Finally. Yipee. Yahoo. The weather seems like it has taken a turn for the better. It doesn’t mean that all annuals can go out yet, but it does mean that at the very least it is feeling more like actual spring. You can poke around in your garden, open some windows and just generally feel energized by the change of seasons. Our recommendation about leaving annuals outside is to do that when the night time temperatures are consistently 50 degrees or above. We are not there yet, but getting closer. It is usually sometime between the 5th and 15th of May, in our area.
The greenhouses are now filled with young plants for the spring and they appear to get larger on an almost daily basis. We continue to see more of them begin to flower and that is always rewarding. You can certainly put pansies outside now, but other than that, we are somewhat limited in this climate. But, it won’t be long. As in the past, we offer gardeners the chance to plant their containers here at Shady Hill and leave them in the greenhouse until it is warm enough for them to go outside for the summer season. This is how it works. Come to SHADY HILL with your own empty containers and we will fill your pots with fresh, nutrient rich soil. Then, you can choose potted, growing plants from our greenhouse that you will plant in your containers. Leave them here with us and we will care for them in our greenhouses until it is warm enough for the planters to go outdoors.
You are charged for the plants that you pick out and plant, as well as a Growing Fee. This fee covers the care and maintenance of your pots while they grow in the greenhouse, as well as the addition of some time release fertilizer and the soil to fill the pot. This is the fee:
Containers 10” across to 12” across: $8.00 each
Containers over 12”and under 17” across: $10.00 each
Containers 17” across and over: $.80 per inch
There are only 2 rules that we have. The first is that your pots are at least 10” across. Planting a pot that is smaller than that defeats the purpose of getting a head start on the summer. Pots that size can be planted and put directly outside and you save the cost of the Growing Fee. Our second rule is that you pick your pots up before Memorial Day. Every year is a little different weather wise, but it is safe to put them out when the night time temperature is staying above 50 degrees.
You can do this during any of the hours that we are open. We will be happy to give you as much or as little assistance as you want. This year’s cold start to spring has really proved the point that it is good to get an early start on some of your planters!
Another thing that happens at this time of the year is our Weekly Wednesday Special. The name really sums it up. It is every Wednesday and we have one item at a special price. We announce right here what it will be each week, on the preceding Monday. You can also join our email list and we will send you a reminder on Mondays. This week, on Wednesday, April 25, our Weekly Wednesday Special will be on the 4.5″ pots of Petunia, Verbena and Million Bells that we grow. They are regularly 6.99 each, but on Wednesday, April 25 only, they will be 4.99 each.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the greenhouse at 630-365-5665. We hope to see you one of these days.
Matt & Joe Heidgen
SHADY HILL GARDENS