Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          November 2011

Shop Early for Christmas Trees 2011

Best Christmas Trees

in the South Bay!


We at Deep Roots Garden Center are very happy to say that for Christmas 2011 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.


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. Trees will be ready to purchase starting November 25, 2011.



If you want a tall tree (13' to 16') it is imperative to order one now.

Call 310-376-0567 


Please call for large Christmas Tree Prices - special order only.


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 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 the tree onto your vehicle 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.

* (NOTE: Please do NOT return your stand immediately after Christmas. We will not accept stands for exchange until next Christmas Tree season.)


We buy our trees from wholesale 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 (a previous owner of our location) and Ron Bishop Sr. were close friends and Bob used to visit Ron at his property in Shasta Lake 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. For more information see their website: 


Our trees are grown at Windy Acres, a true Mom and Pop tree farm in in North Plains,Oregon. The farm is in the perfect location for growing trees and the owners, 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 them! (See photo above left)  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.


The spotlight this year will be on the Nordman fir tree. (Photo left) 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 else 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 $24.99 for a 2-4ft tree, to $209.99 for a 9-10ft. tree.


We will also have the classic family favorite Noble fir trees (photo 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 (photo below left) will be limited to 6-7ft. trees at $57.99 and 7-8ft trees at $69.99. Similarly we will have a limited selection of Grand Fir trees (photo bottom left). With their dark green color and shiny appearance, Grand Fir needles have a silvery-blue underside that reflects Christmas tree lights for a beautiful effect. The needles are arranged in a flat array on the twigs in a way that gives a very graceful appearance to the tree. It has a powerful citrus-like evergreen aroma and is, by far, the most fragrant of Christmas trees. Crush just a few needles between your fingers to get a sample of that powerful aroma.  They are manicured to be extremely symetrical.



We offer a fire retarding service. This is required for trees that are going into a public space or a business.







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










Deep Roots Flower Shop will also be offering a

Holiday Decorating Service

We will come and decorate your house, your tree, or office.

Please call 310-379-3634 and ask for Lisa.

To see our Holiday Decoration photo galleries visit our web site














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Holiday hours: 8 AM - 9 PM daily

as of November 25, 2011

(until trees are gone...)



CSA Organic

Vegetable Boxes


We are 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 $21 a box it is great value for money.

We also have CSA canvas tote bags for sale at $14.

All proceeds from the sale of the bags go to the farm.


Orders or cancellations for Wednesday

MUST be made by the previous Sunday.


Recipe: Stuffing for your Turkey


This is the recipe for stuffing that I use for stuffing turkeys, my Christmas goose or anything else that needs stuffing. It can also be used as a separate dressing if you prefer to cook your birds without filling the cavity.




2 boxes regular stuffing

1/2 stick butter

1 stick celery diced

2 large carrots cleaned and chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

2 brown onions chopped

1 large green apple peeled and finely chopped

The juice of 1 large orange

The juice of 1 small lemon 

The grated peel of 1/4 large orange

The grated peel of 1/4 small lemon

2 large sprigs fresh Winter Savory chopped

2 large sprigs of fresh thyme chopped

2 large sprigs fresh sage chopped

Handful of chopped walnuts (optional)

Handful of chopped prunes or raisins (optional but the prunes add an extra dimension as far as flavor is concerned)

1 cup of sweet sherry.

Chicken broth



Put the dried stuffing mixture in a large bowl and soak it in the the sherry, the orange juice, the lemon juice and enough boiling chicken stock to reconstitute the dried breadcrumbs into a fluffy consistency.


Sauté the celery, carrot, garlic and onion in the butter until translucent but not brown. Add to the breadcrumbs along with the  rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Let stand for one hour and then stuff your bird; or place in a 2" deep dish, dot the top with butter, and bake for 40 mins in the oven.


Thanksgiving Centerpieces


The Thanksgiving Feast is a time for all the family to unite around a table groaning with good things to eat and drink... You have brought out the best china and your crystal wine glasses and what better way of completing the scene than a stunning floral centerpiece?


Call our talented team of floral designers and we will custom create a beautiful and dramatic floral arrangement to your specifications.


Call 310.379.3634 today and place your order for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and/or Christmas!




from all of us at






Deep Roots

Garden Center & Floral Design Studio


Holiday hours:

8am - 9am daily

as of November 25

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 planting   

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 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. 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.  

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 - around Thanksgiving,  The First of the year and Valentine's Day are the best times to use dormant sprays.


Succulents and ready made succulent container arrangements make great gifts. Why struggle with annuals that you know are going to die when you can have long lasting, water wise succulents that sit, quietly growing and looking good, requiring little care and attention.


Succulents come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and they are extremely versatile no matter what the season. The container shown above is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving color by your front door.  And what could be better for the holidays than a succulent wreath?

Or maybe this arrangement of green and silver succulents:

Many varieties are adaptable to various lighting conditions from low light to blazing sun. They may not bloom all year but when they do bloom they are spectacular.


Many succulents bloom in winter and early spring and most cactii tend to be late winter bloomers. However, because succulents come in such a variety of colors we do not have to depend on blooms to give us color in the garden. Right now we have succulents with the following leaf color: red, yellow, green, purple, pink, magenta, orange, turquoise, silver, lime green, and almost black. Every color of the rainbow and more in fact. Our current favorite is  Echiveria cante, an irridescant blue turquoise variety that glows in the garden.

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