It is sad to say good-bye. Take advantage of our close out bargains they are huge. They are listed at the end of Krautter's Korner. My hope is everyone owns my book by now and will buy more to pass on as Holiday Gifts. My Holiday book deal is one you can't refuse. It is listed below.
There is a glimmer of hope as we head into the Holiday Season. Last Tuesday we had a preliminary meeting of interested people who would like to preserve Sprainbrook as an organic Center: 14 interested people met to explore a co-op idea that would fund and run Sprainbrook Nursery. There were many creative ideas for a new business plan: brilliant minds filled with a strong passion for the organic movement. If this ambitious venture were to take place it would require a profitable business plan, community support and investment funding. The Nursery would be set up as an organic center that would serve the organic community and the residents of Westchester for many years to come. We will be holding another open meeting this Wednesday at the Nursery 7:30pm. If there are other interested parties in joining the team you are invited to attend the meeting and tell the group what you can bring to the table.
December is a very unpredictable month filled with sunny warm days, freezing cold days, snow storms or heavy rains. It is a Holiday month filled with lots of extra chores. There are things that need to get done before the winter sets in. Plan your time carefully. Once winter comes, your garden gets shut down. Make sure your plants receive proper winter protection. It is important that they are turgid (filled with moisture) going into a cold winter. Make sure the leaves are raked off your lawn or finely ground up by going over them 2-3 times with a lawn mower so that they can be incorporated back into the soil to add nutrients for the following year. If you have extra leaves find a spot to compost them. Read my chapter on composting in my book '12 Steps To Natural Gardening' page 79. Add high calcium lime (Magi-cal) to your lawn to be applied after your last clean up. Pruning should be done now to avoid snow breakage. If you need help to winterize your garden, call and we will set you up with one of our former crews who are highly qualified and will be glad to help you. . Services they provide include: Wilt Prufing of broadleaf evergreens, winter fertilizing, mulching, pruning and Deer proofing. If your leaves were removed with a blower, chances are that much of your mulch was blown away. It is important that plants go into the winter with a good 2 inch layer. Roots grow in the winter; so feed with an organic fertilizer before winter sets in. As food gets scarce, Deer venture out into a broader area in search of food. Use Deer repellents throughout the winter months. Examine your evergreens for potential snow breakage. Prune and tie plants that you think may become a problem. Don't neglect your winter chores it is costly. Ask for help if you find yourself overwhelmed. Pruning your hedges is a must. Remember what happened to us in years past. Much of this could have been avoided through proper pruning.
SPRING FLOWERING BULBS - It's imperative to get your bulbs planted now before the ground freezes solidly. Sorry we were not able to carry bulbs for you this year.
EVERGREENS, TREES AND SHRUBS - Evergreen, tree and shrub beds should be covered with a 2-inch layer of mulch. If you haven't done so yet, feed with an organic fertilizer to benefit root development before winter sets in. All broadleaf evergreens should be sprayed with Wilt Pruf to reduce water loss from the plant. When the ground freezes solidly, plants can't absorb water and broadleaf evergreens continue to lose water; this causes winter injury. If broadleaf evergreens are located in a windy location, then both burlaping and Wilt Prufing would be advisable. If the ground remains unfrozen and there is not adequate rain, make sure plants receive water once a week. Plants need to be well watered to survive the winter.
ROSES - Roses need to be put to bed for the winter. Remove all fallen leaves so that they will not contaminate the area next spring. Roses grown on their own root such as landscape roses and Knock Out roses need only a two inch mulch for winter protection. Roses that are grafted need to be hilled. The simplest method is to use bark mulch and mound them over the crown of the plant. This protects the graft union of the shoots from severe cold and wind in the winter. In the spring the chips can be pulled away and used for additional mulching in the rose bed. Another method is to cover the crown with soil and cover the soil with salt hay. Tree roses should be brought to a protected location in their container and placed out of the wind in an unheated garage or a tool shed. Once a month they should be watered well. If this is not feasible, lay them down and bury them in the soil. Except for long branches which might break in the snow, roses should be pruned in the spring.
PERENNIALS - Perennials should be cut back or cut down for the winter. Leave your grasses and enjoy the plumes swaying in the wind during the winter months. Clean the beds of all weeds and debris and mulch them with a two-inch layer. Complete planting mix not only acts as a mulch but has tremendous nutritive value for the root system. A light layer of Christmas tree branches will give additional protection to the top portion.
LAWNS - After your last rake up of leaves, apply the high calcium lime called Magi-cal. Lime is one of the most important ingredients in growing a good lawn. Your PH should be around seven. Most Westchester soils are acid. Weeds grow well in acid soil, and grass grows well in an alkaline soil. Give your lawn the competitive advantage. If you neglected to apply Jonathan Green Humates do it now, as it will greatly improve the root system. If bare areas persist in your lawn, try what we call dormant seeding. Just prior to the first snow fall, spread a liberal amount of seed on the bare areas. Buy your seed now so you will have it on hand. The alternate freezing and thawing will work the seed into the ground and condition the seed so that it will germinate in the spring. This is particularly important in areas where leaves have been left on the perimeter of your property and smothered your grass or where you have a heavy crabgrass problem. Make sure your grass is not too tall; mow it one last time to an inch and a half height.
VEGETABLE GARDENS - Add organic matter to the soil over the winter so that it will break down and enrich the soil for next spring. Enriched microbial activity will reduce disease problems next growing season. We recommend adding Cow Manure and compost. Mulching the bed with these products will add additional nutrients to the soil and prevent erosion. Planting with Winter Rye is another option.
PLANT FEATURES: Purify your indoor air by adding plants to your home. The key to purification is to buy organically grown plants for it is the microbes in the soil that ingest and get rid of the toxins. We still have a selection of foliage and flowering plants. We grow all our plants organically and feed them with "Daniels an organic fertilizer which has been yielding us incredible results.
MOST ASKED QUESTION - Is it too late to plant? As long as the ground is workable, it is not too late to plant. There are several precautions that should be taken with late plantings. Beds should be covered with a 2-inch layer of mulch. Broadleaf evergreens should be sprayed with an anti desiccant and as long as the ground is not frozen, the root ball should be watered.
SPECIAL BOOK DEAL: 12 Steps To Natural Gardening. By now hopefully all of you have a copy of my book and have read it. If you liked it, consider giving it as a gift to your fellow gardening friends. It is important to me that we spread the word and help save our earth by following an organic, sustainable green approach. We all need to be part of this effort. I have been brainstorming to come up with an attractive deal that you can't refuse.
A DEAL YOU CAN'T REFUSE - Buy my book as a gift and I will give you the full price of my book in dollar value for the purchase of indoor plants of your choosing. This will accomplish three things. Spread the word, save my indoor plants from death and help me sell more copies. The organic movement is important. There is a philosophical change that must take place if we are going to save our world. It is important that we all become part of this movement. My book as a gift to someone else interested in gardening can help this cause.
NEW 2013 GARDEN CALENDARS ARE HERE - All my life I have been struggling with the idea to produce a Garden Calendar. I have always realized timing is very important in gardening; it is important to know what to do when. The growing seasons pass by quickly and gardeners and home owners need reminders of what tasks need to get done each month. Krautter's Korner evolved and became a monthly newsletter because of my concerns about timing. Last week as thoughts of closing down the Nursery obsessed me, my mind wandered. I thought how I never did get to produce my Garden Calendar. Too late I thought and too big a task to undertake at this late date. As my mind continued to wander, I realized the empty informational hole I was leaving my customers with. I was feeling guilty about this fact. Why hadn't I thought of producing a calendar earlier? It would be something that would help my customers. Something that they could hang on their wall to remind them of what they had to do even if I wasn't there. The burning desire to rectify a wrong often drives the mind to come up with a solution. It is usually events that drive change and produce results. Tor, my son, and I had came up with a brilliant idea and Tor was able to layout a Garden Calendar. Within a week's time he was able to produce our first Garden Calendar, send it off to the printer and we are now in possession of 250 copies of Sprainbrook's very first 2013 Garden Calendar just in time for the holidays. I am very proud of this accomplishment. It fulfills a life long dream and it provides my customers and other gardeners with daily reminders of what to do when in the garden. Make sure you pick one up the next time you stop in.
In the Nursery there are still lots of beautiful shade and flowering trees left. I snapped a few pictures on my walk. This is the ideal time of the year to plant a shade or flowering tree. As the leaves fall trees can be moved without any transplant shock. Pricing as we go out of business is at give away prices. 60 % off on all evergreens and trees. The plants left are thriving in our beautiful organic soil and looking for a home. I hope you will have a chance to take a look at them and consider buying one. We still have crews who are willing to install them for you but act quickly as time is running out.
60% OFF ALL IN STOCK PLANT AND NURSERY MATERIAL
Includes house plants, annuals, perennials, tress, shrubs, and woodland plants
60% OFF ALL INSTOCK SUPPLIES
except those bought extra this fall to help you meet your fall needs. On these items we are extending a 20% discount but need to cover our costs of bringing them in.
Hope is eternal and it is what keeps us all going.
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