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Garden Guide for January 2022

Happy New Year!

The staff at Scarborough Gardens want to thank our customers for their continued support, and we are looking forward to helping you with all your gardening needs in 2022. We are open every day until 5:00 throughout the winter, so stop by and let us help you find what you are looking for! Now is the prime time to plant bare-root fruit trees, and we have a wide selection of stock to choose from.

Bare-root Roses Have Arrived!

Bare Root Tree Roses (Standards) are $49.99
Bush and Climbing Roses are $34.99

Come to our
Annual Rose Pruning Workshop

Our third annual FREE hands-on rose pruning demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, January 29th, from 11:00–2:00 at San Lorenzo Valley High School – rain or shine! Bring your gloves, hand pruners, loppers if you have them, and a bag or container to haul away cuttings (no green waste bins available on site). We ask attendees to wear a mask as we may be working within 6’ of each other. The location is 7105 Highway 9 in Felton; we will be near the center lawn past the performing arts center in front of the school. No need to RSVP, but if you have questions, email Jet.

 


Plant Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees!

Bare Root Roses and Fruit Trees

Our 2022 selection of bare-root fruit trees, which just arrived, must be planted immediately after purchasing to keep the roots from drying out. If you need to heel them into wet soil temporarily, do so on the shady side of the house or under trees and make sure the soil does not dry out. The bare root roses, in bush, climbing, and tree (standard) form will arrive very soon! The bare root bush and climbing roses are in biodegradable peat pots that can be planted directly into the ground. The tree roses will need to be planted in the ground or container right away.

Once planted, keep them watered regularly. Dry soil = dead roots = dead plant! If we go long periods between rainstorms, don’t forget to give your new additions an occasional deep drink to keep the roots moist while they are getting established.

Amend your soil. Give your rose garden or mini-orchard a little help by boosting the soil’s fertility. Mix in some good compost or amendment (we recommend Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme or Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Conditioner) with your native soil in a 1/3 amendment to 2/3 native soil ratio. This will help support the new root development occurring throughout the winter, which is needed to support blooming and fruit production in the spring and summer.

Don’t forget the gopher basket! Gophers LOVE both roses and fruit trees, so be sure to protect your new investment with a heavy-duty wire gopher basket around the roots. Whether you make them yourself with a roll of wire or buy them pre-formed, match the size of the basket to the mature size of the root ball! General guidelines: use a 5-gallon basket for roses and 15-gallon for fruit trees.

Protect from the deer! Yet another pest who enjoys snacking on roses and fruit trees, there are a few options for deer prevention. The best would be an 8’ fence around your yard, but if that’s not feasible, you can erect individual rings around each tree using deer fencing and posts. At a minimum, using deer repellent spray such as Liquid Fence every week when the trees leaf out to help “train” the deer to avoid the plants you wish to protect.

 

Enjoy Beautiful Fragrance in Your Garden

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora)

This old-time favorite is at its peak during this time of the year. Its pink buds that open white have a heavenly scent. It is not overpoweringly sweet, but rather it has a slightly citrus-like fragrance. We keep them in a part sun location. Use Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost mixed with your soil to help create excellent drainage. We also try to keep them on the dry side in summer not succumb to root rot. The average height and width is 4'x4’. Daphne is an excellent choice to place near a partly sunny patio or entryway where you can enjoy its lovely fragrance. Additionally, they are frost tolerant and deer resistant!

 


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January Garden Guide

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Cold and dry is dangerous to the health of many plants. Continue to check your other plants in areas under eaves and porches to ensure they do not dry out. Water all other plants in the landscape if rain has not fallen within a two-week period. For added protection for the most frost tender plants, use frost blankets, frost bags, or Cloud Cover Spray.

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Plant cold-tolerant flowers. Some of the best colorful annuals that perform beautifully during winter’s cold, freezing days include Violas, Pansies, Ornamental Kale, and Dusty Miller. Cyclamen are bulbs that will happily flower in a part shade area into the spring, and primrose are small perennials for partly shade areas. These selections had little to no damage here in Scotts Valley, where our overnight temperatures have dropped to 28 degrees. We recommend using fresh soil formulated for containers, such as GreenAll, Recipe 420, or Gardner & Bloome Organic Potting Soil for the best plant and flower development.

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It is an ideal time to shop for winter-blooming Camellias, Pieris, Correa, Grevillea, Hellebores, and Daphne. These shrubs are all evergreen and cold-hardy. While these plants have the bonus of being deer resistant, very few plants are gopher resistant, so don’t forget to plant them in gopher baskets large enough to accommodate the mature size of the root ball.

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Keep Hummingbird Feeders clean and filled with fresh nectar. This time of year, most of their favorite flowers are dormant, so offering supplemental food is much appreciated by these little feathered friends! Don’t forget the hummingbirds! They are a great educational aid for children and they are entertaining to all.

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Invest in quality tools to make your pruning and other tasks easier. We stock a variety of pruners, loppers, and hedge shears, by Felco, Corona, and Fiskarswhich the Arthritis Foundation has awarded Ease-of-Use Commendation. Keep tools you already own tuned-up by cleaning, sharpening and oiling them.

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Spray dormant Fruit Trees, Lilacs, Dogwoods, and Roses with copper sprays such as Monterey Liqui–Cop (copper ammonium complex). We also suggest adding a Horticultural Oil spray to the Liqui-Cop concentrate mix. The oil helps the copper stick to the plant and is effective in smothering overwintering insects such as aphids and scale.  Be sure peaches and nectarines are sprayed at the “pink bud” stage for the best control of peach leaf curl! This effective, earth-friendly prevention program will help reduce insects and diseases such as peach-leaf curl, apple scab, powdery mildew, and more.

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Prune cold-hardy shade and fruit trees, shrubs, roses, and vines. AVOID PRUNING spring bloomers that bloom on old wood until after they bloom, so you don’t cut off this spring’s flower buds. (Examples include Lilacs, Flowering Plums and Crabapples, Redbuds, Magnolia soulangeana, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias). Fruit tree pruning can be a daunting task for beginners, but there are several great how-to videos on YouTube, such as this one to get you started.

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Check Houseplants for insects and for repotting needs. Wash off foliage to prevent infestations. Use an appropriate product for insect problems and one that is safe to use indoors. If you need help, bring a sample of your plant to our nursery in a plastic bag so we can help identify the pest and guide you to the proper remedy.

 

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