We are growing!
Yes, we are always growing as a company, but specifically, our newest crop of perennials (quick reminder; perennials come back, annuals last for either the warm or cool season only depending on plant materials) is making its way from the growing space to our retail spaces! Every year, we carefully select plant varieties that grow well here in Arkansas and order them in as plugs or as bare root plants. When the baby plants arrive, we label our Good Earth pots with plant-specific information and fill the pots with our Good Earth brand Professional Potting Soil then start planting. The planting process includes applying a natural product containing all kinds of good stuff, including mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizal fungi form relationships with plant roots and allow the plant to take in up to 1,000 times more water and nutrients than usual. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds and because we have had such great success with it, we came up with our own formula so everyone can have better plant establishment success. It’s called Good Earth brand Jump Start and it REALLY makes a difference!
Now, back to our perennials! Jen M., who heads up the perennial growing, takes care of the whole growing process. We have six cold-frames at our retail location. The houses have to be covered with the appropriate shade cloth to insure no burning of the leaves and are covered with protective plastic during the winter. Each has an irrigation system that is checked regularly plus we water by hand and feed throughout the growing season. Each house also has fans to promote good air circulation and ensuring less disease. We love growing our own perennials because we can insure that the plants are of high quality and that we have a great selection for you to choose from!