May 2007
Home Grown Tomatoes

What's Growing On?

Here in Central Alabama we have had gorgeous weather so far this spring. In traveling around the state, I have seen some of the older, smaller mom-and-pop nurseries closed. I guess you’ve got to retire and enjoy in your own yard what you’ve been selling to others for all those years.

I’ve also noticed some of the older nurseries redecorating and adding new merchandise and new nurseries popping up around the state. Just a couple of weeks ago, I visited my friend Johnny from Montevallo. He has been a wholesale grower for many years and finally decided to open a retail nursery.

His wife, Anita, has had an antique shop in Montevallo for years, so the location was ideal. The problem was that Johnny had been talking and planning this project for too long! I remember asking him in January of 2006 when he was going to open and he said, "Hopefully by March." …Which became April, May, June; then maybe by fall….

Cedar Creek Nursery on Highway 119 finally opened in March of 2007. When I stopped by his nursery, he was swamped with customers. The nursery really looks great! I told him that and he said that he wasn’t finished, but you could’ve fooled me! At least the doors are open! He has hundreds of beautiful roses in full bloom and ready to plant plus a lot of unusual herbs that you don’t find everywhere.

Mother’s Day is on the way and that is a great time to give Momma a rose bush from your local Quality Co-op or independent retail nursery. Shop early so you won’t miss out on the best stock.

Everything is blooming like crazy right now. You know my Alabama Grown Wave petunias didn’t even die in the winter here and are as showy as can be? Of course my weeds are producing seeds too. That reminds me; you’d better get down to the Co-op and find out which color Ferti-lome® bag you should be using this month.

Get ready, friends, it’s going to be a great summer. Watch your water conservation and be sure to check that your automated irrigation system is properly calculated.

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