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Archive date:  November 14, 2014

Bipolar Vortex

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Let the weather hype begin!  As our first push of ‘somewhat abnormal’ cold air moves into the lower 48 states, so too does the latest weather catch phrase: Polar Vortex.  This phrase is not new. It has been around for decades.  Someone used the term in January of this year…and it has spread like wildfire.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and need the weather information.  We all need it.  What does not help is excessive hype, bordering on hyperbole.  My greatest concern is for people developing, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf Syndrome’.  Yes, be prepared, but keep it in perspective.  I’m with Joe Friday on this one, “Just the facts ma’am”.  Now, will somebody please get me a stool so I can get off of this soapbox?


I could be rightly accused of having moods that match the swings of weather.  I seem to be suffering from Bipolar Vortex.  It could be that you too are a sufferer.  There is no known medical prescription to deal with this phenomenon.  It would appear we are forced to break out the ‘long johns’ and gloves and adjust accordingly.  Gardening does not stop with the cold air, but it does require a few adjustments.  There are several things to keep in mind, horticulturally speaking.  I have detailed an extensive list of things to be accounted for during the transition towards the chilly end of the spectrum, in a previous article entitled, “The Big Chill”.  Simply give the link a click if you wish to read about actions you should consider in giving protection to your gardening investment.


There is nothing to suggest that conditions in the near future should stop your landscaping efforts.  In fact, there is good reason for giving serious consideration to pushing ahead.  Through the end of business on Thursday November 20, 2014 we will extend our 25% off all plants for BatesRewards members, and now include all bagged EarthMix® products! Whether you’re mulching or planting, save 25% now!


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David Bates