S.O.S. Save Our Seeds🌱 . If you've never saved seeds before, this is the year to give it a shot! . Make sure to save seeds from plant varieties that are heirloom or open-pollinated. Saving seeds from a hybrid will not produce the same plant next year. . These Oregon Sugar Pod II snow peas are an open-pollinated variety from @botanical_interests . Pea pods will be allowed to fully mature on the vine until they are dry with the seeds rattling inside. After harvesting they will be stored somewhere cool, dark and dry until they're planted in April 2021. 🌱
Is your perennial hibiscus getting munched on? These are *hibiscus sawfly larvae* and they will dine on your hibiscus leaves until they are totally skeletonized. . These bugs can be handpicked into a cup of soapy water (got any bored kids or grandkids? 😆) or apply a product containing spinosad. . We sell Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew, an organic spinosad product that works great on any plant that bugs are taking bites out of. (It's a great time to have this product on hand, Japanese beetles are on their way and earwigs are already doing nighttime damage.)
We have opened the interior of our store for shopping! . We are still processing emails for curbside pickup but if you're looking for the square treats that are chewy not crunchy, they come in a red bag and are the only ones your dog likes... you now have the option to come inside and shop yourself. (Tip: the bag is purple, not red.) . Thank you to all of our customers that continue to support us as we navigate the new world of retail during a pandemic. 🙃
WATERING YOUR VEGGIES 💧Save yourself trouble down the road and keep those leaves dry! Wet leaves and warm, humid conditions invite fungus and disease. Tomatoes and squash are especially vulnerable. 🚿Water plants individually at the base or use a soaker hose. This is especially important if watering in the afternoon or late evening. 🚿If watering with an overhead sprinkler is your only option, *be sure to do this as early in the morning as possible.* This will give the leaves all day to dry out. 💧Give your plants a DEEP DRINK, not just a sip. 🚿If your soil is especially dry, water will run right off the surface. In this case, give your plant a sip and let it soak in. THEN make your way around for round #2 of water, this time giving them a deep drink. 🚿Deep watering encourages roots to reach down for their own water, making them more resilient in hot weather.