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February has arrived, and with it comes Mardi Gras, Valentines, and a promise of Spring just around the corner!


We have lots of fresh, new items arriving weekly, so be sure to visit us often.  Stay informed about our sales, new plants and products by following us on Social Media.


Our vegetable plants are arriving.  If you start your plants from seeds, it is time to get them started.  We have a large selection to choose from, including organics.


Have a great February, and we hope to see you soon!


Sincerely, Peggy                        



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In this newsletter you will find.......  

  • Fairy Garden Workshop
  • Seasonal Ideas & Information for February 
  • Landscape Dept:  "Saltwater over my bulkhead..."
  • Charlie's Coupon
  • Seaside Casual 2016 Java Collection
  • New Arrivals Around the Gift Shop
  • For the Garden
  • Educational Programs

 February Business Hours:

        Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm

        Open Sundays 10am to 4pm

Fairy Garden Workshop

Saturday, February 27  

1:00pm to 3:00pm



Reservations required.  There will be a $50 charge for this workshop which covers everything you need to create a unique fairy garden.


We have lots of new fairies and accessories 

from which to choose.

Space is limited. 
 Call   409-763-4713  to reserve your spot.



Seasonal Ideas and Information

February Seasonal Checklist


The following are a list of activities to consider for your February gardening:   
  • Vegetables and Herbs  - Tomatoes have arrived...Better Bush, Big Beef, Celebrity, & Early Girl. You will also find artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, chives, cilantro, collards, curry, lavender, lettuce, mustard greens, oregano, peppers,  strawberries and more!  We can also help you select soil, compost and fertilizer for your garden.
  • Perennials & Annuals  - Now is the time to divide summer and fall-blooming perennials and bulbs.  Ornamental grasses can also be divided.   (photos below by Nichole)
  • Trees, Shrubs & Vines  - February is a great month to plant roses.  Consider planting some shrub roses as they bloom repeatedly through the year.  Make sure to choose a sunny location and one with good drainage.  We carry a fantastic 40lb bag of rose soil for $4.99 a bag!
  • Fruits & Nut - Early February is the best time of the year to prune fruit trees, vines and bushes.  To protect your fruit trees from pests, apply dormant oil or neem oil before new growth emerges.
  • Lawns -  If you are going to use a pre-emergent on your lawn to control weeds, now is the time to apply.  We have Barricade and Dimension in stock.  
Landscape Department 
Salt Water came over my bulkhead!!  AGAIN!!!
by Janielle Guzinski 

So far this winter we have already had several incidents of water coming over bulkheads during storms.  And I know that this happens every year, but this year it seems to be worse.  The three contributing factors are very high tides, lots of rain, and plenty of wind.  Here are some suggestions for common saltwater issues:

Saltwater on Lawns

Saltwater on Planting Beds

Dealing with Washout

How to Treat Saltwater on Lawns
Flush lawn with clean water.  Spread gypsum at a rate of up to 50lb per 1000 square feet.  (Yes, this is a LOT of gypsum.)  Water in with your sprinkler system or with a hose and oscillating sprinkler. You can apply gypsum at a lesser rate with multiple applications over several days.  
Fertilize with an organic fertilizer like granular Medina.  Do not use a chemical fertilizer until the lawn comes out of dormancy as they contain salts as well.

How to Treat Saltwater on Planting Beds
Use your hose to wash salt off of the leaves and trunk of the shrubs in your planting beds.  Flush the soil with clean water.  Mix gypsum into the soil at a rate of up to 50lbs per 1000 square feet.  I would use a triangle weeder or a small lawn rake to get the gypsum really into the soil.  Water the gypsum in.  Any plant with damage should be pruned to remove the dead parts.  Before calling it a goner and removing the plant completely, test to see if any part of it is still alive by scratching the bark.  Anywhere that is still green underneath is still alive.  Trim off all dead and wait for new growth.  Applying a liquid fertilizer like Hasta-Gro Plant in the spring will encourage new leaves to sprout.  It may not recover, but you can never say you didn't try your hardest. 


Medina Organic 
Granular Fertilizer

Medina Hasta-Gro Plant

Dealing with Washout 
Sometimes that water takes with it your mulch, your soil, even your planting bed edging/walls. Some minor soil wash can be fixed by adding more soil to the bed.    However, with more significant cases you need to rework your bed.  A mortared wall of stone or landscaping block might be needed to permanently raise the bed above most water events.  I would recommend moving that plant away from the water and quickly.   Most plants can't survive with their roots fully exposed.

Go the natural route!
If you have an area that sees frequent salt washing over from the bay, I would consider changing out your landscape to a more natural look.  We all love the tropical look;  it IS Galveston after all. However, the native wetland grasses and marsh plants are adapted to the salt.  It wouldn't be a manicured and precise garden, but a wild, natural space that can handle what the bay throws our way.


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2016 Java Collection  




Notice the 

Swivel Chair


New Arrivals
Around the Gift Shop
Flip & Tumble 24-7 bag      
From bag to ball, this bag is a snap to keep with you all the time.  
Large enough for 3 half gallons of milk, and of course your nursery plant purchases!

ripstop nylon


Weight capacity 35lbs 

Plastic bags spared:

Reading glasses for men and women
Always in style!


Blue Q  - you will love their products!


For the Garden


Dancing Birds
Dancing Birds

These unique dancing garden birds bob up and down rotating 360 degrees in the breeze.

Available: Egrets, Pelicans, Herons, Cranes, Flamingos and Dancing Crabs


Garden Gloves

  High Quality Seeds

Kneelo Pads


Tub Trugs

Receive a free hand trowel with the purchase of a large size Radius Garden Tool

Radius Stainless Steel
Ergonomically Designed
Garden Tools


Men sizes in brown and black

Sloggers Garden Shoes 
for Women and Men


Educational Programs


We are pleased to announce Randy Lemmon's new book 
"Texas Tough Gardening" 
will be released this month.
We will have copies for sale around February 20th.

Tom's Thumb Nursery will be hosting a book signing in April.  
Details of this event will be sent to you by email.



Tom's Thumb Nursery presents

 Andy Chidester 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"Growing Vegetables and Herbs"

Andy is a fun and extremely knowledgeable speaker that our customers always enjoy.


Galveston County Extension Office 

Follow the link below for February classes.

Aggie Horticulture Educational Programs

Remember to look for us at www.tomsthumbnursery.com.           
photo by Nichole



Peggy Cornelius, owner

Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping 




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 Sundays 10am to 4pm

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