Villager Journal

A collection of thoughts, tips and news from Villager Nursery.

Boisterous Bumble Bee article from CNPS archive – worth a read

In the 2002 July-October V30 3/4 Issue of FREMONTIA – a journal of the California Native Plant Society, there was a terrific article by Robbin W. Thorp, Peter C. Schroeder, and Carol S. Ferguson: Bumble Bees: Boisterous Pollinators of California Native Flowers. It was such a perfectly detailed story of the annual life cycle of native Bumble Bees

15th Annual Kellogg Planting Days 2024

14th Annual Kellogg Planting Days Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 2023 from 10-2 each day. Along with Buy 3, get 1 Free on many Kellogg Composts

Sagehen Creek Calflora.org “What Grows Here?”

Sagehen Creek Calflora.org "What Grows Here?" - We have many of these (or if we don’t have the exact species we have a close Genera native relation). The partial list of local natives from this small area we often carry are below in bold. Sagehen Plants Availability...
A Few Fruits and Berries for Truckee

A Few Fruits and Berries for Truckee

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. Vanilla Ice cream smothered with warm plum-crabapple sauce. Chokecherry jelly on sourdough toast. Plump raspberries. Fresh, crisp, juicy apples. And thatʼs just some of the sweet stuff. Space in your yard can yield so much more than just visual...

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Growing Potatoes

Growing Potatoes

PREPARING THE SEED TO PLANT: Seed potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place. We do not use chemicals to prevent our potatoes from sprouting. They may have already begun to sprout. This is often considered desirable. Handle them carefully. When examining them,...

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Late Winter 2019

Late Winter 2019

  We have closed the shop for the past 4 mid-winters (Christmas-March). I've used the time to catch-up on bookkeeping, administration, filing, orders, articles, hand-outs and a few projects (and have a little free time). We probably won't continue our winter...

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Mid-Winter 2018-2019

Mid-Winter 2018-2019

As I closed the gate for our mid-winter season I came back inside to change the message on the answering machine, adjust the holiday lights timers, change the hours on our gate and on the search engines and social media:  Bing, Google, Yelp, Facebook and this webpage...

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Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

Late December Truckee-Tahoe Christmas Trees

Because we are "off the beaten path" of Truckee (far-west Brickletown & far-east Gateway) we usually BEGIN to sell Christmas trees on the Friday night that Bay-Area schools get-out for the holidays. Reno was completely sold-out last week. Truckee's Boy Scout &...

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