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Garden Guide for January 2021

Happy New Year!

As we bid a not-so-fond farewell to 2020 (finally!), the staff at Scarborough Gardens want to say thank you to our customers for their continued support, and we are looking forward to helping you with all your gardening needs in 2021. We have safety protocols in place for COVID. Still, since most of our shopping area is outside, and the nursery isn’t crowded this time of year, we haven’t been impacted by the capacity requirements in our county. We are open every day from 9:00 to 5:00 throughout the winter, so stop by and let us help you find what you are looking for!

Now is the prime time to plant bare root fruit trees and roses, and we currently have a wide selection in stock to choose from (although they are going fast—stop by early for the best choices!) In addition to providing plants and supplies, we hope to hold our third annual “How To Prune Roses” workshop. We are just waiting for the venue to give us the go-ahead. Stay tuned for the date and details!

Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

Our 2021 selection of bare-root roses, in bush or climbing form, have arrived and are ready for planting! The bush and climbing roses are in biodegradable peat pots that can be planted directly into the ground. The fruit trees are entirely bare root and must be planted immediately after purchasing to keep the roots from drying out. If you need to temporarily heel them into wet soil, do so on the house’s shady side or under trees and make sure the soil does not dry out. You can also temporarily plant them in a 15 gallon or larger nursery pot with potting soil to keep the roots moist and protected. Plant them in their permanent home before budding, which can start as early as February if the weather is warm.

Once planted, keep them watered regularly. Dry soil = dead roots = dead plant! If we end up having a dry winter or go long periods between rainstorms, don’t forget to give your new additions an occasional deep drink to keep the roots moist while they are getting established.

Amend your soil. Give your rose garden or mini-orchard a little help by boosting the soil’s fertility. Mix in some good compost or amendment (we recommend Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme or Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Conditioner) with your native soil in a 1/3 amendment to 2/3 native soil ratio. This will help support the new root development that will be occurring throughout the winter, which is needed to support blooming and fruit production in the spring and summer.

Don’t forget the gopher basket! Gophers LOVE both roses and fruit trees, so be sure to protect your new investment with a heavy-duty wire gopher basket around the roots. Whether you make them yourself with a roll of wire or buy them pre-formed, match the size of the basket to the mature size of the root ball! General guidelines: use a 5-gallon basket for roses and 15-gallon for fruit trees.

Protect from the deer! Yet another pest who enjoys snacking on roses and fruit trees, there are a few options for deer prevention. The best would be an 8’ fence around your yard, but if that’s not feasible, you can erect individual rings around each tree using deer fencing and posts. At a minimum, using deer repellent spray such as Liquid Fence weekly may help “train” the deer to avoid the plants you wish to protect.


Enjoy Beautiful Fragrance in Your Garden

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora)

This old-time favorite is at its peak during this time of the year. Its pink buds that open white have a heavenly scent. It is not overpoweringly sweet, but rather it has a slightly citrus-like fragrance. We keep them in a part sun location. Use Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost mixed with your soil to help create excellent drainage. We also try to keep them on the dry side in summer not succumb to root rot. The average height and width is 4'x4’. Daphne is an excellent choice to place near a partly sunny patio or entryway where you can enjoy its lovely fragrance. Additionally, they are frost tolerant and deer resistant!


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January Garden Guide


Cold and dry is dangerous to the health of many plants. Continue to check your other plants in areas under eaves and porches to ensure they do not dry out. Water all other plants in the landscape if rain has not fallen within a 2-week duration. For added protection for the most frost tender plants, use frost blankets, frost bags, or Cloud Cover Spray.


Plant cold-tolerant flowers. Some of the best colorful annuals that perform beautifully during winter’s cold, freezing days include Violas, Pansies, Ornamental Kale, and Dusty Miller. Cyclamen are bulbs that will happily flower in a part shade area into the spring, and primrose are small perennials for partly shade areas. These selections had little to no damage here in Scotts Valley, where our overnight temperatures have dropped to 28 degrees. We recommend using fresh soil formulated for containers, such as GreenAll, Recipe 420, or Gardner & Bloome Organic Potting Soil for the best plant and flower development.


It is an ideal time to shop for winter-blooming Camellias, Pieris, Correa, Grevillea, Hellebores, and Daphne. These shrubs are all evergreen and cold hardy. While these plants have the added bonus of being deer resistant, very few plants are gopher resistant, so don’t forget to plant them in gopher baskets large enough to accommodate the root ball’s mature size.


Don’t forget the hummingbirds! Keep Hummingbird Feeders clean and filled with fresh nectar. They are a great educational aid for children, and they are entertaining to all. Most of their favorite flowers are dormant this time of year, so offering supplemental food is much appreciated by these little feathered friends!


Invest in quality tools to make your pruning and other tasks easier. We stock a variety of pruners, loppers, and hedge shears, by Felco, Corona, and Fiskarswhich have been awarded Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. Keep tools you already own tuned-up by cleaning, sharpening, and oiling them.


Spray Fruit Trees, Lilacs, Dogwoods, and Roses with copper sprays such as Monterey Liqui–Cop (copper ammonium complex) or Bonide Ready-to-Use Copper Fungicide spray for organic gardening. We also suggest you add a Horticultural Oil spray to the Liqui-Copconcentrate mix. The oil helps the copper stick to the plant and is effective in smothering overwintering insects such as aphids and scale. This effective, earth-friendly prevention program will help reduce insects and diseases such as peach leaf curl, apple scab, powdery mildew, and more. Be sure peaches and nectarines are sprayed at “pink bud” stage for the best control of peach leaf curl!


Prune cold-hardy shade and fruit trees, shrubs, roses, and vines. AVOID PRUNING spring bloomers that bloom on old wood until after they bloom, so you don’t cut off this spring’s flower buds. (Examples include Lilacs, Flowering Plums and Crabapples, Redbuds, Magnolia soulangeana, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias). If you need help with pruning Fruit Trees, we stock an excellent book called How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses, by Martin R. Sanford, which we recommend for all you do-it-yourselfers.


Check Houseplants for insects and for repotting needs. Wash off foliage to prevent infestations. Use an appropriate product for insect problems and one that is safe to use indoors. If you need help, bring a sample of your plant to our nursery in a plastic bag so we can help identify the pest and guide you to the proper remedy.


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