Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          November 2010

Christmas Trees 2010

         Same high quality

           New low prices!


We at Deep Roots Garden Center are very happy to say that for Christmas 2010 we will be continuing the long standing tradition of selling “The Best Christmas Trees in the South Bay” from the 207 N. Sepulveda Blvd. location.


This tradition started with Bob’s Nursery and, like Bob, Deep Roots’ owner Jon Bell is dedicated to providing the highest quality of trees possible.The big difference this year will be lower prices!


We are rooted in the local community and we want to show our commitment to family traditions. The magical quality of Christmas starts with the tree and we are dedicated to providing the "Best Trees in the South Bay" this year and in the future. We CARE about our trees and are proud to offer our community our tree service.


Why worry about the quality of your Christmas tree? A quality Christmas tree makes the difference between having a standard holiday and one that is truly special. Our trees last longer than other trees, therefore, they can be set up and decorated a week to ten days earlier than anyone else’s tree. Our trees look better, smell better and retain the gloss of a healthy tree much longer than standard trees. They drop fewer needles and are easier to remove without a lot of mess once the holidays are over.


Buying your Christmas tree from us means that you do not have to struggle through a commercial tree lot looking at sad, dried up trees whose branches have been imprisoned in plastic or string. Our trees are freshly cut and put in water the minute they arrive on our lot and their branches are free to hang or bounce or do whatever Christmas tree branches do. We water them daily and keep them moist and in an environment of high humidity. Our experienced team of tree lot workers and delivery guys come back year after year to work here and can be trusted to load your tree expertly and quickly. For a service fee our experienced team of drivers will deliver and set up your tree wherever you wish and make sure that it is positioned correctly and securely.  


How to buy your tree: Please come in to Deep Roots to pick out your tree. We cannot do this for you over the phone. Upon arrival at Deep Roots tree lot our helpful crew will assist you in finding the perfect tree for your home. We will pull out every last tree for you to look at until you are satisfied. We will honor the old Christmas Tree Stand exchange  program or sell you a new one that can be exchanged next year and in years to come. We will then either load it onto your vehicle for you or deliver it to your home and set it up for you. Delivery fees start at $15 for Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo and North Redondo. We will make it possible for you to have a tree delivered and set up in your home without you ever having to touch it. We will save you the agony of domestic disputes and potential divorce. You and your spouse can look on and relax with a glass of eggnog while the hard work is done for you. With a Deep Roots tree you can look forward to a trouble-free start to the Holiday Season.


We buy our trees from Christmas tree broker Bishop and Mathews based in Shasta Lake, California. In business for 80 years, this company has built relationships with the finest tree growers in the Pacific Northwest. Bob and Ron Bishop Sr. were close friends and Bob used to visit Ron at his property in Oregon quite often. Many tree farms have been growing trees for Bishop and Mathews for over 40 years and supply Bishop and Mathews with their best trees. The trees are carefully tended both before and after harvest to ensure the highest quality and greatest longevity.


Our trees are grown at Windy Acres, a true Mom and Pop tree farm in Oregon. The farm is in the perfect location for growing trees and the Zimmerman family manicures every tree by hand, a time consuming task performed with an eye towards detail. Dan, Darcy and Hunter Zimmerman take tremendous pride in hand pruning and shaping the trees, giving each the attention it needs to be the best specimen it can possibly be.


Each tree is harvested by hand and then immediately loaded onto insulated trucks and shipped directly to our doorstep. They have a two day trip from Oregon and many years we have received them with snow still on the inner branches! This year they will start arriving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and we will have a full selection of trees for sale by Friday. It is worthwhile buying your trees early as demand is high.


If you want a tall tree it is imperative to order one now. Call 310-376-0567


The spotlight this year will be on the Nordman fir tree (pictured top left). These trees are the result of years of hard work by tree growers trying to hybridize the ultimate Christmas Tree. The Nordman Firs are deep green in color, have soft foliage and are known for their symmetry. They have an attractive natural sheen and the undersides of the needles are silver. More than anything they resist needle drop and they have a natural even shape, perfect for hanging your treasured family decorations. At the top they have an upright finial for receiving your prized angel or star. Prices for Nordman trees will be from $23.99 for a 2-4ft tree, to $207.99 for a 9-10ft. tree.


We will also have the classic family favorite Noble fir trees (center left) from 2ft tall all the way to 13ft tall, with prices ranging from $23.99 to $499.99. Our selection of the light feathery Douglas firs (bottom left) will be limited to 6-7ft. trees at $57.99 and 7-8ft trees at $69.99. We also offer a fire retarding service if the tree is going into a public space or a business.


Also available at Deep Roots will be a large selection of wreaths, garland, Holidays greens, holly and garden related gift items. 


Deep Roots Flower Shop will also be offering a Holiday Decorating Service where we will come and decorate your house, your tree, or office. Please call 310-379-3634 and ask for Lisa to find out more about this service  









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Holiday hours: 8 AM - 9 PM daily

as of November 26, 2010


How do I get my Amaryllis bulb to bloom

 in time for the holidays?

 Answer: If the foliage on your amaryllis has died back and is dormant, now is the time to move the potted bulb to a warm (70F) location and to begin watering it. New leaves and a flower stalk usually appear within 5 or 6 weeks - just in time for the holidays.

     If your amaryllis is still actively growing, it might send up a flower stalk even without a rest period, but it will do so on its own timetable.

     You could also make your amaryllis go dormant by withholding water and placing it in a cool (50F), dark closet or basement for a month or more. After this brief rest period, it will be ready to begin a new growth cycle when it is watered and moved to a warm, sunny window.


How do I get my Christmas Cactus

to bloom in time for Christmas?


Christmas cactus blooms best with a combination of long nights and cool temperatures. To trigger bloom, keep your plant on the dry side. Give it at least 12 hours of darkness daily beginning about Oct. 1, and keep the temperature below 55F. A cool windowsill or unheated bedroom is often a good location provided the plant gets bright light during the day. If your plant has formed flower buds, but they are dropping off, the humidity may be too low. And if your plant has large, healthy buds, but they haven't begun to open, you may just need patience.


CSA Organic

Vegetable Boxes


We are now an established drop off point for Community Supported Agriculture organic vegetable boxes. The boxes are dropped off at our store 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, spaghetti squash and pumpkins.


Why not come in to the store and order a box?   Or you can e-mail me at and order one.  At $16 a box it is great value for money. Orders or cancellations for Wednesday MUST be made by the previous Sunday.


Recipe: Morrocan Spiced Chickpeas

 and Greens

This dish might seem to have daunting ingredient list. But don’t be put off; enough of the ingredients will already be lurking in your kitchen. And, if you leave out any one of the spices, it will probably still turn out well.  This dish can be made from start to finish on a weeknight. And the flavor is a lovely mélange of spices, slight sweetness from the raisins, and savory flavor from the chickpeas.  

• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• ½ sweet onion, minced

• 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked according to preference)

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• ½ teaspoon ground coriander

• ¼ teaspoon thyme

• ½ teaspoon salt

• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• ¼ cup golden raisins

• 1 tablespoon organic tomato paste or 1 small can tomatoes

• 1 bunch chard, kale, collard greens or spinach (about 8 ounces) washed, center ribs removed, and chopped.

• 1 cup cooked chickpeas plus 1 ¼ cups of their cooking liquid, or 1 can organic chickpeas with liquid plus ½ cup water

• 1 teaspoon hot sauce or ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)


Add the olive oil, onion, and garlic to a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or 3-4 quart pot, and turn the heat to medium. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes, then add the paprika, cumin, turmeric, thyme, salt, and cinnamon. Stir together and cook for a minute or two until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and turn the heat down to medium-low.


Be sure to stir every 3-5 minutes to ensure that the bottom does not burn and that your ingredients are evenly combined. You can add a tablespoon of rice or corn flour if you like your stew thicker. Remove from the heat after 20 minutes. Serve with plain yoghurt and pita bread. Enjoy!



El Segundo Blue Butterfly

Seen in our sun section by a client last week: the EL SEGUNDO BLUE butterfly. This endangered species is native to our local sand dunes. We are happy to have them laying their eggs in our collection of native coastal sand dune plants - salvias, grasses, coastal buckwheat and some asters.

Deep Roots

Garden Center & Floral Design Studio


Holiday hours:

8 AM - 9PM daily

as of November 26

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 November


FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR PLANTING. The generally cooler weather and overcast days provide ideal conditions for plant flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. The ground is still warm enough to receive and protect the roots and the transplants will suffer less stress from heat and water loss. Don’t wait for warm sunny days to work in your garden! Cool and overcast is perfect planting weather.


Winter gardens have a beauty all their own and November is the time to set the stage in your garden for a grand show of dazzling flowers from winter through spring. Cool-season annual flowers planted in early fall have time to develop a healthy root system before flowering in winter and spring, and because they start blooming earlier than comparable plants set out in spring they bloom over a longer period. So prepare your planting beds, and make a shopping list. If you are sowing seed of plants such as forget-me-nots, nasturtiums or sweet peas directly in garden beds, do it right away. The seeds will use the heat and rainfall of autumn to germinate and seedlings will come along just as the temperatures begin to cool. Growth may slow down as the weather gets cooler but once the days start getting noticeably longer in January the plants will grow quickly and start to bloom.

  Certain flowers thrive in cool weather. Plant fall annuals such as pansies, violas, primrose, poppies, snapdragons, and calendula so they will be in full fall and winter bloom. Also plant perennials including nemesia, godetia and schizanthus for a richly varied fall and winter flower garden. Plant some red or white cyclamen now so that they will be in full bloom by Christmas.

   If you have not already done so, prune Iceberg Roses and they will bloom in time for your holiday dinner table arrangements


Improving the soil: While pulling up old plants and before planting new ones, take the opportunity to reinvigorate the soil by adding organic fertilizers and compost. Improving the soil is an ongoing job in the garden and each time a space is available in your flower bed or vegetable patch add some fertilizer before re-planting. This is especially true of vegetable gardens, as vegetables are heavy feeders and take a lot of nourishment from the soil. We recommend Dr. Earth’s range of organic fertilizers or Gro-Power humus-based fertilizer and soil conditioner. The crème de la crème of soil conditioners is worm castings. Although this product is fairly expensive you will certainly notice the difference in the health and growth of your plants if you add it to the soil before planting, or top dress the soil each winter.


Keep Lawns Healthy: Rake falling leaves from lawns as leaves could impede lawn growth. If a lawn is looking "tired," sow in annual rye seeds to cover brown spots and to introduce new growth. After seeding, scatter a light covering of soil amendment and water thoroughly.


Winter Vegetable Garden: You can enjoy fresh vegetables even during winter months by planting or sowing hearty cool-season vegetables including beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, carrots, chard, cauliflower, collards, all types of kale, lettuce, onions, spinach, turnips and rutabaga. Also plant fall herbs such as arugula, parsley, cilantro, oregano, and garlic. We have a large selection of recently arrived seeds and veggie plants at Deep Roots.


Plant Trees Now: Fall is the ideal time to plant trees. Our fall climate, with cool nights, mild days and moderate rainfall, gives trees a strong beginning that will serve them well when growing season begins in spring. Just about every tree type can benefit when planted in fall. The key to success is to select a planting location that is best suited for the tree type. Take into account the tree's rate of growth, root configuration, leaf type (evergreen or deciduous), tree shape and ultimate height at maturity. Make sure the site you select has enough sun. Other issues: is the selected location on a slope where watering may be difficult? Is it near a walkway or patio where in a few years roots may cause a problem? Will the tree at maturity be too big for the site? Better to answer these questions now or you may find yourself trying to extract a tree and its roots when it outgrows its location.


Dormant Oil Spray for Fruit Trees: Dormant oils are horticultural oils used to control overwintering insects, such as aphids and mites that live in the bark of fruit trees. They are applied by pump sprayers or compressed air sprayers, usually after pruning in late winter to early spring. Dormant oil sprays treat specific problems and aren't all-purpose insecticides. Pests should be properly identified to make sure a spraying is warranted.

   Dormant spraying for fruit trees can only be done in winter after the leaves have fallen, the tree is dormant, and you have correctly pruned the tree and cleaned it up. November, December, and January are the times to use dormant sprays.

Ingredients: Dormant oil sprays are sprays made from oils derived from petroleum oil or occasionally cottonseed oil. They contain emulsifiers, allowing them to mix with water, and may contain insecticides, lime-sulfur or copper.

Benefits: Dormant oils effectively control overwintering pests, including scale, spider mite eggs, blister mites, bud mites, rust mites, aphid eggs, fruit tree leaf roller eggs, cutworms, and twig borers. They are relatively safe for humans, pets and wildlife, and if used properly rarely kill beneficial insects.

Drawbacks: Dormant oils don't destroy apple maggot, codling moth, apple scab or brown rot. They also are not effective once dry, so they don't prevent future infestations. They may damage fruit trees if sprayed after buds have opened or during freezing temperatures.

Time Frame: Dormant oils are sprayed on trees while they are in a dormant state, mid-winter to early spring. They are also used for fall spraying to treat bacterial and fungal diseases, including leaf curl and powdery mildew. Copper is added to dormant oils when used to treat diseases. They should not be used during rainy or foggy weather.

Considerations: Dormant oil won't treat every insect infestation and should be considered part of an overall pest management program. Spraying trees after flowers have bloomed kills bees and can damage the blossoms.


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