Now that I am running a nursery again I am starting to think. Firstly, I am thinking that I should have spent my younger years thinking instead of just working hard. It took me many years to get past the management model I inherited from the parents. They only knew how to work hard, and […]

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The restaurant business and the nursery business are similar in that we are judged every day by the product that we turn out and it is a complex product to produce and to do so with absolute consistency and quality. That is why I am considering becoming a Hindu—they get to believe in reincarnation with […]

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And so now they tell me what I am supposed to be doing with these blogs—I am supposed to be selling stuff. And here I have been plumbing the depths of my psyche trying to figure out how I feel every morning, searching for material to write about. It may take a while for me […]

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Recently, we got access to half an acre of Equisetum hyemale, Scouring Rush or Horsetail.  The normal well-adjusted person would not get so excited by this development although we are effervescent.  The reason for the normal person’s lack of enthusiasm is, doubtless, because the plant is not very beautiful and it is a “born colonizer” […]

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It got cold this week and so my mind switched over from shipping plants to making plants.  We do a lot of plant production in the winter and for three very good reasons.  First of all, many plants only divide and grow good in the winter.  These would be all of the Carexes (sedges to normal people).  […]

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As I understand it, I am to write about what I feel each week and even though it was snowing this morning I feel like shipping plants. A day in the nursery business without shipping seems to be a day wasted. Most of our customers are in Chicago—2-3 hours away, or in the greater Detroit […]

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  We are busily preparing for Spring here at the nursery. Mostly this consists of going over the cash flow to see if we can make it through the year and how many tractors we can afford to buy and how much gravel we can get to fill the potholes and what to do about […]

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We attend all of the regional nursery conventions and trade shows during the winter. We have a booth and we try to sell things while giving the illusion that we are taking the business seriously and trying. Then, we go around the convention hall and harass all of the other groundcover growers. Sometimes we learn […]

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This is the second ever nursery blog. We are still trying to figure out what it is and why. We think it has something to do with a lot of words with the words being something that tells a story. The story today has to do with winter production of plants here at the nursery. […]

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