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May 21, 2013

THE DIRT ON GARDENING: Planting season arrives with color

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GOSHEN — On a happier note, this is the middle of May and farmers are hard at work finally able to get in their fields to work the soil and get planting done. Gardeners too, should have their soil tilled by now and their vegetable plants in the ground.

Mid-May is your perfect timing for planting most anything including annuals and perennials.

I’ve been all over the county this past week to many greenhouse operations and they are all bulging with annuals and perennials, as well as a host of novel hanging baskets and unusual planters — some downright amazing.

Each year new twists are introduced in planters. Some more unusual than others, like one I saw that was a tear-drop shape two feet in length and moss-lined that would allow greater room for planting medium and rooting and at the same time, more than likely, would be entirely encompassed with growth once plants reached maturity.

Other planters seen were of a whimsical homemade version of a small wagon made entirely of split logs for sides and round branch slices for wheels and when planted with various annuals made cute conversation pieces.

Vendors at spring “early-buy” venues that I attended each year in Lansing, Mich., would entice hundreds of growers and retailers with all kinds of merchandise. Much of it was new on the market, and included everything from planters to growing medium to every kind of gardening merchandise on the market.

Much of the merchandise was bought in quantity at discounted prices and delivered early in the season. I looked forward to it each year with anticipation, often taking my daughter Kim who participated in the buying, or my wife who was the “planter magician” who had many ideas of her own.

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