Due to COVID, many items in the nursery world are hard to source this year. Plants, seeds, and hard goods. If there is a specific plant you want, please use the link below and we will do our best to source them.
March Garden Classes
We begin our series of Garden Classes on Sat, March 20 at 10 am. The class will be Tool Maintenance & Tree Pruning.
This year we are requiring pre-registration in order to make sure we are following current COVID mandate. We will require masks and social distancing. There will be a nominal fee of $5. The sign-up is on our website. I will share the rest of our schedule as we determine it. The weather this year has been strange, even for Colorado! My perennials have buds, so we may not do a rose/perennial class. I promise to let you know as we figure it out.
Follow this link to register: http://newcastlegardens.com/classes/
I realized that I should explain what mycorrhizae are and why they are so important to our plants.
Mycorrhizae are a fungus that forms a mutually symbiotic relationship with plants roots. The plant provides the fungus with carbohydrates. In turn the mycorrhizae provide water and key nutrients to the plants. The mycorrhizal network connects plants together. Nutrients and water are transferred to a stressed or injured plant from all the other plants connected by the vast mycorrhizal network. So yes, plants do actually communicate with each other.
According to Wikipedia:
A mycorrhiza is a mutual symbiotic association between a fungus and a plant. The term mycorrhiza refers to the role of the fungus in the plant’s rhizosphere, its root system. Mycorrhizae play important roles in plant nutrition, soil biology and soil chemistry.
We carry both endo and ectomycorrhizae.
I hope that the two diagrams below helps to explain this better.
We will discuss this in our upcoming Soils 101 class (schedule tbd).
Mycorrzhzae are also important for houseplants. Here we are repotting a Fiddle Leaf Fig, a woody plant so we are using ectomycorrzhzae.
We recently transplanted this Monster deliciosa and used endomycorrzhzae.
Some seeds need cold stratification to germinate. I did not get my poppy seeds in the ground last fall. Here is how we are cold stratifying this year.
Place a 1/2 cup of potting soil or dirt in a plastic bag.
Sprinkle a very small amount of water on the dirt.
Add 1/8 cup of Poppy Seeds into the bag
Mix the Poppy Seeds into the dirt
Seal the bag, and place in the refrigerator for 14 days.
Remove after 14 days and leave out on a paper towel in a dry room temperature area for 7 days.
Process can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 5 months depending on the Poppy Seeds.
We are upgrading our giftshop to carry much more than garden items. Jewelry, hand crafted soaps and lotions, and candles. This week, I will highlight two of the lines of jewelry we are carrying.
Natural AF Jewelry (Antlers and Feathers)
Kirsten lives in Rifle – Celebrate yourself and the environment with personally and ethically sourced animal adornments repurposed into handmade jewelry. As a female hunter and harvester, I can guarantee that each piece antler and feather is utilized from an animal that has already given it’s life to feed our family and now can live on through one of a kind, quality accessories that that bring out your earthly allure.
Silmara lives in New Castle, she is an RN and business owner. https://www.lifestylelaserglenwood.com/
She brings us a unique line from her native Brazil, Stunning gold and silver plated jewelry with semi-precious gemstones. The pieces are coated in Rhodium, a precious metal, which is extremely durable, resistant to corrosion, tarnish and scratches, and it has extremely high light reflective characteristics.
In the next couple of newsletters, I will be highlighting some of the local growers we use. Last year we were lucky enough to find Lost Mesa Flower company. They are a wholesale grower in Hotchkiss. We carry their annuals and perennials. We also carried their gorgeous hanging baskets. This year we will also carry their fiber pot inserts and window boxes.