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Fall Vegetable Care


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Patio Shop

At Scarborough Gardens Patio Shop we have a broad range of products and prices designed to meet your needs. We have the best selection of styles in patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and other patio furnishings.
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Gift Shop Hidden Treasures Gift Shop

Hidden Treasures Gift Shop is a full-service gift store—that focuses on outdoor and indoor living. We have a wonderful selection of gifts that includes jewelry, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, cards and artwork. Shipping, delivery and complimentary gift-wrapping is also available.
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Welcome to Scarborough Gardens

At Scarborough Gardens you‘ll find three complete stores, all in one place! If you are looking for the right plant for your garden or the perfect gift for your friend you‘ll find it here.

Garden Guide for November 2020


Protect Your Property this Winter

As we head into our rainy season, keep in mind that we are here to help you replant and protect your land during what will potentially be a tough winter with rainfall on fire-damaged land. We have huge supplies of jute netting, the metal stakes to keep it in place, weed cloth, erosion control seed, and other supplies to help you keep your yard where you want it!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Realizing that sources for Christmas Trees may be limited this year, we have brought in some alternatives to help you celebrate and decorate for the holiday season. Already in stock are several sizes of artificial pre-lit trees, garland, wreaths, and strings of lights. Arriving soon, we will have a variety of live planted trees in sizes from 1-gallon table-top trees up to 15-gallon specimens ready to be planted in the landscape after the holidays. We will also have our traditional Themed Christmas Tree decorations up and on display in the Patio Shop, ready for you to pick your favorites to take home and decorate!


Why is Fall the Best Time to Plant?

The plants may not be as pretty in Fall, but planting now will reward you in spring! It’s the perfect time of year to look for deals on “end of season” perennials, trees, and shrubs, as well as soon-to-be-dormant plants for your pond or water feature.

Fall is the perfect time to plant anything cold-hardy such as perennial shrubs, trees, and California Natives. Deciduous trees and vines aren’t gorgeous this time of year, but planting now will pay off in two ways: 

  • Warm soil and seasonal rain combine to encourage more extensive root growth, 

  • Not having to support lush green foliage and flowers means a stronger root system has a chance to get established before the weather warms up next spring. 

Dig your planting hole twice as wide as the root ball, but the same depth. Loosen the roots, use a gopher basket, add a handful of slow-release fertilizer, and backfill with 2/3 native soil and 1/3 compost or soil amendment. Build a basin out of soil around the dripline (same diameter as the widest branches) and fill with water, twice if you have sandy soil. Continue to water weekly or as needed until consistent rainstorms provide enough irrigation. If we get a dry spell in the winter that lasts two weeks or more, be sure to deep water until the rain starts again. Mulching with Gardner & Bloome Organic Soil Building Conditioner will add nutrients to the soil, help suppress weed growth, and get your new plants off to a great start!


It’s Time for BULBS!

We have our new stock of bulbs, and they are ready to plant! Daffodils and paperwhites are deer and gopher resistant and can go in the ground as soon as you have the holes dug. Tulips need to be protected from critters and will benefit from a little chilling before planting but can be planted as late as December or January and still be relied on to put on a show in spring. We also have irises, hyacinths, crocus, and some more unusual bulb varieties to add color to your yard with minimal effort now. Just add a little bone meal in the pot or planting hole, some winter rain, and you’re good to go! Want to add to your veggie garden now that the summer growing season is over? We have garlic and onion sets in stock, easy to grow, and quite prolific!

Get Warm & Snuggly

Winter Apparel

This is the time of year when we love to start to layer up our clothing and get snuggly. To keep you warm this winter, Scarborough Gardens Gift Shop has a selection of colorful and fashionable hats, scarves, socks, and wraps. Whatever your style preference is, we have cozy choices for you, plus they make thoughtful gifts or stocking stuffers. If staying dry is your goal this winter, we carry a delightful selection of Slogger Rain Boots in several cute designs. Come in soon for the best selection because once the weather turns cold and damp, they will be flying off the shelves!

Power Up!

Don’t forget we carry electric tools, including corded and cordless weed-whackers, blowers, and hedge trimmers: find a great gift and make gardening clean up quicker & easier!

Our selection includes both Toro and Black & Decker trimmers and blowers. Corded tools provide more power and longer work time since you’re plugged in and don’t have to change out or re-charge a battery. Cordless tools are usually lighter and easier to maneuver around plants or trees since you don’t have an extension cord trailing behind you to get tangled up. We give you the option, so you can find your preference and make clean-up garden chores quick and easy! We also have a selection of trimmer replacement spools, eye and ear protection, and lawn and garden respirator masks.

Here are some of our best-sellers:

Black & Decker

  • 12" 20V Cordless Lawn Trimmer

  • Combo Pack Cordless 10" Trimmer and 20V 130 MPH Sweeper/Blower


  • 12" 20V Cordless Lawn Trimmer

  • 20V 2-Speed Cordless Sweeper/Blower

  • 20V 22" Cordless Hedge Trimmer

  • Electric Blower, up to 260 MPH

  • Electric 22" Hedge Trimmer


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November Garden Guide


Add cool-season flowers to your garden such as Iceland poppies, Ornamental Kale, Calendula, Primroses, Violas, Pansies, Linaria, and Cyclamen.


Plant your spring-blooming bulbs such as Daffodils, Iris, and Freesias. Because the gophers and deer love Tulips, plant them in decorative pots that you can put at your front door or patio when they start to bud and bloom! For best results, incorporate a good quality Bulb Planting Food or Fish Bone Meal to your planting area.


Keep leaves which have fallen on your lawn and plants cleared and raked. They will bury your plants and cause them to rot if left unattended. However, if you can keep them away from the crown of your plants, a shallow layer of fallen leaves and redwood debris make great free mulch!


Remove dead blossoms and stems on Pansies, Cyclamen, Calendula, and Primroses to prevent fungus and bacteria from spreading and infecting new flower buds.


Prevent slugs, snails, sowbugs, and earwigs from nibbling your winter veggies, —especially lettuce with organic Sluggo Plus. Apply three times at 10-14 day intervals to stop the life cycle of these pests.


Protect your plants from disease! Apply the first of three applications of organic Monterey Liqui-Cop Disease Control combined with a good Horticultural Spray Oil to your deciduous fruit trees, dogwoods, and lilacs once the leaves have dropped. An easy way to remember to apply once a month for three months: aim for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and no later than Valentine’s Day (finish applications before flower buds start opening).


Keep outdoor container plants happy and healthy! Remove the saucers and store them until next year, or turn them upside down under the pots, or fill them with rocks so that the pot is not sitting in trays of water through the rainy season.


Spread a 2-inch layer of well-rotted manure such as chicken, steer or Gardner & Bloome Farmyard Blend around fruit trees and roses and let the rainfall help get those nutrients down to the roots. For your citrus, apply Dr. Iron’s iron and zinc to keep leaves from yellowing. Start fertilizing in spring when the nighttime temperatures stay above freezing.


Set out Hummingbird feeders to provide a source of food for them during the winter months. Be sure they are kept clean and filled with fresh food.


Water-Saving Tips

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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