NOTES FROM HERB GARDENER:

Welcome to our 9th annual Fall Extravaganza sale. This sale gives us a chance to clear out the greenhouses as we prepare for next year's varieties, and gives you a chance to do some inexpensive fall gardening. If you are anxious, you can click here and be taken directly to sale information.

Mom always said Labor Day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the winter season (you know, no white shoes or suits after Labor Day). But, for us, the heat really doesn't subside until the middle of September. If your weather is over 90 degrees, then you need to take special care when you receive your Fall Extravaganza plants. Here are a few pointers for hot weather planting.

1. Try to be home when your plants arrive. If you can't be home, consider having UPS leave them in a shady spot near your door. We can always add a comment for the UPS driver, just add these instructions to the comment box on our order form. Do be aware though, that if you  tell UPS to leave the box, and it disappears, they are not responsible, nor are we.

2. Get the plants out of the box ASAP. To insure their safe arrival, our plants are shipped in high tech cardboard, lots of it. This needs to come off the plants so they can breathe.

3. Set them in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade for a few days. This helps them to get over their jet lag. Don't put them in the house. Herbs don't do well under normal circumstances indoors. They need fresh air and sunshine.

4. Check for water. Make sure they are thoroughly moist. Water so that the water drains all the way through the pot. There is no rush to plant them, as long as they are outside and you don't let them dry out.

5. When you do plant, make sure that the rootball of the plant is completely wet and the potting soil or garden is moist also. The most common reason for transplants to die in hot weather is not enough water during the transplant phase. The transplant phase lasts about three weeks, so keep checking to make sure that your plants are and the soil around them are wet. You don't want the soil to be so soggy you can make mud pies, but you want it be moist enough that it crumbles gently in your hand.

6. For more information, check the bottom of your box. Inside the box, underneath your plants, is one of our catalogs and a Success with Herbs pamphlet. These give you invaluable information on raising up your new young'uns.

So remember that the best fall planting time is as soon as your weather is consistently around 90 degrees or below. Sooner is better than later because as the sun gets weaker and the days get shorter, many plants start heading into dormancy. Our goal with fall planting is to get some root growth before winter hits. This keeps you from having to wait for plants to get established in the spring before you can enjoy their growth. You should allow at least six weeks before your first frost for most perennials to get established.

And, while we might grow some plants as annuals in the spring that aren't rated for our zone, fall planting is all about choosing the right plant for your zone, a zone 7 plant for a zone 4 climate spells disaster.

I hope you have fun at our Extravagant sale. Be sure to choose a few plants that you haven't grown before. Gardening should be 90 percent excitement and 10 percent science.

 

TIL' NEXT TIME,

HERB

P.S. Due to the overload of spam and the dysfunction caused by spam filters, we are now sending out only four or five newsletters a year. However, we are adding new products and updating specials on a continual basis.  We hope you check our website often so you don't miss out on something really nifty. Thanks.

   
With dozens of plants on sale this year for only 1.99, it is sure to be our best ever Fall Extravaganza.

Please note that it is necessary to order six plants and there is a 23.70 minimum. This is an internet only sale (no phone orders will be taken for this sale). This sale expires September 15. Supplies are limited. We will not be able to contact you if a sale item is sold out, so, if you want, you may list alternates in the comment box on the order form.

Also, because of the heat, we are still not shipping to Arizona, and Las Vegas. We hope to resume shipping to these areas in late September. Customers in these areas may order and we will schedule the order for that time, but we cannot guarantee availability on delayed shipments.  You always have the option to waive your guarantee and have plants sent at any time.

Happy shopping!

Just click here to see the entire list of extravagant bargains.

Be sure to check out our new podcasts. These mini-videos are on both iTunes and our site.

 

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