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A delayed growing season

The cold and rainy weather has had an effect on gardens as well as the places that supply them

June 27, 2011
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - All the rain the area has been getting is having an er, dampening effect on gardening lately, and that's an understatement said Jeff Farber, the owner of Greenwood Nursery.

"It's been a struggle, but there's nothing we can do about (the weather)," Farber said.

"In the last 10 days we've had 11 inches and that is half of our annual rainfall," he said.

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Greenwood Nursery employee Meredith Stinson deadheads some petunias recently to keep them fresh and ready for customers.

The gardening season typically starts in mid-April when people start thinking about what to plant, he said.

"May is our busiest month,"?he said.

But this year, the cold temperatures pushed the April gardening into May and May was unseasonably cold.

"There're still a lot of gardens that haven't been started," Farber said.

So greenhouses have a lot of inventory that isn't being sold.

"We've been trimming back and re-potting, pinching them back - adding more fertilizer, trying to keep them healthy," he said. "My employees have done a wonderful job of keeping things healthy."

We did get some summer weather, he said.

"When it was sunny we were busy, but you can't get everything done in two days," he said. "I haven't gotten my garden planted."

Farber said there is still time to plant even though a lot of people have given up and are hoping the season is better next year.

Farber said we are coming up on Independence Day and "a lot of years (vegetable) gardens are harvested by the fourth of July."

But if you look at the bigger picture, "this is just a bump in the road as they say," he said. "We haven't had a tornado or a flood so we are lucky."

Farber added that with all this rain, "at least you haven't had to water much."

He said the extra moisture is good for the trees, shrubs and evergreens "to a certain extent."

The upcoming forecasts of sunnier weather will be appreciated by greenhouse owners and gardeners alike.

"We need sunshine and warm weather," he said. "A lot (of overwatered plants) will correct itself."

Greenwood Nursery is running a sale on many items a little earlier than it normally would.

"It's a great time for the consumer to save money if they still want to plant," he said.



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