El Dorado County
Preservers (with Earlene)
Auburn Home Show
Sept. 28th-30th in the Sierra Bldg.
Come watch demos of approved canning methods
FALL IS THE TIME FOR
Chrysanthemums, or “mums” as we know them, are fall perennials. When most other flowering perennials are getting ready to snooze for the winter, the mums are just about to burst forth! If you, like us at Eisley’s, have been pinching and trimming the growth all summer—keeping the stems from getting too leggy, we now have a bushy plant full of buds. Give your mums a good feeding of Master Nursery Rose & Flower Food and enjoy!
GARDEN ACTIVITIES FOR SEPT./OCT.
FALL IS THE BEST TIME FOR WILDFLOWERS
Planting native wildflower seed is a perfect fall activity. Ideally wait until the first rains are imminent and then sow those seeds. There is no need to do a lot of cultivating and soil preparation. Just broadcast the seeds and lightly rake into the soil. No fertilizer is needed, cool weather and natural humidity provide the right conditions, and the winter rains do the watering.
Do not expect every seed to germinate. As in nature, the hardiest survive, thrive, and “naturalize” for future winter & spring enjoyment.
PUT BULBS IN THE
Why do we put tulips, crocus and hyacinths in the refrigerator? Because, of all the bulbs, these especially need a chilling period to bloom well.
Buy early for the best choices, but hold off planting until it has cooled down in late October. Meanwhile, store them in the refrigerator (not the freezer) in a paper bag to give them a good chill for 4 to 6 weeks. Be sure to plant them immediately after taking them out of storage.
WINTER GARDENING IS HEALTHY; SO IS THE FOOD!
Eating vegetables from the winter garden is known to be beneficial to our health. “Cole” crops, cabbage, broccoli, chard, etc., provide antioxidants as well as vitamins and fiber. Also lettuce and spinach are great.
Working in the cool season garden can be much pleasanter than the summer garden. Less heat, less weeds and pests, and less watering. We have a great variety of transplants to choose from, as well as seed to start your own crops.