As the old wise man says “April showers bring May flowers” and he might just be right. It’s a cold rainy morning as I write this April Newsletter, and with a lot of work ahead of ourselves we are ready for the weather to change gears and warm up a little.
April is always an exciting month for me in the greenhouse. The chaos really begins, space starts to become non existent, more and more people start to come in with excitement, and the colors seem to miraculously change overnight. To date we have planted over 10,000 hanging basket combinations from mixed sun and shade, to straight combinations such as New Guinea Impatiens, Purslane, Lobelia, and Fuchsia. All of the houses seem to be running out of room and we are getting the itch to see them go to good homes. Pansy bowls are starting to bloom and look wonderful.
In the last couple of days we have started and finished planting our herbaceous perennials and bare root perennials. This is one of my favorite processes around Pahl’s, next to harvesting cucumbers, and for those of you who know me I hate cucumbers!
I know what you are thinking, and we get calls every day, but it is still too early to plant any flowers yet. The last typical frost date is around May 10th so we encourage that if you do buy flowers, bring them inside if its 55 degrees or below. Your Pansies and Viola’s can take a bit colder weather and if it is above 40 you can certainly leave them out throughout the day just simply bring them in overnight.
In the last couple weeks we have also started our transplants for cabbage, green bell peppers, Okra, Broccoli, and Cauliflower for our CSA program and wholesale production. All of these crops are placed in our greenhouse as well as it is important to get an early jump on the season. These trays take up room so it is always a careful planning process when finding room for both our flowers and vegetables. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this spring and I’m sure that you are too!