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. This is the start of a new, cooler season with rain not that far off! 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 season. Planting spring bulbs is the perfect antidote to the 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.
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, cyclamens and violas. Finally, late 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 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". We have Cyclamen, Snapdragons, Pansies and other lovely and colorful perennials for your gardens.
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. Christmas is this month! 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 and often weekly. 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. For your gardener friends & family, this is a 'One Stop' shopping bonanza! Visit us soon... bet there's even a gift for You!
Seasonal News & Arrivals
Unique statuary and birdbath designs have arrived! The Ridge Road nursery is stocked with beautiful seasonal plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, ground covers, and 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 spring bulbs in the ground or snuggle in those late fall bedding plants! Brighten up your homes, porches and walkways with colorful flowers and plants for the coming holidays, also! Visit us Soon!
What To Do in the Garden
Insulate your outdoor containers from frosts, using hessian or bubble wrap held in place with garden twine.
Insulate cold frames and the raised bed gardens against severe extended cold.
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.
Divide perennials like hardy geraniums, salvias and hostas.
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.
Plant cool-season annuals; Cover mums on frost nights.
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.
It’s your last chance to plant some tulip bulbs.
Let leaves pile up in flowerbeds, where they’ll form a weed-suppressing, soil-enhancing mulch.
Read those garden books you’ve been meaning to read all year long. If you’re struggling with shade, plan for Vegetables that Grow in the Shade.
Clear leaves from paths and patios where they’re a slippery hazard, and mow up leaves smothering grass on the lawn on a dry day.
Perennials - If your garden feels bare of plants offering winter interest, buy some hellebores, heucheras, euphorbias and evergreen grasses such as the grey-green grasses and black mondo grass that look good throughout the winter months when arranged in pots. 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, also. We also have cheerful hanging baskets for your patio and porch!
Winter bedding such as violas, pansies and Cyclamen persicum can offer a jolt of colour, but they are more susceptible to winter wet and cold, so put them in the most sheltered spot possible, such as a windowbox or in an unheated porch.
Pruning - Resist the urge to tidy up too thoroughly. Hold back until spring, because right now it’s providing valuable thick cover for wildlife: its flowers and berries are valuable winter food sources, too. Many creatures will be sheltering in leaf litter and the hollow stems of dead perennials. 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 Red bud trees and barberry trees.
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 way beyond. We have 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.