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Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping News
March 2015





"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet...

the weather is still so.....changeable that outdoor activity 

in our yards seems light years away."

                                                           - Thalassa Cruso, author and amateur horticulturist

It's that time of year when we spring into action here at the nursery!  
There is so much to do as we prepare our site for the daily arrival of young flowers, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and trees.  

We are also very excited about the addition of a palapa in the garden, constructed by Paradise Palapas, just in time for our Saturday classes.  Attend our Butterfly Garden class this Saturday!

After a relatively cold and windy winter, everyone is definitely ready to be outside working in the garden.

Rejuvenate - Renew - Regrow
That's Spring!


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

  • Seasonal Ideas & Information for March  
  • From Our Landscape Architect: "Raise it up high"
  • Upcoming Events
  • Our New Palapa
  • Charlie's Coupon
  • Around the Gift Shop
  • Outdoor Art
  • In the Greenhouse
  • Unique Planters
  • Seaside Casual 2015

Business Hours:    

Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm

       Open Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Seasonal Ideas and Information

March Seasonal Checklist


The following are a list of activities to consider for your March gardening:   
  • Vegetables and Herbs 
  • Many of you are busy putting in the start of your warm-season gardens.  Take time to prepare your soil.  Mix compost into the soil about 6" deep to help sandy soil retain moisture and nutrients.  We have a great selection of both transplants and seeds.  
  • Perennials & Annuals 
  • Warm-season flowers, whether set out as transplants or seeds, start to go into the garden now.  We have beautiful color in the nursery now.  Stop in and take some home with you!
  • yellow gerber
  • Trees, Shrubs & Vines 
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs and vines that were planted in the fall and winter.  Blooming trees are adding color to the landscape this month.  Stop in and let us help you select one for your landscape!
  • Fruits & Nut
  • Container grown fruit trees can still be planted.  Fruit trees need lots of sunlight, so choose an area with at least six hours of sun.  If possible, mulch out as far as the branch spread of the tree.  Now is also the time to spray your citrus trees with a horticultural oil.   Stop in and shop our great selection of citrus, avocado, peach trees and more.          
  • Lawns 
  • Apply the pre-emergent Barricade or Dimension now.  Warm-season weeds begin to germinate as the soil warms up.  To prevent germination, a pre-emergence weed control product must be applied and watered in.  The chemical will provide a protective barrier on the soil surface.  Wait until mid-March or early April to fertilize your lawn.  You can begin to fertilize after you have mowed the turf twice.  The nutrient ratio should be 3-1-2 or 4-1-2.  Please avoid excessive fertilizing.  


 From Our Landscape Architect:  

"Raise it up high!"

by Janielle Guzinski


Raised beds are common across Galveston and the rest of Texas, but no garden bed is more iconic than the raised vegetable bed.  As it gets closer to vegetable time, you may want to consider what kind of raised bed you would like for your edible plants.  It is not necessary to make the traditional wooden, boxy bed for your crop, there may be other options that fit your design sense or your space better.


First off, we should ask why a raised bed is necessary for vegetables.  It's not.  However, there are reasons to want a raised bed for your garden.  They do provide better drainage and won't generally flood if your property has some swampy problems.  Raised beds also let you put in nice soil with plenty of nutrients.  Also, any root vegetables won't grow well in soil that is compacted like your yard may be.  Finally, it is easy to harvest veggies, or weed your bed, if it isn't all the way down on the ground.



There are five common ways to raise up your vegetable garden:  the mound, the box, wall block, stone, or a freestanding table-bed.  All have positives and negatives.  This chart illustrates with colors some of the points that matter with each kind of raised bed.  You need to think about what matters the most to you with your garden.   If having it match your existing landscape is important, then you may want to have a bed built out of the same stone as your flower beds.  If tradition and low cost are what matters, then a low wooden, victory bed is for you.  Remember, you are supposed to enjoy gardening and the fruits of that labor.  Make your vegetable garden as much a reflection of you as your flowers. 





Please Join Us...........


Saturday, March 7, 2015
10 am to 12 pm

"Butterfly Gardening"
Presenter:  Anna Frances Wygrys
Galveston County Master Gardener

* please bring a non-perishable food item 
for the local food bank

Look for our booth 
at the 
Galveston Home and Garden Show

Saturday, March 28, 2015
10 am to 12 pm

"Texas Gardening"
Presenter:  Heidi Sheesley
Naturalist and owner of Treesearch Farms

*please bring a non-perishable food item
for the local food bank

Saturday, April 4, 2015
10 am to 12 pm

"Citrus Greening"
Presenter:  Robert Marshall
Galveston County Master Gardener
....will give a PowerPoint presentation on pests 
and diseases of citrus trees.

*please bring a non-perishable food item 
for the local food bank

Our New Palapa!


We held our first event of the year under the new palapa in the garden.

We want to thank Andy Chidester from LadyBug Brand Organics 

and everyone in attendance who braved the cold last Saturday.   

Andy said this was her best class ever!


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Offer Expires: March 31, 2015

Around the Gift Shop

Fairy Gardening


Outdoor Mats

Garden Tools, Buckets, Shoes

Canvas Swings

Wallaroo Hats

Art Pots & Poles


Party Lights
Bamboo Chimes

Door Knockers

Chindi Rugs


Shells and garland

Floral Accents


Stylish, yet sustainable dinnerware

The fallen leaves of the Areca Palm tree are collected, pressure cleaned and sun dried.
Each plate is handmade.  
100% natural

Fiber Dinnerware
Heat Proof & Waterproof.
No chemicals or lacquers used.

They are great for eco-friendly wedding receptions, fund raisers, office parties and of course, home use.

Handwoven Banana Fiber Placemats


Genuine Oilcloth

Oilcloth is a retro fabric.

Items are created by hand in Philadelphia.

Colorful patterns of fruits and flowers.

fade resistant
long lasting


Outdoor Art                          

Introducing our new line of outdoor art available in a variety of sizes and styles.                                                                                                     


UV Protected  *  Waterproof  * All-Weather Art


Giclee on Canvas - wrapped in vinyl with stainless steel hardware


In the Greenhouse


New Stock of Bromeliads, Ferns, Cactus, Air Plants, Nepenthes 

and much more!


Unique Planters for both indoor and outdoor spaces


Crafted by hand in the USA, each piece is truly unique. 

Lightweight yet rugged and strong using eco-friendly materials 

( cement blended with recycled material)  

Containers can be filled with a lightweight, soilless matrix material for planting.        

Vertical garden of bromeliads 


2015 MAD Collection  





Remember to look for us at www.tomsthumbnursery.com .           
Seaside Casual



Peggy Cornelius, owner

Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping 



Business Hours

Monday - Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm

Open Sunday 10 am to 4 pm 


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