Since we had some free time to ourselves today, Mi Esposo and I ran errands. On my list: buy good dustpans from Dixieline (I hate chintzy dustpans and I want to have one every twenty feet on the property for easy cleanup!); Pier One for some ornamental rocks for my flower arranging; pick up my pre-paid Dorsett apple at Walter Andersen’s Nursery; and most important item on the list – LUNCH!
First up, Andersen’s Nursery. A few months back I ordered a Dorsett bare-root apple from Walter Andersen’s Nursery and it finally came in for me to pick up. I have a Fuji and an Anna’s apple, but adding the Dorsett will round things out nicely and help cross-pollinate the Anna’s for better fruit production.
Andersen’s was hopping today and everything bare-root (apples, peaches, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, figs and other fruit I can’t remember) was on display and selling like hotcakes. They must have had a class because lots of people were in a frenzy in the bare-root section. We alerted an employee about our pick-up and then wandered around a bit. I picked up more strawberry plants, some lettuce mixture six-packs, a bag of worms, and a bare-root Flame Seedless Grape.
The Dorsett came out from the back and when they say bare-root, they mean bare-root. It was a stick with branches, and roots hanging off the bottom. These plants are tougher than I give them credit for! The employee wrapped it up in plastic for us with sawdust around the roots, we bought all our other stuff and we were out of there.
Interesting note from Walter Andersen
Bare-root fruit tree planting tip – Never use the sawdust that the trees are packed in as a soil amendment. Un-nitrolized wood shavings and sawdust will pull the nitrogen out of the surrounding soil as it breaks down depriving the plants of needed food. When you unpack your bare-root trees throw the sawdust in the compost bin if you dont want to throw it away. Good to know because I would have thrown it in the hole. Onward……….
We swung into Pier One and I found what I was looking for right away (I think Mi Esposo was shocked that we were in and out of there in five minutes!), hit Dixieline, wiped out their supply of my favorite dustpans, bought a big push broom and then it was off to lunch. Came home, gave the dog a bath, took the dog for a long walk, and spent a little time in the garden before dinner. What a nice day!