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By proadAccountId-380994 17 Apr, 2017

GARDENING WE LOVE/WEEDS WE HATE/WEATHER WHAT NEXT

Few people in this world can honestly say they never tried to garden in one form or another. What home does not have a plant sitting in a window, how few homes are without some grass or shrubs or who has never picked a dandelion or some form of a flower? Those few who can answer no to the above then have no idea the irritation, detestation or the unadulterated hate most of the world population has for the lowly weed. 

What is a weed? The best way to define this is that a weed is any plant that you find growing in an area you don’t want that particular plant to be in. A beautiful rose that comes up in a desert garden would be classified as a weed. A seedling Cedar tree growing in your perennial garden is a weed. Then there are the billions of unwanted, unkillable, over abundant green sprouts that come up all over your lawns and gardens. 

These are one of the first things I ever learned about the horticulture industry as a very young boy around 5 or 6 years old. Back in those days there were very few pesticides to eliminate these nuisances and as a healthy family with little money to spend my chore was to make sure there were no weeds growing in our large vegetable garden. Pap had a pretty good strap, which as I think back on it today I never did see him use it but just the threat made us make sure our chores were done and done properly. 

We also had to pick off tomato worms, cabbage worms, potato beetle and any other bug we encountered in the garden. Mom was the strap user. Sure blame our mental problems on Mom. So much for weeds and other pests. 

Weather: now that’s a situation that we have less control of than the weeds. We now being in the month of April everyone is busting at the seams to get their garden planted. Sure there are things that can be planted now, there are things that are planted now have a good chance of not making it to May. 

Then the part of the horticulture industry that doesn’t care what or when you plant as long as you are buying their plants bring out all the goodies to early. Yes I have already seen some pretty damaged plants on the carts already. I am looking for a potential frost around April 12th then we may be ok. Keep in mind that in this area we have had a heavy freeze in May. If you only have a few tender plants you can cover them. Proper growing also takes a proper soil temperature along with nights that don’t get in the 40’s. Have a good gardening year. 
 Lynn Stephens

By proadAccountId-380994 17 Apr, 2017

Living on the coast what better way to add "LIFE" to your landscape than with fish? Come in and take a look at our selection of koi. 

We have all sizes from fingerlings to the biggest I have seen!
By proadAccountId-380994 17 Apr, 2017

GARDENING WE LOVE/WEEDS WE HATE/WEATHER WHAT NEXT

Few people in this world can honestly say they never tried to garden in one form or another. What home does not have a plant sitting in a window, how few homes are without some grass or shrubs or who has never picked a dandelion or some form of a flower? Those few who can answer no to the above then have no idea the irritation, detestation or the unadulterated hate most of the world population has for the lowly weed. 

What is a weed? The best way to define this is that a weed is any plant that you find growing in an area you don’t want that particular plant to be in. A beautiful rose that comes up in a desert garden would be classified as a weed. A seedling Cedar tree growing in your perennial garden is a weed. Then there are the billions of unwanted, unkillable, over abundant green sprouts that come up all over your lawns and gardens. 

These are one of the first things I ever learned about the horticulture industry as a very young boy around 5 or 6 years old. Back in those days there were very few pesticides to eliminate these nuisances and as a healthy family with little money to spend my chore was to make sure there were no weeds growing in our large vegetable garden. Pap had a pretty good strap, which as I think back on it today I never did see him use it but just the threat made us make sure our chores were done and done properly. 

We also had to pick off tomato worms, cabbage worms, potato beetle and any other bug we encountered in the garden. Mom was the strap user. Sure blame our mental problems on Mom. So much for weeds and other pests. 

Weather: now that’s a situation that we have less control of than the weeds. We now being in the month of April everyone is busting at the seams to get their garden planted. Sure there are things that can be planted now, there are things that are planted now have a good chance of not making it to May. 

Then the part of the horticulture industry that doesn’t care what or when you plant as long as you are buying their plants bring out all the goodies to early. Yes I have already seen some pretty damaged plants on the carts already. I am looking for a potential frost around April 12th then we may be ok. Keep in mind that in this area we have had a heavy freeze in May. If you only have a few tender plants you can cover them. Proper growing also takes a proper soil temperature along with nights that don’t get in the 40’s. Have a good gardening year. 
 Lynn Stephens

By proadAccountId-380994 17 Apr, 2017

Living on the coast what better way to add "LIFE" to your landscape than with fish? Come in and take a look at our selection of koi. 

We have all sizes from fingerlings to the biggest I have seen!
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