We are currently closed and are busy preparing for our best Holiday season ever! Today we visited a local Evergreen Nursery and hand picked an assortment of fabulous live potted Christmas trees. We talked with our fresh cut tree supplier and fine-tuned our order to be sure we have perfectly sized and shaped trees. Customers seemed to want trees that were tall and slim so they could easily fit into existing rooms. Our trees this season should fit that request. Last year we introduced new Wreath-making workshops that were a huge success. We plan to offer these and more! Stay tuned as we get closer for more detailed information.
So many people ask if Fall is a good time to plant. The answer is YES! It is the best time to plant for one main reason. Plants that are put into a landscape now will be watered regularly without you having to even think twice about it! The temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of the plants going into transplant shock. Fall is a gentle season when the soil is still warm and plants will have the Fall and Winter and Spring to get new roots established before the drought and heat of Summer arrives. Commercial landscapers continue to install landscapes until the ground freezes. You can, too!
Choices are good. Especially when the products you have to choose from differ in quality. This is happening in the fertilizer world today. It used to be that you could buy synthetic “blue”, mix with water fertilizer or a generic version of this and not much else was available. You saw ads for Turf Builder and then there were the hardware brands or the white bags of 18-10-10 for your lawn. Today there are many new brands on the shelves and they contain the newest product developments in soil science.
Today’s choices are amazing and leaving customers overwhelmed. I want to help by explaining when a good quality organic fertilizer might be a better choice over a synthetic. There are times when synthetic is absolutely fine, and other times when it would be detrimental. It really depends on the plant, and if it is one that you want to keep around or not.
When I was raising my children, we had a choice as to what to buy for them to drink. I was one of the “100% juice” supporters who looked down on Kool-Aid and 10% juice products. I loved my kids and I wanted them to grow up healthy. I read labels and stood my ground.
Giving your plants that you value a synthetic fertilizer is like giving your kids Kool-Aid when you could give them fresh squeezed! Sure, it will give them enough to survive on, but it will not help them to thrive! Synthetic fertilizers are cheap and full of fillers, mainly salts. It is the reason that the clay pots will get a white crust on them after a season of watering and fertilizing. Synthetic fertilizers are made of strong chemicals that kill the life in the soil. Millions of microorganisms live in healthy, life filled soil. These beneficial microorganisms that are in the soil help keep the plants healthy and disease resistant. Organic fertilizers are now being made with beneficial microbes and fungi added into them! When you give these to your plants, you are feeding your plants and your soil. Your plants you care about will be given the best quality nutrition available.
There is a time and a place for Synthetics, though. If you have annual flowers that are here this season and gone the next, go ahead and feed them anything. Hanging Baskets are heavy feeders and do well with synthetic. My rule of thumb is this, if you love the plant and want it to be a permanent addition to your yard, or if you are going to eat it, use quality organic food with microbes to give it all it needs to be its best.
Fall Lawn Feeding Season is fast approaching and there are many choices to be made here, too. Remember, you wouldn’t give your kids a can of SODA POP and send them to bed… Give your lawn high quality, organic lawn food with microbes, and tuck it into bed with love!
As we sit here watching the snow fall and blanket the newly exposed ground, it is painful. These late Winter snows only delay our journey to connect once again with nature. W e ache to explore, to see what has survived and what has thrived. We long to make sense of what is and plan our masterpiece from what remains. Patience is being practiced and the joy we will feel when we finally get out into the garden will only be sweeter when we finally get there. Nature is our teacher and she teaches us appreciation in every season of the year. Dormant shrubs and trees and berries will be delivered next week, snow or no snow. We know that Spring is coming. We are certain of that. We will just have to be patient!
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People ask me daily if it is Okay to plant in this heat we have been experiencing. My first comment is an enthusiastic “YES”. I go on to explain that most plants that have been surviving in black plastic nursery pots will be 100 times better off in the ground where the soil will insulate it and give it room to spread out. They will not be as likely to dry out in between watering. Most newly planted items are given a dose of some starter fertilizer and have organic amendments added around them when planted. As long as they are given sufficient water, they will reward you as they thrive and grow.
Watering will be the biggest factor in determining if you plant stresses from the transplanting or not. I can tell you that the plants in nurseries are watered twice a day in this heat. You should do the same and then gradually taper down to once a day and then maybe every other day for the remainder of the growing season. It would be wise for you to plant in the early morning or in the evening when it cools, as this is going to be the least stressful for you and the plants!
Plants that do not get their water needs met will let you know. They will start with wilted leaves and if seen and watered soon enough, they will recover. If not caught soon enough, the wilted leaves will get crispy. This can happen to the entire leaf or just to the edges. This does not mean the plant is dead. Many times, simply cleaning off the crispy leaves will help the appearance and the plant will replace the leaves within a couple of weeks. If a plant goes dry for so long that the branches or main stems also become dry and crispy, you can usually cut back the plant to healthy growth and it will grow back. With perennials, many can be cut down to the ground and they will grow back from the roots, as long as the root ball did not dry out completely.
I like to remind people that landscapers plant shrubs and trees almost all year long. They are experienced and familiar with the demands of the heat, but you can take the steps I mentioned above and plant to your heart’s content, even in the heat! Happy Planting!