The End of the Growing Season

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this year? Among other things, I’m thankful that we finished getting plants put away before it snowed this year.

We generally start working on our fall cleanup around the middle of October because we want to have everything done by the week before Thanksgiving. We tend to start cutting back Hostas and Daylilies first because no one wants to cut back a Hosta after they freeze. Yuck.

Normally we start getting plants back from the Garden Centers the third week of October but because the weather stayed so nice they kept them until the end of the month.  Because of the delay we were able to help with cleaning up the flower beds around the parking lot and helping a little bit in the field.

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Luckily, the combination of fewer plants to overwinter, the nice fall weather and having a fantastic crew, we were able to have them put away and covered just before the weather turned.

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It was truly by the skin of our teeth.

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.