We planted one 6-pack of mixed lettuce and one 6-pack of kale in a container this week.
Here are a few of the veggie garden crops that can be planted NOW: Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes. You’ll want to wait at least another two weeks to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, and zucchini. Our average last frost is the middle of May, and some old-timers still wait until after Memorial Day. If the warm season crops are planted now in containers, then be sure to protect them from frost.
If you’re reading this, then we probably don’t have to convince you of the benefits of plants, landscaping and gardening. We think it’s important though, during this time when most of us are spending more time at home, to review and celebrate those benefits. Here’s what research shows plants do, beyond providing physical nourishment:
● Plants are therapeutic, counteracting stress and uncertainty
● Exposure to landscaping has been proven to speed recovery from illness
● The act of gardening supports social distancing and Stay-at-Home orders
● Gardening provides passive and active aerobic exercise as an alternative to sports and excessive media viewing
● When gardening, children engage all of the senses, learn science and math, and can develop speaking and writing skills
● Children learn life-sustaining skills, becoming stewards of their environment
● Gardening supports the development of gross and fine motor skills
Do you know someone making decisions about what’s essential and what’s not right now? Please share these findings with that local official. If anyone can use stress relief and a good reason to stay home it’s, well, all of us.
Learn more:a compendium of scientific research documenting the benefits of plants and the act of gardening is available here: https://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/benefitsofplants/
Please Help Now As both a Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture and a Landscape business, we are deemed essential and thankfully allowed to continue operations. However, many of our colleagues in Pennsylvania are strictly a Retail Garden Center, which is not allowed to be open for business. Many local governments, as well as states such as California, Washington, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, and North Carolina, have explicitly classified garden centers as essential businesses because they are integral parts of the food supply chain, and especially now, for urgent need for the mental and physical health benefits that gardening offers. One of the few places it’s safe to be is in your own garden.
We are asking you to regard local family garden centers, greenhouses, and plant nurseries as “essential” businesses to support our community and your family, providing essential food security and services during these trying times. We urgently need your help to inform others such as your friends, relatives, co-workers, and community officials that you rely on your local garden centers for information and advice as well as for plants and growing supplies appropriate for your area.
Please follow this link https://www.change.org/openpagardencenters to sign PLNA’s petition to Governor Wolf asking him to reopen independent family-owned garden centers.
Thank you for your support. Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help you in any way.
Russ and Melanie
We won’t mince words. It’s an unsettling time. Thankfully, we’ve witnessed thousands of acts of kindness and help around our community and around the world. One way we can help each other and our communities be resilient and resourceful in these constantly changing and challenging conditions is to garden, and to support the local garden centers that sell food plants, seeds, and supplies.
When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!
We hope that you are all doing well during this time of staying at home. Here’s the latest from here at the farm…
Our staff has been busy in the past week—
—transplanting of annuals and veggie plants. We have some cool season annuals and veggie plants available now, and much more of them are scheduled to be ready for end of April/beginning of May. You can check our availability sheets to see what is ready and what is still growing in the greenhouses to be ready later;
—unpacking shipments of plants and gardening supplies. We are stocked up on garden tools, pest & disease controls, soil ammendments, and fertilizers. We got in some beautiful, planted terrariums and Venus Fly Traps this week, plus pruners, trowels, gloves, and much more;
—processing customer online/phone orders for pickup and delivery. Helping customers find what they need while not having them shop in-store has been a brand new challenge for our Team. We are dedicated to serving you the best we can, and continue to update and improve our process each day. Thank you in advance for your patience and continued support.
—creating and updating plant and product Availability Sheets. Many of our plants and products are listed on the website Availability Sheets. We’ve tried to indicate a “Status” for some items to show what is ready now and what will be ready later. The sheets still do not include everything that we usually carry. We continue to work on updating sheets, and will be getting photos connected to things eventually. However, with the number of items, this is going to take a LONG time! Thanks again for your patience.
While the store is not open to shoppers, here are a few tips for online and phone orders:
View our Availability Sheets and put together a shopping list from the comfort of your couch! There are over a dozen sheets posted currently.
Refer to our Plant Finder to research plant information— view photos, see growing instructions and mature sizes of plants. The Plant Finder is not our current inventory, but a reference guide for plant information.
Follow our facebook page. We’ll be posting a lot of photos and videos of what’s available.
If you need help with suggestions or advice, give us a call. We are doing our best to have enough staff to take calls, however there are times when the phones lines are all tied up and you might get our voicemail. Please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can. Depending on staffing and the volume of incoming calls, we might not get to calling you back until the next day.
Once your order is ready, fill out the online form. Please know we are doing our best to fulfill orders as quickly as possible, and with a limited staff.
We will call you to confirm your order, take payment, and arrange for a contactless pickup or delivery time. Your order will be placed outside in one of our pick-up bins for you to load.
The store is temporarily closed to visitors. Please stay tuned to our weekly emails and social media pages for updates.
Thank you for your support. We are here to help you #StayHomeAndGarden. Thank goodness, gardening is NOT cancelled!!
Russ and Melanie
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