When visiting the nursery you’ll see our ten hens, happily patrolling the grounds scratching for tasty bugs and weeds. People are delighted to see how friendly and healthy they are. Many of our visitors decide they would like to have chickens in their own backyards. Napa allows folks with regular sized yards to have some hens (but no roosters.) Nothing beats the delicious fresh eggs! Also, hens provide natural insect control. And they contribute to the composting bin or pile—all for healthier gardens. Ask us about using worms to compost vegetable matter if you don’t have enough room for a regular compost pile. You can make your own fertilizer with your food scraps, weeds, prunings, papers and cardboard scraps.
Dave Dexter and his crew from DEXTER estate landscapes moved this huge Valley Oak we grew to a Windsor, Sonoma County golf course from our growing ground at Main Street Trees in Napa. The lobata grew from an acorn that fell from the old trees on our property. This tree was about 15 years old. Valley Oaks are the most appropriate oak tree for our area with clay soil on the valley floor, although Coast Live Oaks grow great here too.
This color of Rainbow Chard is as beautiful as it is delicious. Chard usually self seeds so it can provide years of fresh greens for easy cooked or fresh eating. It comes in a 'rainbow' of colors and is a delight to have in every garden. It is one of the easiest foods to grow and it does fine in a container. The bigger the container the bigger the plant and much more food to eat.
Growing a lot of what you eat can be a pleasant way to live. Gardening can be a lifestyle choice where you get your exercise, fresh air, sunshine, a visit with nature and food for eating and sharing. Even if you rent or are moving soon you can have a container garden that can move when you do. Thinking of expanding your fruit trees soon? You can keep your fruit trees small enough to pick the fruit and prune without a ladder if you train it to be small and keeping it in a container is one way of dwarfing it.
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