Unusual Edible for December 2016

Mache or Valerianella locusta ‘Corn Salad’ grows wild in parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.  This is a nutty flavored cool season green which lays low to the ground and is easy to grow from seed. “Corn salad was originally foraged by European peasants until Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, royal gardener of…

Ploughshares will be Closed 11-24 and 11-25 for Thanksgiving

Ploughshares will be closed 11-24 and 11-25 for Thanksgiving.  Thank you for your support this year, your interest in growing edibles, using plants which require less water and restoring native plants to our urban gardens makes the world a better place and keeps our doors open!  It’s been a privilege serving Alameda and the East…

Bare Root Trees Coming in December

We buy in all our bare root trees from Dave Wilson Nursery. Check out our list of Bare Root Fruit Trees, Berries and Ornamental Trees/Shrubs coming this December: (click link for more information) FRUIT TREES AND BERRIES 20th Century Pear (Asian Apple Pear) Bare Root Price: $27.90  Regular Price: $60.00 Shenseiki Pear (Asian Apple Pear)…

Pollinator Power Plant for November 2016

Eschscholzia californica , California Poppy is our choice for Pollinator Power Plant for November 2016.   Not because poppies actually should be growing or blooming right now, but because NOW is the time to sow seed for poppies next year.  Sow seed directly, mixed in soil and sand and expect a sea of lime-green foliage and…

Unusual Edible for November 2016

Passiflora edulis ‘Alameda Freddie’ is our pick for Unusual Edible for November 2016. Who would have guessed that Passion Fruit was so easy to grow in Alameda?  Fast growing vine with miniature versions of the flower which so fascinates owners of the ornamental variety.  Fruit appears late season as green ovoids which slowly darken to…

California Heritage Plant for November 2016

Carex barbarae or ‘White Root’ is a our choice for California Heritage Plant for November 2016.   This attractive sedge occurs naturally in California’s seasonal riparian areas, of which only 5% remain today.  Give regular water for lush green growth, or let dry late Spring and Summer and enjoy its brown dormant appearance.   White Root was…

What’s On Sale November 2016

It’s time to prep your soil for Spring with Worm Castings and Chicken Manure.  To help motivate you, we put Kellog’s Gardener and Bloome Worm Castings and Point Reye’s Compost Paulette’s Poo on SALE for the month of November! Regularly $10.99  ON SALE FOR $4.50 the month of November. Regularly $10.99 ON SALE FOR $4.50…

Workshop: Prepping Soil for Spring Success

Prepping Soil for Spring Success 7p.m. November 15th at Rythmix Cultural Works Join Ploughshare’s staff at Rythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501) November 15th at 7pm for a workshop about prepping soil for Spring success;  soil amendments and techniques will be demonstrated to a meeting of Alameda Backyard Growers.  Are you growing…

Purchase Gift Cards for Family and Friends

At a loss what to buy for those family members and friends with green thumbs?  Try a Ploughshares Nursery gift card this holiday season.  We will be happy to  mail these to recipients on your behalf! Call 510 755 1102    

WHATS ON SALE OCTOBER 22nd 11am to 3:00pm

Take advantage of Sale Prices to rebuild your soil… Bags of Paulette Poo (Pt. Reyes Compost Chicken Crap)  BUY 1 GET 1 FREE 3 cubic foot Soil Building Compost (Omri certified) BUY 1 GET 1 FREE   All these PLANTS are on SALE October 22nd ….  when you buy one you get a second plant…

Unusual Edible for October 2016

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans). Native to Mexico and Guatemala, this fast growing subtropical sage offers sweet citrusy-pineapple leaves which can be used to flavor meat or be prepared as tea. Expect a vigorous upright shrub covered in tender pubescent leaves which reaches 4-5ft. height.  Hummingbirds love the red flowers which come on non-stop most of…

Rockridge Out and About Street Fair

Rockridge Out and About Street Fair October 9th, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Every year Ploughshare’s staff reaches out to the public for support at local street fairs.  Rockridge Out and About is our all-time favorite!  Dancing,  tasty food vendors,  excellent shopping and interesting information booths sponsored by progressive Berkeley-Oakland institutions makes this fair stand…

Join Ploughshares at the Plant Exchange in Oakland

Ploughshares will be offering a quick workshop on care of container fruit trees at the Plant Exchange October 8th. What the heck is the Plant Exchange? The Plant Exchange is a twice-a-year free community event that began in Oakland, California in October 2007 as a way for our neighbors to get to know each other….

Pollinator Power Plant for September 2016

Hardenbergia violacea is the Pollinator Power Plant for September 2016.  This is a thick green vine which reaches 10ft + and keeps it’s leaves all year round.  She has low water needs when properly established and takes to container growing better than most vines.  The truly special thing about ‘Wandering Lilac’ is when it flowers. …

California Heritage Plant for September 2016

Yucca brevifolia ‘Joshua Tree’ is the California Heritage Plant for September. This is the famous Yucca of the Mojave desert that can live for a thousand years.  Joshua Tree can be grown in the East Bay climate and it makes a wonderful addition to any dry garden or succulent display, but expect greener growth and…

The Potting Bench is Open for Business

It occurs to most gardeners that potting up a bunch of beautiful succulents in an attractive pot or bowl makes for an excellent present!  But the mess is prodigious, you end up with more soil than you need and maybe sometimes your just not sure if your ‘doing it right’.   Save yourself time and…