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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 August 2022

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Grow Your Gardening Knowledge!

FREE gardening classes presented by Scarborough Gardens, held at the Felton Library on the second Wednesday of August, September, and October starting at 4:00 PM.

Registration for each class is required. Maximum of 25 people in each workshop. Sign up at santacruzpl.org

August 10: Vegetable, Fruit & Herb Gardening

September 14: Container Gardening

October 12: Gardening Basics
(Presentation followed by Q&A)

 

 

The Drought Continues

It’s time to do what we can to keep our gardens happy while conserving the water we use to irrigate our landscapes. The best way is to use mulch around all your plants, and we have many varieties of mulch to choose from to get the look, size, and even the right color for your landscape. We offer 2 cubic foot bags that come in 4 different sizes of bark nuggets: mini, small, medium, and large, PLUS the mulch known as “gorilla hair,” which is shredded redwood and recommended for slopes because it clings to the earth and doesn’t roll down the hill. We also have 2 cubic foot bags of NatureScapes Color Enhanced Mulch in Sierra Red, Classic Black, and Deep Forest Brown.

For certain landscape areas, such as succulent gardens or garden paths, pebbles or rocks used as mulch is a great way to have a cohesive look and keep the soil moist and cool for a longer time between waterings. For easier maintenance later, a layer of weed cloth under any mulch you are putting down will help keep weeds from popping up when it rains again —which will hopefully be sooner rather than later! We offer .5 cubic foot bags of red lava rock, Pea Pebbles and Pond Pebbles, which look like smaller river rocks.

 

Canning Jars

If your vegetable garden and fruit trees have been extra bountiful this year, we have plenty of canning jars in stock to help you keep all that delicious produce stored for use later in the year. Ball Jar Brand offers pint and quart-sized jars with both regular mouth and wide mouth openings and 8 oz. and 4 oz. jars. We also have all the seals, lids, hardware, pectin and spices needed for the canning process. Here is an easy recipe to help get you started.



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August Garden Guide

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Feed Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants this month, or mid-September at the latest, for the last time this year. For best results use a fertilizer specially blended for Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellias. It is also beneficial to put a 1–2 inch layer of mulch over the roots (but away from the trunk plant’s trunk) to keep them cool and moist through the rest of summer.

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Add fresh summer color to take you through the next few months until frost. Some sun-loving perennial plants include Salvias, Kangaroo Paws, Rudbeckia, Yarrow, Echinacea, and Lantana. Exceptional annuals that take the heat of summer include Marigolds, Annual Vinca, and Portulaca.

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Sow seeds for cool-season veggies near the end of the month. Good choices include radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, kale, and spinach. If you are still getting hot weather, plant your greens where they are shaded in the day’s late heat by a taller plant such as tomatoes or corn.

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If you are having trouble with blossom end rot on your tomatoes, peppers, or squash, we offer a couple of solutions: Tomato Blossom Set Spray, in an 8 oz. ready-to-use bottle, or Foli-Cal Concentrate, which can be mixed and used either as a foliar spray or as a soil drench. The extra calcium in these products is needed to correct blossom end rot, apparent by brown mushy ends on the vegetables where the blossom was attached before ripening.

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Sow seeds of Sweet Peas at the end of the month for early winter foliage and a fantastic spring show of colorful and fragrant blossoms!

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Divide and replant perennials such as Irises and Daylilies that have finished blooming. Dividing plants when they’ve grown too large for their location or have had a reduction of blooms this past year. After dividing, replant only the sections of rhizomes with roots attached and water well to re-establish.

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Cut back leggy petunias by about 1/3 to 1/2 and then feed them with a fertilizer blended for bud and bloom development to help them remain beautiful for a few more months.

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It may be time to replenish your mulch to help keep moisture in the soil and roots cooler during our area’s typically hottest time. Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Conditioner adds nutrients to the soil AND acts as a mulch to help keep weeds from sprouting when applied in a 2–3” layer.


 

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 www.watersavingtips.org

  1. 1. Spread 1–3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch, you reduce water usage 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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