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Garden Guide for July 2020




We see the light at the end of the tunnel!


We want to thank all of our customers for their patience during the last few crazy months, and assure everyone that the days of long waits at the gate with restricted customer counts are OVER! While we are remaining busy filling orders for annuals, perennials, and soils, the crowds have thinned, and it’s a much more pleasant shopping experience now.

We still require face masks to be worn and will continue to respect social-distancing guidelines and ask our customers to do the same with staff and with each other. Thanks to so many people staying home and deciding it’s the perfect time for home improvement projects, including gardening and yard work.

While we do our best to keep the shelves full, several items remain challenging to get. We have sourced a couple of new soil brands that make excellent substitutes for the ones we can’t get, and we are hoping to see a few more 6-packs of annual bedding plants become available as the demand for vegetables goes down. Containers (terra cotta, plastic, and wood planters) have been in short supply, but we are doing our best to offer alternative solutions. Due to unusually high demand for dry goods, our Ace warehouse has run low on several popular items; we will continue to take special orders, but be aware that fulfilling orders in a timely manner has been a bit of a challenge. Spring 2020 will definitely go down in history as one of the most unusual planting seasons ever! 

A few answers to our most frequently asked questions:

  1. 1. We are open every day from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  2. 2. The public IS welcome inside the nursery. We can allow only ten people in at a time, which occasionally results in a line of people waiting for a short time, although the long wait times that we were experiencing a month ago seem to be over. Masks that cover the mouth and nose are required for anyone over the age of 12 per Santa Cruz County guidelines.

  3. 3. For immune-compromised or other at-risk customers ONLY, we offer parking lot pick-up for plants and products:

    • To place an order for plants and products, send an email to with your list. While we are continually ordering and receiving deliveries, we are perpetually out of several popular items. We ask that you be flexible in sizes, varieties, and brands. Please include a phone number so we can call you when the order is ready.

    • Please be patient while waiting for a response. It may take a few days to fill your order, but we WILL call you when it's ready for parking lot pick-up.

    • After being notified by us, call 438-4106 when you arrive in the parking lot, and we will process your order and bring it out to you. We wear gloves and masks for your protection.

  4. 4. Weekends are the busiest days, but there are NO days that aren't busy all day long. Your patience is much appreciated.

  5. 5. We don't know precisely when the next delivery of basil, strawberries, zucchini, etc. will arrive; we order items regularly, but shipments are sold out before they hit the shelves. Our growers are planting as fast as possible, but the entire supply chain has been overwhelmed with the unprecedented demand this spring. We re-supply as quickly as possible. Again, patience is appreciated.

  6. 6. We thank you all for your continued support and understanding!

Color, Color, Color!

Salvia, Rudbeckia and Echinacea

The perfect flowering perennials for those hot summer days! Showy and sun-loving salvias come in a rainbow of colors and are relatively drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Deadhead and fertilize regularly to keep the flowers coming.

Rudbeckia varieties come in many shades of golden yellow, and some have unique red, maroon or brown markings on the petals. If deadheaded and protected from snails, rudbeckia will bloom continuously into the fall.

Echinacea (Coneflower) attracts butterflies and bees and comes in a wide variety of colors, including white, yellow, several shades of orange and coral, and a range of pinks and magenta. Full sun, low water, and deer-resistant — the perfect summer flower!


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July Garden Checklist


Now is the time to prune fruit trees. Pruning will help keep the trees at a manageable height, increase the sunlight to the interior portion of the tree, improve the sugar content of the developing fruit, and reduce the trees’ need for excess water. It is also important this time of the year to thin fruit. Thinning will help increase the size and quality of the fruit left on the tree and reduce the chances of limbs breaking due to the excess weight.


Mulch with 2 inches or more of organic compost or bark mulch to help reduce watering and suppress weeds.


Spruce up your garden by planting color spots in prominent focal areas. The use of large pots filled with fresh flowers or succulents designed to look like living bouquets is a fabulous way to brighten the garden. Fresh potting and fertilizer will get your plants off to their best start.


Stake and feed your tomatoes and other container-raised vegetables with Gardner & Bloome Liquid Organic All Purpose Fertilizer. This fertilizer is a combination of fish and kelp and can be used as both a foliar spray or to feed the soil. Tomato cages or plastic or bamboo stakes can be used to support tomatoes, as well as cucumbers, beans, and squash.


Watch for plant diseases and treat as needed. Tomatoes and roses are particularly subject to leaf blights, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases. We offer a selection of fungicides for use in organic gardens, to help control or suppress many common plant diseases. Unsure about what may be causing your plant’s damage? Bring in a fresh cutting in a plastic bag or take a close-up picture of the damage on your phone. Let our experienced staff help identify the problem and find a solution!

Water-Saving Tips

Because warm summer weather has arrived, we want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few vital water-conserving tips. These suggestions will help you be successful in your yard every year, wet or dry! For more info, visit

  1. 1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch, you reduce water usage by up to 10%.

  2. 2. Check your soil for moisture BEFORE watering to see if it is really necessary. Established gardens can often go for weeks without needing water depending on your soil type and the weather.

  3. 3. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce runoff and encourage deep roots.

  4. 4. Do not over-fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.

  5. 5. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.

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