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Horticulture Manager at Sunshine Care Poway CA

  • GROWING CAULIFLOWER

    Cauliflower is one of several vegetables of the species Brassica oleracea. Other crops in this grouping include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and collard greens. These are annual plants that reproduce from seed. Typically only the head is eaten but… Read More ›

  • FORCING PAPERWHITES TO BLOOM

    FORCING PAPERWHITES TO BLOOM Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) are a very beautiful and fragrant flower that can be started easily from bulbs. You can usually find the bulbs at most garden centers as early as September through mid winter. They are… Read More ›

  • Nasturtiums – Tasty Cool Season Flowers

    Nasturtiums are of the genus Tropaeolum with over 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. Literally translated, nasturtium means “nose-tweaker” or “nose-twister”. This probably was labeled by the first person that tasted this plant, which has a peppery… Read More ›

  • ROMA TOMATOES

    ROMA TOMATOES Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable. Yes, they are technically a fruit, but eaten as a vegetable. I’ve never put them in a fruit salad. Tomatoes are definitely the “King of the Gardens” here at Sunshine Care, A… Read More ›

  • GROWING STEVIA

    GROWING STEVIA The stevia plant is a member of the Asteracaea family related to the daisy and ragwood. Several species called “candyleaf” are native to New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The popular species, Stevia rebaudiana, comes from Brazil and Paraguay,… Read More ›

  • GROWING BASIL

    Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is a culinary herb in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The name, basil, is derived from the Greek word, basileus, meaning “king”. This makes sense since basil is the “King of the Herbs”. The French sometimes call basil… Read More ›

  • SUNFLOWERS

    SUNFLOWERS Hello gardeners! Spring is here and the gardens are gradually switching from winter crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage to the warm season crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and melons. We actually have started harvesting some… Read More ›