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 Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          October 2010

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Woolly Pockets !!!


Woolly Pockets

Modular Soft Pocket Planting System


You may have already read about Woolly Pockets in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, or seen them around Los Angeles or on any one of many lifestyle improvement programs such as the Martha Stewart Show. Now you can see them in person... At Deep Roots Garden Center.



Woolly Pockets are an exciting, recent development in gardening and provide new opportunities for raising plants in a different way. You can line a wall, create an interior meadow or zen garden, or hang plants from structures.


Made entirely in the USA Woolly Pockets are constructed from soft sided, breathable felt made of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, that have been industrially felted. They have a built-in moisture barrier that prevents damage to walls and floors. Each pocket is stitched together by hand with a double-lock stitch and strong, UV-resistant nylon thread.


There are three different shapes: The Wally Pocket for walls, the Meadow for floor spaces and the Island, a series of free-standing pockets for floors, tables or hanging gardens.


With the Wally Pockets Living Wall System you can grow a vertical wall of lush plants just about anywhere, inside or out. There are two types: indoor and outdoor. The built-in moisture barrier of the indoor Wally Pockets keeps walls dry, and they have an interior felt tongue that wicks water to the roots. Indoor Wallys' breathable front allows excess moisture to evaporate while aerating the soil. This reduces the need for drainage and keeps the plants healthy.


Outdoor Wallys have a partial moisture barrier that allows excess rainwater to run through the Pocket while still keeping the water off your walls.


Wally Pockets for walls come in three sizes and are designed to fit together as modules so that you can cover a small space or a large space. Each pocket comes with universal fasteners and wall anchors, and for large installations you can use an optional drip line to water the interior felt tongue. These pockets are designed to last and can withstand the weight of soil and a plant’s root systems, as well as the harsh conditions of an outdoor environment.


Wally Pockets are ideal for apartment gardening or for small spaces such as kitchens, courtyards, offices or stores. They are also ideal for covering an unsightly concrete wall or providing something beautiful to look at in a narrow side yard. Grow a vertical wall of herbs in your kitchen (see photo above), or hang a living wall next to your outdoor fireplace.


Living Wall Care

Each woolly pocket needs a different amount of water dependent on the type of plant it contains and the climate of its environment. As a rule of thumb, if the woolly pockets moisten on the outside after watering, you are watering too much; reduce by half. If the pockets are out of easy reach, any store-bought drip irrigation system will work well. When it comes to soil, be sure you are using high-quality potting soil that stays loose and holds water.


Nearly any container plant should be able to grow in a woolly pocket, though you should be careful to select plants of a proper size -- the bigger the pocket, the bigger the plants it can hold. Choose plants that vary in height, leaf shape and color. Mix leaf shapes and textures (glossy, fuzzy, large, narrow, long, rough, or spiny) for a dazzling display. Use contrasting colors also. Chartreuse or golden colored plants contrast well with with burgundy or black leafs. Or vary shades within a bold color family like silver or gold). Ideally some of the plants should spill over the pockets and cover them completely in time. Succulents are ideal plants to grow in Wally Pockets.


Woolly Pockets provide optimal growing conditions for a green wall. Each plant is given a large growing medium when compared to other vertical garden systems. Plus the root systems are air pruned preventing plants from becoming pot bound and thereby underperforming, or even worse, dying. These pockets allow anyone with a wall, sunlight, soil and plants to build their own green wall without any specialist green wall building knowledge.


These pockets are a great Holiday gift idea for the gardener or chef in your family.


For more information come into the store and see our display created by Deep Roots owner Jon Bell (see photo at left).


Itsy-Bitsy Spider

Have you noticed that about this time of year, in time for Hallowe'en, our gardens and driveways are magically decorated with large round, real spider webs, often with not so itsy-bitsy spiders clinging on right in the middle?  Often they appear overnight and at my house we have to make sure to keep our mouths closed when walking down the driveway so as not to walk right into a web and swallow the big black or brown hairy occupant.


It only seems as if there are more spiders at this time of year than any other but spider expert Rod Crawford says that actually there aren't any more spiders around than usual but because spiders like the damp conditions of fall much better than the dry conditions of July and August, they emerge from their hiding places and hang out in the cool damp air. 


You can learn lots of other interesting factoids about spiders on Mr. Crawford's very informative web site called Myths, Misconceptions and Superstitions About Spiders , and we should learn more because Mr. Crawford says that almost all of the things we think we know about spiders are false! For example did you know that the orb web we associate with spiders is the least common type of spider web? Or that no species of spider is "deadly"? People may die from spider bites that become infected, but they do not die from spider venom. Or that tarantulas are totally harmless? 


This web site is the place to go to read the myth about "Camel Spiders", which live in Iraq, are a foot long, lay eggs under a camel's skin and run 25 miles an hour screaming like a banshee. Or how about the "deadly exotic spider that lurks under airport and airplane toilet seats?"


Deep Roots

Garden Center & Floral Design Studio

201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach,

CA 90266


Garden Center: 310-376-0567

Flower Shop: 310-379-3634

What to do in the garden in October

October is when we start to see our first true days of fall. In Southern California, our mild Mediterranean climate makes it possible to plant all year-round, but fall is one of the best times of the year to garden: the soil is still warm and the rainy season is near. As the temperatures cool, working in the garden becomes even more pleasant. In fact, the only drawback is that as the days grow shorter and the shadows longer, you'll find that it's dark long before you're ready to quit for the day and you’ll be picking the last of the tomatoes or the first of the lettuce by flashlight. As the sun moves lower in the sky and daytime temperatures fall, reset your irrigation timer to water less frequently. However, don't change the number of minutes the system waters each time.

Permanent Plantings: Fall is the best time to plant permanent additions to your landscape such as shrubs, most trees and perennials. Top growth may be minimal but the soil is still warm enough to encourage strong root growth. The exception to this is for tender subtropical and bare root plants.

Roses: Early in the month, feed roses for the last time this year. Give roses up to 1 inch of water twice a week unless it rains. Prune and feed Iceberg Roses now and they will bloom in time for the Holidays.

Sweet Peas: If you sowed sweet peas last month, thin them out and pinch them back to force branching. If you didn’t, now is the time to sow them for strong plants and a multitude of blooms next spring.

Cool-Season Lawns: Now is the best time to plant cool-season grasses like fescue, rye grass and bluegrass.

Vegetables: Plant or sow cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, potatoes, radishes, peas, mustard, lettuce, and other greens.

Flowers:Plant or sow cool-season flowers now. These include calendula, cineraria, dianthus, Iceland poppies, nemesia, pansies, snapdragon, candytuft, foxgloves, stock, and sweet peas.

Garlic: Plant cloves base-down (pointy side up) 1-3 in. deep and 3-5 in. apart.

Wild Flowers:For long-lasting color, choose a western seed mix that has both annuals & perennials or make your own mix, using your favorites. Good candidates for a wild flower mix include California poppies, larkspur, linaeria, clarkia, Chinese houses, godetia and gypsophila.

Bulbs:Plant South African bulbs, such as babiana, croscosmia, freesia, ipheion, ixia, and watsonia. Also plant oxalis and Tazetta-type narcissus, including paperwhites. Now is also a good time to plant lilies. Pre-chill the bulbs that need it for spring bloom, including tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses. You can buy anemones, daffodils, grape hyacinths, and ranunculus now but don't plant them in the ground just yet. Store them in a cool, dry place, such as your garage, to plant next month.

 Garden Maintenance:

 Remove the remnants of the warm-season plantings, including warm-season annual flowers, herbs, and vegetables that have faded. Prune trees and shrubs as needed, cutting out dead branches and shaping plants in preparation for winter growth.

Lawns:Fertilize lawns, using a product made especially for fall, if possible. Fall is also a good time to de-thatch and aerate your lawn. If you are over seeding with fescue or rye for winter, quit feeding and watering Bermuda lawns and over seed them now. Otherwise, continue to feed and water Bermuda lawns to delay their dormancy.

Dividing Perennials: Now is a good time to divide perennials, especially those that bloom in the spring. This way, they'll have time to establish themselves before it's time to flower.

CSA Organic Vegetable boxes

We are now an established drop off point for Community Supported Agriculture organic vegetable boxes. They are dropped off at our store within a day of being harvested at around 2pm on Wednesdays. We store them in our large flower cooler UNTIL CLOSING TIME ON THURSDAY when we shut off the cooler. This project has been gaining in popularity among our customers who order a box every week, every two weeks, every month or simply when they feel like one. This summer we have had a regular supply of watermelons, other varieties of melons, summer squashes, kale, cherry tomatoes, and more recently, butternut squash and spaghetti squash. Why not come in and order a box? Or you can e-mail me at and order one.  At $16 a box it is great value for money.

Happy Halloween

We now have pumpkins, winter squashes, straw bales and corn stalks for your Halloween and fall harvest festival celebrations.


Fountains & Statues


We have recently received a shipment of quality fountains, stone benches and statues from Campania and Pietro Stoneware. These artistic elements of garden design add a calming influence to your outdoor spaces. The sound of a fountain bubbling in the background and the negative ions that running water produces are good for humans and plants alike.

Deep Roots Garden Center • 207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. • Manhattan Beach • CA • 90266
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