Hi, everyone. I hope you had a wonderful winter vacation. We at May Day Nursery have been busy little bees. This year along with our houseplants and succulents we will have paper plants. WHAT!! Yep, paper plants. Paper plants can go in places where there is no light or perhaps you have a black thumb but still, want something to brighten a corner or niche. We at May Day Nursery would like to introduce you to The Rusty Gardener's Paper Shack. Here you will find paper succulents in a variety of color and whimsical patterns. We also have ferns, cloth cacti, and air plants. Later this year we will be adding flowers for those who like a lot of colors.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Aloe group has over 300 different varieties. All varying in size and shape. Most are natives of Africa, especially South Africa and Madagascar.
Aloe plants contain a thick fluid which seeps through if the plant is damaged. This sap is tapped from the plant, dried and sold and used as medicine for all over health.
Many of the Aloe varieties grown as house plants are were used in former times as well as today, for first aid. A piece of the plant was stroked across a cut or burn to speed up the healing process.
Aloe plants have come into the limelight for beauty aids containing sap from the plant. It may benefit poor skin and improve the complexion in general. Aloe is said to help the skin retain its natural moisture.
A Member of the Liliaceae Family
Aloe belongs to the Lily family but looks much like Agave, sometimes called "American Aloe." The two plants are botanically distinct, however, Aloe flowers, unlike those of the Agave, are bell shaped, in shade of yellow or orange red, and perch on the ends of long, slim stems. Another difference is that Aloe leaves can be snapped to reveal a juicy pulp. The stong-fibered Agave leaves do not easily break.
Size and Growth Rate
Some Aloes have an upright growth and stem while others have a rosette shape and spread through side shoots which gradually form a carpet of small tufts. Many Aloes have sharp thorns along the edges of the leaves. Some grow as high as 60 feet in the wild and other are very low growing.
Flowering and Fragrance
The flower stems grow up from beside the rosette of leaves. The flowers are bell-like and yellow or orange-red. Large varieties have flower stems several feet tall while others will be only 4-8 inches. Most of the flowers have a faint but pleasant fragrance. At spring time when all the Aloe are in bloom humming birds fly in to get nectar.
Light and Temperature
Lots of light and lots of sun. Regular all-year room temperature is fine but a lower winter temperature, about 60 degrees is recommended, Avoid frosts. Zone 8-10 hardiness.
Watering and Feeding
Water well in the summer but let the soil dry out in between. Water infrequent in the winter or not at all.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Ever brought home a plant you loved only to find it half gone the next day? Slugs have huge appetites and will eat your plant down to nothing. It only takes one to lay hundreds of eggs and spread to nearby plants. So, how do you kill the bugs without killing the plant? One of the best solutions I have found is to spay those little pests with full strength rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol will also take care of mealy bug and aphids. Don't forget about ants. Ants will place aphids on your lovelies to harvest those nasty sticky secretions they love.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
One of the best of summer, the Farmer's Markets. A place to pick up locally grown vegetables and meet friends and family. Fun browsing the many aisles of booths and picking up a handmade craft or two. This year May Day Nursery is part of the Turlock Certified Farmer's Market at the Turlock Fairgrounds. There you will find a variety of houseplants and succulents. We also have fun crafts for children as well as adults to learn about growing.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Broken pot gardens are relatively new to our market. They are basically terracotta pots that have been broken on one side and then planted. Most broken pot gardens use succulent plants but you can basically use anything. The reason for using succulent plants over any other is because of the watering. Succulents don't use as much water as other plant do. It is hard to keep the soil from washing away when watered too much. Also succulents don't grow as fast. Maintenance is easy using succulents. When the succulents get too big you can remove them or cut them down and most succulents can stand overcrowding. Watering is minimal. Use a spray bottle and water when dry.
To make your own broken pot garden you will need a terracotta pot, potting soil or cacti soil. If you don't have cacti soil you can mix potting soil and play sand. Choose an assortment of succulents. Some will need to be tall and some very small.
To brake your pot you will need a hammer and safety glasses. Start tapping firmly at the rim. You will start to see it crack. Choose another spot on the rim and again start tapping firmly till it cracks. If it hasn't broken yet tap softly in the middle between the two cracks. If you are lucky you may have one large piece and maybe some smaller pieces.
Now to plant. Place a small piece of pot over the drainage hole to keep the soil from falling out. You can now start adding soil to the first broken part. You may want to water your soil to make it mold better. Make sure to press down firmly on the soil. Now add your broken pieces and keep adding soil and pressing down. Once you have the design you want you can start adding plants. I find using the tall plants in the back and the smaller plants in front make it more appealing to the eye. Continue planting till you fill up the pot. You may use moss, sand, rock or wood chips to cover the soil.
Keep your broken pot garden out of the sun. Even though the plants can tolerate full sun they will dry out much faster in the terracotta pots. And those cute little succulents will burn.
Keep in mind the watering. For larger pots you may want to use a watering can with a narrow spout and the small pots you may use a spray bottle. Don't use a hose because the force of the water will wash all your plants and soil out of the pot.
This is a great conversation piece. Place it on your dining room table or entrance and see what happens.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Well here is the tank now at 5 weeks. It is looking pretty well. The moss seems to be growing quite well. I see some algae growing on some of the rock or it could be new moss growing in. I think i will start adding maybe a frog or two to fertilize the moss. If you are interested in setting up your own tank here is a great website I have found. http://www.aquariumfertilizer.com/index.asp?Option1=infopage2