FLOWER FARM & NURSERY NEWS
March 20, 2015

 

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The latest from Amador Flower Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
In this issue:

  • What’s up at the Farm?

  • What’s Blooming?

  • Web Daylily Special

  • Plant of the Month

  • Timely Tip

  • Manager’s Weekly Special

 

What’s up at the Farm?
As we write this, we haven’t had significant rain in more than a month and the talk of severe drought in California overwhelms us. There is rain in our long range forecast for the week after next and we have our fingers and toes crossed hoping it materializes.
 
Our focus for this year, as responsible nursery folks, is to help our local friends navigate the water challenges by re-landscaping with water-wise plants (hooray for daylilies!) and learn how to water in the most efficient way possible. We’re stocking up on succulents and have over 1200 varieties of our specialty, daylilies!
 
A lot of you have told us your water is going to edibles ONLY and we will have a great selection ofvegetable starter plants for you as the weather dictates. We already have some tomatoes in stock for those of you in the warmer parts of our region!

Join the Easter Bunny at the flower farm for the Plymouth Rotary sponsored Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 5th at 1:00pm SHARP. There is no charge for this event and children up to age 13 are welcome to join in the fun! Picnicking is encouraged. We’ll be hereRAIN or SHINE. Bring an umbrella and your galoshes if it’s wet, we’ll have fun! Our calendar is HERE

Save the Date! Our Spring Fling is April 11th and 12th this year.We’ll have all the vegetable starter plants you need on hand for that weekend! We’re also focusing on water-wise and succulents this season. We’ll have demonstrations and garden decor artisans on hand to add to the festivity. There will be free tram rides and we’ll have food available for sale or you can pack a picnic. Come walk the gardens with your camera, take photos and be inspired to make changes in your home garden! 9am-4pm Sat and Sun. No pets please. Our calendar isHERE

Vote for Amador Flower Farm on KCRA’s “A-List”
We’re competing for Best Garden Center! We are daylilies, water-wise and succulent plants, and veggie central here in the foothills and we’d love your support! Vote HERE

What’s Blooming? 
HERE is where you can go to see our most recent updates of the blooms at the farm. Lots of color coming on- even the early daylilies. Visit several times a year to see all that we have for you in the gardens!




Web Only Special
The Early Bird gets FREE Shipping!
 
Last month’s special was extra early blooming daylilies. THIS month we’ll send you these earlyblooming daylilies, the shipping is free, and the kicker is…wait for it…they’re ALL re-bloomers!
 
The collection is 10 daylilies (20 fans) for $49.99, free shipping. Details HERE




Plant of the Month
Let’s Talk Tomatoes!
 
Finally it is tomato time here at the nursery.  We will have over 50 varieties of heirloom/novelty/hybrids in 4” pots.  We'll also have larger sizes of a number of varieties for those of you who like to (or need to) jump-start your garden.

Here’s a quick refresher or “Tomato 101”:
 
Indeterminate
These varieties are vine-like and need to be supported with a stake, cage, or pole.  The blooms and fruit develop progressively and harvests continue for several months (usually until first frost).
 
Determinate
These plants grow shorter, with concentrated fruit set and need little pruning or support. 
 
Disease Resistance
Many hybrid tomatoes have been developed to resist disease and nematodes.  Look for these initials on the plant tag.
 
V   Verticillum
F   Fusarium Wilt
N   Nematode
T   Tobacco Mosaic Virus
 
Consider planting some early, mid-season and late varieties to increase and prolong your harvest.  Up-country gardeners will want to focus on earlier bearing varieties due to their shorter growing season. Are you looking for a specific variety? Give us a call! 209 245-6660


 
Grow Luscious Tomatoes in 7 Easy Steps

  1. Choose the varieties that are best for your area.  In cooler climates select a variety that matures earlier such as “Early Girl”.  If you have had soil borne diseases in the past, select hybrid tomatoes that have a VFNT designation next to the tomato name.  This signifies a resistance to several plant diseases and pests.  You will find helpful information on the plant label or seed packet.  If you’d like smaller, sturdier plants that do not need staking choose determinate varieties such as “Patio”. You may also consider varieties that bear at different times to prolong your harvest.

  1. Select the growing location for your plants.  Tomatoes want to be located in full sun in good well-drained soil.  You can also use containers such as wine barrels if space is limited.

  1. Prepare your existing soil before you plant.  It’s a good idea to enrich your native soil with planting mix or compost that is rich in organic matter in a 50/50 ratio.  If planting in containers use a quality pre-mixed commercially available potting soil.

  1. Tomatoes are one of the few plants that should be planted deeper than the existing soil level.  Pinch off the bottom 2-3 sets of leaves and cover with soil.  They will actually root from the former leaf nodes ensuring a stronger plant. It’s also wise to provide support for vine-like indeterminate varieties at planting time.  Use a strong 6’ stake or wire tomato cage to keep plants and fruit off the ground to prevent damage, disease, and rot.  Space plants 3-4 feet apart.

  1. Use a balanced Tomato and Vegetable fertilizer every two weeks following label directions.

  1. Tomatoes require even watering.  Water in the morning and keep the water off of the foliage.  Let the hose trickle at the base of the plant so the water penetrates deeply into the soil to encourage a deep root system.  A light mulch around the base of the plant will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.

  1. Look for critters that can damage your plants.  The number one culprit is the tomato hornworm.  They are bright green caterpillars with diagonal white stripes. You can find them dining on the underside of the leaves.  Hand pick and eliminate them.

 
Wait to plant warm weather vegetables outside until all danger of frost has passed.  Plants will not grow until soil temperature reaches 50 degrees.  Be sure to protect young plants from cold by using hot caps.
 
As the weather warms we will once again offer over 50 varieties of hybrid and heirloom tomatoes in various sizes. Be sure to have a sharp kitchen knife on hand to slice your homegrown tomatoes for all kinds of delicious tomato recipes!


 
Timely Tip
Gardening Checklist for Spring

  • Improve your soil by adding composted organic matter (planting mix, compost, peat moss, etc.)  Raised beds, containers, and flowerbeds will respond most to your efforts.

  • Continue weed eradication; remove them now before they go to seed.

  • Bait for snails and slugs using either commercial baits or non-chemical methods such as beer in an empty tuna can. Also a big shoe never fails.

  • Set out warm season annuals and vegetables after the threat of frost is past.  Frost cloth can give you added protection if you want to gamble by planting a little early.

  • Check your irrigation systems for cracked pipes, leaks, plugged emitters etc.  Replace batteries on water timers and verify your watering schedule both days and length of watering. Be sure your timers coincide with any regulations in your district.

  • Feed early blooming shrubs such as azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, etc. once they have finished blooming.  Read and follow manufacturer’s application rates.  Now’s the time to also feed flowers, roses, and berries.

  • Plant summer flowering bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolus, callas, cannas, lilies, and more.  If you’re planting bulbs for cut flowers such as gladiolus divide your crop by three planting every two weeks to lengthen your flower harvest.

Vegetable seeds to plant (outside in the ground) in April are:beans, beets, carrots, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, kale, radish, soybeans, spinach, summer and winter squash. We have Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds available online HERE. They’re also available at our nursery where we have other brands as well.
 
Looking for something special? Call us (209)245-6660.



Manager’s Weekly Specials
you can see what this week’s “Manager’s Special” is HERE. The specials begin Monday  mornings and last through Sunday.


 

    

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