Payne’s greenhouses are bursting with homegrown poinsettias ready for holiday decorating. For the same reasons it’s important to buy locally grown foods, it’s important to buy locally grown plants. Because Payne’s Poinsettias have been growing right here in Santa Fe since early July, they are acclimated to Santa Fe’s light and climate.
Payne’s Poinsettias are hardier, larger, fuller and will last longer than store bought plants.
Here are a few tips that will help you get ready for the upcoming WET WINTER we expect!
Pull up dying plants.
Pare your perennials.
Remove slimy leaves.
Keep pretty plants standing.
Cover up your garden beds with compost.
Plant your spring-flowering bulbs.
Conserve your greenery.
Clean all garden tools before storing them for the winter. Use steel wool to scrub off any light rust. Coat tools lightly with mineral oil, then hang them up or lay them out on newspaper till they’re needed next spring.
Sharpen shears and pruners, or get a professional knife-sharpening service to do it.
Drain and roll up any garden hoses.
Drain and prepare your drip irrigation systems for the winter months.
Change the oil and spark plugs on the mowers, rototiller or any large equipment.
Clean the lawn mower and have the blades sharpened.
Drain mower and rototiller gas tanks. Alternatively, add a gas stabilizer to a full tank, and run the motor for five minutes before putting the machine away for the winter.
Store pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals in a locked cabinet or other high, dry location where they won’t freeze.
Keep an eye out for these little critters. They seem to be quite active and can be harmful to your gardens and landscape!
Evidence of these very common pests are easy to spot because of the fan-shaped mounds of soil they push out of their tunnels. They eat a wide variety of leafy plants, particularly those with large fleshy roots, bulbs, tubers, or rhizomes.
Pocket gophers eat plants by:
* Emerging from their burrows and chomping above-ground vegetation. (Pocket gophers who do this do not go far from their burrow openings.)
* Feeding on roots encountered while digging.
* Pulling plants into the burrow from below. We have heard many stories from gardeners who have seen whole plants disappear into a hole and experienced the shock of having a big, beautiful plant one day and finding a blank spot the next day where it was supposed to be.
There are many ways to get rid of these pests. Stop by either location and ask the GARDENING EXPERTS what to do and what may be the best option for you.
Good News for Pellet Stove Owners & Great News for the Environment!
Get Your Premium Wood Pellets From Payne’s Today! Good News for Pellet Stove Owners & Great News for the Environment! Payne’s is proud to feature Tiny T’Embers wood pellets that are made in Albuquerque from recycled, clean, urban wood waste and/or forest restoration biomass. Choosing Tiny T’Embers can help minimize costly landfill usage and prevent devastating forest fires.
While pellet stoves have always been known for their overall efficiency and low particulate emissions, trucking in pellets from faraway places takes lots of energy and puts lots of CO2 in the air. Tiny T’Embers make using a pellet stove about as green as you can get.
Get Your Tiny T’Embers From Payne’s North and South Stores!
Amaryllis are one of the easiest bulbs to bring to bloom. Try your hand at planting these bulbs indoors in pots NOW so that you will have them in bloom for Christmas, New Year’s or Valentines.
Once the bulb has bloomed, it can be kept in the pot and allowed to grow like any other houseplant. This will allow the Amaryllis bulbs to bloom on its own cycle as opposed to being forced to bloom for the holidays.
Stop by either location and get yours today! Many colors to choose from! Hurry in, these will be going fast! Last year we ran out quickly!
OUR HOMEGROWN POINSETTIAS AND HOLIDAY PLANTS ARE AWESOME!
New customers moving to our area have a hard time understanding our weather. I try to explain that we are not desert, but high desert, meaning hot days and cold nights. At present, we are having day temperatures in the 50s with night temperatures as low as the mid 20s. They come wanting to buy poinsettias to line their driveways or amaryllis bulbs to plant in pots outside. These will not tolerate our current temperatures outside, but are great for decorating indoors.
Therefore, my crew guides them through all that is available now for the holiday season. First comes Thanksgiving. We have a poinsettia or two for that. We also have some very nice Cyclamen and Paperwhites. In addition we have some wonderful crafts made by our South store staff. Then for Christmas, we have many shades of poinsettias, cyclamen, amaryllis bulbs and again wonderful craft projects by the staff. Come by to see what is happening in the greenhouse and in the store.
Last week, the Garden Guru said that it really is a great idea to mulch your plants right now in the Fall to get ready for the winter months! It helps to moderate the temperatures during the day and night.
Lynn mentioned that there are two types of mulch to use. Either decorative or functional. If you want to dress up your garden, then that’s when you use decorative mulches like pecan shells or bark nuggets. If you want to use something functional … well you will need to listen to the Garden Guru’s tip and find out when to use the functional mulch!
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses or of your own garden or landscape that contains products from Payne’s, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or other marketing materials, then you will receive a Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25! Please make sure to give us your contact information in your email.