"How silently they tumble down and come to rest upon the ground To lay a carpet, rich and rare, Beneath the trees without a care, Content to sleep, their work well done, Colors gleaming in the sun." Elsie N. Brady
MONDAY - SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
November is a transition month for many Northern Nevadan's. It is too early to put up outdoor Christmas decorations, and seasonal plant material is dormant. Porch pots are the perfect way to enhance your curb appeal and present an autumnal and winter welcome to all who come to visit.
Choose your planter while keeping in mind that a larger container will have more visual appeal. Avoid using terra cotta pots, since they will crack and break during the freeze thaw cycle that we experience each day. Make sure the porch pot is not so large that your guests feel they are walking through the forest to get to the front door.
Live plants (ornamental kale, Alberta Spruce and other compact evergreen shrubs and ornamental grasses), pinecones, evergreen boughs, berry stems, red and yellow dogwood branches, white birch branches, pumpkins and gourds are all good choices.
Look around your yard and see what you might find that would be a great addition to your porch pot. Check with the Forest Service to get a cut greens license when you get your cut Christmas tree tag. Start a new tradition of cutting greens along with your Christmas tree. Check out inspirational ideas at the Pinterest official site and type in Greenhouse Garden Center.
If you have been in to see us in the last few weeks, you will have noticed big changes in the store area. Nancy B., our gift shop manager, and Tiffany, her assistant, have been converting the interior into our annual Christmas Shop, the best in Northern Nevada.
There are 23 themed Christmas trees, dramatic ceiling treatments, unique ornaments, Nativities, and seasonal decor along with many great gift ideas for holiday entertaining and the gardener who has everything!
Greenhouse Garden Center will have our annual Christmas Open House, November 14th and 15th during normal business hours. You are invited to join us for a festive kick-off to the holiday season. Don't forget Greenhouse Garden Center is still a fully stocked and operating plant nursery, and will be able to service all of your gardening needs.
Care like a pro! The Carson City Shade Tree Council is hosting a tree care workshop. Seminars are on November 12, 2015, starting at 7:30 AM in the Sierra Room at the Carson City Community Center. This workshop is suited for anyone who would like to gain some fundamental and advanced knowledge about trees and shrubs.
Be it for managing the landscaping of commercial and residential properties, or improving your home with beneficial plants, you will acquire the tools to make wise decisions about what to plant, where and when, and how to maximize the benefits by giving proper care. Early registration is $45, or $55 at the door. ISA Standard Continuing Certification Credits are included in this fee. For details call 775-887-2262.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Make a purchase and start collecting raffle tickets for a special drawing on DECEMBER 10th.
THANKSGIVING DAY - CLOSED
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT SALE. BUY 4 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND GET THE 5TH ORNAMENT FREE!
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 2015
INSTRUCTOR: David Ruf, Owner of Greenhouse Garden Center DATES: Saturdays and Sunday, 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 homeowner's 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.
Autumn has arrived well into the 4th year of the severe drought that the West is currently experiencing. Try to analyze the news or google El Nino - and it is anyone's guess if this will be the drought buster winter we have been hoping for here in Northern Nevada or if we will be entering our 5th year of extreme drought.
In Great Basin high desert country water has always been our most precious commodity. Plants in your landscape will need water at least once a month in November, December, January and February, because our weather systems often do not provide enough water for your plants to survive and thrive.
Wait to water until later in the morning or early afternoon when the temperature approaches 50 degrees F, so that the water has a better chance of being absorbed into the root system. After you are done watering, don't forget to unhook the hose from the hose bib or drain the irrigation system.
There is still time to winterize your plant material and create a water-wise environment for them to get through this season. Mulch over the top of the soil and the drip irrigation system. Use shredded bark, composted leaves or other composted organic matter. Packaged products like Black Forest Compost, Bumper Crop or Paydirt also work well and are organic. Mulching will help moderate soil temperatures, retain moisture and return nutrients back into the soil.
Mulch at least 1" deep - even better, 3" to 4" deep. Keep mulch 3" to 4" away from the trunks of your trees and a few inches away from the stems of your shrubs.
Your landscape may have already been a considerable investment and obviously impacts the value of your overall property including your home. It can create a positive or negative impression about who lives there. Many factors impact a plants ability to survive a drought including the length of the drought, plant species, and how well the soil holds water and nutrients.
Symptoms of drought stress include wilting, leaf drop, chlorosis, leaf margins that turn brown, stunted new growth, browning and loss of needles on conifers, twig and branch dieback and eventually death. Many woody plants can take up to three years after a drought event begins to display negative long-term effect that they may not be able to recover from. New plantings two years old or less are especially susceptible.
Drought stressed trees can attract insect pests and diseases - including borers, bark beetles and cankers. So when considering the value of mulching and winter watering, keep this in mind!
Rabbits and deer can destroy lawns, trees and shrubs during the winter months. We have many repellents which are effective in controlling this kind of damage by making your yard less appetizing.
Switch out the repellent you are using every month or so, because with time these critters become used to a repellent and it becomes less effective.
Borers come into the yard at this time of year in firewood. These little creatures will live for a year in dead wood and then are able to attack freshly planted pines, spruce, cherry and other stone fruits in the spring. Removal of the bark on the firewood helps eliminate borers. It's time to apply Bonide Systemic Insect Tree And Shrub Control to ash, spiraea, snowball, dogwood and pine trees for early spring control of aphids and borers.
Water all trees and shrubs one time this month. New plantings (less then 2 years old) are especially susceptible to winter damage caused by lack of water. Also, apply Cloud Cover to all broadleaf evergreens. These products are a clear, flexible polymer coating that holds moisture into the plants and reduces stress caused by temperature extremes and dry environment. They can be applied once a month in November, December, January and February.
Bring in or cover your clay and concrete pots, statuary and fountains. Use a sealer to help prolong your investment. Place burlap or other absorbent fabric in the basins that can't be turned over to prevent ice from forming in cracks. Keep a concrete base (ie pavers) or a well-draining base under all concrete items. While you're at it, clean all your tools with rubbing alcohol and rub off rust with steel wool. Oil wood handles. Store your tools in a dry spot protected from winter elements.
Don't prune grapes, sugar maples or birch this month, because of bleeding sap. Only time will stop the flow, so sealing these cuts will not be effective. Prune these plants in April. Now is the time to prune 2 year old wood on raspberries for a bumper crop of berries next year.
Apply Kaput Combo Bait Pellet Packs to control voles and mice. Keep extra packs on hand to replace the empties.
Heavy snows can pull down arborvitaes or upright junipers, so a light pruning and/or tying with thick green tie tape will help prevent winter damage.
Treat your houseplants again with Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control. The insects always seem to be worse in the winter.
Spray fruit trees and roses with Lime Sulfur Spray (dormant disease) and Dormant oil (dormant insects) to kill overwintering insects, eggs and spores.
Start a pot of fragrant paperwhites or an amaryllis so that they will be in their glory during the December holiday season. These also make a great hostess gift. Pre-order your Christmas tree now for delivery anytime after Thanksgiving. Don't forget to check our Christmas shop and plan to attend our Christmas Open House on November 14th and 15th.
What You'll Need:
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup peanut butter
Step by Step:
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla; gradually add the oats.
Press into a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until edges are brown.
Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, for topping, melt all chips and peanut butter in a microwave or saucepan.
Stir until blended; spread over warm bar mixture.
Cool completely; refrigerate for 2-3 hours before cutting.