Monthly Archives: April 2014

Domestic cultivation

Amateur vegetable growing has a long history dating back to the beginning of agriculture. A substantial business in itself, one major online UK seed supplier we carry has over 1,200 cultivar seeds, plants and potato tubers. They report that vegetable seeds outsell flower seeds. Plants are usually divided into the following categories:

  • Root vegetables (carrot, parsnip, beetroot, turnip)
  • Leafy green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprout, kale, spinach, cauliflower)
  • Alliums (onion, leek, garlic, shallot)
  • Potatoes
  • Legumes (peas and beans)
  • Pumpkin family (cucumber, courgette, marrow, squash, pumpkin, gourd)
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad crops (lettuce, radish, rocket, celery, cress, bean sprouts)
  • Other vegetables (pepper, sweet potato, corn, artichoke, asparagus, mushroom)

Although each type of plants has its own cultivation needs, the overall requirements for a vast majority of vegetable plants are:

  • deep, rich soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline composition
  • plenty of sunshine
  • plenty of water
  • regular feeding
  • regular weeding
  • protection against pests such as slugs, aphids and caterpillars.

The amount of literature and other media on the subject that advise deep digging, annual top dressing with manure or home-made compost, and crop rotation is substantial. We’ll also offer our expertise in the following areas:

  • raised beds
  • successional sowing
  • garden design
  • allotments
  • raising plants for competition
  • comparative evaluation of different varieties
  • organic gardening
  • Increasingly, small plants (plug plants) are offered for sale in spring and summer.

Botanic fruit and culinary fruit


In the culinary sense of these words, a fruit is usually any sweet or sour-tasting plant product, especially those associated with seeds; a vegetable is any savory or less sweet plant product; and a nut is any hard, oily, and shelled plant product.

These culinary vegetables that are botanically considered fruit include cucurbits (i.e. squash, pumpkin, and cucumber), tomatoes, peas, beans, corn, eggplant, and sweet peppers. In addition, some spices, such as allspice and chilies, are fruits, botanically speaking. In contrast, rhubarb is often referred to as a fruit, because it is used to make sweet desserts such as pies, though only the petiole (leaf stalk) of the rhubarb plant is edible. Edible gymnosperm seeds are often given fruit names, e.g., pine nuts, ginkgo nuts.

Many common terms for seeds and fruit do not correspond to the botanical classifications. In botany, seeds are ripened ovules; fruits are the ripened ovaries or carpels that contain the seeds and a nut is a type of fruit and not a seed.


Western Wear

Come and discover Hawthorne’s well kept secret. There aren’t too many western shops in Escondido or San Marcos, but if you come in here looking for western wear, you’ll leave looking well outfitted. We carry jeans, shirts, boots, socks, hats, jackets and even jewelry. We can even get you specialized riding clothes.

For you gentlemen, we carry: Carhartt, Wrangler, Pendleton, Outback Trading Co, and Resistol. All of these are favorites in the world of western wear. And for you ladies, we carry the same brands for you, as well as some Addikted and Cow-Girl Up. We also have a discount rack up front with some special buys.

We recently purchased a lot of merchandise from a western wear shop that shut their doors. There are special sales on belts, work boots, western shirts and cowboy hats.

We recently purchased a lot of merchandise from a western wear shop that shut their doors. There are special sales on belts, work boots, western shirts and cowboy hats. If you want something we don’t carry in store, special orders can be made on items not currently in stock.

A Hat for ALL Heads!

Larry Mahan, Atwood, Tucson, Stetson, Bailey and many more of your favorite hats are in stock here at Hawthorne. We won’t let you leave looking less than your best!

Food Preserving

Cheese making class

DATE: Tuesday April 11th, 2017 TIME: 6:15

Beginner soft cheeses French Ricotta, Chevre, and Feta. We will be working with Goat and Cow milk and we will also discuss and learn about cheese preservation.

$50 per person which will include your kit to make cheese at the class and take home.

Please call 760-746-7816 to make your reservation.

Excalibur dehydrators


If you enjoy natural raw foods, un-messed with, consider a dehydrator.
At this Low drying temperature (115 degree F. ), enzymes, vitamins and minerals are maintained for your family’s use. Fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, even pet treats are tastier than store bought. We carry 3 models of Excalibur dehydrators for making:

  • Granola
  • Fruit rollups
  • Raw healthy snacks
  • All natural pet treats
  • Preserving garden and orchard produce
  • Jerky
  • Backpacking foods
  • “Prepper” foods
  • Healthier kids


For your canning jars, Hawthorne´s Country Store offers the largest variety of sizes and styles. In addition to the American standards made by Ball and Kerr, we also offer German-made Weck, UK-manufactured Kilner, French LeParfait, and Italy’s Bormioli jars.

We also carry a wide vareity of food processing equipment including strainers, ricers, corers, slicers, cheese cloth and pitters.

Check out our large selection of Ball and Kerr jars in both regular and wide mouth. Sizes start and 4oz and reach up to a gallon (for decorative uses only). We also carry a nice selection of Weck jars from Germany with glass lids. Also available in a variety of shapes and sizes such as mold tulip, deco, carafe and cylindrical.

One of our newest additions are beautiful, decorated lids from Kilner. They are mostly single piece lids are becoming very popular with their unique shapes and designs.

Get your Le Parfait jars that fit both single piece as well as glass clamp lids. Many knowledgable chefs use these for pate, cheeses and chutneys.

Missing a lid? Need a new seal? Not to worry. We stock replacement lids and seals for all the brands we sell. If you need an imported brand, give us a call ahead of time. Some of them are slow to ship, but we try to keep up on supply.

We also carry a small line of Excalibur dehydrators and some of it´s supplies.

Wild Bird

New Hummingbird Food


Hawthorne Country Store has added three new all natural hummingbird food options

  • Old Ben’s Beet Red $9.95
  • Clear $8.95
  • Organic $9.95

Remember that hummingbirds are 70% insectivores.
Encouraging a lot of hummers into your area will cut down on mosquitoes.

We are a great resource for year round wild bird information and support. Feeder, nesting boxes and materials, feed (seed,liquid and live) are available at all times here at Hawthorne Country Store. We also have a wild bird expert available frequently for consultations. Southern California is such a great place to take up backyard birding. We not only have a great variety of local year round and seasonal birds, there is also a large number of migratory birds that visit the area. I´ll bet you didn´t know that the Western Bluebird is making a comeback in this area! We have a customer that has a pair that is working on their third clutch this season! It´s a little unusual, but with all the warm weather we are having this year, it could be more common in North County. There are 2 breeding pairs in my yard and they are so fun to watch. They love live meal worms! Hummingbirds are also numerous in the area. Give backyard birding a try! You’ll be surprised at what you´ve never noticed before!

Specialty wild bird seed mixes and mealworms, for Southern California

and many feeder brands including:


Deep Green Stain Remover

Removes Stains and Rejuvenates Any washable surface!


Ecologically-safe product cleans by deeply penetrating porous surfaces. Deep Green’s effectiveness relies on the balancing of conditioners, natural softeners, and an ingredient that makes water itself “wetter”, thus allowing for a thorough and deep extraction of stains.

The Hawthorne Country Store hardware offering is tailored to Equestrian, livestock, pet owners, and gardeners. This supply of clips, connectors, rings and such is hardware lover’s dream. Our prices are super competitive with the big boxes. Even more importantly we have the know-how to help you solve your hardware quandaries.


Electric Fence

Hawthorne Knows electric fencing. We carry a variety of chargers, wire, tape, insulators, connectors, testers, handles, ground rods and more. We can help you design the right system for you while keeping in mind the key features effecting fencing in Southern California.

What’s New

Why I LOVE my Pendleton towel.

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Pendleton towel.

I few years ago our Pendleton rep suggested that we try their new towels. I looked at the price and promptly declined. How would I sell a towel (even and big beautiful one) for nearly $50.00? I did not think our country celebrating customer base would see that as a value.

In the meantime my Mom saw they had a Dia De Los Muertos design. She knew how much I loved the bright colors in that now retired design. She very sweetly bought us two of them as a gift. I was appreciative but I had no idea what she had started.

After about a year I realized I always pulled the Pendleton towels from the cupboard first, I started to scold the kids if they used them. I made sure they were the last thing in the laundry basket and the first thing folded out the drier. I was slowly transitioning from a reluctant fan of a pretty towel to an obsessed caretaker of my favorite daily tool.

The next year I added some of the towels to our offerings at Hawthorne Country Store. They not only sold, they sold out. (Except the cool purple one that mysteriously made its way to my car.)

The now 4 year old Pendleton towels I still love feel softer, more absorbent, and just as pretty as they did that first year. I have gifted Pendleton towels to several friends and loved ones because I want everyone I care about to feel this good getting out of the shower, stepping out of the pool, or slipping their suit off from under them at the beach.

They are big, Spa big. The perfect softness, not too fuzzy, not too thick- just goldilocks perfect. The patterns are stunning, bright or earth toned colors to compliment any décor. They wash and dry easily and with what seems like no ware. The quality is what you would expect from a classic brand like Pendleton. I Just LOVE my Pendleton Towels!

New items

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New Items

Fish Skins and cheese puffs and duck necks, oh my!!


We are now carrying Chicken Diapers, and Feather Guards for your chickens

It is the time of year that many birds lose a large quantity of feathers and when the new ones come in they are sensitive and can cause other flock members to peck. These feather guards are PERFECT.

Deep Green Stain Remover

Removes Stains and Rejuvenates Any washable surface!


Ecologically-safe product cleans by deeply penetrating porous surfaces. Deep Green’s effectiveness relies on the balancing of conditioners, natural softeners, and an ingredient that makes water itself “wetter”, thus allowing for a thorough and deep extraction of stains.

We have some new items

Chicken saddles for when Rooster de-feather your girls


Anti-crow collars

Most neighbors don’t want to be woken at 5 AM by a rooster crowing. But, we love our roosters and so do our hens. Here is a do-it-yourself method of reducing the volume and frequency of roosters crowing. The Velcro strap works with the same principle as much more expensive collars. It restricts inflation of the air sack in the rooster’s neck when he crows. This is not harmful if adjusted as not to restrict normal breathing and circulation. It only restricts neck air sack inflation prior to crowing. Adjust the Velcro collar so as to leave about 3/8” or the tips of your smallest finger space between your rooster’s neck and the collar. The collar should be placed low on your rooster’s neck.

Look who is back!

Jake was raised in a feed barn and has come back to work with us as an active third generation feed peddler.

For your convenience Hawthorne Country Store is now delivering 7 days a week!


New Items

From $4.95 to $7.95 these are perfect for gift giving, fruit carrying, or just general holding of stuff.


How big was Peter Pipers Peck of Pickled Peppers? Come check out a peck basket, or a bushell!

New baby chicks

New baby chicks are available and arriving daily.
Hawthorns Country Store has the biggest selection of baby chickens and the largest selection of different breed types in California.

The Benefits Of Raising Your Own Chickens

The Hawthorne Country Store provides the benefits of raising and preserving your own food.

Modesto Milling Organic Food

Horse blankets

Winter blanket information from our blanket manufacturer this year.
Waterproof horse blankets
Waterproofing is accomplished in one of two ways. Either with laminate or a coating. A laminate is a solid layer of a material that is glued to the inside of another material such as nylon. The other method is managed by coating the inner surface of the material. Laminates are generally more durable over time and is the way our blanket material is produced.
Breathable horse blankets
To be breathable, horse blanket materials must have a way for sweat produced inside the blanket to escape to the outside. One method is that the waterproof membrane is full of pores that are large enough for sweat to evaporate and pass though. Usually the pores in this type of membrane are also large enough to permit passage of rain. To stop this, the membrane is chemically treated so that rain is repelled before it has a chance to penetrate through the material.
Another method employs a monolithic membrane. This barrier will move moisture through a process of solid-state diffusion. The sweat will collect on the surface of the membrane and pass through the material from areas of high concentration to the outside of the blanket. This is the method used by most blanket manufacturers. The primary driving factor for moving sweat from the horse’s body is the difference in humidity between the inside of the blanket and the outside environment. So the higher the relative humidity is between the inside of the blanket (warm/moist) and the lower humidity on the outside, the greater the breathability. Thus, horse blankets breathe best in cold, dry environments. Conversely they perform poorly when temperatures rise and humidity is high.
What does this mean?
How you use a horse blanket is often more important than the material itself. No matter how good the breathability of your horse blanket it will never approach releasing the amount of sweat a horse can produce in an hour.

Newly added Hard to get items:

Thyroid Support

The thyroid is the conductor of the organ orchestra, if you will, and needs to be on the job for all the other systems to operate in harmony. A property functioning thyroid is key to regular and normal breathing, maintaining proper weight, and normalizing the amount of fat and muscle on the neck and tail head. #26 Thyroid Support is comprised of herbs which support the thyroid, and may be beneficial in:
Cresty neck and tail
Bulging eyes
Rough hair coat or difficulty shedding
Eyesight problems such as seeing shadows
Abnormal (either very high or low) weight
Difficulty in correcting weight through normal dietary adjustments.

Activated Charcoal Gel

Activated Charcoal Gel is designed for use as an emergency first aid for accidental poisoning resulting from gain overload, insecticides, herbicides, bacterial contaminants or mycotoxins.

Immediate Response Colic Aid

Manufacturer: DURVET Manufacturer Model No: 011-98100
First aid for colic episode prior to professional diagnosis and treatment.
Designed for immediate response to symptoms of scours, gut ache & treatment of diarrhea, & exposure to moldy hay or forage.
Also ideal for use during times of stress (such as hauling, temperature, confined spaces, or physical trauma)
Rapidly restores your horses digestive balance.
Ingredients: Yeast Extract, Primary Yeast Dehydration, Mucilage, Vegetable Oil, Dried Apple Pectin Pulp, Carrageenan, Silicon Dioxide, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Etc.