Well, this certainly has been quite the winter, which can only make all of us more eager for the spring time. The cold and the snow cover has been great for all of our gardens. The geranium stock plants and the rest of the early spring plants that are growing in the greenhouse right now are enjoying the sunny days when we get them. These are the days and weeks where we are slowly but surely, multiplying the total number of plants we have by starting more and more each week.
Our opening day for the spring season will be Monday, March 19. Any time after that date, we have gardeners that come to the greenhouse with their empty planters, plant them with our flowers and then leave them here to grow until it is warm enough to put them outside. SHADY HILL has offered this service for years and it is something that many gardeners look forward to. You can actually get your hands in the soil before it is safe to do it outside. Here are some details about 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. We will also hold several “workshops” where you can come and do this with others at a specific time, but the process is the same either way.
Meanwhile, we are here at the greenhouse most weekdays, if you ever need to call with a gardening or plant related question.
Thanks again and we will see you in a few weeks!