chicken to this side of grill, cooking over indirect heat and turning often, about 18-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
Yield: 6 servings.
Recipe courtesy of "Cooking for Pleasure" by Jeanine Harsen.