"By all the lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumns best of cheer." Helen Hunt Jackson
STARTING SEPT. 14, NEW FALL AND WINTER HOURS
MONDAY-SATURDAY 9 AM TO 5 PM
SUNDAYS 10 AM - 4 PM
Technically we are still in summer until September 23rd, when autumn officially arrives. This month, the daytime temperatures should drop 10-15 degrees and the morning lows will dip into the 40's.
Don't expect a hard freeze here in the valleys but up in the mountains a hard freeze is very possible. Start cutting back on the watering and plan by the end of the month to be watering established plants and lawn once a week.
Fall gardening in Northern Nevada is especially gratifying and many gardeners think it is absolutely the best time to plant ornamental trees, shrubs and fruit trees.
On September 27th we will be having our final Full Moon Madness sale from 8 AM - 6 PM. It's time to plant onion sets and garlic for harvesting next summer. Peas, Lettuce, spinach and radishes can once again be planted and enjoyed through October.
This fall, let us help you plan a bulb garden for a spectacular spring display of color. The best selection of spring bulbs and iris rhizomes is in September. Wait to plant your bulbs until the end of October, because it is usually too warm to plant them sooner. While you are still enjoying your summer vegetable garden know that there is still a lot of gardening time left in September and October.
We had a wonderful time at our annual Art At The Greenhouse event on August 15th. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Jakki Ford's vocal performance set the mood and the Carson High Band Boosters filled out stomachs.
The quality of work the the 44 artists brought to this event was amazing. The public has voted for their favorite artists and the winners are: Deborah Foster - 1st place, Kathleen Stemler - 2nd place, and Robin Travis - 3rd place. Join us again next August, when we will be celebrating our 13th Annual Art At The Greenhouse.
POTTERY, FOUNTAINS AND STATUES - 20-50% OFF ORNAMENTAL CABBAGE & KALE TUESDAYS - Tuesdays Only - BUY 4 CABBAGE OR KALE (ANY SIZE) - GET THE 5TH PLANT FREE
Seminar, "All About Composting ", Speaker - David Ruf, 10 AM
FALL AND WINTER HOURS BEGIN, 9AM-5 PM, SUNDAYS 10 AM-4 PM
Seminar, "Fall Bulbs For Spring Color", Speaker - David Ruf, 10 AM
Seminar, " Winterizing Your Pond", Speaker - David Ruf, 10 AM
FULL MOON MADNESS SALE - NURSERY WIDE - LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND, 8 AM - 6 PM
DAVID AND JULIE ARE GOING TO MARKET. CALL AND RESERVE MASON BEES NOW FOR NEXT SPRING DELIVERY. AFTER NOVEMBER THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.
THE TIME IS HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR OUR ANNUAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR THE HOMEOWNER WORKSHOP. THIS WEEKEND WORKSHOP IS ONLY OFFERED ONCE A YEAR, AND IS LIMITED TO 16 PARTICIPANTS. IT FILLS UP FAST.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN WORKSHOP 2016
INSTRUCTOR: David Ruf, Owner, Greenhouse Garden Center DATES: Saturdays, Jan. 23 & 24 and Session 5 by appointment TIME: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Sessions 1 through 4) COST: $125.00/person or $175.00/couple - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
(class size limited to 16) WOW: Any person attending the workshop will receive 15% off any landscape plants purchased during the 2016 season. Lunch will be provided on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. All classroom materials will be provided.
SESSION 1: January 23 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This session will begin with landscape design decisions. The discussion will consider each homeowner's special circumstances and will include new landscape construction as well as renovating existing landscaped areas. Discussion and review of garden styles, home styles and existing landscape considerations specific to the individual homeowner's life style, home style and color - and general likes and dislikes will be identified. The homeowner should be prepared with square footage of the area and
photographs of the property.
LUNCH BREAK - 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
SESSION 2: January 23 - 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm
This session will involve helping each homeowner develop a site plan. Topics will include site location, exposure, slopes, grading and drainage issues, irrigation installation and electrical requirements. Each homeowner will receive a Nevada Plant Guide as an aid to making good plant choices. Homework will involve plotting the hardscape on the site plan.
SESSION 3: January 24 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
During this session drip and sprinkler considerations will be customized to each homeowners needs. Also, lawn, soil condition and amendments, fertilizers, plant care and watering issues will be addressed. In addition, hardscape landscaping such as pavers, patios, ponds, lighting, statuary, and benches will be discussed. Homework will involve plotting irrigation lines on the site plan.
LUNCH BREAK - 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
SESSION 4: January 24 - 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm
This session will revolve around tree and plant selection. There will be a tour of the nursery to view various trees and shrubs. In addition there will be pictures of plants in optimal seasonal situations. Decisions on where to place plant species in site plans will be done. Finally a cost analysis will be developed for the homeowner. Homework will involve placement of trees and planting beds on the site plan.
SESSION 5: By Appointment
The final session will be devoted to a review of the homeowner's personal landscape designs. Modifications will be made where necessary. This session will also be used as a catch up session for those homeowners who need additional help.
This is the time of year when we start to bring in the houseplants that have been enjoying the summer in pots on the patio.
We also bring in fungal gnats. Fungal gnats are not generally harmful to humans or plants in their adult form. However, the larval form can engage in harmful chewing of plant roots.
A fungus gnat outbreak can cause quite a headache, but by following proper water management practices and treating these pests once they are found in the soil, they can easily be controlled. Here are a few quick tips to control fungal gnats.
Let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. Adult fungal gnats lay their eggs (150-200 eggs at a time) in the top 1" to 1 1/2" of soil and are attracted to damp soil.
Apply sand to the top of the soil, about 1/2" to 3/4" deep. As the gnats emerge from the soil, the sand cuts them and they die.
Set out yellow sticky traps amongst your houseplants. The adult gnats are attracted to the color yellow.
A biological control called Mosquito Bits works very well in wet conditions or if you are growing hydroponically.
Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control is a granular product that is deadly to the larval form. This product may not be used on edibles but is very effective as a treatment prior to bringing houseplants in for the winter.
Waste not, is the concept behind Mona B. Why make new materials when there are interesting and perfectly usable fabrics that can be re-cycled or up-cycled. We go by the mantra that one persons trash is another persons treasure. Each bag tells a story about the individual journey the material has made traveling from place to place.
They are mostly made of recycled tarps or tents that have been previously used and would otherwise be thrown away. They have been washed to bring new life, which may result in slight color discrepancies. The texture and material variations that are distinctive in recycled and hand crafted products make each bag unique. The story of these materials continues on...and the next chapter is now for you to decide.
The full line of 2016 Botanical Interests seeds are in just in time for fall planting. Talk about shopping early to ensure that you have every seed you could imagine for next seasons garden.
Believe it or not, this is the perfect stocking stuffer for that gardener in your life who is so hard to buy for.
Seven-Son Flower is a large shrub/small tree that is one of the few late summer bloomers that can be enjoyed here in Northern Nevada. The showy, fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
This deciduous shrub tolerates drought-like conditions and salty soils and is USDA zoned for 5 to 9. At maturity, expect it to grow 15-20 ft. high and 8-10 ft. wide.
It has exfoliating bark which provides winter interest. As the flowers fade, deep red lobes will persist well into November.
Now is the time to start to harden off trees, shrubs, flowers and lawn. Stop deadheading and pruning your roses until next April 15th. Hardening off means to gradually reduce the amount of water provided to your plants and lengthening the time between watering.
Depending on temperatures in September, cut watering back to once a week. Your lawn should be getting about 1 inch of water per week total. Keep in mind that new plants will need water more often.
Before bringing your favorite geraniums (or any other plant that can be a winter houseplant) inside, treat plants with Systemic Houseplant Insect Control to prevent indoor insect infestation.
ADVANTAGES OF FALL PLANTING: Warm soil still holds heat from summer, so roots continue to grow. Winter air minimizes top growth, but roots continue to grow.
In spring, top growth begins as root growth continues. Late spring, warm air spurs top growth. The large root system is now able to supply the maximum needs of water and nutrients for well-balanced growth.
Bulbs! Bulbs! Bulbs! Nothing heralds spring with more fervor than crocus, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. While September is too early to plant bulbs, the best selection is now. Most tulips and daffodils perform at their best for 2 years with good fertilization.
After 2 years, most begin to fail, so think about replacing those that look as though the blooms are lacking their original luster. Try a new design or color. Work in organics like Bumper Crop and fertilizer like Dr. Earth Bulb Food whenever possible, because Northern Nevada soils are of poor quality.
Net your pond to keep out unwanted leaves.
Garlic bulbs and Onion Sets arrive in September. They go fast! Purchase them in September but hold off planting until October.
September 15th is the prime target date for seeding the lawn. Because of warm soil, warm water, cool nights and diminishing winds, it is the best time.
The lawn will be thick enough to stop the winter mud from being tracked inside.
Plant ornamental kale and cabbage, pansies, and violas for fall and winter color where summer annuals have begun to look spent. Chase the blahs away even when it snows. Mums are in full swing, so pick up some for you and a friend.
If you haven't planted Cool Season Starter Vegetables, plant them now.
Watch the night-time lows. An early freeze can wipe out ripening tomatoes and peppers.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
Step by Step:
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in banana, milk, orange peel and extracts.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture just until moistened.
Fold in the coconut, nuts and pineapple.
Transfer to a greased 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack