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July 2, 2020

Organic Products

Medina Hasta Gro Lawn

At Tom’s Thumb Nursery, we take pride in offering lots of organic options for your lawn & garden needs. Some of our favorites include FoxFarm soils, Microlife, Medina & Nature’s Creation lawn fertilizers, Monterrey Bt & Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Spray, and Bonide Burnout weed killer. Stop in and let us help keep your yard safe for you and your pets.

MicroLife at Tom's Thumb Nursery

Tom’s Thumb Nursery is proud to now carry MicroLife products!

“We believe that healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy planet, and healthy people are all connected. As such we take great care in how we manufacture all of the MicroLife products. We make sure that all of our products have the highest nutritional value possible so that all soils, plants, and people benefit.”

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Milky Spore

Organic Control

Milky Spore

Milky Spore Granular is an organic long-lasting control for the Japanese beetle grub. The granular product can be applied using a drop spreader for easy complete coverage of your yard. Apply Spring, Summer, and Fall for two consecutive years. Guaranteed to last 10 years after the final application.

Learn more about the control of Japanese Beetles!

Lace Bugs on Lantana

Recently, several of our customers have brought in lantana infested with lace bugs. The following article is an excellent source of information concerning this problem.  Lace Bugs on Lantana. Recommended treatment is spinosad, horticultural oils, or garlic pepper tea.

Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects including aphids, moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leafhoppers, mealybugs and other slow-moving insects. Ladybugs are a must-have for organic gardening or organic farming.

Education: Dr. Johnson’s Weekly Garden Columns

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Lantana

Don’t forget about your plants if you are planning a vacation this summer. Install a timer on your drip system. Here is a tip from the Texas Gardener: If your plants are in containers, set the containers in a shallow kiddie pool with a few inches of water. Place mosquito dunks in the water to prevent mosquitos. Another suggestion is to use a plant nanny in your pots and in the ground.

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Web Caterpillars


These insect pests produce a web that envelopes leaves near the tips of the branches. They prefer mulberry and pecan, however, webworms will feed on a wide variety of other landscape trees ( Oak) and shrubs.
These pests can be controlled with organic insecticides such as Dipel, Bio-worm Killer or other organic spray products containing Bacillus thuringiensis. B.t. The caterpillars eat it, become sick almost immediately, stop feeding and then die within a few days.

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June 29, 2020

Pentas

Pentas

Imagine butterflies & hummingbirds visiting your garden all summer long!

Pentas are sun lovers and so easy to care for, featuring sparkling star-shaped flowers in either pink, red, white, purple, or lavender colors. .
Available at Tom’s Thumb Nursery!

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Hummingbird Feeder

Fill your hummingbird feeder with this recipe from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.

Ingredients

  • Refined white sugar
  • Water
Hummingbird Feeder

Directions for making safe hummingbird food:

  1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved
  2. Do not add red dye
  3. Fill your hummingbird feeders with the sugar water and place outside
  4. Extra sugar water can be stored in a refrigerator
  5. Change feeders every other day and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth

Some tips on hummingbird feeders:

  • Hummingbirds prefer red feeders because most of the flowers they feed on have red in them.
  • Pick a spot in your backyard with vegetation no more than 10 to 15 feet away: Hummingbirds feel most comfortable where there’s cover nearby
  • What else attracts hummingbirds to a feeder? Fresh nectar

Source: Good Housekeeping

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June 14, 2020

Purslane & Portulaca

Portulaca

Ornamental portulaca:

often called moss rose, has more needle-like leaves than purslane foliage.

The flowers also are showier, often looking either like a cactus bloom or a tiny carnation or rose.

Flowers do not open on cloudy or rainy days.

Learn more here:

Purslane:

  • is a fast-growing herbaceous annual with succulent leaves and stems. 
  • was grown in India originally and provided nutrition and reported health benefits. Those who eat purslane have described its taste as lemony or similar to spinach. (read more about their nutrition value)
  • They typically open only on hot, sunny days from midmorning to early afternoon.

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Russian Sage

With more than 7 million people participating across the country and 2.5 million acres of Certified Wildlife Habitat, the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife movement is the nation’s longest-running and largest effort dedicated to helping wildlife locally.

The initiative reconnects our neighborhoods, towns, and cities to our nation’s amazing wild spaces by encouraging Americans to plant native plants. From wildflowers to trees, there are small things we can do to provide natural sources of food, water, cover, and spaces to raise young in our backyards and communities.

Anyone can support and protect the future of birds, bees, butterflies, and other amazing animals. 

The National Wildlife Federation is inviting individuals, families, and communities to design a garden space that will enhance the natural landscape and attract wildlife to their great outdoors. 

Here are several easy and impactful ways to participate and start helping your local wildlife: 

Create a Habitat for Your Local Wildlife. Think first of the birds, butterflies, and bees that you can support in your garden habitat. Then select plants that provide the kinds of food they need, such as nectar, berries, or seeds. Plant according to your region, local environment, and conditions, from sunny deserts to shady woodlands.

Think Small. No yard, no problem! For those with small outdoors spaces, select pots and planters that will allow you to plant a selection of blooming pollinator-friendly native plants. 

Plant for year-round diversity and beauty. Wildlife needs food, water, cover and places to raise young all year. Choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year, from native wildflowers to shrubs that produce berries. Evergreens provide year-round cover. Think vertically, too. Incorporate existing large trees and then underplant with smaller trees and shrubs for cover and nesting places.

Plant in Groups. This will result in more color, textural impact, and eye-catching patterns throughout the garden bed or landscape. This technique also draws the eye into the garden and the close plantings will prevent weeds and minimize the need for excess mulching. Clusters of blooming plants are more likely to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Water sources. Adding bird baths or container water gardens help attract a variety of wildlife, from birds to tree frogs.

Certify Your Garden. Celebrate by certifying your garden with the National Wildlife Federation and proudly display a sign! Show why you have designed your yard intentionally to help wildlife and encourage others to do the same. Certifying also spreads the wildlife gardening message to your entire neighborhood.

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Portulaca / Purslane

Summer is just around the corner, and we have the perfect plants to brighten up your garden! With the weather heating up, make sure to check out our tips for gardening this month.

Vegetables & Herbs – Mornings are still a great time to be out in the garden…..late afternoons shortly before dark are also a tolerable time to be out. Check the mulch throughout the garden and replenish any areas where it is getting too thin. Mulch reduces evaporative loss of water from the soil, moderates soil temperatures, and deters weed seeds. Continue to fertilize tomatoes and peppers to promote higher yields and stronger plants. Bird netting is an option to help protect the fruits of your labor! Spider mites can be controlled with water or soap spray and caterpillars can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).

Perennials & Annuals –  Some dependable color options for summer include a variety of salvias, zinnias, purslane, vinca, portulaca, lantana, esperanzas, plumbagos and cupheas. If you are watering your plants with an overhead sprinkler, you may be seeing an increase in diseases of the foliage. Drip irrigation is a better way to go and can help minimize leaf wetness. There are disease-control products on the market. We can provide help in identifying pests and diseases, and in deciding on an appropriate, effective control option.

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May 30, 2020

MicroLife Fertilizer

MicroLife at Tom's Thumb Nursery

Tom’s Thumb Nursery is proud to now carry MicroLife products! MicroLife products are one of the best organic garden care products available.

In 1986 they started their journey of learning true plant nutrition and that naturally led them to Organics. In 1988, they started manufacturing MicroLife with the intent then and the intent now … to make the best
plant and soil food in the world!

About MicroLife

We believe that healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy planet, and healthy people are all connected. As such we take great care in how we manufacture all of the MicroLife products. We make sure that all of our products have the highest nutritional value possible so that all soils, plants, and people benefit.”

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May 22, 2020

Jungle Jack Plumeria

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Jungle Jack Plumeria is in at Tom’s Thumb Nursery!

The fragrance of brightly colored Plumeria blooms evokes memories of tropical vacations and warm summer days in the garden. The colors of Plumeria (or Frangipani, as they are also known) range from vibrant rainbows to brilliant white, and each bloom emits a lovely fragrance.

Why is Jungle Jack Plumeria so special?

They come directly from Jungle Jack’s 100 acre Thailand gardens. Every year they offer new varieties that cannot be found anywhere else.

From their website:

  • Quality: We believe our offerings represent the finest plumeria available anywhere, grown in specially designed soil media and delivered with the utmost care.
  • Authenticity: All of our cuttings are individually tagged/labeled at the time of being cut to ensure that what you order is true to the tag.
  • Ease: If you have purchased directly from overseas before, you know the hassles involved with import permits, USDA inspection, and the like. Jungle Jack’s Palms, Plumeria & More manages all aspects of plant importation so you don’t have to.
  • Trust: We are an established company with a long list of reputable clients who attest to our ability to deliver what we promise.
  • ​The Story: When you purchase from us, you’re not only buying a plumeria, you’re buying a small piece of an amazing story.

3 Gallon – $39.99

  • Angel’s Touch
  • Buttercup
  • California Sunset
  • Chablis
  • Enigma
  • Exotica
  • Flamingo
  • Jenny
  • Ken’s White
  • Lorien
  • Mini-Me
  • Pinwheel
  • Premium Pink-White
  • Premium Yellow-White
  • Singapore
  • Super Round
  • Synchronicity
  • Wizard
  • Xanadu
  • Zona Rosa

7 Gallon – $79.99

  • Afrique
  • Elsie
  • Grace
  • Heart’s Desire
  • Inco Gold
  • Laredo Princess
  • Milan
  • Mystery
  • Premium Pink-White
  • Premium Rainbow
  • Southern Cross
  • Synchronicity
  • Thai Jade
  • Xanadu
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