Nothing says summer more than sunflowers blooming in your garden! Annual sunflowers are easy to grow. Plant them in an area with full sun, give them regular water and fertilizer, and they will reward you with tons of blooms to enjoy in the garden or as cut flowers for arrangements. Tall varieties may need staking.
Right now, we have a great selection of annual sunflowers in 4" pots, budded and ready to burst into bloom. Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, buy one and you'll get a second one free, while supplies last (regular price $4.99).
Memorial Day - it's time for picnics, camping and, unfortunately, mosquitos! It's more important than ever to protect yourself this summer, and you can do so safely and effectively with our natural, deet-free products. From our Para'kito clip-ons and wristbands to our sprays and candles, you and your family will be well armed against those pesky skeeters!
We are proud to be selling Treasure Garden Umbrellas this season. These shade-providers are easy to adjust for your liking with their multiple tilt adjustments (Push Button and Collar).With our two fabrics, Sunbrella and Obravia, these umbrellas are great for any yard as they come in an array of colors and sizes. Ranging from 7 to 11 feet, we have a wide assortment so you will have it made in the shade!
Spring and fall are the two best times to plant shrubs and trees but with special attention summer or winter planting can work well, too. For information on preparing the soil, digging the hole, mulching and watering, click here.
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Mulch, mulch, mulch. A 2-3 inch layer of Black Forest around the garden will help retain moisture this summer (be sure to not bury the plants' crowns.
- An organic blend of composted screened forest humus (redwood and fir bark)
- Can be used as mulch or a premium soil conditioner for roses, vegetables and lawns
- Fortified with iron and nitrogen. Will not deplete soil of pre-existing nitrogen like untreated products
- When mixed with soil, loosens hard compacted soils to improve drainage and increases moisture retention
Heat Tolerant Greens
Salads don't have to end with spring! A crisp, colorful salad may be the perfect dish on a hot summer's day, and some varieties of greens excel despite the heat. Sowing heat-tolerant greens keeps your fridge crisper full of healthful, delicious, and diverse greens to help quench the heat.
While lettuce is known for bolting in the heat, leading to bitter salads, this doesn't have to be the case. Try any of these heat-tolerant varieties for diversity in texture, flavor, and color!
- Marvel of Four Season
- Black Seeded Simpson
- Oak Leaf Blend
- Salad Bowl Blend
- Red Sails
- Parris Island Cos
- Rouge d' Hiver
Tip: Lettuce needs light to germinate and will not sprout in temperatures over 80 degrees F, so keep succession sowing - by starting seeds indoors and transplanting them out during the heat of summer or sowing them in a cool, shady location.
Spinach, not just for spring and fall anymore! Lavewa is a heat-tolerant spinach variety that keeps savory spinach on your plate all summer long. Spinach is also easy to freeze for winter meals, so go ahead, sow a little extra.
If you have the space and nice sunny spot, then melons are a must. The lushness and sweet flavors are some of the rewards you can receive from growing melons. Splurge on some prosciutto and the quintessential summer appetizer is yours. Here are just a few delicious types you'll see available at Orchard some time during the planting season:
Delight of the Table: This rare French heirloom was first listed back in 1885. A hard-to-find treat and practically extinct! Very thick, pumpkin-like, ribbed rind is orange and chrome yellow when ripe. Muskmelon-like flesh is pale orange, intensely sweet and soft. The 5' plant has good yields of 2-3 lb. melons. 85-90 days.
Green Nutmeg: An heirloom (c.1863) with a uniquely spicy, sweet flavor and aroma! Reliable, high yields of fragrant melons weighing 2-3 lbs each. The dark green skin is deeply netted while the flesh is light green with a salmon center. Yummy!
'Sakata's Sweet' Melon: A very rare Asian heirloom from Yokohama, Japan, where it has been grown for centuries. A luscious, fragrant, 3-4" baseball-size melon with gray-green skin maturing yellow-green. Jade green flesh is crispy and sweet, and they say even the skin is edible! A perfect small size for trellising. 85-90 days.
Sweet Granite Cantaloupe: The earliest ripening eastern style cantaloupe, not what you think of...kind of oblong or football shaped. Light netting, sweet orange flesh, 2-3 lbs. This is developed for cooler areas. (Cantaloupe is a relative of the cucumber, did you know?) 70-75 days.
Petit Gris de Rennes' Muskmelon: "The Small Gray from Rennes" is a rare French Heirloom melon. Dense 2 lb. fruits have orange flesh that is superbly sweet, flavorful and perfumed. Well adapted to cooler climates. Gray-green rind will turn tannish when ripe. Cut when color change is halfway up melon, then allow to sit a few days. 80-85 days.
Honeydew Muskmelon: The original...the one and only! Considered the sweetest of all melons with pale, smooth skin and icy-green flesh. 3-5 lb. melons are always juicy. Skin gets creamy-yellow and waxy when ripe. 80-85 days.
Crenshaw Muskmelon: A delicious rich flavor and aroma makes this muskmelon desirable for the home garden. ‘Crenshaw’ has a dark green skin and salmon-pink flesh.
Tuscany Cantaloupe: This melon is the specialty of Dulcinea Farms, a very large California melon grower. As it ripens, the "grooves" change color from green to golden as it goes from "firm and sweet" to "rich aroma and full flavor." Thick, sweet, orange flesh and a small seed cavity. Rich in antioxidants. 90-100 days.
Banana Melon: Long banana-shaped melon tapered at both ends, 16-24" long x 4" diameter. Smooth yellow skin with salmon-pink flesh. Interesting sweet spicy flavor.
Very rare and rarely seen in markets.
Melons need soil rich in organic material and 2-3 feedings of a fertilizer until the first melons are set. Water should be steady and deep during the growth season, cutting back during ripening period.
Portulaca Sundial Series Mix
This plant is a great summer annual that will add festive color to your poolside planters and make it feel like there is a party going on. The Sundial Series Mix comes in bright and pastel shades of red, cerise, rose, pink, orange, yellow, and white. The plants thrive in high temperatures, intense sunlight with occasional watering once established. They are not fussy about soil. They are attractive in rock gardens, parking strips, hanging baskets, or edgings. Plus, they don't require deadheading to prolong bloom.
The plant grows to about 1 1/2" wide and 4 - 6" tall with a spreading habit. The flowers are 1 1/2"' - 2" wide and will remind you of those paper flowers used to decorate at a Mexican fiesta. One of the best ways to enjoy all the attributes of this plant is to plant it in a strawberry pot.
This delightful old-fashioned plant produces a mass of gorgeous, purple, clover-like flowers over the warm months. Highly ornamental, this plant will decorate bedding displays, perennial borders, and containers. Sun, deep, fertile, well-drained soil and moderate watering to establish and maintain.