Scott Paris of High Hand Nursery says, “STAY CALM. It’s only for 15 weeks. You’ve got the water, use it wisely.” Scott explains how, by utilizing the functions on your irrigation timer, your yard can get through this summer of California’s drought, using limited water until the fall rains come back. He also has tips for superior drip irrigation systems, moisture-enhancing products, and the benefits of mulch…and the downside of fertilizers in a drought.
Garden Success in a Drought? Yes! Part 2 On this edition of High Hand University, Farmer Fred ask Giselle Schoniger, Kellogg Garden Products Organic Instructor, the question on the minds of every California gardener right now: “Can You Have Garden Success in a Drought?” With an emphatic, “Yes!”, Gisele Schoniger explains how to create healthy soil, enabling your plants to better withstand a drought. We’re talking the real poop here, folks: compost, mulch and more! Fred
Good Bug Hotels: The plants that attract beneficial insects and pollinators. How to keep ladybugs, lacewings, minute pirate bugs, parasitic mini-wasps and other beneficials that attack the insect pests in your yard. Plants that pollinators such as bees, moths and birds find attractive. Fred and Scott also talk about the benefits of mulch and drip irrigation to keep those plants alive in this drought.
Garden Success in a Drought? Yes! Part 1
On this edition of High Hand University, Farmer Fred answers his own question emphatically: “Garden Success in a Drought? Yes!” And he has the proof. Joining him onstage for even more proof:
Don Franklin of Hunter Industries (http://hunterindustries.com) talks about the latest in water-saving sprinkler heads; smart irrigation control boxes that take all the guesswork out of wondering if your lawn needs water; and, the innovative Eco-Mat, a subsurface drip irrigation system for lawns. High Hand Nursery’s own Scott Paris shows off low-water use, easy care, beautiful plants, including geraniums, salvias, butterfly bushes, barberries, guara, digiplexis and the amazing lawn substitute, Kurapia
In Part 2 of All About Citrus, Farmer Fred and Ed Laivo of Four Winds Growers talk about the best fertilizers for citrus trees: oranges, lemons, mandarins, limes, kumquats and more. And they answer the audience’s questions on a variety of topics, including:
How to plant citrus in containers (do it gradually!) The advantages of drip irrigation for citrus trees How to water a citrus tree that’s in a lawn…during a drought How to control citrus suckers and water sprouts A tip or two for improving water penetration in containerized citrus trees The disadvantages of weed cloth Protecting citrus in a frost What’s new in the world of citrus (hint: it’s from Australia)
On this edition of High Hand University, Farmer Fred welcomes citrus expert Ed Laivo of Four Winds Growers to the High Hand Nursery Fruit Shed. Here in Part 1 of “All About Citrus”, Ed and Fred discuss the basics for the care of orange, mandarin. lemon and lime trees: choosing a perfect site, planting advice, tips for watering citrus during the drought, pruning pointers, and the four best varieties of orange trees to own for nearly year-round, fresh-picked oranges from your yard!