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Archive date:  April 22, 2010

Just another Earth day

Is 24 hours enough?

For the last forty years, America has been celebrating Earth Day; being the trend-setters that we are. Of course, the entire world recognizes the event now. It is not as though earth days just started happening. It has only been for the last couple of hundred years that we have begun to really press the issue, from the Earth’s prospective. For the 4.5 billion years prior to the industrial age, there was no significant impact on the environment… unless you count volcanoes. I guess you have to count them. I believe the Icelanders and the Europeans would say they are significant. Probably the Filipinos, Hawaiians and Oregonians would also concur. We can’t control those things, but we can try to at least tread a little lighter; we all try to do what we can to preserve this really cool place we live: EARTH.

As you might guess, I am quite fond of science and nature programs. A couple of noteworthy programs that have recently aired really got my attention. First of all, I absolutely love the program, Modern Marvels on History. A recent episode featured:” Dirt”. Another program on PBS’s Independent Lens, aired this week, titled” Dirt! The Movie”. Both programs give a great prospective on something we all take for granted.

After all, dirt is everywhere. Dirt however, is much more than just granular stuff under foot. It is alive. At least it should be. Some soils have been so over-used that the life has been literally sucked out of them.

As avid gardeners, we all try to get the most out of our plants. I was raised in a time where commercial chemical fertilizers were the accepted norm. I have really seen the light on this issue. Even though chemical fertilizers give a quick punch that is readily available to the plant, too often much of the nutrition gets away…way down stream. That is what makes organics a really great choice. Leaching is almost non-existent. In addition to that, the organic fertilizer line we sell, Espoma, has mycorrhizae fungi (one of nature’s little helpers that enable plants to more fully uptake available nutrition) and humates, an essential part of organic soil conditioning.

When you use organic fertilizer you obviously want the best soil. That is why we developed EarthMix®. Our EarthMix® Premium Topsoil Blend has been specifically formulated with every measure possible to provide a live, productive soil. We use no chemical additives, only the best stuff that Mother Nature provides. Once you use EarthMix®, your plants will show you the difference, and as we like to say “Success Begins at the Ground Level™”.

To celebrate Earth Day, I have a challenge for you. Stop me this Saturday or Sunday, and say to me, “I know how to spell mycorrhizae; M-Y-C-O-R-R-H-I-Z-A-E, and I’ll give you a coupon for a free bag of EarthMix®, redeemable with your purchase. Only one per family will be awarded and this is not eligible for redemption if you are using a Groupon. If you misspell, sorry, only one attempt. The rules are tough.

We have stocked the greenhouse to the gills again with another full truckload of annuals and veggies and color galore. We have the staff that is ready, willing and able to answer your gardening questions. Only one question remains: Can you spell mycorrhizae?

Might want to bring an umbrella on Saturday,

David Bates