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8845 Sepulveda Blvd.
North Hills, CA 91343
MULTIPLE-BUDDED FRUIT TREES
Please inquire about our 2-n-1, 3-n-1 and 4-n-1's
(two, three or four varieties on a single tree).
ANNA APPLE Remarkable fruit for mild winter climates in S. CA., S.
AZ. Heavy crops of sweet, crisp, flavorful apples even in low desert.
Fresh/cooked. Keeps 2 months in refrigerator. 200 hours. Self-fruitful or
pollenized by Dorsett Golden or Einshemer. USDA Zones 5 - 10.
BEVERLY HILLS APPLE Long-time favorite summer apple for
coastal S. CA. Pale yellow, red blush or stripes. Medium size, slightly tart.
Fresh/cooked. 300 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5 - 10
DORSETT GOLDEN APPLE Outstanding sweet apple for warm
winter areas. Firm, very flavorful, sweet like Golden Delicious.
Productive throughout So. CA and Phoenix, AZ. Good early season sweet
apple for Central CA. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5 - 10
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A backyard retreat means something different for each of us. It could be a quiet corner in the shade with a comfortable chair for reading, or a chaise longue in the sun. Perhaps it's a table for two for quiet dining or a large table seating 6-8 near an outdoor kitchen--perfect for large dinner parties. Whatever your needs and desires, it helps to include other features such as a bubbling fountain, koi pond, or trees and flowers in a container arrangement.
Most of these ideas can be incorporated in part, no matter what the special area is for this special retreat. It could be a balcony, tiny patio garden or large backyard. Everyone can have a private customized retreat.
When designing a garden retreat, first take time to envision your dream retreat. A multitude of ideas should come pouring into your mind as you begin to envision your future garden retreat. If you are coming up blank, consider what your answers are to these questions:
1. Do you want a retreat for serenity after hectic days at work; do you want a space designed for entertaining?
2. How much space do you have? Is this a patio transformation, a small grotto along the side of your house, or the entire backyard?
3. Whatever your desire, next consider what "look" you would like--be it tropical, formal, informal cottage garden, or Asian.
4. Color and texture choices: Color and textures can be added in many different ways: through the plant foliage, fabrics, walls and flooring (you could paint them!), pottery, statuary, garden art and more.
5. Sound: Quiet water, bubbling water, splashing water, birds singing and/or leaves rustling in the breeze?
6. Water feature: Do you want a fountain, pool, pond, pond with waterfall?
There is much to consider when planning your very own backyard retreat. Join us at here at the garden center. Wander through our fountains, pottery and plants--and you'll be sure to have your own backyard retreat in short order.
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Black-eyed Susans delight in shades of yellow, orange and gold colors with a black center, or “eye”. A native plant of Tennessee, they are a popular addition to the water-wise garden. With flowers that are 2 to 3 inches across, and grow on long stems 2 to 3 feet in height, they make excellent cut flowers for vases and arrangements.
Black-eyed Susans are biennial, which means they live for two years. But in those two years, they attract butterflies and bees that drink the floral nectar, in the process moving pollen from one plant to another, allowing the plant to grow fruits and seeds which travel by wind and re-seed themselves.
Blooming from June to October, Black-eyed Susans are known as a pioneer plant; they are one of the first plants to grow in a new field. Amidst the devastation of a forest fire, these bright beacons of hope will be the first signs of new life.
When planting them in your garden, space them approximately one foot apart, and plant in a clumping form. They will tolerate crowding, and do well in any kind of soil. Drought-tolerant, they will forgive neglect; however, if you pamper them a little by adding a little fertilizer a couple of times a season, they will reward you with bigger, healthier plants and flowers. Plant them with purple coneflowers, Russian sage, and lilacs for visual punch. The giant variety is a natural with cosmos, penstemons, tall cannas, and as background accent plants.
One of the best companion plants for prairie-type flowers such as coneflowers, daisies, and Black-eyed Susans is the coreopsis. In June of 2008, the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture named coreopsis their Plant of the Month. A drought-tolerant plant, it is useful in container gardens, water-wise xeriscaping, cottage gardens, native prairie gardens, informal borders, or as mass plantings in a formal bed.
This is not a fragile plant. Hardy from zones 4 to 9, once established it requires little watering and very little fertilizer. The flowers are usually yellow with a toothed tip, and the foliage is green with a fern-like look. Their bloom time is very similar to that of the Black-eyed Susan; they can be enjoyed throughout summer and into the fall. The coreopsis’s cheery countenance prefers sunny gardens; to keep the blooms growing throughout the season, simply deadhead the spent blooms. If it flowers profusely, cut back the entire plant immediately after a fade for a repeat bloom. Allow it to go to seed at the end of the season to proliferate new plants.
Two marvelous plants, easy on the eye and on the gardener, adding Black-eyed Susans and coreopsis to your sun gardens will be certain to bring a smile to your face.
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One of the most versatile herbs one can use in cooking is basil. Most cooks agree that it is definitively a must-have herb. Basil is used to add flavor to salads, soups, sauces, marinades, and dressings. When combined with olive oil and pine nuts, it becomes the key ingredient for making pesto sauce.
Basil is a tender herb that is originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. It is a prominent part of cuisines throughout the world, including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian. The leaves taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, fragrant, sweet smell, but the flavors vary and are distinct between varieties.
Basil is very sensitive to cold, but can be grown successfully as a warm season annual in just about any climate. It prefers a warm, sunny location and, while it will do just fine in the garden, performs exceptionally well in containers where the heat from the side of the pot keeps the roots warm and happy.
In fact, it's very easy to plant three or four different varieties in the same pot for a colorful patio container and a diverse set of flavors for your cooking. You can even plant a number of pots in combinations of distinct flavor categories or colors. It's completely up to you; the key is to have fun and let your taste buds run wild!
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Even if you don't particularly like them, you've got to admit that ants are fascinating creatures. They've certainly stood the test of time: they have been around for a mere 110-130 million years and have colonized almost every landmass on earth. They employ the concept of division of labor, they communicate amongst themselves and they have demonstrated an ability to solve many a complex problem. Like people, they sometimes perform good deeds and sometimes...not so much.
One not-so-good thing they do (from a human perspective, that is) is make life really easy for aphids, mealybugs and scale. Those little guys are the ones that suck the life juices out of our most prized possessions--our plants! Even though this is really irritating, the complex relationship between ants and these three villains is still pretty amazing.
Here's how it goes: aphids, mealybugs and scale just love to feed on the juices of plants. As they are voraciously feeding on the plants, they are also secreting a sugary, sticky liquid called honeydew. Ants love honeydew. Even though a large amount of honeydew is being secreted as these insects feed, it is not fast enough for the hungry ants. They begin to "milk" the insects for more, by stroking them with their antennae.
In the meantime, to protect their precious honeydew, the ants are also busily warding off predatory (to their honeydew-makers) insects such as lady bugs and lacewings. Many times, the ants will take aphid "slaves." When migrating to a new area, they take aphids with them to ensure a continued supply of honeydew. Some ants go above and beyond, storing the aphid eggs in their nests over the winter, then carrying the newly-hatched aphids back to a plant for them to feed on in the spring.
So, next time you wonder why there are ants on your plant and if they are eating the plant, our advice is this: look for the root cause of the problem. Chances are, where there are ants on plants, you will see a sticky residue and one of their BFF's--aphids, mealybugs or scale. The good news is: we can help you solve the problem and restore your plant back to health! Just visit us for a solution!
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What do the numbers on a bag of fertilizer mean?
The numbers on a bag of fertilizer are called the "guaranteed analysis." They represent the percentages of the three key ingredients in (most) fertilizers, which are referred to as NPK: the N is nitrogen, P is phosphorus, and K is potash1.
If you have a bag of fertilizer labeled 16-16-16, it would contain 16% nitrogen (for growth and green color), 16% phosphorus (for root development and flower/fruit production) and 16% potash (for plant health and foliage cell structure).
The guaranteed analysis varies from brand to brand and product to product, with different combinations of NPK used for different types of plants and lawns.
1 For those of you who want to know why K is for potash, "potash" is commonly used for the soil fertilizer forms of potassium, which has the chemical symbol "K" (from the Latin, which is kalium).
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"Don't wear perfume in the garden--unless you want to be pollinated by bees."
What You'll Need:
- 2 pounds new red potatoes, scrubbed
- 6 eggs
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- salt and pepper to taste
Step by Step:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.
- Drain and set in the refrigerator to cool.
- Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
- Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
- Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.
- Drain, crumble and set aside.
- Chop the cooled potatoes, leaving skin on.
- Add to a large bowl, along with the eggs, bacon, onion and celery. Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill for an hour before serving.