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Can I plant asparagus now?

April 24th, 2008

Hello, I am an amateur gardener. I would like to try growing asparagus. I live in San Jose CA where it gets very warm. Can I plant asparagus now? Can it grow in partial sun/shade? What variety would be best. Thanks!

Answer: Hello, Sunny California!

I’m posting a response that should apply to your entire state, because the growing regions there vary, and readers from San Joaquin to San Francisco have different needs.

Asparagus plants do best in full sun, requiring 8 hours a day. Jersey Knight is a long-term perennial crop that does especially well in warm climates.

PLANTING CALENDAR

North Coast (Monterey County-north): January through March

South Coast (San Luis Obispo County-south): January through April

Imperial and Coachella Valleys: October through March

San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys: January through March

Asparagus should be fertilized and irrigated mostly during the fern season, when the plant is manufacturing food that will be stored by the roots for the next year’s shoots. However, supplemental irrigation during the harvest season may be necessary for sandy soils in dry areas.

Diseases and pests to watch out for: Fusarium, rust, asparagus aphids and beetles, cicadas and garden centipedes. Plant varieties with a high degree of tolerance to the Fusarium disease. Jersey Male Hybrid varieties are ideal for their resistance to these diseases, and GHS offers three varieties. Read their descriptions to see which is the best fit for your garden.

Good luck as you start this venture. The payoff is delicious!

Karen

Will our tomato plant self-pollinate?

April 24th, 2008

Hello, My husband Tom planted about 10 Big Boy tomatoes, one per pot, and they are doing great. We have several yellow blossoms already but we dont know if we need to put them outside or what. They are inside our screened porch. It has no roof and the sun comes thru. We were wondering if they needed to be outside for birds, bees etc. in order to bear fruit ? Thank you, Kathy

Answer: Hi, Kathy, Without the birds and the bees to do your pollinating, it’s possible to hand-pollinate some tomatoes for growing inside. You simply take a soft-bristled, small paintbrush and move it around inside the flowers. However, Big Boy is a hybrid variety, and only open-pollinated (or heirloom tomatoes) varieties will respond to hand pollination. So, it’s not likely that you’ll get fruit from your plants without putting the pots outside of your porch and allowing nature to “do its thing.” Since you’ve already invested your time and energy, I hope you can find space in the fresh air for them. Good luck as you nurture your plants to produce one of summer’s great treats. Karen

My first but certainly not my last order with you!

April 23rd, 2008

Good news! Yesterday I received my new shipment of the correct vegetable plants and they are beautiful! Your growers and packagers are very skilled. I found your web site on Dave’s Garden Watchdog and I’m going to give Garden Harvest Supply a positive rating because you responded quickly and very professionally when I received the wrong original order. Thanks again for growing very healthy plants and packaging them so there won’t be any transplant shock. This was my first, but certainly NOT my last, order with you. Susan L.

Simple Tomato-growing Trick

April 17th, 2008

Mixing technology with scientific research and some good old fashioned gardening experience, our Better Reds plastic mulch was designed to serve many purposes. It was developed to increase tomato yields and improve overall garden conditions. By allowing water, air and nutrients through while holding in heat, this mulch prevents weeds from proliferating and stealing the soil’s nutrients that feed the tomato plants. But best of all, it encourages the plant to produce the best fruits by reflecting a particular wave of sunlight to the leaves’ undersides. Both yields and fruit flavor are increased! It’s reusable for a couple of seasons by simply shaking off, rinsing, drying and storing. Also, it’s incredibly easy to use. Just unfold the squares, cut a slit in the center and plant the small plant directly into the soil. For mature plants, cut a slit from an outside edge to the center, and cut a center hole large enough to fit the stem of the plant. Lay it right on top of the soil around the plant’s base. You can keep it in place by placing small rocks on the corners. Better Reds can also be used with tomato relatives like peppers and eggplants, as well as strawberries and melons.

Asparagus shipping comment.

April 14th, 2008

I failed to see the shipping dates. Maybe it could be more visible. They did E-mail me back to let me know when the shipping would take place and that made me feel a little better. Now that I know when to expect my plants I wish I would have shopped locally. I have never tried to grow asparagus before so maybe it is for the best. Pretty much my fault….Check the SHIPPING DATES. K.B.

Order corrected in a timely manner.

April 10th, 2008

I received the ‘Pride of Mobile’ Abutilon Plant that was left out of my original order. It arrived yesterday in very good shape. I am so pleased that you corrected it in such a timely manner, that I left you a very positive review on ‘Dave’s Garden’ in the ‘Garden Watchdog’ section. Thank you very much. It was a pleasure doing business with you. Pam

Thanks again for the great gourment popcorn

April 10th, 2008

Hi, I just wanted to drop a note about my shipment of gourment popcorn. I received the order yesterday and have already popped two different batches (i am a popcorn nut). I purchased 3 one-pound bags, blue, purple and rainbow. The first one I popped was the purple and it was fantastic! The second one I popped was the rainbow – this one was a little different and a little tricky to capture different tastes but was not bad. I can’t wait to try the blue popcorn. All in all I am very pleased with the order and will be ordering more soon. Thanks again for the great popcorn, Denise P

What can we grow in a raised bed garden?

April 7th, 2008

Dear GHS: We want to start a small garden this year and use organic seeds. We are going to use a raised bed 4ft x 8ft and use garden soil to put in it. We will be using landscape timber —untreated, of course. My question to you is will the seeds grow in something like that or not, and what do you think we can and can’t plant? We live in a subdivison so we are limited to what we can and can’t do but want to go the organic route really bad. Also, are the organic seeds safe? I am sorry to ask you these questions but we are new at this and wanted to know before we wasted our money. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Bob & Penny B.

Why Garden Harvest Supply?

April 6th, 2008

GHS asks our current and prospective customers: “What makes Garden Harvest Supply a great company to do business with?” If you don’t already know, here are some answers. We are a family-owned and operated business. We value each and every one of our clients and offer personal and conscientious service with the largest online selection anywhere of flower and garden plants to show off your green thumb. We strive to offer the safest products for people and the environment. You can place your orders with confidence, knowing our site’s check-out is secure — with military-level encryption! Our plants are grown to ensure they arrive to you in excellent planting condition, and our order processing is fast and easy. Our website isn’t filled with annoying banner ads or pop-ups, so you can view our huge assortment of high-quality plants and products without hassle. We offer reward points for every purchase, redeemable on future items you buy from our site. Give us a try and see why we’ll be friends for life!

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