Choosing Natives to Benefit Pollinators FREE WORKSHOP

Choosing Natives to Benefit Pollinators Saturday May 5th 12-1:30 FREE WORKSHOP Ploughshare’s Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge will discuss which native plants best serve our native bees, hummingbirds and butterflies and why choosing natives to feed pollinator populations is better than choosing non-natives.

Pollinator Power Plant for April 2018

Lacy Leaf Phacelia or Phacelia tanacetifolia is a California Native which is the BOMB of native bee friendly and pollinator friendly plants IMHO.   Super fast growth to 3-4ft is followed by a month or two of blue blooms which are irresistible to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  She also attracts populations of beneficial predator flies (flies…

Unusual Edible for April 2018

Mulberries are quite simply a world heritage plant with a food production lineage almost as old as figs.  Originating in China, these trees were introduced into Europe and the United States in the hope of fostering silk worms for silk production.  But it has always been the berries us common folk loved throughout history and…

Dry Garden Beauty for April 2018

Looking for a drought tolerant plant to fill the role of ‘exotic beauty’ in your East Bay garden?  How about this South African native plant, Leucospermum ‘Sunrise’.   Plant in full sun where soil drains instantly (think Alameda sand) and step back because this ‘looker’ will take off and entertain the entire neighborhood with it’s distinctive…

2018 Backyard Chicken Coop Tour

Ploughshare’s famous free ranging chicken ladies are eager to meet and greet the Alameda Chicken Coup Tour people visiting us May 6th!  We will have refreshments out and lots of chicken related garden information to dispense.    To learn more visit the Alameda Chickens website!

EDIBLES for the SPRING GARDEN on our TABLES NOW

Artichoke: Green Globe Artichoke: Violetto Asparagus Bean: Pencil Pod Bush Bean Bean: Royal Burgundy Bush Bean: Trionfo Violetta Pole Heirloom Bean Beet: Bullsblood Beet: Chiogga Broccoli: Gypsy Broccoli: Ironman Broccoli Broccoli: Summer Purple Broccoli: Veronica Romensco Brussel Sprouts: Hestia Cabbage: Copenhagen Cabbage: Red Acre Cabbage: Wakefield Cabbage Cauliflower: Charming Snowflower Cauliflower: Snowflower Cauliflower: Vitaverde Green…

Question and Answer Time at Ploughshares Nursery this April

Bugs bothering you?  Worried about the quality of your soil?  Not sure how to properly plant that potted nursery plant you just purchased?  Something looks diseased? Wondering how to prune something or if you even should?  Well then, bring all your bugs, blighted plants, samples of soil, photographs of your yard/trees/bushes and whatever questions have…

Free Soil Lead Test on Alameda Earth Day

Join Ploughshares Nursery and Alameda County Healthy Homes on April 21st 10am to 3pm at Washington Park (740 Central Avenue, Alameda CA) to celebrate Earth Day by getting your soil tested for dangerous lead contamination! Also bring your gardening questions for Ploughshares Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge to answer~!

Pollinator Power Plant for March 2018

Tuscan Blue Rosemary is our pick for Pollinator Plant for March 2018 No it’s not in bloom yet but when it does bloom its a powerhouse of pollen goodness.  Plant now so that by the time blooms come round there is lots of rosemary to bloom on! Super drought tolerant and great for cooking, rich…

Grafted Tomatoes Coming Saturday March 10th 2018

Grafted tomatoes coming Saturday March 10th 2018 What are ‘grafted tomatoes’? Grafting is simply taking a clipping of a plant you want to grow to maturity, in this case a tomato, and attaching it to a special root stock.   The cutting is the ‘scion’ and the root you attach it to is the ‘root stock’.  …

Growing Awesome Tomatoes

Growing Awesome Tomatoes Saturday March 24th 12 to 1:30pm A quick two-part workshop with nursery manager Jeff Bridge at Ploughshares Nursery. Part 1 Learn how to provide perfect growing conditions for tomatoes followed by a mini-lecture about the history of this exotic berry. Part 2 Question and answer session answering all your tomato conundrums.

GREAT GARDENS & GREAT SOIL, FREE WORKSHOP

GREAT GARDENS & GREAT SOIL go together. The key to successful gardening, the one thing all plants are dependent on is healthy living soil.   Join Kerri Kemp Gardner Saturday March 10th, 12:00 Noon at Ploughshares Nursery ( 2701 Main St. Alameda CA) for a discussion about what constitutes healthy soil and how you can make…

Early Tomatoes

Get your tomato freak on right now with these tomatoes you can keep in your brightly lit kitchen or mini-greenhouse until its safe to plant them outside.  Soon.  Soon. 4″ pots $3.99 San Francisco Fog Tomato New Girl Tomato Beef Steak Tomato Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes And now I have to hide in my office…

Edible Gardening Basics FREE WORKSHOP

Gardening 101  Edible Gardening Basics 12 -1:30 pm Saturday February 24th at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA.  FREE WORKSHOP Learn how to grow edible plants from seed  with Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery.  In this hands-on workshop we will be demonstrating techniques and best practices so grab your gardening gloves! Jeff will discuss…