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Keith Farrand

Want to keep up on the latest things that are growing on at Farrand Farms? The man with the greenest thumb in Kansas City will help you with all his latest tips and share insight and info right here at Farrand's Notes. If you have some special questions or would like to suggest ideas for Keith to address just send him an email on the link under his picture.


It's all about Roots!

Keith @ Monday, October 19, 2009

Yes, let's get those plants ready for winter! So far, extra watering hasn't been necessary, so let's talk about what we can do now to get your plants ready for dormancy. It's a great time to feed your perennial plants with a low nitrogen fertilizer. A granular 5-10-5 sprinkled lightly around established plants (1-2 tbsps per 15" diameter plant) will help those roots build and remain strong until springtime. If you are going green, Espoma Bone Meal and Bulb Tone are very good as are Bradfield pellets. Earth Right 'Mushroom Stuff' is also very good - be sure to activate it by watering it in with 1/2" of water. Your plants will appreciate your help.

You can still plant Hummert 'Best of the Blues' grass seed until Oct. 25th. It is too late for fescue varieties this season. You can begin dormant seeding of all grass types around Thanksgiving.

Many of you have asked what else can be planted now? It is still not too late for spinach and it is absolutely the perfect time to plant daffodils, crocus, hyacinths and tulips. Our selection remains very good - be sure to add a tablespoon of Espoma 'Bone Meal' or 'Bulb Tone' for each bulb planted.

Pansies, when planted now, will bloom until temperatures drop into the low twenties and will easily winter over. In early March, they will create a most perfect display of color. You'll smile when you see them!

Flowering cabbage and kale can be planted now and just gets prettier and prettier. Purple color becomes very intense and the whites become snowball pure white. They are great in pots near the front door when mixed with pansies. They typically will last until the temps drop below 17 degrees.

Most perennials can still be planted until about the first week of November, as long as they have large root systems. As a general rule, plant nothing smaller than a one gallon size. Smaller sizes are often too small to succeed through the first Winter.

Lots of our friends are already looking forward to seeing our 13,000 poinsettias begin to show their color. We always grow our own so you can inspect them anytime. Let us know if your church or other organizations would like to go ahead and book theirs for the holiday season.

Hey, have you noticed our newly redesigned perennial area? I'll bet you can figure out what our 1920's windmill is all about once you see it. Many folks have already taken pictures of it and everyone supports it's cause. What are you waiting for? Come on over!