Welcome to Ridge Road Garden Center
Beautify Your Gardens
The Ridge Road Garden Center is situated on one acre in the foothills in Pine Grove, CA; the gift shop is 1600 square feet of unique and often one-of-a-kind gifts. Mark your calendars for our Holiday Art Fair and start your holiday shopping on Saturday, November 16th! This is the start of a new, cooler season! While the warm weather lasts, it’s time to gather in the harvest and start preparing the garden for the colder months ahead, as well as planning for the joys of another spring. Planting spring bulbs is the perfect antidote to the pre-winter blues, with the promise of dazzling displays in a few months’ time. Daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and snowdrops can all be planted now, including tulips. Fall veggies and flowers are arriving weekly, Come and get em!
Plant cool-season annuals such as African daisy, foxglove, Iceland poppy, larkspur, lobelia, pansy, petunia, phlox, snapdragon, stock, sweet alyssum, sweet pea, and viola. Keep them well watered, especially if the temperature warms. Fill pots and borders with autumn-flowering heathers, violas and cyclamens. Finally, autumn’s the ideal time for planting trees and shrubs, giving their roots time to establish over winter ready for new growth in spring. Before planting, make sure your beds have been amended after your summer harvests. Also, it is important that you are careful with your planting, using crop rotation even in your raised beds for optimal soil and plant health.
In the cut flower garden Dahlias and Chrysanthemums should still be producing lots of flowers. Roses may also produce their last flush of Autumnal blooms. Take advantage of the seed heads, hips and haws in the garden and hedgerow - create striking vase arrangements by mixing them with stems of perennials; for the "last floral fling".
The cutest new gifts from Universal Ironworks are sure to please our Foothill neighbors! The Garden Center has wonderful items for all the special occasions in your lives--birthdays, holidays, retirement, 'Get Well' gifts, anniversaries, gifts for new mothers and fathers, too. If you can't decide, a Gift Certificate is always perfect! We have garden knee pads, new Renee's garden seed varieties, plant movers, planting mix, statuary, birdbaths, wind-chimes, gazing balls, garden art, herbal products, pots, and garden tools, besides a wonderful variety of lush, and beautiful house plants. Selections are wonderful all year long; come and see what we have to offer... it changes seasonally. We also carry local artists' gemstones & minerals, copper mobiles, gourd art, water color cards, soy candles and so much more!
House plants & Shade plants
You'll love our comprehensive shade plant section under the arbor; lush and beautiful, with garden statuary and whimsical garden decor. We have ferns, houseplants and outdoor shade selections: caladium, nettle, hosta, hellebore, heuchera, begonia, Peace lily, callas, Lenten rose, coleus, impatiens & more depending on the season. Stop by soon and browse our Garden Center and Nursery! Come see our great selections.
Seasonal News & Arrivals
Unique statuary and birdbath designs have arrived! We have an assortment of Japanese Maples and “Rosy Teacup” dogwoods ready to plant. The Ridge Road nursery is stocked with beautiful seasonal plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses besides a bounty of wonderful gifts and items to select from in our Garden Center. Come to see all we have to offer; new items come in weekly! See the Pest Guard, portable protection for your plants and veggies. Check out the statuary, planters and baskets, solar lights, top of the line pruning shears and more. It's time to get your gardens winter ready, and buy new pots for overwintering plants indoors.
Fruit and Nut trees
Over 50 varieties of bare root fruit and nut trees!🍎🍐🍒🍑🍈 Start planning your orchard today! Come and see our healthy fruit and nut trees; one is just perfect for your backyard. For the healthiest trees and tastiest fruit, choose the sunniest available planting location. Spacing depends on your objectives, your garden plan - how much fruit you want from each tree, how many trees are wanted in the total space available and how you intend to control tree size. (Remember, small trees maintained by summer pruning are much easier to spray, thin, prune and harvest than large trees) Plan your 2020 garden now and include fruit trees!
Beautiful Gifts and Products
Check out our locally made pottery for all your succulents. We also have garden knee pads, garden pots for your porch or deck, garden art, vases, wind chimes, gemstones, house plants, and statuary. Check out our camping equipment, soaps, and so much more! We have lotions for those garden hands, and scents to keep mosquitoes away besides solar lights to beautify your gardens.
Check out the bountiful array of vegetable seeds or come to the outside garden center to see our NEW COOL WEATHER VEGGIES. Bedding plants for shade and sun are available in several colors, and plant heights. It's your last chance to get fall veggies in the ground or snuggle in those late fall bedding plants for winter color until the end of November! Brighten up your porches and walkways for the coming holidays, also! Check us out!
What To Do in the Fall Garden
Insulate your outdoor containers from frosts, using hessian or bubble wrap held in place with garden twine.
Raise pots off the ground for the winter by using bricks or 'pot feet', to prevent water logging.
Keep weeding. It's easier to see the weeds once the garden plants die back. Now is a great time to get rid of some perennial weeds that stay green all year.
Clean up garden debris and cut back and remove any diseased or infested foliage.
Keep watering, little and often, until the ground freezes.
Get started on autumn lawn care - - aerate, top dress, and feed.
Divide perennials like hardy geraniums, salvias and hostas.
Net ponds before the leaves start to fall.
Plant raspberry canes now for a delicious home-grown crop.
Tidy up strawberry plants - cut off dead leaves/remove runners.
On a sunny window sill, sow basil, dill, parsley, chives.
Plant/transplant evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.
Continue planting garlic.
Take cuttings of tender perennials.
Plant cool-season annuals; Cover mums on frost nights.
Deadhead roses, penstemons and dahlias for late color.
Remove fallen leaves from around the base of any rose bushes which suffered from black spot or rust this summer, to reduce the chance of reinfection next year.
Feed azaleas, camellias, hydrangea and rhododendrons with a fertilizer for acid-loving plants. Keep well watered.
It’s your last chance to plant some tulip bulbs.
Trim faded crape myrtle flowers for more fall blooms.
Lightly side dress perennials with a 5-10-10 fertilizer.
Perennials - Now is a good time to plant Blueberries. Don’t forget they need acid soil, so if yours isn’t, you can plant them in a pot or container. Start forcing bulbs like paper whites, hyacinth, and amaryllis for the holidays. Check out our selections of deer resistant perennials. Sweet alyssum is a flower to grow for its light fragrance; it creeps along the ground creating a carpet of beauty in white or purple. It tolerates heat and cool weather well, and has winter blooms. Petunias and Pansies are wonderful, colorful cool season perennials to plant. We also have hanging baskets!
Pruning - Cut back the yellowing foliage of herbaceous perennials, and lift and divide overcrowded clumps to maintain their vigor. Cut canna stems to the ground as they finish flowering; new stems will continue to appear. If you have grapevines in your garden, then you will also need to prune these now. Cut back all fruited shoots to one or two buds from the main stem. This can be carried out between November and late winter.
Planting Beds - Place a scaffold plank on the ground along the main access route into your plot to allow access without compacting the soil as you walk across it. Continue to lift dahlia tubers, begonias and gladiolus corms to store dry over the winter months. Remove the dead foliage before storing. We have seed potatoes... Red LaSoda, Yukon Gold, Norkotah Russet & Purple Majesty! Spread a nice layer of fresh mulch or compost on your beds, also.
Trees & Shrubs - Vigorous growers like Buddleia, dogwoods and lavatera can be reduced by half to lessen problems of wind rock over the winter. Buddleia bushes make striking additions to your garden. All varieties are beautifully scented with a delicate perfume, perfect for luring butterflies (bees and hummingbirds) to your property. Today is perfect for planting trees of all kinds. We have beautiful redbud trees and barberry trees.
Harvesting/Sowing fall Plants
Continue harvesting fall crops like beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale. Sow cool-season vegetables like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach, and turnips. Plants such as asters, daisies, columbine, geraniums, ranunculus, anemone, Statice, lavender, Kalanchoe and yellow Coreopsis are just a few plants that will continue to bloom into fall and beyond. There are perennials and annuals of various colors.
Other Garden Things To Do
Use the last of the dry weather to paint sheds and fences with preservative before the winter arrives. If you gave your lawnmower some care last month before thinking about packing it away, then you must remember to drain out any gas. Unleaded gas does not keep, and may cause you issues come spring when you try to start it up again. This also applies for hedge-trimmers and any other machinery requiring gas.
Take stock of this year’s garden and make a few notes or sketches for next spring. Reflect on what grew well, what failed miserably, and what changes you will make next year. Place your orders online for fruit trees, fruit bushes and perennial plants. These can be planted between now and springtime. Encourage hungry birds into your garden by investing in bird baths and bird feeders. Our feathered friends will keep pest numbers down and bring joy on a bleak winter’s day.