Everything listed under: sierra gardens

  • Sagehen Creek Wildflowers

    I have not had a report since Monday but with the warmer weather, this weekend should be "peak bloom" for the camas lilies down Sagehen creek.  In honor of that occurrence, I made up a little spreadsheet based on Calflora's "what grows here?" website. Click Here.  Calfora has terrific tools but they do frequently lag behind in updated last names and their "what grows here" lists are far from comprehensive... still, we love them.



  • "Shoulder Season"

    "Shoulder Season" in the travel industry came to mean the periods between high season and low season. In Truckee, since we have high season and high season, it should maybe be called "waist" season. The lake seems to experience this between seasons lul more than Truckee does these days. In the nursery, our busiest season is spring. We rapidly ramp-up from late April until early July when our business slowly tapers off into fall when, because FALL IS FOR PLANTING, we have a little bump in activity that quickly fades into the shoulder season: October and November when folks are otherwise occupied (gathering acorns or maybe wood). We reduce our hours and close on Sundays (we have to gather acorns too).  We still have planting projects and many landscapers are still active until the soils freeze or deep snow makes it impractical to dig. We plant a lot of bulbs and wildflower seed and the shoulder season is the best time for non-irrigated restoration / revegetation work.  The autumnal thermal overturn is just around the corner when soils begin to freeze and stay frozen (the perfect time to spread Biosol...everywhere). 

    "Ecology books speak of the "autumnal thermal overturn" when the average air temperature stays colder than the average soil temperature.  We hope for a good deep frost before the snows come because it is makes digging harder for voles.  'If ice skating is good the voles won't be as bad next spring'.  Deep in the soil the earth is consistently warm and once the blanket of insulating snow covers it, the soil begins to thaw allowing roots to continue expanding".  Wildflower seeding on top of the first 3" of snow is a technique that has worked very well for many."

    Winterizing the gardens and tying-up young plantings also occupies a bit of time in the shoulder season. Fall lawn care is essential. We stake and wrap the lower branches of trees and shrubs for the first 2-3 winters to protect their important "photosynthetic potential" (energy producing leaf surfaces) that feed the trunk to improve caliper and help develop good taper.

    Now is still a great time for planting all sorts of plants, we usually have some daily or weekly specials we post to FB or the chalkboard based on something we notice that we have a LOT of or that's just cool or interesting.  We ave begun to put the nursery away for the winter, tucking the pots into shade, giving them an anti-transpirant and tossing around plant-skydd animal repellent. Rob and crew will be out wrapping trees and shrubs once leaves fall and after that, we'll go cut a few Christmas trees.

  • October Winterizing and Fall Planting Blow-Out Specials

    Late October Nursery Sale thru 10/31

    Check-out the latest newsletter, for those on the e-mail list. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102261798136&ca=c5638956-cc07-477b-a090-e8ee25d95775

    Details enclosed.  There are some really great deals. Really.  Check it out for coupons but some of the specials are here:

    October Sale Details   (all discounts are off regular individual prices)
    50% Off: Honeyberry, Twinberry, Mock Orange, Sumac and Oaks
    50% Off: Botanical Interests packets of vegetable and flower seeds
    40% Off: 4" and quart wildflowers & perennials.  Hardy vines including hop & clematis.
    30% Off: Woody trees* and shrubs including many spring flowering and fall coloring plants plus all sizes of perennials and groundcovers larger than quart pots. 
    30% Off: Outdoor pottery, birdbaths and redwood planters
    20% Off: *Quaking Aspen (full truck-load arriving this week).
    20% Off: All G&B Lawn (and others) and Dr.Earth fertilizers (apply with BIOSOL).
    10% Off: Hardy bulbs (excludes bulk bags and crates always @ 20% off)
    10% Off: Winterizing Tree Tape (Villager-Brown 1"x150'x8mil. plus others up to 20mil)

    Visit our Facebook page, our website References page and come by the nursery soon to shop the sale for the best choices.  If you found this newsletter on-line or via Facebook, sign-up to receive your very own.
  • April-May 2016

    Wow, a "Normal" winter-Spring.  Lots of new faces to gardening in Truckee. Welcome. The edibles trend IS a cultural shift and it is excellent. We were the ONLY source for solid gardening information and education for many decades and as more and more folks experiment and learn on their own, they are becoming valuable assets and mentors in the gardening community. Thank You.

    We have always felt extremely fortunate to have jobs we love and to have the opportunity to share with and learn from thousands of individuals each year with as many disparate gardening and landscaping experiences.  We essentially garden vicariously through all these wonderful people.  Slow Food Lake Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners have been putting together some fun classes that we dropped the ball on this spring.

    We hope to make the time to put together our usual Summer-Fall Class series this year... stay tuned.  We are ALWAYS open to new ideas for classes.  

    Don't Forget!... We do have an event the first weekend in June (Fri-Sat, June 3-4).  Our EIGTH annual FREE Kellogg Planting days (See elsewhere on the website for details).  It is always a blast and always busy and Giselle is THE fountain of information for ALL things compost, organic related.  PLEASE ask her your toughest questions.  She teaches classes in Nevada, Humboldt & Mendocino counties as well as across the nation.  Oh, we'll have MINI-seminars on a variety of subjects on the 3rd & 4th... (see elsewhere for details).  Visit our Facebook page or LIKE us for more up-to-date information.


  • Water Restrictions and Exemptions in the TDPUD sphere...

     

    Because our irrigation restrictions WERE greater than those in Placerville, Auburn, the Tahoe Basin and MANY other districts...  AND because (as we are frequently told by TDPUD) we have recharging water tables and adequate (if not ample) water supply, WE requested (and were granted: 6/3/15) a hardship exemption, on behalf of the community. SO...  IN-SPITE of our PUD's best efforts to tell you through various media that you can ONLY irrigate on Tuesday and Friday, you can in-fact irrigate as needed when watering responsibly with drip (incl. micro-spray, soakers & drip emitters), syringing (a light spray to cool-off stressed plants), and selectively hand-watering specific plants, planters, and spots in need. "*Plant containers, trees, shrubs, ground covers and vegetable gardens may be watered as needed when using automatic drip irrigation or hand-watering".  The Truckee Demonstration Garden's efforts very early-on gave us the exemption to irrigate all edibles as needed (taken as annual & perennial vegetables, herbs, berry bushes and fruit trees).

    PLEASE.... NO BARE SOIL in your garden. MULCH everywhere. Mulch on bare soil 10 feet from your plants is keeping that fine-silty soil from drying-out and from wicking water away from your plants. DO NOT mulch over tree or shrub trunks or over herbaceous plants (unless with a fine compost like Topper).

    AND..  WATER YOUR SURROUNDING FOREST.  2-4 times this summer, on your watering day, put an oscillating sprinkler out among the big pines and fir surrounding your home, near and as far as you can go.  Water enough to soak the soil 2-3 feet.  We may have "adequate" supply in our wells but we are definitely in a drought and our soils are DRY!. Trees are dying all around us from the past 3 dry winters (desiccation & beetle attack) and you can prevent yours from dying by giving them a couple of deep waterings.

     

Contact Villager

Villager Nursery, Inc
10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4834
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
(530) 587-0771
www.villagernursery.com
info@villagernursery

Founded 1975, Incorporated 1990

California Nursery License 1975
No. C 3976.001, Co.29CA
Contractors License 1977
No. 413907-C27 LS
ISA Certified Arborist: Eric Larusson
No. WE-7983A

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