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It’s Time to Plant Spring Vegetables and Herbs

Now is the perfect time to get those vegetable and herb starts in the ground. We have a wide variety to choose from, stop by to pick up your favorites. We have Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Cucumbers and an extensive list of herbs: Basil, Borage, Chamomile, Chives, Dill, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Majoram, Mint: Chocolate, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint, Oregano, Parsley (Italian and Curly), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.


 

Tomatoes

Buy tomatoes and squash at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroTomatoes are a vegetable garden favorite. There are so many varieties available, with the right choices you can ensure you’ll have fresh tomatoes for a long period, thru the Summer and into the Fall. From small, sweet cherry varieties, to heirloom and cultivars that make amazing pasta sauce!


 

Summer Squash

Buy summer squash at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroSummer squash is essential to your vegetable garden, with so many great shapes and colorful varieties, you can have fun making delicious salads and grilled side dishes.

Squash can be susceptible to powdery mildew on the leaves, so keep watered to prevent the plants from getting stressed, and plant well spaced. Blossom end rot, is also a common disease that prevents the vegetables from developing. Make sure to use a fertilizer with plenty of Calcium to avoid this, such as E.B. Stone’s Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer.


 

Herbs

Buy herb starts at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroPlanting a variety of herbs in your yard can really add flavor to your cooking, year round. Plant starts such as Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Chives, and Dill now. As well as planting Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano as ground covers in your yard, for year round harvesting.


 

How to Set Up your Veggie Beds

Spring is here and it’s time to set up your veggie beds. Follow these simple steps for a successful Veggie and Herb Garden:

  • Pull out any annuals from last year and weed the beds, digging out the roots so they won’t come back.
  • It’s important to add fresh organic material to your beds every year. We recommend E.B. Stone Soil Booster. This will help your soil hold onto moisture and nutrients, and pass them along to the seedlings.
  • Test your irrigation, drip systems can easily develop leaks, luckily they’re easy to fix. If you don’t have irrigation for your veggies, consider installing one. Some veggies have small roots and need water often. A drip irrigation system will deliver the correct amount of water to the roots, cutting down on over-spray and water waste from watering by hand.
  • It’s worth sketching out a rough plan of what you want to grow this year and when to plant it. For example, you can plant Cilantro, spinach and lettuce in the cooler months. Heading into Spring, is a good time for Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash and Herb starts. Later in Summer you can add Pumpkins, Cauliflower and Broccoli, for Fall and Winter harvest.
  • Lastly, make sure to space the seedlings out as directed, it’s tempting to try and cram in as many plants as possible, but you will get the best harvests, when every plant has the space it needs.

Tip: If you end up sowing lettuce seeds more thickly than other veggies, don’t worry, just thin them as they grow and enjoy many delicious micro green salads!


 

Don’t Forget, for Best Results: Plant with E.B. Stone’s Vegetable Fertilizer and Soil Booster

Buy EB Stone Tomato and Vegetable Food at Evergreen Nursery in San LeandroBuy EB Stone Soil Booster at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro