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Seeds Are In!

Alcea Seedling
Alcea Seedlings

It’s that exciting time of year! Start planning and brainstorming your new gardening endeavors! We carry Seed Savers Exchange, Hart’s Seeds, and
select Renee’s Seeds. One of my
favorite things to do this time of year is to read a good farming book to get me brainstorming, sit down with a nice cup of coffee and draw up what I’d like to grow and accomplish during the coming season. If you’re not sure where to begin,  here are some ideas to get in the spirit…
Using your browser: Search websites like ours as well as Pintrest, Google,
Instagram and Facebook to get tips, look at pictures and find out what other people are sharing.
Turn the pages: Find farming books, floral magazines, and catalogs to draw inspiration.
Look out your window: Are you happy with your layout? Need more, or less? What grew well and what didn’t and why?
The season is coming fast! The more you plan, the more prepared you are when the time comes!

Planting in the Fall

Hi Folks! We always get the question around this time of year, “How late can I plant?” Based on our experience in landscaping, we are able to plant up until the ground is no longer workable.
For our area that means into November-weather permitting.
Planting in the spring or the fall is a great time. You can weigh your options based on:
Climate- Is the soil workable? Are we past hard frosts?
Plant availability- Can I get this plant in the spring and/or in the fall?
Time- Will I have the time to plant in the spring? Am I traveling? Going to weddings, showers, etc.
Pricing- Are there any sales on the plants I’d like?

Having said this, we still have an enormous amount of beautiful nursery stock on property! Prices have been lowered, and the cool fall weather is nice to work in before…winter arrives! See the pictures below to get an idea before you stop by!

Spacing

The word of the week is SPACING! Along with our plantings, we’ve been spacing in the greenhouses (GH#7, GH#3 and soon in GH#2). It’s important to space our plants so they have room to grow nice and full without competing against each other. If they have to compete, they become leggy and undesirable. We’re also starting to bring in some great nursery stock. Starting this coming week (April 13th) we will have plenty to browse. Our mulches and soils are in: Cedar, Hemlock, Pine, Black, Loam and Compost. Since the weather is supposed to break in the next few days (fingers crossed!!!) we’re looking forward to seeing new and returning faces!

Maggie and Sam helping us space in GH#3
Maggie and Sam helping us space in GH#3

Caring for your Endless Summer Hydrangea

There are some shrubs that cannot be ignored, and the hydrangea is
definitely one of those must-have plants in your landscape.
The Endless Summer Collection is all the rave for their bold re-blooming flower heads. The collection consists of ‘The Original’, ‘Bloomstruck’,
‘Blushing Bride’, and ‘Twist and Shout’. Here are some tips on growing an outstanding Endless Summer Hydrangea!

Hydrangea
Hydrangea

As an informed customer, it is important to understand the type of hydrangea you are interested in. The Endless Summer Collection is different from other hydrangeas. These hydrangeas bloom for a longer duration than most, and bloom from growth on current as well as the previous year’s wood. Keep this in mind as your choosing and caring for your plant.
Requirements: in this area hydrangeas prefer full morning sun with afternoon dappled shade. They like well-drained, moist soils.
Fertilizing: recommended granular, slow-release fertilizer of 10-30-10, in the spring/early summer.
Watering: these plants tend to wilt in the afternoon with high temps/direct sunlight. Water in the morning or late afternoon when temps are lower is more beneficial. Water when the ground feels dry.
Pruning: after hard frost prune plant back to 12″-15″ from the ground.

***Are your hydrangeas not blooming?
Here are some reasons why
→Too much water: overwatering can result in less blooms. To avoid overwatering, know the area where you are planting. Does it flood in the spring? Do you have clay soils? Only water when the ground is dry.
→Too much fertilizer: overuse of fertilizers can present large green leaves, but few blooms. Fertilize once in the spring/early summer with recommended amounts.
Too much pruning: pruning the plant too much will cause the plant to have less blooms. If you are pruning for shape, wait until the plant is dormant and do not prune more than 12 inches from the ground.
→Winter damage: cold, harsh winters may cause damage to the plant and leave it recovering during the next growing season. In order to protect your plants, use a mulch to cover the crown during the winter and remove it in the spring after hard frosts have passed.