Find deep discounts while helping your garden's bees and butterflies
Rose Loveall sells many varieties of lavender as
well as other plants and herbs attractive to
pollinators. (Photo courtesy Morningsun Herb Farm)
It’s National Pollinator Week and one of our favorite destination nurseries is celebrating with a big sale.
To help attract more pollinators to NorCal gardens, Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville is offering deep discounts: 25% off all plants and seeds. In addition, the sale includes 15% off garden art, wind chimes, soils and fertilizer.
With gardens in full summer bloom, Morningsun is located about 40 miles west of Sacramento just off Interstate 80. Right now, see (and smell) five varieties of lavender plus dozens of fragrant herbs and flowers. Morningsun is well known for its scented geraniums and water-wise perennials.
Got room in your veggie bed? Morningsun grows dozens of varieties of tomatoes and peppers including many heirlooms.
Owner and herb expert Rose Loveall is a treasure. She can recommend just the right herbs for any landscape.
Some herbs, such as lavender, are naturally bee magnets. But many others also have a lot of potential to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Morningsun is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. In extreme heat, the nursery may close at 2 p.m. The Pollinator Sale ends Sunday, June 26.
Morningsun is located at 6137 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville.
Details: https://morningsunherbfarm.com or 707-451-9406.
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For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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