Deep Roots Garden Center             Newsletter                          April 2018

THANK YOU!!
Deep Roots voted
  Easy Reader's
Best Garden Center
in the South Bay
for the 8th year in a row!
 
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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:
Pincushion 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.
  
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.
 

Pink Jasmine:  Pink Jasmine, (Jasminum polyanthum) is a fast-growing evergreen vine prized for its spectacular display of intensely fragrant pinkish-white flowers which appear in late winter or early spring. Use as a climber over trellis or arbor, ground cover or in containers. Left to itself it will weave its way through trees and other vines, along chain link fences or cover any unsightly buildings in its way. It is fairly drought tolerant once established and will grow in sun or part shade, although it blooms best in the sun.
 
Azaleas: Azaleas are evergreen flowering shrubs in the Rhododendron family. Azaleas bloom in winter through spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. They like well drained but humus rich soil and need regular watering especially in the first year. They will reward you with beautiful blooms in shades of red, pink and white at a time of year when few other plants are blooming.
 
 
Camellias: These large, slow growing, long lived shrubs are a welcome sight when they flower in the winter and early spring garden. They are evergreen with dark green, glossy leaves. Their large blooms sometimes resemble roses and come in all shades from white, to pink to red. They thrive in warm climates but in general, they grow and bloom better in partial shade, with shelter from hot afternoon sun. An acid fertilizer when the buds are forming, and regular watering guarantees abundant blooms...
 
Wisteria: Wisteria is a fast growing vine with cascades of lavender, purple or white flowers that look spectacular hanging from a pergola or archway in spring. Wisteria can grow 25 to 30 feet long—and is known to grow quite heavy so plant it where it will have enough room. It also needs regular pruning to keep it in check but it is worth the effort.  Wisteria blooms best in full sun and enjoys regular watering but if it receives too much fertilizer it will not bloom. 
 
 
 
Air Plants: (Tillandsia)  There are more than 650 types of air plants that grow and thrive without soil. Air plants come in all sizes and colors, many of them have strap-shape or slender triangle-shape leaves, and most have attractive tubular or funnel-shape flowers. Tiny scales on their leaves, called trichomes, absorb water and nutrients directly from the air, and even help shade the plant from sun. The plants' "roots" are used only for clinging and do not absorb water and nutrients like earthbound plants. All air plants come from tropical climates so it's important to keep them at fairly warm temperatures generally from the 60s and warmer. Avoid placing them close to air conditioner vents and cold winter windows.They benefit from regular misting or dunking in water.
 
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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 (coming soon), 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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Deep Roots Garden Center & Floral Design  •  201-207 N. Sepulveda Blvd.  •  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

http://www.deep-roots.net

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