Category: Breaking News!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

 

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EVERGREENS!
 
We have lots of customers looking for evergreens since our weather has been extra hot and evergreens do not require daily watering to be kept alive–.
 
We have a good selection, of upright and small groundcover varieties. Most popular are Austrian Pines because they grow faster than most. Anywhere from 18 inches to 2 feet per year depending on the variety and location of the planting. We also have Alberta spruce which do not take as much space as others since they are very slow growing, 2 inches to 4 inches per year. We also have Colorado blue spruce which is slow growing.
 
We carry many low growing spreading varieties like juniper compact Andorra juniper. This particular juniper grows around 1 to 2 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. It is great to fill in those spaces where one needs a groundcover. 
 
We also have a nice selection of Mugo and Mr. Bowling Ball. These are mostly used as accent plants along the front of the home or along the side of a home. Remember, regular watering is required to get your plants established. We recommend reviewing your plantings daily. Come see what we have to offer.
 
HAPPY GARDENING!
 

HORNWORMS ARE STILL HANGIN’ AROUND!

Seems like these pests are coming out and feeding on our plants again. AND they’re getting bigger and bigger – from 2 to 4 inches we’ve seen! 
 
Tomato Hornworms can be found in most any region of the U.S. and can ruin your tomato crop in record time; they also feed on eggplant, peppers, and potato. They can blend in quite easily with the green foliage and feed non-stop, creating spotty and chewed leaves and fruit. When disturbed, the hornworm will rear up and wave its horn in a threatening display to deter predators.

Here are some ways the Hornworms cause damage:
  • Tomato is the host of choice, but they have also been found on potato, eggplant and pepper.
  • There are many weeds that serve as alternate hosts, including horsenettle, jimsonweed and nightshade.
  • Large numbers of caterpillars can occur in home gardens and can quickly defoliate plants.
  • Tomato hornworm caterpillars start feeding on the leaves on the upper parts of the plants.
  • The caterpillars blend in with the leaves and might not be noticed until most of the damage is done.
  • As they feed, they create dark green or black droppings that are clearly visible.
  • Older tomato hornworms can destroy several leaves as well as the fruit.
  • As they become larger, the amount of defoliation increases.
  • The last caterpillar stage consumes nearly as much as all the younger stages combined.
There are Natural enemies that can help manage hornworms:
  • General predatory insects such as lady beetles and green lacewings often prey upon the egg stage and on young caterpillars.
  • Another important predator is the paper wasp, Polistes spp. This common wasp feeds on many types of caterpillars including those found in gardens.
If you see them, just pick them off with a pair of gloves (because they have a horn) and feed them to the birds or spray them with any type of organic insecticide or conventional spray. Stop by and ask our gardening experts what product they recommend for your needs.