"It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of a new season". Kate Morton
WINTER STORE HOURS: MONDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS: 9AM - 5PM SUNDAYS: 10 AM - 4 PM
SPRING HOURS BEGIN MARCH 27TH MONDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS: 9 AM-5:30 PM SUNDAYS: 10 AM - 5 PM
The long winter's nap is over. This month, it is time to start your engines and begin once again to work in the yard and garden. The better you prepare now, the more successful you will be when the long, hot days of summer arrive.
Now is the time to replenish and enrich your soil. Unleash the power of your soil by adding organics that recharge the beneficial microbes and mycorrhizae.
These living organisms are not readily available in Great Basin soils and will die out annually in very cold and very hot weather. By adding these beneficials to our native soils the ability of plants to utilize existing minerals and nutrients in the soil is greatly increased.
Plus, in the alkaline conditions that many of us experience, they help keep the pH a little lower - which many plants greatly appreciate.
There has been some more recent research done that indicates use of these beneficial organisms helps with the over all health in the plants immune system and additionally may actually control outbreaks of soil borne pathogens including E.Coli and Lysteria.
Don't forget that we are the local distributor for Full Circle Compost products, which we have available in bulk and in bags. A link is provided by clicking on Full Circle.
In addition, we still have all the soil amendments and seed starting mixes that you are familiar with, including Black Forest Compost, Bumper Crop and Paydirt.
March wouldn't be March without our annual Pruning Workshop on Saturday, March 11, starting at 10 AM. Perhaps you have come before but come for a refresher. This year we will have the Bahco/Snap On Tools Trailer Showroom available, hosted by David Sanchez.
Every type of pruning on every kind of tree and shrub will be discussed. It's free and we will have the coffee on! Dress in layers, because this clinic will be held outdoors with lots of demonstrations by David, Tom Henderson and his crew from Healthy Trees, and our own staff.
Finally, we did want to alert you to the fact that because of the record breaking, unprecedented amount of moisture we received during the winter months, this will provide conditions for the potential of a large cheat grass crop which will begin drying out rapidly by the end of May. This could lead to above normal fire conditions at the start of the early summer fire season.
Expect to see the Borda family flocks grazing the west side of Eagle Valley soon as a means of control for this invasive noxious weed.
Pre-emergence herbicides such as Casoron work best in cold weather, preferably in the fall before weeds start to germinate in the winter. After weeds start to germinate, use Glyphosate products (ie Round-up) when the weather is warm enough (which is daytime temperatures over 60 degrees).
Hand pulling, mowing and disking, and animal grazing are other methods used to "somewhat" gain control.
Cooperative Extension recommends a 4-pronged approach for the homeowner. First, kill existing plants. Second, prevent new cheat grass from producing any seeds. Third, prevent seed germination. Fourth, reseed cheat grass control areas with desirable vegetation.
ATTEND A SEMINAR AND RECEIVE A 15% OFF COUPON FOR UP TO 5 PIECES OF REGULARLY PRICED MERCHANDISE. ALL SEMINARS COST $2.
Seminar, "Get A Jump On Spring", Speaker: David Ruf, 10 AM
Workshop, "Annual Pruning Clinic", Speakers: David Ruf and Tom Henderson, 10 AM
BAHCO/SNAP ON TOOLS Trailer Showroom, Host: David Sanchez, 9 AM - 1 PM
Your lawn needs to breathe, just as we do . We frequently forget that plants, incorporate oxygen into their life cycles, just as we do.
So, whether you're a novice gardener or an experienced one, remember this word: AERATION. Basically, it's poking a hole in your lawn and removing a plug of soil/turf, so that soil that has become compacted is loosened, increasing its nooks and crannies that absorb water, air, and nutrients.
Aeration also stimulates root growth, removes excess thatch, reduces water runoff, and increases the lawn's drought tolerance, all of which improve the overall health of the lawn. Soil compaction causes turf deterioration, and occurs in common situations, such as when we walk on our lawns, and even when we mow them.
The first 2 to 3 inches of soil suffer the most. It is best to aerate in the spring and/or in the fall.
David would rather have you aerate twice a year to remove excess thatch and forgo the use of a thatching machine, which can damage the crown of the grass plants.
Top dress with PAYDIRT OR GYPSUM, or use FULL CIRCLE BOOST. You will need 1 1/2 yds. per 1000 square feet 1/2 " deep for adequate coverage.
This will keep the holes open, which allows for better uptake into the lawn, preventing run off. This is also a great time to overseed your lawn.
If using PAYDIRT OR FULL CIRCLE BOOST there will be enough nutrients in the products that additional fertilization is not necessary until germination and the first cutting has occurred. Additionally, PAYDIRT AND FULL CIRCLE BOOST contain thatch-eating microbes.
Put the seed down before top dressing and then get good seed to soil contact afterwards by using a compost spreader to apply the top dressing.
Now that we've discussed the "why" of aeration, Let's talk about the "how". Greenhouse Garden Center will gladly schedule aerating your lawn - but call for an appointment early at 882-8600 and ask for Robert.
Mason bees are spring bees active late March through the first part of June. They are very active pollinators and arrive on the scene 3 to 4 weeks before honey bees make an appearance. Each mason bee can do the pollinating work of 120 honey bees.
This is because they do not have a queen or hive to support. This is also probably the reason that these bees are not aggressive to humans, pets, or livestock.
They are a solitary species (they do not congregate in hives). Each nest is the work of the solitary female, without the assistance of worker bees.
Each female never lives to see her offspring. While female Mason bees are solitary, they are social - and nesting females attract other females if there are places for them to make nests by each other.
If there are enough holes to go around you may be able to have many females localized and pollinating in your area.
Mason bees belong to a group of bees that are cavity nesters. These type of bees have 3 things in common.
They nest primarily in preexisting cavities. In nature, Mason bees will choose nesting sites such as hollow plant stems or beetle or woodpecker borings in dead wood. They will also nest in Mason bee habitats built specifically for that purpose.
They collect substances such as mud, leaf parts, resin or tiny pebbles to line and seal cells.
The tract of specialized pollen transporting hairs, the scopa, is situated on the underside of the abdomen.
In early spring, the male Mason bees emerge first followed in 5-7 days by the female Mason bees. While the "guys" are waiting for the "girls" to show up they spend their time feeding on flower nectar and frantically hovering around the entrance to the nest.
Male Mason bees will be quite aggressive with each other, jostling to be the bee closest to the nest entrance. For your sake, it is safe to note that they do not carry a stinger.
Female Mason bees only mate once, so that is why the males are so aggressive with each other.
The female Mason bee has the ability to store sperm in a special sac and that will be enough to fertilize her complement of 25-35 eggs. The male Mason bees will die off after 3 to 4 weeks. The female Mason bee will search out empty cavities suitable for nesting sites and begin the work of preparing them for her eggs.
Initially, she will be feeding on only nectar. After the female Mason bee completes her first nest she will start on another one and may make a total of 4 to 5 nests. After a period of 6-8 weeks she dies.
The female Mason bee is a very visual bee. Before she leaves the nest to forage for nectar she must memorize her location using the visual clues surrounding the nest. Once she has a mental map of her immediate and distant surroundings she is ready to forage.
For this reason, when constructing Mason bee habitats nesting sites will be more attractive to the female if they are not perfectly symmetrical.
After she has cleared out the cavity that will be her nest she will start to make mud from her saliva and soil and start to line her nest, beginning in the back of the nest. As she lays her eggs her foraging patterns begin to change. T
he female Mason bee will start to gather pollen in addition to the nectar to provision the individual cells where the eggs are laid. The females are larger and will require more pollen. Female eggs are laid in the nest first, while male eggs are laid closer to the entrance of the nest.
About a week after she lays an egg, it will hatch into a tiny larvae, which will feed only on the egg fluids. After a second moult it will start feeding on the nectar-pollen stores. The larvae will moult 4 to 5 times before spinning a cocoons in July.
Sometime in September, the Mason bee will have matured into an adult inside the cocoon. They will remain in their cocoons until the following spring, when they emerge and cycle begins again.
Stony Creek lamps are now available in our Gift Shop in a variety of shapes and styles. This is an elegant way to gently illuminate a dark corner, a dimly
lit room or as a night light.
Bush cherries from Weeks are now available here at Greenhouse Garden Center. Choose from Romeo, Juliet and Carmine Jewel. These sweet cherries are advertised as super luscious and great for eating and pies. Height ranges to 6.5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide at 5 years. Spring blooms with abundant white and pink flowers. Expect a hardier cherry with decreased disease issues. These are extremely cold hardy.
SEEDLINGERS FERTILIZER FILL-UP FOUNTAIN
Greenhouse Garden Center is offering a fun, new option for those customers that want a ready-to-use liquid fertilizer that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor plants. Purchase the gallon container and get 5 free fill-ups during 2017. Take the worry out of trying to figure out how much of what you need to make up. Let us do it for you.
Dig organic materials into your vegetable and flower gardens for bigger crops and more efficient water use. Paydirt, Bumper Crop and Black Forest Compost are three blended organic mixes that are perfect for flower and vegetable beds.
All of these organic mixes now contain mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungus which will make your plants more drought-tolerant. One bag of any of these organic mixes will be enough for 50 square feet.
We had more moisture this winter but we aren't out of the drought yet - and all plant material will be more stressed starting into this growing season, making trees and shrubs more susceptible to damage caused by insects.
Apply Bonide Tree and Shrub and Insect Control on deciduous trees as well as evergreens to prevent borers, aphids and elm leaf beetles.
This is a once-a-year soil drench application that eliminates the use of repeat sprayings with insecticides throughout the growing season.
Apply Bayer Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable insect Control to fruit trees and vegetable gardens for annual insect control.
Greenhouse Garden Center has received better pricing this year and is happy to pass that savings on to our valued customers.
New this year is the Ferti-Lome Tree and Shrub Systemic Soil Drench available in a 2.5 gallon container.
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.
It is time to fertilize your lawn. Dr. Earth Lawn Food is 100% organic and contains beneficial mycorrhizae and microbes.
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.
Apply Casoron early in the month, if you haven't done so yet. Casoron does not control weeds that are already up.
Start planting cool-season crops in the garden. Carrots, peas, onions, cabbage and lettuce are some early-season favorites. For a complete list of cool-season crops, come into Greenhouse Garden Center and we will be happy to give you that handout.
Spray Florel once a week for 3 weeks on the greenish flowers on elms and cottonwood and the red flowers on silver maples. NO SEEDS, NO COTTON AND NO BOXELDER BUGS!
New garden stock is arriving every week. It's time to start to think about landscaping!
Remove 80% of the salt water from the pond for healthy fish and plants. Add fresh water slowly over a 2 week period.
What You'll Need:
2 cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
1 small can black olives, drained and finely chopped
2 celery ribs, diced small
1/2 yellow onion, diced small
3 red radishes, thinly sliced and halved
2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish (can be found in the chilled condiment section of grocery store if you don't grow your own)
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
Step by Step:
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except bread.
Chill covered for at least 2 hours.
Spread mixture on bread, add a slice on top, and enjoy a delicious twist on a tuna salad favorite.
Notes: To make a tuna melt, add one slice of cheese and a tomato slice to the sandwich, and grill three minutes on each side on med-high heat in a well buttered skillet! Can also be made with salmon instead of tuna.