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May 2017

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With our cool and wet winter we had this past year, many fruits have been very slow in their growth and unavailable to us. However, within the past few weeks, we have received many new, exciting fruits worth trying. These include:

‘Ghost’ Apple: Yes, a true white apple with white flesh. Sweet, sub-acid flavor. Ripens in July, requires a pollinator with a midseason bloom.

Pluerry: Hybrid between plum and sweet cherry. Very sweet flavor, ripens in July. Needs a plum as a pollinator, but very well suited for our climate.

Avocados:
We are fully stocked on 5-gallon avocados. With the exception of Reed, we have Hass, Fuerte, Bacon, Sir Prize, Mexicola, Zutano and Holiday. Do not delay, these disappear fast. 15-gallon varieties include Hass and Fuerte. Still waiting for more.

Apple Espaliers: A great way to grow apples in limited space. Designed to grow flat against a wall or fence, you get the same quality fruit on a short, horizontal tree. Varieties include 3-in-1, 6-in-1, Anna, Fuji and more.

Figs: Lesser known but far superior to the common varieties. These include Violette de Bordeaux, Flanders, Italian Everbearing, and Panache. Can grow in a container or in ground, and can be kept at any size by regular pruning.

More coming soon as the weather warms up!!

 
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Warming temperatures allows for our ponds and water features to spring back to life, it is the perfect time to augment your pond with a beautiful addition or new center piece.

Last Spring we featured a Victoria Hybrid water lily, it was a hit. The enormous pads, about 4 feet across, and the night-into-early-morning blooms were impressive. The wicked spines all along the submerged stems and beneath the pads ensured no pond creatures put its beauty at risk.

The rarity of this plant made our feature the first time many people had seen one in person. Good news, they will be back again this year- and also available to our guests!

In our climate, the Spring and Summer months are most suitable for strong, healthy growth. In Fall, the growth rate will taper off and come Winter, the plant will stop entirely. This should be considered an annual in our climate.

These are special order only, and are suitable only for large ponds without turbulent water surfaces. Large containers and heavy fertilization are necessary, otherwise this plant is easy to care for. Contact Nik for more information.

 
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  • Time to plant tropical’s, such as bananas, hibiscus, bougainvillea. Plant now to get the root system fully established by winter.

  • Shop for summer blooming perennials, such as Coreopsis, Gaillardia, Guara, Shasta daisy, Salvia, etc.

  • Summer vegetable gardening is in full swing. Get your garden going now before it’s too late. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, and more are fully stocked.

  • Plant your pumpkins. The big ones take about 4 months to harvest, so now is the time to get them started. Halloween is right around the corner.

  • With warm weather comes new growth on all your plants. New growth means hungry bugs. Monitor your plants regularly and treat as needed with oil sprays, spinosad, etc. See a team member for information on any specific pest problem.

  • Deadhead roses, annuals, and perennials to encourage plants to re-bloom quickly.

  • Fertilize your garden. Warm weather means plants want to grow. Without adequate nutrition, plants may not have the energy to grow or produce flowers or fruit. See a team member for specific fertilizer recommendations.

  • Water. Do not forget that our rainy season ended in March. One rain storm in May will only keep plants moist for a day or two. Longer days and warmer temperatures can dry a plant out very quickly. Monitor your garden and check for dry areas and water as needed.

 
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While herbs are best to cook with, they’re not always available. To preserve herbs for year round use, you can easily dry or freeze them.

Drying Herbs:
One traditional way to dry them is to bundle several sprigs together, tie with rubber bands and hang upside down in a warm location away from light. For herbs with shorter stems, try screen drying. Lay herbs on a screen or a wire rack. Spread the leaves in a single layer so they barely touch each other. Cover with muslin, cheesecloth or paper towels to keep the herbs clean. Allow air to flow around herbs. Place in a cool, dry location, out of direct sunlight. Herbs should dry in 1-2 weeks.

Keep in mind that dried herbs are much stronger that fresh ones. You will need to adjust the amounts when cooking with dried herbs. A good rule of thumb is to use 1/3 to ½ of the amount called for. Dried herbs also lose their flavor after one year.

For quicker dried herbs, you can use the oven. Spread the herbs out on a tray and place the tray in a preheated 100 degree oven. Bake 15 minutes to 3 hours, depending on which herbs you are drying. Bay will take longer than Thyme and Tarragon for example. Remember to turn the herbs for even drying. Cool herbs before storing.

Once the herbs are completely dried, store them in a clean glass jar with a tight lid. Good choices for drying herbs include: Bay leaves, Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Savory and Spearmint.

Freezing Herbs:
Many cooks prefer to freeze herbs that have fine or delicate leaves. This method has many advantages over drying as it’s easier to do and it doesn’t affect the herb’s natural flavor so you can use the same amount as you would if it was fresh. You can freeze herbs whole, chopped or even in an ice cube, especially if you plan on using the herb in a soup or stew. Before placing your herbs in the freezer, be sure to wash and dry thoroughly. To store herbs, place in an airtight container or plastic bag. Label the bags or containers with the type of herb and date.

Good herbs to freeze include:
Basil, Chives, Dill, Fennel, Mint and Parsley.


 

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32413 San Juan Creek Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949)240-2107

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