3810 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 (615) 876-1014

Archive date:  March 4, 2009

Back in the Saddle

In case you’re wondering…

Well, I’m back. After 22 months away, I am back in my family’s nursery business. What seemed like the right thing to do at the right time, did not work out. After working here for 43 years, I sold the business to another family. The economic times we are currently in has certainly affected everyone. This arrangement was no exception. While it didn’t work out the way I envisioned, I am happy to be here. There is a lot of me tied up in this place; a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I have multitudes of vivid memories growing up working in the family business. I have a renewed appreciation for the efforts of so many; to have the opportunity to conduct business in our wonderful city, and to know that you have honored us by choosing to buy your plants from us.

From my grandmother, to my father and mother, to my brothers and sister, to say a lot has transpired over the last 77 years would be quite the understatement. Looking back over these years, helps me to keep what has transpired over the last months, in perspective. Life presents difficulties for us all. It is simply a question of where and when. I am grateful to have the opportunity to move forward…we never know what surprises life has in store for us!

In the weeks ahead, I will be posting regular articles about where our focus is, here at Bates Nursery. Within the articles I hope to give you not only horticultural insight, but a look at what has made Bates Nursery & Garden Center unique for three generations.

Our new email address for the e-newsletters we will be sending out is:inthegarden@batesnursery.com . You might need to add this address to your address book so that your email application won’t see it as junk. Our info@batesnursery.com is still valid for any other contact you may wish to have with us.

Coming soon are updates to our website, giving it a new look and new features. After 10 years of online presence, it is time for a facelift (I could probably use one myself). In addition to what we already do at www.batesnursery.com, such as daily updates for near real-time accuracy on what we sell and how much we sell it for, we are adding some helpful shopping tools to make your experience at Bates Nursery & Garden Center the best possible.

By the way, we are now OPEN Sundays from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and beginning Monday, March 2nd, our early spring hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We have already received an extensive selection of fruit trees and fruiting plants along with much, much more!

For the last eleven years, I have been doing a radio program on SuperTalk 99.7 WTN-FM. The program is called “The At Home Show” with Josh Cary and David Bates. It is loosely based on landscaping and home improvement and I use the term “loosely”, loosely. We try to give our callers good answers to their questions and have a bit of fun along the way. We can be reached at 615-737-9986. Josh and I would love to have you join us, we broadcast on Saturday mornings from 7-9am. You can also check out our website www.theathomeshow.com, where podcasts of recent shows are available for download. That whole 7-9am on Saturday thing scares some people.

We’re in full-out-get-ready-for-spring mode, we hope you are too!

Best Regards,

David Bates
p.s. I’ll close for now, but I look forward to seeing you soon. Spring is just a few weeks away and it will be here before you know it.

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Significant acreages of highbush blueberries are cultivated in the southern states of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. As you may correctly conclude, blueberries also do very well here in the Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama areas. Soil preparation necessary is the certainty of the ph. Blueberry ph levels should be around 5. To assure best results when planting you may want to consider using our EarthMix® Premium Topsoil Blend, along with HollyTone® Organic fertilizer for, you guessed it, acid loving plants . There are two distinct species of highbush blueberries, northern and southern. In Tennessee, we being in the “heart” of the transition zone, between north and south, can grow either species. Of either there are many varieties.

Remember, to search any edible item go to our search tab, and put in “edible” for a complete list of all edible plants or “edible blueberry” if you only want to see blueberries.

Blueberries are here for the pickin’

David Bates

By the way, we are having a “Gold Rush” special this week on #1 Gold Coast Juniper and #1 Limemound Spiraea, regularly $11.99, from now until next Friday, April 10, 2009, we are offering these for just $7.99, while supplies last, for one week only…come and get ‘em!

David Bates

ing��nxHH�1!uge shipment of annuals, vegetables, tropicals and much more…remember our average last frost date is April 15. Check us out on Fox 17’s website for a cold weather story from earlier this week: Bates Nursery Freeze Preparation

Warmer weather is coming,

David Bates