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Archive date:  May 17, 2012

Congratulations Winners!

When will it be too late to plant?

A thoroughly enjoyable exchange of exuberant entrants ensued as the winning selections were made for our “Like TWO and Win” event. I went to great lengths to make sure the selections were totally random and fairly drawn. The only criterion was ‘Liking’ both sites. We had approximately 575 entrants; I wish all could have won. With 106 total names randomly selected, your chance of winning was about 1 in 6. By the way, I used a web-based random selector site: http://textmechanic.com/Random-Line-Picker.html

Make sure to check out either Facebook site to see if you made the selection list. You will need to come by the nursery and pick up your winnings. Please bring an I.D.; we don’t want any imposters getting your ‘Dirt’ shirt!

This is the time of year when many inquire. “When will it be too late to plant?” It seems everyone wants to know “What’s the best time to plant?” I usually answer “3:30”. For the overwhelming majority of plant items, “time to plant” is as relevant to time of day as time of year; that is to say, not really relevant at all.

This preoccupation with time and when best to plant, is confounding to us in the nursery industry. It would seem many believe there is perhaps only a two-week window to plant anything successfully. The perceived finite time between being too early and too late is a conundrum.

Long ago, back in the days when plants were exclusively field grown, plants were grown in the ground then dug during the dormant season so as to assure survivability after being replanted, thereby avoiding transplant shock.

Container grown plants changed all of that. When plants are container grown, the entire root system has literally been “contained”. Since no roots are cut when the plant is removed from the container… no transplant shock.

The primary issue with planting is watering considerations. Thankfully we all got highly beneficial rainfall over last weekend. that makes digging much easier, and easier digging usually means a better hole, and a better hole…

It’s a perfect planting time and our selection is divine!

David Bates

p.s. Beginning Monday May 21st our hours will be 8-5 Monday – Saturday; Noon–4 Sunday