May Greenhouse Update

Talk about time flying by! The month of May was a blur! We, along with many other garden centers nationwide, have been incredibly busy this spring. As our plants have become available to sell, they have practically jumped into people’s carts. No one knew how this spring would go. With all the changes in the world, we were planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Our customers have shown us that they also still have hope. We thank you for your business and your desire to engage with nature in this uncertain time.

Here is a quick look back at the month of May.

Due to the unseasonably warm weather, we started sending annuals to the stores about a week earlier than we normally would.  It was a great relief to move plants out because we were still planting, and we needed the space! However, as usual, Mother Nature proved unpredictable and the garden centers had to protect their plants for a few days during that late freeze.

While we had many returning favorites in the annual plant line up, Matt added many new varieties to the mix. He, Neil and Brigitte also created many gorgeous combo planters and baskets. Of course, all I have to remember them by are these pictures because they got snapped up as soon as they hit the stores!

Strawberry combo basket Purple combo tub

Our May weekends were crazy busy! Plants were practically been flying out of the greenhouses. It was so great to see people with full shopping carts even though it sure made us run trying to keep the stores stocked.

We took advantage of the cooler weather over Mother’s Day weekend to figure out how to utilize the planting line for planting the large plugs we normally plant on the potting bench. We are always trying and retrying different ways to improve our efficiency and to give ourselves options to accomplish each task at hand. I sure am glad we did too! We have added quite a few more perennials to plant throughout the month of June. We have been working our way through them, but we still have quite a few plugs waiting to be planted.

Our Kitchen Garden class started May 6th and we have had 3 classes so far. We meet every other week and will continue to do so through September.  I will tell you though, everyone around here has an opinion on what we should be planting and how we should be doing it. I keep finding seeds and plants for the garden on my desk and I have had a lot of conversations that start out with ‘You know what you should do.’

During the first class we were able to plant some cool season crops like carrots and beets and potatoes. Because of that late freeze we had to wait until the following class to plant the plants.  Jay, Alan and Brigitte are fountains of gardening knowledge. It is so interesting to hear them talk about the things that have worked for them over the years. I am so excited to see this garden come together.

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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.