MARCH 2018


March Business Hours
Monday - Saturday 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Spring Forward Sunday, March 11
Introduction
In this newsletter you will find.....  
  • Seasonal Ideas & Information for March
  • Educational Seminar March 17th - "Going Green"
  • Fruit Trees
  • Landscape Dept:  "Can My Garden Recover From The Winter?"
  • Garden Supplies          
  • Seaside Casual Furniture 2018 
  • Bailey's Coupon
  • Coastal Creations and Beautiful Home Decor
  • Hanging Basket Class
  • Educational Seminar April 7 - "Plumeria"
  • Monarch & Hummingbird Migration Updates
Seasonal Ideas & Information for March

The following are a list of activities to consider for your March gardening:
  • Vegetables & Herbs - Tomatoes....tomatoes....tomatoes!  We have all of your favorites, including heirloom tomatoes and more.  We are also fully stocked with beautiful vegetable and herb plants.  Have you ever grown spaghetti squash?  Give it a try!
    WE SELL LADYBUGS!

    Time to plant potatoes and onions!
    Texas Early White
    Texas Legend

  • Fruits & Nuts  Plant a container grown fruit tree or other edible.  Fruit trees need lots of sunlight, so choose an area with at least six hours of sun.  Stop applications of dormant oil when blooms appear.  Also avoid insecticides during bloom to prevent needless destruction of honeybees and other important pollinators. Stop in and shop our citrus, avocado, olive, pomegranate, and more.  
  • Perennials & Annuals -It is time to plant warm-season annuals and perennials grown as annuals.  Mix an inch of compost into the soil prior to planting.  Water them in with a dilute fertilizer solution after planting and repeat fertilization a week later to promote fast early growth.   Our caladium bulbs have arrived. 
    hibiscuas
    GARDENIA
    BOUGAINVILLEA 
    AND 
    NORFOLK ISLAND PINE
  • 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.  The sooner you plant, the more time you'll provide the roots to become established before the heat of summer sets in.
    Crape Myrtle
    Magnolia
    Bottlebrush

  • Lawns  Lawns are greening up this month and winter weeds are growing as well.  When your lawn has grown enough to mow it twice, it is time to fertilize. Mowing weeds doesn't count.  Your options for weed control are to: 1)ignore them and keep them mowed low,  2) hand-pull if there are not too many or the area is not too large, or 3) spot treat with a post-emergence organic weed killer.  The best long-term solution is to mow, water and fertilize properly to build a dense, healthy turf that chokes out most of its weed competition.   If your lawn is continually thin and weak, you will find weeds to be an ongoing problem because wherever the sunlight hits the soil, nature plants a weed. Just remember, the best weed control is a dense lawn.
    Pick up our guide to organic lawn fertilization, organic herbicides and organic fungicides!
  •  
Galveston County Master Gardeners Educational Programs:                      
  follow this link    2018 Gulf Coast Gardening for March

 

Educational Seminar
Organic Solutions
"Going Green St. Patrick's Day and Everyday!"

When:  Saturday, March 17 from 11am-12pm 
Who:  Lisa Smith from Adam's Wholesale

Organics expert Lisa Smith will be here at Tom's Thumb Nursery to share with us how to have a beautiful lawn and garden with organic products.  Topics will include fertilizers, weed prevention, weed killers, fungus and pest control.
Please join us in Going Green!

      
 FRUIT TREES ARRIVE FRIDAY , MARCH 2

LEMONS
Improved Meyer
$44.99
LIMES
Kaffir, Mexican, Palestinian 
Sweet, and Key Lime Mexican Thornless
$49.99
ORANGES
N-33, Moro Blood, Pineapple, Republic of Texas, Mandarin Pixie
$44.99 - $49.99

SATSUMA
Dobashi Beni, Kimbrough, Miho, Xie Shan
$44.99
FIGS
Celeste, Italian Honey, Olympian, Brown Turkey, White Marseilles
$29.99
AVOCADOS
Brazos Belle, Day, Don Juan, Joey, Mexicola Grande, & Pancho
$69.99

pomegranate
POMEGRANATE
Assorted Varieties & Dwarf
$34.99
PEACH
Dwarf Patio, Junegold, 
Red Baron, Tropic Snow
$39.99
SANTA ROSA PLUM
$39.99

AND MORE....................
RIO & RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT, CALAMONDIN, KUMQUAT, 
ZINGIBER "BABY" GINGER, ARBEQUINA OLIVE, ARABICA COFFEE, TUMERIC,  FUYU & WEEPING PERSIMMON, EIN SHEMER APPLE 
 
From Our Landscape Architect:

"
Can My Garden Recover 
from the Winter?
 
"

by Janielle Guzinski

Well, it is now time to start the recovery process from our wintery weather this year. There are a couple of questions I keep getting about how to know what is dead, what to cut back, and how far to cut back.
 
How do I know if my plant is dead? If it's not, where do I cut it?
The easiest way to test your shrubs is to scratch the bark. If you see green underneath, the plant is still alive. You should prune back to where you see green. Keeping that dead on the plant does nothing to help it. Now you may not see green unless you dig under the surface of the soil. That means the entire top of the plant is dead, but the roots under the ground have survived and the plant will resprout from those roots. In that case, you should cut the plant to the ground.
 


What about my palms?
Some palms, especially the pygmy dates, are not looking that great. You can cut off the dead leaves now and spray the entire crown with copper to prevent any further infection of the remaining dead frond bases. It's also a good idea to do another spray two weeks after the first. I do have to say, that if you can pull out the center spear of leaves, that palm tree is dead. If the leaves can be pulled from only one trunk of a multi-trunked palm, then only that one trunk is dead.
 

What to do about tropical plants?
Many of our herbaceous tropicals took quite a hit this winter. They aren't woody and don't have trunks we can scratch, so how do we know what to do? The answer is to cut them down near the ground. Plants like ginger and orange bird of paradise will be coming back from the roots. Those damaged stalks and leaves will not be greening back up. If you have the giant white bird of paradise or other tropical plants that do have stems/trunks like red sisters or ponytail palms there are two slightly different procedures. For the giant bird, cut the leaves off of it but leave the trunk intact and let it put out new leaves. Cut down the other tropicals to where the trunk no longer feels squishy. If you need to, you can cut more later when you see where it is leafing out.
 

Garden Supplies


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(Gift Cards, Sale Items and  Landscaping Services are excluded)
 Please mention this coupon when making your purchase.
You may use this coupon toward your purchase of Seaside Casual Furniture
Coastal Creations and Beautiful Home Decor


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A New Selection of Wall Decor

REGISTRATION FOR 
DIY HANGING BASKET CLASS
SATURDAY, MARCH 31
10am to 11:30am

The Class Fee is $35 plus tax. 
This includes everything you need to make 
one beautiful hanging basket.  (16" Coco lined basket provided)
Advance registration and payment is required  to secure your spot.                             

CALL TO REGISTER NOW!

Come create your very own basket filled with beautiful plants.  
This hands-on class will include instruction from Tom's Thumb Staff. 
 They will instruct you on design, plant selection, plant placement 
and care of hanging baskets.    
Receive 20% off any other hanging baskets  you buy the day of class.

Cold refreshments will be provided. 
Remember to bring gloves because we will be 
getting our hands dirty!  
Educational Seminar


Saturday, April 7
11am

Plumeria expert 
Loretta Osteen will be at 
Tom's Thumb Nursery

Don't miss her!
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Sincerely,
Peggy Cornelius, owner
Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping   
              
Peggy Cornelius | Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping  | 409-763-4713
2014 - 45th Street  Galveston, Texas 77550
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