"Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them." -
Vincent A. Simeone
MONDAY-SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 5:00 pm
SUNDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hey, we are open starting January 7th, with our regular winter business hours. We are celebrating 41 years in business at the same location this year. Check out the 2016 Calendar Of Events schedule on our web site, www.greenhousegardencenter.com for a full schedule of classes, workshops, events and sales for the coming year.
We try to offer a variety of options to make sure that we have something that will appeal to everyone. Keep in mind that our schedule is always a work in progress. We are always happy to receive input from our customers and always interested in promoting our local gardeners.
If you have a gardening or related topic you wish to submit for publication in our email newsletter or if you wish to offer a seminar, contact us here at Greenhouse Garden Center. We can be reached at 775-882-8600 or just stop by the nursery. David, Julie and the staff are looking forward to a great gardening year, seeing old friends and making new ones.
We still have a few openings left for our Landscape Design Workshop for the Homeowner on Jan. 23rd and 24th. David offers this weekend workshop only once a year in January and the class size is limited to 16. If you are planning to do any landscaping either to change existing landscape or to add new landscaping, or if you are new to the area and plan to do some changes to your property down the road; this is a workshop well worth attending.
The cost is $125.00/person or $175.00/couple which includes breakfast snacks, lunch and classroom material for both days. David will be covering all aspects of landscaping including installing irrigation, grading, plant selection, maintenance options and a "to scale" landscape plan. Attendees also get the benefit of a private consultation with David to finalize your"to scale" landscape plan and make necessary adjustments. Call for further information and to make reservations at 775-882-8600.
JANUARY 7: HEY, WE ARE OPEN
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
ATTEND A SEMINAR AND RECEIVE A 15% OFF COUPON FOR UP TO 5 PIECES OF REGULARLY PRICED MERCHANDISE. ALL SEMINARS COST $2.
Workshop, "Easy Gourmet Sprouting, Speaker - David Ruf", 1 PM. $10 fee includes sprout seeds and sprouting jar; Reservations Required.
Landscape Design for The Homeowner Workshop, Pre-Reservation, Cost: $125.00/person or $175.00/couple, Speaker - David Ruf
Session 1: 10 AM - 12 PM
Lunch: 12 PM - 12:45 PM
Session 2: 12:45 PM - 3 PM
Houseplant Hospital - All Day, Bring in your troubled houseplants, we will diagnose, show you how to treat, help with transplanting, and answer all of your houseplant questions. If it is below freezing, this houseplant hospital event will be rescheduled.
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
IINSTRUCTOR: 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 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.
CHANDLER WALNUT TREE
W.H. Chandler, Professor of Pomology at U.C. Davis, introduced the Chandler walnut tree in 1979. Today it is the most common variety of walnut grown in California. This tree is zoned 5-8 and has a chill time of 700 hours, which means it blooms late. That is great for Northern Nevada, where we are susceptible to mid-spring killing frosts.
The first ten years, don't expect much of a walnut crop but do enjoy the shade provided by this tree.
The Chandler walnut is a good choice for home orchards, as it bears on lateral buds instead of just terminals.
It has an upright growth habit and will achieve about 40 feet in height at maturity. Tips borers have become a problem in Northern Nevada but there are products on the market that are effective in combatting these insects. The walnut tree in general is not a drought tolerant tree, so increased summer watering may be necessary.
BLOOMERANG PINK PERFUME LILAC
Finally, a pink reblooming lilac. This latest addition to the Bloomerang series has the same multi-season flower show - only this time in pink. The fragrant blooms will delight gardeners in the spring and then again from midsummer to fall. Expect to have a medium sized shrub between 4-6 feet that likes full sun to part shade. Lilacs do very well in Northern Nevada and thrive in our poor soil conditions.
HIBISCUS FRENCH CABERET
French Caberet Rose of Sharon shrub is a stunner, brought to the U.S. as first in a series of doubles from French breeder Corinne Liquire at Minier Nursery in France.
French Caberet blooms profusely from July to October with double flowers as large pompoms, resembling those of double carnations or the "Petticoats of the dancers in Parisian cabarets", hence the name.
The dark pink flower buds open to a delicate blush pink with shades of white. They are easy to grow, drought tolerant and handle our poor soil conditions. French Caberet is a larger shrub, growing 5-8 feet tall and spreading 4-7 feet.
Savvy chefs and foodies have long known the trendy use of micro-greens adds a burst of color and flavor to your kitchen as a garnish or an actual part of the recipe.
The nice thing about micro-greens is that anyone can grow them easily in any season of the year and a lot less expensively then buying them at a specialty food store. Micro-greens are different from sprouts. Micro-greens are the edible young leaves of green leafy vegetables or herbs harvested when they are a couple of inches tall and include the stem, cotyledons and first set of true leaves. They are grown in soil. Sprouts are germinated seeds eaten root, seed and shoot and are grown in water.
1. BUY ORGANIC SEEDS: Decide what you want to grow. Choices may include but not restricted to the following: Alfalfa, Arugula, Basil, Beet, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Clover, Collards, Cress, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Radish, Sunflower or Turnip.
2. PRE-SOAK THE SEEDS IF NECESSARY: Some micro-green seeds should be soaked overnight prior to sowing. If you notice seed clumps after soaking, dry the seeds with a paper towel prior to planting. This is because some seeds are mucilaginous seeds which means they produce a gel sack around themselves when they come into contact with water.
3. FILL A CONTAINER WITH ORGANIC POTTING SOIL: Leave about 1/2 inch of space from the top of the soil to the rim of the container.
4. SOW THE SEEDS: Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the surface of the soil. Sprinkle a fine layer of organic potting soil over the top of the seeds and press lightly.
5. SELECT A SUNNY SPOT: If there is only indirect light or you live in an area with a lot of clouds a plant light may be required.
6. KEEP THE SOIL MOIST: A squirt bottle with fresh, clean water works well. The soil should be kept moist but not soaked.
7. HARVEST AND EAT YOUR MICRO-GREENS: Most micro-greens may be harvested when they are about 2" tall, usually 1-2 weeks after sowing. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the greens above the soil surface. Once you have harvested the crop toss the contents and start again. Cutting micro-greens a second time is not successful. Enjoy!
Winter bird feeding is an enjoyable pastime and adds a delightful dimension to the winter garden. With some easy tips first-time birdwatchers and expert backyard birders can maximize bird watching pleasure.
In the winter, the most important resource is water. All birds prefer running water, so if you have a waterfall or fountain which runs all winter your popularity is guaranteed. Any water source, such as a bird bath, will work just fine. A bird bath de-icer is a must in Northern Nevada to keep the water from freezing. Here at Greenhouse Garden Center we have a variety of bird bath de-icers which feature built-in low-watt heaters for economical use, while being safe for all birds.
We also have a variety of bird food with high fat or oil content that will provide a lot of energy for winter survival. The best choices are black oil sun flower seed, hulled peanuts, niger seed, suet and peanut butter. Avoid bird food mixes which include wheat, millet and corn as ingredients. Store bird food in a container that can be sealed to maintain freshness and is watertight. Be sure to locate bird houses and feeders in protected locations and near plant material that birds can use for cover from predators.
Make sure that you provide fresh water for the birds. A bird bath de-icer will keep the water from freezing. Provide a variety of bird food high in fat such as black oil sunflower seeds, niger seed, suet hulled peanuts and peanut butter.
Apply Cloud Cover one time this month to all broadleaf evergreens to prevent tip burn and loss of moisture through the leaves caused by Northern Nevada's cold, drying winds
Reserve Mason Bees now. They are early pollinators, which start pollinating long before honeybees come out of hibernation. A limited supply will be arriving mid-March.
Remove 80% of the salt water from the pond for healthy fish and plants. Add fresh water slowly over a 2 week period.
There is still time to spray dormant oil and lime sulfur fungicide on fruit trees and roses to suffocate over-wintering insects and control disease.
Continue to apply Kaput Rat & Mouse Bait to control voles, if you have noticed runways in your turf or live near an open field.
Start Cool Season Crops indoors. When March arrives, they will be ready to transplant outdoors. Come into Greenhouse Garden Center and we will be happy to give you a Cool Season Crop handout.
Water all trees and shrubs one time this month if Northern Nevada does not get measurable precipitation. Pick a day that is warmer and plan to water in the middle of the day.
The best selection of 2016 vegetable and flower seeds is now. Select from our Botanical Interest and Burpee seed lines. There are many organic and heirloom varieties to choose from.
Start your 2016 Garden Diary. Be sure to note daily high and low temperatures and weather conditions. As the season progresses, note when tree, shrubs and perennials blossom, bulbs come up and blossom and when and what you plant and when you harvest.
What You'll Need:
5 medium yellow squashes
1 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
Step by Step:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
Slice yellow squash in thin rounds [be certain to discard both ends].
Place squash in boiling water for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
Remove squash from water, drain in a colander.
In a baking dish, mash squash with a potato masher.
Fold in grated cheese, butter, salt and pepper.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until brown and bubbly on top.