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Break of Frost Period – Veggies are Here

Written by David S. Many gardeners are familiar with plant hardiness zones and part of those zones include another set of zones that include the average last frost date for a geographic region. Around Southern California the average last frost date zones range from zones 1-5 – sometimes sone six too. These zones are different from […]

Growing a Houseplant Garden Can Help You Feel Grounded

Written by Alicia R. It is natural to long for time in the company of greenery. People who don’t have yards or much time to spend outdoors are increasingly turning to indoor gardening to satisfy a need to nurture and feel grounded. Many indoor green thumbs are part of the Millennial Generation roughly defined as being born […]

2019 Gardening Trends

Written by Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Today, I want to provide you insight on popular trends in the gardening world that I have taken notice of over the past several years. Gardeners and people alike are shifting their interests to more eco-friendly and natural /organic life styles. They are using more organic based fertilizers, improving […]

Spring Bulbs To Plant Now For Spring/Summer Blooms

Written by Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura For several years I had tall growing Gladiolas planted along the unsightly 6 foot tall chain link fence. The summer blooms were spectacular as the flowers and foliage disguised the bare fence for a few weeks during the summer. Amongst the “Glads” were other lovely perennials. Combining bulbs with perennials […]

On Valentine’s Day, Share a Little Love For the Garden

Written by Alicia R. Gardens are romantic, which is why so many people choose to celebrate weddings amid places like backyards, botanic gardens, and the flowerbeds of public parks. Similarly, plant nurseries are romantic. They’re colorful, fragrant, and filled with opportunities to create beauty outside and indoors. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, consider giving your […]

How You Can Conserve H2O by Designing a Water-Wise Garden

Written by Alicia R. Water conservation is a way of life in California especially since May when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring water districts statewide to set permanent usage rules applying even in years without drought. Creating a water-wise landscape involves practices such as: Planning a combination of hardscape and planted areas Installing drip-watering systems Mulching […]

Dwarf Southern Magnolia

By Richard Flowers, ACCNP-Green Thumb Nursery-Ventura Looking up through the canopy I see the helical distribution of branches. Between the thick foliated stems I observe patches of blue sky. Attached to these branches and stems are what appears to be almost like thick plastic; russeted underneath with a “felty” feeling, dark green above giving them […]