OK so I went on a great mini vacation by myself downstate to a bevy of perennial wholesale greenhouses. OMG!! So now I have many new plants AND the bulbs are coming in Sept SO the big plant sale (never too late to plant a perennial) will be Sept 24 and Sept 25. Watch the papers the week before!
Ok so this is when I need to be cloned. The best thing I have done in this business so far is to buy a label making machine. SAVES ME HOURS!!! And you'll be able to read the labels this year. I have lots of everyting and some very, very cool dwarf, miniature and for bonsais conifers all zoned 3 and 4. Things are slow to come out of the ground so the dividing of the garden perennials will happen every day for a couple of weeks. Hopefully when I open on May 6 I'll have quite the stash. Transplanting 100's of plant starts continues as well for another couple of weeks. They should be the perfect size when it's time to put them in your garden.
2016 MANY NEW PLANTS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR.
I have over 70 varieties of tomatoes (50+ heirlooms),over 30 varieties of peppers, and an extensive selection of garden vegetables starts ready to be transplanted into your garden. As always I gear the plants to be ready for transplanting anywhere between the middle of May through June depending on the variety. This year, we divide from my perennial beds to offer 100's of healthy, big, ready to go divides for transplanting. In addition to that, the perennial seeds planted last year have sprouted and the little plants overwintered great. Plus, I purchased very cool plants this year. All
in all, I will have a record number of perennials, annuals, vegetables and of course weird culinary and medicinal herbs to offer. Can't wait to see you all again this spring.
It's that time of year when I start sorting seeds, putting some in the freezer to vernalize them (make them pretend they had a winter) and organize myself.
What is really, really exciting is the plant labeler I bought this fall. For those that know me, this will be a massive improvement over trying to read my handwriting!! Aren't you excited too?
It will be interesting because, I have my hydroponic winter herbs growing in the main greenhouse right now. Once I start to seed, well, where the hell am I going to put everything?? I have no clue yet. But it will all work out I am sure.
The little, and I mean little, gift shop will be expanded a little more with a few more items. This year I have very heavy, medium and very light frost blanket to sell by the yard; a must for the home garden. This is excellent for extending the season by saving plants from those late and early frosts or protecting them from the sun or insects.
Some of the proceeds from the gift shop will be donated to an Alger County agency in need of money for it's programming. Examples would be the Alger Baby Closet (ABC), Alger County Community That Cares (AC3) or the food bank.
Lastly, this is a divide year. I will divide and dig plants from my perennial garden. These will be huge, healthy starts ready to be transplanted. And of course all the weird perennials I can find!
Can't wait to see you all!
Its been quite some time since I've last written and there's a reason for it. I have gone hydroponic for the winter with the herbs: thyme, rosemary, sage, mixed mints, basil, zaatar, oregano and cilantro. I am a nervous Nelly because I know nothing about hydroponics and there is so much to learn. (pictures will be on facebook)
So far things are going well though. I started late, but now things are beginning to grow nicely.. Could it be due to this incredible weather???? I am nervous about that too. Too many degree days will make the insects this summer pretty challenging.
I've also made my seed order and will tell you that I will have many heirloom varieties including:
55 varieties of tomatoes
40 varieties of peppers - hot and sweet
65 varieties of vegetables
70 variteies of culinary & medicinal herbs
100’s of perennials
and a tiny gift shop
I will also be ordering things I can't start from seed but are way cool and must have perennials fro zones 3-5. AND weather permitting this is a dig and divide year from the perennial gardens. Huge divides ready to plant.
I am tinkering, experimenting, dreaming, hoping and constantly thinking about growing things to sell this spring.
See you next spring!!!!
It is blistering hot and Chatham has not received rain for a while. The perennials and raised beds are getting irrigated, but there is nothing like fresh rainwater for the garden. Plants love it when it rains on them.
So, I decided to have a plant sale on SAT. SEPT 12 and SUN SEPT 13, the latter being the Marquette Food Coop Farm Tour as well at the nursery, from 10AM-5PM. Tell everyone. Join the Farm tour on Sunday.
I must make room for the 100's of new seedlings l have and all the mature divides I will have for next year's perennial selection. Next spring is when I will divide my perennial beds. I usually get around 700 divides. As for the seedlings, I am ALWAYS looking for the strange and unusual. The more weird the plant is the better as long as it's a zone 3 or 4.
Come for the sale and the farm tour. For farm tour information contact the marquettefood.coop
It is amazing to me how fast time goes. The season is almost over!! But ....
ALL PLANTS WILL BE ON SALE SATURDAY JUNE 27 AND SUNDAY JUNE 28 FROM 10AM-6PM, THEN I WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
Over the next few weeks, I will be seeding hundreds of new perennial varieties (I have picked a lot of addicted gardener's brains this year) and I am excited. Add to that next year is a divide year and I will have SO many huge healthy divides from my perennial gardens. Lastly, I plan to purchase some weird stuff that I want but can't seed. Oh yea, I'll have plants next year.
Until then...see you this weekend??
The season is almost half over for me and I want to thank everyone who drives a long way to see me the nursery. It amazes me every year!!
Tomatoes and peppers are going fast but the selection is still great. I have sold more basil than ever this year!! You buy get plant starts here at the nursery, The Marquette Food Coop or at the Marquette Farmers' Market.
The Guide to Gardening In The UP is selling really well. Again thanks. The book can be found at the Marquette Food Coop, The Chatham Coop, Chatham-Eben Federal Credit Union, possibly at The Falling Rock Café and here at the nursery.
Now that everything is transplanted, I have started seeding my own garden. I rushed the peas, carrots, beans and onions in to catch this glorious rain. Plus we are rebuilding the old raised beds and adding about 20 more !!!! Poor Scott, his honey do list is never done.
I also began seeding perennials for next year. Oh yeah, it's addicting. The nursery is still open on Fridays 7PM-9PM and Saturday and Sunday 10AM-6PM through June.
Hope to see you there :)
OK so...I have everything potted up and it's all ready to go. Some warmer weather, NOT SNOW, along with this good rain and the plants will be growing like crazy. I have SO MANY PLANTS so the next 4-5 weekends should be really good pickins at the nursery. The perennials are recognizable and bigger now and want to have a permanent home. Almost everyone overwintered so nicely!!! Hardy plants for sure.
Been great seeing people that come to visit me each year. THAT is the best part about having plants for sale. Thanks everyone.
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that I was at a WIC conference downstate mingling with hundreds of people who mingle with kids like I do all day and I got slammed with a nasty cold. Very bad news for transplanting time when all I could think about was sleeping and laying down.
The good news for you is I have decided to sell the plugs that I have not transplanted yet at a lower price. There was a greenhouse downstate that sold only plugs and it was a dangerous place for the addicted gardener. I will have baggies to put the plugs into and away you go with almost twice the plants for the same cost.
I don't know about you but this makes me feel better.
Oh and did I tell you I have a business page on Facebook. Now THAT was a hard decision... but it's done. Next tomato picture this weekend.
See you at the greenhouse.
I love plants and one of the best comments I ever received about the nursery was "You have plants I've never heard of here". That was music to my ears!