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Q: I’m guessing you’re in the Full Fall Swing of things.
A: We cannot believe how quickly this summer came and went and howquickly this year is flying by. We came back from Labor Day weekendand whammo…off and running!
Q: I take it fall is a busy time of the year for you. A: Ha. That’s cute. Yes, we are heading into 3 months straight of “petal” to themetal. Besides the usual increase in Sunflower demand this this the time formany of our “short timers” such as Pumpkin Tree and Ornamental Pepperswho, like they say, are here for a good time, not a long time!
Q: How is the Fall Season shaping up for you?
A: I’m going to pass you on to our Master Grower, Todd Thorntonfor the real update. Here you go.Week 37 Notes:We have been caring for our autumn crops for Ornamental Peppers and Pumpkin Trees’ for up to 7 months and our time for harvest have just begun. It has been a long time of caring and planning for this very important period for us, and my focus has been in keeping the hungry insects off the plants and maintaining our consistent DG quality. It’s not been an easy year for that, and we did experience some losses but we’re managing through it. Our safety plantings should ease the pain of our losses.What do we have coming? We have Sage natural and tinted, Broom corn, Eucalyptus, African Marigolds and of course our lots and lots of Sunflowers. All are in the ground for our customers and we sure appreciate your planning and planting with us in advance. Like Jason likes to say, “we can’t manage a secret.” This is when your advanced planning makes our lives a lot easier. Any Concerns? Do I worry…?Weather fluctuations and big weather events like tropical hurricanes, hot dry winds that lead to fires and frost - all of which can happen during September through November. We can reduce our susceptibility but not eliminate the potential for crop failures by growing in a multitude of different locations to minimize or potential for complete crop failures.At the same time of these heavy harvests and weather worries, I am planting for our 2020 crops such as Ranunculus for harvest in March and April, Canterbury bells for March, April and May and getting the ground prepared for Stock, Larkspur, Dianthus Gypsy, Green mist, Bells of Ireland for harvest in 2020.Wish us luck!
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