Late Summer Plant Bargains


I usually do my fall planting around Thanksgiving, so this time of year finds me working the vegetable garden and mowing grass.  I also keep a list of places in the garden that I need to rework this fall and plant choices for those spots I have identified. Time to do some smart shopping.
August is the month when you can count on real bargains from your nurseryman. The plants are tired, a little sun scorched, and shop worn. Although healthy, the retailer knows these plants might look worse before they look better, and many weeks of hot weather and daily watering lie ahead.
I found several of the plants I have been looking for on the HALF PRICE LOT at a great independent nursery. Now that I have them home, how do I keep them healthy until planting? I shove all three pots into the shade and protection of a holly. Luckily I have a water spigot close by.  I take a full bale of pine straw and create protective insulation around my pots.  From now until planting, I monitor the moisture in the pots and water when necessary. I know fall will be the very best time to plant, and I will be ready.
Go visit your friends at the nurseries. Now is a great time for a bargain on plants to put out this fall.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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