By Richard Flowers ACCNPro-Green Thumb Nursery Ventura
Guavas are an excellent source of both vitamin A and C. The Vitamin-C content in Guavas is four times higher than the levels found in Oranges . The Guava is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber. Eating Guavas can help you increase brain function. Studies show that Guavas also help reduce cholesterol.
We’ve been hearing over and over that coffee grounds should be added to your soil instead of dumped in the trash bin, but what exactly is it contributing to the soil? Thanks to a laboratory analysis, we have discovered that coffee grounds are acidic and contain large amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper. The grounds also slowly release nitrogen as they age and decompose! Enough nitrogen by itself to provide for the microorganisms that help decompose the soil, which is really good news!
The lab also discovered that the grounds had a beneficial physical breakdown as a soil amendment with proper consistency and weight per size.
So, what does this mean for your plants? Soils are often deficient without potassium, nitrogen, and magnesium, all of which are in the coffee grounds! The coffee grounds also did not contain harmful chemicals that some gardeners have been wary of, so it looks like it is a safe additive to your soils as well.
The verdict? It looks like adding coffee grounds to your soil at a 6-8 inch depth at a rate of 25-35% of the soil is a beneficial soil amendment! So it is confirmed that the coffee grounds should definitely go into the yard instead of the trash as it is a great organic soil amendment.
Why a Corpse Flower?
What is stinky and beautiful? The rare Corpse Flower! Not too long ago we actually sold a dwarf variation of the Corpse Flower in our nurseries! If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one before they sold out, you will see this beautiful occasion take place in person! Very cool. We are sure we will hear about the smells from our customers in the future. Want to experience the beauty of the bloom without all the smelly?
Watch Rare Corpse Flower Bloom on Live Stream !
We hope you enjoy watching this rare corpse flower bloom on Youtube live stream as much as we do! If you want to learn more about the corpse flower, how long it takes to bloom, where its smell comes from and more, please visit one of our garden centers throughout Southern California and we would be more than happy to help! We also take special order requests for those interested in the dwarf variation of the Corpse Flower, please let us know if you would like for us to see if these are available to order in for you. Thank you for stopping by and watching the epic rare corpse flower bloom on live stream via Green Thumb Nursery!
Pollinators are needed for so many things! Without them our food, our beautiful landscapes,and our gardens would be gone! Contribute to their existence with a beautiful pollinator-friendly garden. You might’ve asked yourself the question: How do I attract pollinators to my garden?
Pollinators need food!
It’s important to have a variety of plants, colors, and bloom times so that there is nectar and pollen at all times of the year for all of the different kinds of pollinators. Be sure to include herbs, milkweed and grasses so the early stage pollinators can feed and grow! Native plants provide the greatest appeal and benefit to our insect and bird pollinators, so plant California natives! Planting large amount of blooming plants in a large mass reduces the distances that the pollinators must travel to gather their food!
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Here’s a helpful quick tip for killing weeds without the use of harmful chemicals: Killing weeds naturally has always been a challenge for those that want to be earth-friendly, but most don’t know that there is a really simple solution! Weeds need to be hydrated with water just like our favorite perennials, annuals and water wise beauties! What dries up water fast? Salt, that’s right folks, salt. Sprinkle every weed with an abundant amount and let the plant dry up over time, in no time your weeds will be gone and the earth will thank you for avoiding harsh chemicals.
For those that would like a faster acting solution to killing their weeds naturally, put white vinegar in a pressurized spray bottle and go to town on the little guys, within 24 hours the weeds should be gone but be careful not to spray any wanted plants as they will die along with your weeds if sprayed.
For those looking for organic lawn weed killer these methods will not work and will damage the grass along with the weeds. If you need an organic way to kill weeds in grass we recommend coming in to our store and picking up Whitney Farms Organic Lawn Weed Killer which works great for killing common weeds without harming the grass.
That’s it, I hope you liked our quick tip to help you kill weeds naturally.
How To Plant a Cocktail Herb Garden
A cocktail herb garden helps provide easily accessible drink garnishes, fresh cooking ingredients and makes for a gorgeous addition to your patio! You’ll be surprised how easily it is to grow your own herb garden perfect for cocktails and we’re going to give you the run down.
- Potting Soil
- Plant Labels
- Wooden or Metal Stakes
- Mint – Perennial Mentha spicata – Use: Lightly “bruise” the leaves into either juleps or mojitos to release the powerful flavors (muddling). You can also play around by pairing mint with ginger, berries or melons.
- Basil – Annual Ocimum basilicum – Use: goes great in drinks that usually use mint, but also try it in tequila and rum-based drinks such as margaritas, daiquiris, planter’s punch, and fruity martinis.
- Rosemary – Perennial Rosmarinus officinalis – Use: adds a great zest to fruity cocktails with berries, citrus, pears, or apples paired with either vodka, sparkling wine or gin.
- Lavender – Perennial Lavandula angustifolia – Use: because of its citrus and lemony flavor, lavender does great in lemony drinks, sparkling wines and champagne.
- Cilantro – Annual Coriandrum sativum – Use: goes great in tomato or tropical drinks. Margaritas and Blood Mary’s go great with Cilantro.
- You’ll need a container with proper drainage and a location to put the finished container that will get at least 4 hours of sun each day. Gather the materials listed above and pick your plants (we provided some examples above).
- Add the soil into your container about three-fourths full and place some fertilizer on top (organic preferred!). We recommend using either Edna’s Best or FoxFarm for the soil and Grow More: Herb Food for the fertilizer, we carry both in our store!
- Arrange and plant your plants! Make sure they sit below the container lip after they are planted. Also, be sure to note which order you placed them in so that you can label them correctly!
- Label your plants. Using the stakes and plant labels be sure to label your plants so that the correct herb makes it into the right drink!
- Water! You will want to water your herbs thoroughly after they are planted and regularly twice a week there after.
- Enjoy! When you’d like to garnish your drink just snip off a few leaves and enjoy!
Spider mites can cause massive damage to many indoor and outdoor plants, learning how to get rid of spider mites organically is very important to keeping your plants healthy and happy. Learn more about spider mites, the damage they cause and how to get rid of them organically.
An indoor garden DIY project can easily be put together using some air plants and driftwood.
Air plants are the go-to for indoor garden decoration because they are about as easy as it gets when it comes to plants, they don’t require being planted! Air plants receive all of the nutrients they need from the air and the small amount of water that they require, that’s right folks, no soil is required.
California homes, whether they are in Orange County, Los Angeles County or San Diego County are often are limited in backyard space, and what better way to make the most out of that space than to build a vertical herb garden! Our favorite permeable vertical garden are spiral herb gardens because they allow you to not only partake in the sustainable permaculture revolution but also yields fresh, organic herbs at an arms reach from the kitchen. A spiral herb garden is a compact vertical garden built using some specific principles which allow the management of wind and water to create an ideal garden scenario in a limited space. read more →
Our stores have just received our first shipments of Christmas Trees and the smells are amazing! We have living and cut Christmas trees in all variations so please come by and check it out! We’re offering some fantastic Black Friday specials on Living Christmas Trees, Christmas Lights, Artificial Christmas Trees, and our Fall Harvest Decor (see store for details).
This year we will be hosting our very first Small Business Saturday on November, 28 2015 where we will be showing our support for local business shoppers by extending our Black Friday deals another day! Stop by your local Green Thumb for more information! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you around the store! It’s an exciting time of year at Green Thumb, stop by your local nursery today for some amazing deals!