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Green Arrow Nursery NorthHills
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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- This month roses will begin their first bloom. For those of you who were waiting to select a new rose plant until you could see the actual flower, this will be the month to stop by the garden center and stroll through the roses!
- Azaleas and camellias are best planted while blooming. They began their blooming in February, so March is right in the middle of their blooming season. DON'T feed your camellias until they have completed their blooming! If you do, they will drop all remaining buds and you will be so very unhappy, thinking that you killed your shrub. Fertilize to reward the plant AFTER the blooming ends.
- Spring color plants are arriving! Color up your gardens with perennials and annuals. Look for perennials such as campanula, columbine, coral bells, delphinium, foxglove (digitalis), diascia, penstemon, salvia, yarrow and so much more. Great annuals to pick from include celosia, coleus, dianthus, linaria, lobelia, marigolds, nicotiana, petunias, salvias, and verbena.
- There is still time for planting bulbs!
- Ladies and gentlemen: Start your vegetable gardens! Such veggies as the cabbage family (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli), squash, lettuce, spinach, peppers, and cool season tomatoes will be in this month. This is also a good time not only to prune back herbs from last year, but also add in new plants such as chives, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.
- Fertilize your lawns.
- Fertilize your roses.
- Snails will be coming out to munch on the tender new growth. Time to purchase your favorite snail bait.
- Now is the time to divide perennials such as agapanthus, callas, daylilies, rudbeckia, and daisies. Those with fuchsias can cut them back two-thirds toward the main branches. Remember to leave 2-5 leaf bud/scars for new growth.
- You can begin pruning your ornamental shrubs (pittosporum, boxwood, etc.) for hedges. Wait to prune spring-flowering shrubs and trees until their blooming is over.
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One of the plants that we always look forward to after a long winter is the forsythia.
This early blooming plant is a focal point of early spring, heralding the warming months with a brilliant display of golden yellow blooms. Forsythias bloom before they leaf out, and during full bloom the bare stems are completely covered from base to tips. In early spring, they become the focal point of the landscape, then blend in well with other plants when the rich green foliage emerges after blooming.
These deciduous shrubs are native to eastern Asia, where they have been used in Chinese medicine for their antiseptic effect in treating wounds. They are fast growing, with dwarf varieties reaching 4-5 ft high and almost as wide, while taller growing varieties can reach 8-10 ft high and half as wide. The plants have great structure with an upright arching growth habit that has a somewhat fountain-like effect.
Forsythias not only look great in the landscape, but their branches also are perfect for flower arrangements, thanks to the uniformity of blooms on the branches. They are frost-hardy and easy to grow in well-drained fertile soil. They grow best in a full sun location, so are often used as a living privacy fence after they have fully leafed out. The taller varieties make great individual specimens in the landscape, and can also be used for erosion control on slopes.
Most people prefer the somewhat wild natural look of forsythias, but they can be shaped with regular pruning. This is best done after they have finished blooming, because they flower on the prior year's growth (pruning either too late or too early interrupts the growth/blooming cycle). But no matter how you shape this hardy plant, it will reward you with years and years of spectacular color every spring!
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If you have ever wondered how to get some of the same great flavors you find in top restaurants, consider planting the secret weapon that fine cooks employ--a chef's garden. Get the most out of your garden by adding not only beauty but an endless bounty of flavor as well!
A good chef's garden incorporates the attributes of every location in the garden to produce a variety of flavorful food. Start with a boring fence line. Instead of flowering vines, consider attaching a few trellises and planting a variety of different table grapes.
To block out the neighbor's windows and create privacy, plant fruit trees. You can harvest apricots and cherries in June; nectarines, peaches, plums and pluots in July and August; and apples, pears and persimmons in September and October.
Semi-shaded areas are a great place to plant berries. If you have the room to allow them to roam, consider planting blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries. Are you looking for something a little more formal? Consider blueberries.
Save the sunniest location for your vegetable garden. Remember to plant "fruit" and "root" vegetables for summer. Plant "leaf" and "flower" vegetables in winter. Don't forget to add a little color with tasty nasturtiums--and save some space for a crop of strawberries, artichokes, and horseradish. Are you short on space? No problem. Herbs do wonderfully in containers--and no chef should be without them. You'd perhaps be surprised how many vegetables can also be grown in containers. And don't forget dwarf fruit trees!
The key to creating a great chef's garden is to look at every available location in your garden with the eyes of a chef. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are delicious. Are you getting hungry, now? Then don't delay, start planning your chef's garden today.
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When xeriscape is mentioned, many people think of cactus and sand--or rock gardens. Mind you, both cactus gardens and rock gardens can be quite attractive. But that is not all xeriscaping allows. You can have a xeriscape landscape that is fully planted, colorful--and water-conserving. Nor do you have to use only drought-tolerant plants. The idea is to reduce overall water use by grouping plants with similar needs together--so you can have one area that uses some extra water and another area where you need no more water than nature provides. If you grow edible plants, the same principle applies.
Advantages of xeriscape
- Water saving: Using native and other drought-tolerant plants can significantly reduce water use.
- Money saving: Reducing water use can lower your water bill. Xeriscaping can also reduce maintenance costs--while adding to the beauty and value of your property.
- Time saving: xeriscape landscaping can significantly reduce the time you spend watering, fertilizing and mowing. (Buy a hammock--you'll have more time to use it.)
- No worries: It's nice to be able to go on vacation for a few weeks and know your plants will still be alive when you return.
The seven principles of xeriscape:
- Plan and design for water conservation and beauty from the start.
- Create practical turf areas of manageable size and shape, and appropriate grasses.
- Select plants with low water requirements and group plants of similar water needs together. Experiment to determine how much and how often to water the plants.
- Use soil amendments as needed by the site and the type of plants used.
- Use mulches to reduce evaporation and to keep the soil cool.
- Irrigate efficiently with properly designed systems--and by applying the right amount of water at the right time.
- Maintain the landscape properly by mowing, weeding, pruning and fertilizing properly.
If you've just moved in to a new place and want a whole new landscape, consider xeriscape. We'd advise you, in that situation, to hire a professional landscaper to help you design the landscape--and to do the hard work for you. Doing a whole landscape at once is too much for most individuals. But you can use the "bit by bit" approach or a simple substitution approach, and move your landscape gradually to xeriscape.
Perhaps you have a problem area where it's difficult to keep your plants growing well, an area that is difficult to irrigate, or a lawn area that's hard to mow or keep green. Look at these areas as candidates for the first moves to xeriscape.
One of the major things to look at when xeriscaping is, "Can I get rid of some of that lawn?" Out of all the things we grow in our yards, turf is usually the biggest overall water-user. If you live in an area with a homeowner's association that requires you to have a certain percentage of lawn, at least make your long-term plans to get the lawn down to the minimal acceptable percentage (or get the rule changed).
When planning a xeriscaped area, keep in mind that curves are more natural (and easier to mow around) than sharp angles. Also look at the soil type, the amount of sun or shade, elevation, and ease of access.
Do you have some plants that already do well in that area, even if neglected? Keep them for xeriscaping in that particular micro-climate in your yard. Remove, or move, plants that are not doing well and amend the soil before planting any new plants. Then mulch.
Keep in mind that even xeriscape plants will need extra water when first planted--until established. Once established, however, they will need much less maintenance than other areas.
You may find you like xeriscape so much you'll continue till your whole yard (or as much as possible) is xeriscaped. You can then lie in the hammock you bought with the savings on your water bill, sipping a cool drink on a hot summer day, and watching your neighbors sweating over their vast expanses of turf. Have fun!
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What's the best type of mulch to use in a garden?
There are many types of mulches available; it all comes down to the look you want in your garden--natural or manicured?
- For a more natural look, use shredded redwood or shredded cedar. Shredded redwood is deeper in color and mats up more, making it an excellent choice for hillsides. Shredded cedar is lighter in color and an excellent choice if you own a dog--because it also repels fleas.
- For a more manicured look, use small or medium pebble bark (pine or fir) or mini mulch (also called "orchid bark").
- We don't recommend large pine or fir bark, except for playgrounds. The air space is too large, so it is not very effective for retaining moisture in the soil or controlling weeds.
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FEATURED QUOTE :
"He who plants a tree loves others besides himself."
~ Thomas Fuller
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
- Sliced bread
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.