Continue to Feed Your Plants!

green_pepperFeed your potted plants and vegetable/flowering plants. In order for plants to grow and thrive, they need food or fertilizer which contains a number of different elements known as macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients.

Whether they are in pots, raised beds or in the ground, feed your plants with soluble or non-soluble plant food. Payne’s has an extensive selection of both!

Stop by and ask one of our gardening experts what product is best for your needs. We’re here to help!

August is Weed Seed Month!

weedseedAugust is the month in which the annual weeds start setting seed, so one of the big August chores is weeding. Really, the best time to spray the weeds is when they are small. If your weeds are getting large, then you should probably pull them the old fashioned way or use a weed trimmer! This way you can prevent the seeds from dispersing.

What to Do with Your Vegetables & Fruits in August?


Now that August is just a few days away, you need to start fertilizing your plants. Here are some suggestions:

Fertilize your strawberries, both June-bearers and ever-bearers, particularly if you didn’t do it last month.

Side-dress your tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants with fertilizer of your choice.

Plant seeds for fall and winter vegetables this month, such as green onions; early-maturing varieties of carrots, beets, lettuces, peas, snow peas, snap peas and spinach; radishes; kale; and winter cabbage.

Remember to keep the seedbed and babies shaded against the worst of the afternoon sun, and do not let them dry out.

anningHow are you going to preserve the abundant harvest you’ll be reaping from your August vegetable beds? Drying racks and canning supplies should be purchased or cleaned now so they’ll be ready for you when you need them.

Xeriscaping and Native Grasses – The Way to Go in New Mexico!

lynnonradioREVLast week the Garden Guru discussed Xeriscaping and Native grasses. Native grasses such as Indian Rice Grass, Little Blue Stem and Mexican Feather Grass are very popular. However, the most common variety planted here in Santa Fe are Blue Grama Grass and Buffalo Grass. These will form a mat and are really quite striking! These grasses really blend well with wild flowers. Payne’s has plenty of wild flower seeds for you to choose from. Listen to Lynn’s tip to see how to plant these grasses and wild flowers for a most beautiful garden!

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.

This Week’s Payne’s Photo of the Week! GLADIOLUS


GLENDA B. from Española!
WINNER of the
These Gladiolus were
purchased at Payne’s.

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