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Archive date:  March 14, 2012

This cannot be winter

Unusual warmth; knocking on the door of spring

With the official beginning of spring still a few days away; the weather we’re currently having is a head-scratcher. Our high temperature here at the nursery on Wednesday was 87 degrees; a nice summer day, but on March 14th? Forecast high temperatures for the foreseeable future are upper 70’s to lower 80’s. I admit it feels good; but at what possible cost? There is nothing to suggest this weather won’t continue…except the calendar. It is mid-March; even in mid-April there is still a chance of frost.

There’s not a thing anyone can do about it. I do advise you to remain vigilant weather-wise. I know we are all ready to dig in the dirt, and I’m not telling you not to. Forecasts are important, but pay attention to the calendar. I do remember one year when we had no frost after March 15; I remember one May 5th when had ice hanging off plants from irrigation. We all remember April 2007. The pendulum swings both ways. While I have no reason to believe we will have a re-peat of spring 2007, it does cause you to pause and ponder. You can bet I’ll be paying attention; I’ll be sure to let you know if you need to make special arrangements for your “babies” in your garden.

Speaking of gardening, Square Foot Gardening is all the rage, something almost anyone can do, and it’s not too early to get started because they’re easy to protect. Square Foot Gardening is a great way to economically produce a lot of food and know what is being used to grow it. There’s no organic that can rival the organic you can do yourself! We’re ready to get the season started.

Rowena Aldridge, a certified Square Foot Gardening instructor (and gardener) will be giving her first class of the season this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in The GreenRoom. There is no better way to become familiar with the techniques and to find out how much fun it is! Space is limited so make sure to reserve your seat. Contact Sara Bates , to ‘get on the list’: sarabates@batesnursery.com or call 615.876.1014.

We’re now OPEN Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.; Beginning Monday March 19th we’re open 8-6 M-F, 8-5 Saturdays. We look forward to seeing you.

David Bates