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Degrees of Spring

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Degrees of Spring

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It is with much anticipation that we collectively approach this hallowed season of mass hysteria planting. It's a good idea to take a moment and think about what's involved with having success with the plants you purchase. That is to say, purchasing quality plants is only part of the equation. When you accompany your plants with proper soil preparation and nutrition, your odds of long-term success in the garden skyrocket.

My grandmother had the gift of overstatement. She contended, "If you buy a two dollar plant, dig a $10 hole". That was her way of saying: Don't scrimp on soil preparation. My dad had a more sarcastic take on the same subject: "You don't want to have to grease the root ball to get it to fit in the hole". That was his way of illustrating the need for an oversized diameter hole.

Due to both of these influences on my life, and the gardening lives of many middle Tennesseans, we began more than 20 years ago our search for better soil amendments. What has come as a result of that is our line of EarthMix® soils, amendments, and mulches. We believe EarthMix® Garden Products are the best. It is true your plants can survive with less than the best. Our philosophy has always been to help you grow plants that don't simply survive, but thrive. It matters not whether you use our EarthMix® Garden™, Landscape™, SuperNatural™ compost, Veragra™ worm castings or any other EarthMix® brand product; the same quality products are available in bags or in bulk!

As we move ever further into late March, we anxiously await the time where all chance of frost has passed. The degrees of spring we all go through are equal parts temperature and temperance.  To be sure, waiting for the right time to plant warm season annuals and garden plants is tempting.  We do recommend you concentrate on getting ready to plant those tender items, or at least be prepared for a cold snap by using a cold frame or frost cloths.

David Bates


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