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Morningsun Herb Farm reopens for business

Less than two weeks after wildfires, nursery welcomes back customers

Morningsun Herb Farm website
The website announces the good news
of Morningsun's reopening.



Less than two weeks after devastating wildfires torched its surroundings and many neighboring farms, Moningsun Herb Farm reopened for business.

Today (Sept. 1), the popular destination nursery welcomes back its first customers since the Aug. 19 blaze when the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire swept through Solano and neighboring counties. As of Tuesday, the LNU fire has burned 375,209 acres and was 69% contained, according to Cal Fire. One of the largest wildfires in California history, it has consumed at least 1,288 structures.

Several of those were homes and farms along Pleasants Valley Road outside Vacaville, including the Pleasants Valley Iris Farm.

Morningsun Herb Farm, at 6137 Pleasants Valley Road, was spared.

Monday, owner Rose Loveall announced on Facebook that her nursery would reopen with its current schedule.

“Rising like a phoenix from the ashes!” she proclaimed on Facebook.

“Time to open after the fire,” she added. “Still poor air quality and lots of ash, but so much is blooming, it gives us hope for renewal and moving forward.”

Morningsun Herb Farm will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Special senior-only shopping hours are 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

Loveall is also helping raise funds for her neighbors who were less fortunate. She’s providing links to Go Fund Me campaigns as well as other information on how people can pitch in.

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Get to work in the mornings while it’s still cool.

* Irrigate early in the day; your plants will appreciate it.

* Generally, tomatoes need deep watering two to three times a week, but don't let them dry out completely. That can encourage blossom-end rot.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the early hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Avoid pot “hot feet.” Place a 1-inch-thick board under container plants sitting on pavement. This little cushion helps insulate them from radiated heat.

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* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants. Mulch to conserve moisture and reduce heat stress.

* Cut back Shasta daisies after flowering to encourage a second bloom in the fall.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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