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Foodies, feeding flowers and upcoming festivites......

Greetings from the Garden

I think we can all agree that it's really turning into a wonderful summer!  We have had a handful of super hot days and our gardens are fabulous and filled with amazing flowers and there is so much fruit around town!  Not too mention working in the garden and planting new trees, shrub, perennials and color is so much easier!  We a have a bunch of fun stuff coming up this month in the nursery...we are bringing back our Plant-A-Palooza Labor Day Sale the end of the month, our class list for fall will be out the middle of the month and  fresh, colorful Mums, Kale, Asters and bloomin perennials will arrive soon!   

Speaking of coming back....I am a part of a wonderful team of ladies that organize and put on our only local Farm to Table dinner.  We haven't held the dinner since 2019, but WE ARE BACK!  This year the dinner is being held at the Grimes Rice Canyon Ranches on Saturday, August 12th right here in the valley.  (see poster below for more info)  It's really such an amazing event to support the Lassen Land & Trails Trust organization.  This great non-profits' goals are to conserve our significant natural areas & agricultural landscapes and to promote and enhance public trail systems throughout Lassen County.  And if you are "foodie", this event is for you.  We have a Michelin rated chef this year and the menu will not dissappoint!  A beautiful evening with friends at sunset, it's really magical.  There are still a few tickets left, so please consider joining us!  Tickets available on the website, click the link   Lassen Land & Trails Trust
                                                             See you in the garden,  Melissa



The August Garden

You already know it is critical to get your watering done correctly, but did you know that you can also OVER water in this heat. If your plants are showing signs of stress - yellow leaves wilted looking - don't automatically give them more water. Check your soil, you could be drowning them. 

A layer of mulch around the plants will definitely help. It will shade the new root growth, slow the evaporation of water and even serve as a “blanket” for when winter arrives. The mulch also serves as a weed-inhibitor; less work for you! Weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrition. We have a variety of products for different applications. 
G&B Organics

Can be used on all your plants, indoors and out!

High in phosphorous to promote larger, healthier blooms

Made with 100% organic ingredients including mycorrhizae for strong root development

  • Feeds for several months

Comes in a variety of sizes to fit your garden needs!


Harvesting Guide

This in-depth guide will help you get the most out of your harvest each season!  Download it now!  See link below...

This guide covers:

  • Tips on harvesting 36 popular fruits & veggies.
  • Advice on how to extend your harvest.
  • 6 methods for preserving your harvest.
  • Seed saving printables to give you a headstart next season.
  • And much more…..

Also included is information on harvesting herbs, composting, and over 20 resource links to ensure you have a healthy and bountiful harvest.

Click the link:  VEGETABLE HARVESTING GUIDE and download your copy now.....

 Shrub Highlight for August

          Beekeeper Bluebeard

Beekeeper Caryopteris, a selection of garden Bluebeard, fills in beds or borders with a compact, tidy form, and contrasting blue flowers that drive pollinators crazy. These purple-blue flowers pop against the foil of golden/chartreuse foliage. While the appearance of the plant is appealing, Caryopteris is also known for its intense attraction for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Pollinators simply can't stay away from these colorful blooms. The foliage has a notable, peppery fragrance when bruised and Beekeeper keeps its incredible golden leaves all summer to create a nice contrast to other vegetation.  Noted for it's exemplary resistance to deer grazingm we have never had a complaint about it being touched by or other wildlife.  Be sure to add this to your  pollinator garden flower beds!

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Minigold' PPAF






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Michelle's Famous Tomato Pie

From one of our gardening extraordinaire friends in Fallon comes this delicious and easy recipe. It's that time of year when you should be harvesting lots and lots of beautiful homegrown tomatoes from the vine, and hopefully handfuls of basil. You will want to make two they are so good and they freeze well too!

BAKED 9" pie shell

4-6 large red tomatoes -  sliced very thick
1 bunch of green onions - chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
1 crushed clove garlic
Oregano to taste
Fresh basil LOTS - Use the whole leaves - not chopped
2 tbs water
1 tbs cornstarch
1 cup mayonnaise (Do not use "lite" or Miracle Whip)
2 cup grated cheddar cheese
Make two layers of the first 6 ingredients
Mix cornstarch water/ dribble over tomatoes
Mix Mayo and cheese and spread on top edge to edge
Bake 350 for 45min - 1 hour

You MUST try this recipe!  It is so delicious.