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 Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          April 2017
Deep Roots voted
  Easy Reader's
Best Garden Center
in the
South Bay
for the 7th year in a row!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
We truly appreciate your support and patronage! 
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Featured Plants in the Garden Center:
Proteas: Part of the Leucadendron family this beautiful plant favored by florists need full sun and reasonable drainage. It is easy to grow and is ideally suited to our climate. When planting, simply plant level with the surrounding ground. No additives are needed. Water well. Proteas, just like most Australian natives, prefer a good drink once a week during dry periods and warmer months, rather than little and often. In Spring you can safely apply a slow-release, low-phosphorous fertilizer (suitable for native plants) such as Cottonseed Meal.
 
Ceanothus: California Lilacs, or Ceanothus, are some of our most fragrant and colorful shrubs here in California. They are evergreen and very drought tolerant once established. They bloom early in the spring and bring a welcome blue color to our Southern California gardens. There are several different varieties that grow to different heights so be sure to choose one that fits your garden.
 
Grevillea: The Grevilleas are a remarkable and beautiful group of plants.  Among the 270 or more species, almost entirely from Australia, the habit can be that of a large forest tree or a diminutive crevice plant. The color and structure of the flowers and leaf size and shape are so different in the many species that their relationship is often not apparent. They are woody evergreen plants that usually have interestingly intricate and beautiful flowers. Grevilleas are planted their floral and foliage display as well as ability to attract nectar-feeding birds to the garden.
 
Phlomis: Phlomis fruticosa, commonly called Turkish sage or Jerusalem sage, is an upright herbaceous perennial of the mint family that is native to open woods and clearings in Turkey and Syria. It typically grows to 2-3' tall and to 3-4' wide. Flower clusters give way in late summer to ornamental seed heads which remain attractive throughout fall into winter. Flowers are attractive as cut flowers or for dry arrangements. It is easily grown in organically rich, fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Prefers sandy soils with excellent drainage. Plants appreciate some regular moisture in hot summer climates.
 
 
Star Jasmine: Also called Confederate jasmine, star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is a vine that produces highly fragrant, white blossoms that attract bees and other pollinators. Native to China and Japan, it does very well in California and the southern U.S., where it provides excellent ground cover and climbing decoration. It blooms early in spring with large clusters of long lasting white  flowers.
 
 
Buddleia: Commonly known as the Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii is a beautiful, fast-growing deciduous shrub with masses of long spiked blossoms that bloom from summer to autumn. The flowers come in many colors, and attract butterflies.
The shrub is also low-maintenance, only required dead-heading and annual pruning in later winter to encourage flowers and a compact shape. 

 
 
 
 
Milkweed: American milkweeds are an important nectar source for native bees, wasps, and other nectar-seeking insects,and a larval food source for monarch butterflies and their relatives. There are over 100 species of milkweed in North America.  Grow Milkweed plants and entice Monarch Butterflies into your garden.Try planting several varieties to increase your odds of seeing (and supporting) magnificent monarchs.
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The Superstar of House Plants
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is the superstar of houseplants. its large dramatic leaves and branching habit are unbeatable for indoor beauty and elegance. They thrive in bright filtered light. As natives to the tropics, they also thrive in warm, wet conditions, which aren’t always easy to provide indoors.The good news is that the fiddle-leaf fig, Ficus lyrata, is a tough plant that adapts easily to conditions. Once acclimated, it can grow to 6 feet or taller. Make sure that your plant is kept away from cold drafts. Figs are used to the still, warm conditions of the rainforest. Cold drafts from windows, doors and air-conditioning units may cause its leaves to dry out and drop.
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Vegetable and Fruits
We have a large variety of tomato plants as well as Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Now is the time to get these into the ground or planted in pots before the heat of the summer comes.
 
Tomatoes require heat in order to produce an abundant crop of sweet fruit so plant them where they will get plenty of sunshine.
 
Blueberries: Blueberry plants grow well in containers as well as in the ground. They are at their best when growing in acidic soil. They prefer soil with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. If your soil is not acidic enough consider adding Soil Acidifier.  Blueberry plants are self-pollinating, however we still recommend planting another variety in your yard for optimum fruit production.
 
Peppers: We have a variety of pepper plants including several of the extremely hot types such as Carolina Reaper, Scorpion, Ghost, Fatali, and others. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Growing vegetables in containers
 
Just because you don’t have a plot of land doesn't mean you can’t enjoy home grown vegetables.  Growing vegetables in containers and pots takes a bit of planning, but it is totally possible to have a large array of veggies in your container garden. As long as you have good soil, a sunny place, fresh seed and good drainage in your containers, you can grow vegetables in containers anywhere. Nothing beats enjoying your freshly picked veggies in a salad or sauce. They always taste so much better than store bought.
 
Ideally, vegetables grown in containers should be grown outdoors, on a patio or a balcony. You can use any type of container from the simple bucket to purpose made large wooden planters, plastic buckets, old sinks, polystyrene boxes retrieved from the grocery store, plastic laundry baskets, half wine barrels and plastic window box planters. Whatever you use - the deeper and wider the better. If you are using terracotta or wooden containers for container gardening the soil will dry out quicker than if you are using plastic containers. For top heavy plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, make sure that the container is heavy and weighted. For trailing plants like snow peas think about growing vegetables in hanging baskets instead. Hanging baskets are also a novel way of growing herbs. 
 
Making sure that your containers have good drainage is essential. In wide, shallow containers make sure that the holes are well spaced around the perimeter of the base. Rectangular containers should have at least one drainage hole in each corner. If sufficient drainage is not provided your plants will become water-logged and the soil will turn sour killing the plant.
 
You don't need to waste space by using broken pottery or stones at the bottom of your containers. However, to prevent the soil being washed away through the drainage holes, place a piece of window screen across the holes before adding the soil. 
 
 Vegetables grown in containers really need to have high quality, nutrient rich potting soil to thrive, and you need all the help you can get when growing vegetables this way. We recommend Fox Farms potting soil. Mix some organic fertilizer such as Dr. Earth or Gro-Power into the soil before planting as your plants will need a constant supply of nutrients in such a restricted environment.
 
What to grow? Plants that thrive in containers: tomatoes, strawberries, dwarf citrus trees, herbs, beans, peppers, and lettuce. As long as your containers have depth you can grow carrots and parsnips as well as other root vegetables such as beets, turnips, and radishes, and even garlic. 
 
Small vegetables like cress, mustard, scallions and most herbs are ideal for growing in containers, as is fast-growing arugula, spinach and a variety of lettuces. Leaves can be picked on an ongoing process, even before they have matured. Look for dwarf and bush varieties of your vegetables which are easier to maintain in containers. 
 
If you start from seed, don’t sow your seeds immediately into outdoor containers. Sow them indoors in small grow pots so that you can baby them a little, and wait until you have strong and thriving seedlings. Alternatively, buy small plants and replant them into your containers.
 
When you grow vegetables in pots or boxes move them around to obtain the most direct sunlight. Also remember to water them regularly.

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Deep Roots
Garden Center
 Open
9AM - 5PM daily
Floral Design Studio
Open
9AM - 4 PM Monday thru Saturday
201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
 
Garden Center: 310-376-0567
Flower Shop: 310-379-3634
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 Easter, Mother's Day, Proms and Grads
 
Look no further for all your Prom boutonnieres and corsages; Easter, Mother's Day or Grad bouquets and arrangements!
 
Our unique, custom, one of a kind floral arrangements are created to your specifications by our talented team of designers whether you are looking for traditional or contemporary boutonnieres and corsages, romantic or cutting edge Easter or Mothers' Day arrangements
 
To see some examples of our work go to our Prom and Graduation web page.
 
Weddings and Events
Are you getting married soon? For all your floral arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and floral decorations contact Deep Roots Floral Design Studio 310-379-3634 and set up an appointment with one of our floral designers. For more information visit the Weddings and Events Gallery page on the Deep Roots web site.To see examples of our designs go to our Weddings and Events web page.
 
 
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 Flowers for Fragrance
 
Summer is almost here...The days are getting longer and life will be moving outdoors.
 
Now is the time to plant scented shrubs and vines or even a complete scented garden in your outdoor room.
 
The supply of scented plants is excellent this time of year and if planted now, you will have a good chance of plentiful fragrant blooms all summer.
 
Almost all scented plants can also be grown in containers so they make a great addition to patios and balconies.
 
Most of them require good drainage and slightly acidic soil.
 
Here is a list of the best summer scents:
 
Tuberose 
Freesias
Butterfly Bush
Plumeria
Honeysuckle (vine)
Night Blooming Jasmine (vine)
Lavender
Stephanotis (vine)
Citrus Trees
Gardenia
Heliotrope
Star Jasmine (vine)
Viola Odorato
Ginger
Brugmansia
Carnations
Scented geraniums
Michelia
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Petal Attraction
 
Talking of animals, here is a list of plants that attract butterlfies:
Achillea, (Yarrow)
Alcea rosea, (Hollyhock)
Amorpha canescens, (Leadplant)
Anethum graveolens , (Dill)
Antirrhinum majus, (Snapdragon)
Aquilegia, (Columbine)
Asclepias incarnata, (Swamp Milkweed)
Asclepias syriaca , (Common Milkweed)
Asclepias tuberosa, (Butterfly Milkweed)
Asclepias (tuberosa)
Aster, (Aster)
Astilbe, (False Spiraea)
Borago officinalis, (Borage)
Calendula officinalis , (Calendula)
Chelone glabra, (Turtlehead)
Chrysanthemum maximum, (Shasta Daisy)
Coreopsis, (Coreopsis)
Cosmos, (Cosmos)
Delphinium, (Delphinium)
Dianthus, (Dianthus)
Echinacea purpurea, (Purple Coneflower)
Echinops, (Globe Thistle)
Erigeron, (Fleabane)
Eupatorium, (Joe Pye Weed)
Echinacea purpurea
Gaillardia grandiflora, (Blanket Flower)
Helianthus, (Sunflower)
Heliotropium arborenscens, (Heliotrope)
Iberis, (Candytuft)
Lathyrus odoratus, (Sweet Pea)
Liatris, (Gayfeather or Blazingstar)
Lobelia, (Lobelia)
Lobularia maritima, (Sweet Alyssum)
Lupinus, (Lupine)
Monarda, (Bee Balm or Bergamot)
Origanum vulgare, (Oregano)
Penstemon, (Beard Tongue)
Phlox, (Phlox)
Primula vialii, (Primula vialii)
Rudbeckia hirta, (Black-eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy)
Salvia, (Sage)
Solidago, (Goldenrod)
Tagetes, (Marigold)
Tithonia rotundifolia , (Mexican sunflower)
Verbena bonariensis, (Verbena)
Zauschneria, (California Fuchsia)
Zinnis elegans, (Zinnia)
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CSA vegetable boxes
We are an established drop off point for the South Central Farmers Cooperative Community Supported Agriculture vegetable boxes. The boxes are delivered to Deep Roots Garden Center every Wednesday at approximately 2.00 pm and we store them in our large flower cooler until closing time the following day.
 
Customers may order a box every week, every two weeks, once a month or simply when you feel like one. The large boxes contain enough seasonal vegetables to feed a family of four for a week or a single/couple for two weeks. At $22 for a box and $17 for a mini box it is a bargain!
 
Payment is in advance – please place your order before noon on Mondays. Why not come in and order a box? Or you can phone 310-376-0567 and order one. Have your credit card handy!
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"That's it" for Snails
Expect an abundance of snails after all the rain we have had.  The most effective way of dealing with them is "That's It" snail and slug bait now available again with its original formula. It really does work!
 
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Deep Roots Garden Center & Floral Design  •  201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.  •  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

http://www.deep-roots.net

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