In my tenure at Gardener's Supply, I've been staff horticulturist, retail nursery supervisor, and product information specialist. For a natural teacher, avid gardener and plant geek, my work here is a perfect fit.
Twenty-five years ago, the yard around our old farmhouse was a blank canvas of lawn waiting to be planned and planted. The native shrub and tree borders I planted back then now shelter and feed scores of songbirds. Our fertile soil supports productive vegetable gardens and flowering perennial beds. I've also added fruit and nut trees, blueberries, raspberries and elderberries that feed my family and visiting wildlife. Fussing with chickens and tropical houseplants keep me occupied during the long New England winters. My education is in horticulture and landscape design, and I've authored four gardening books.
1. Keep the plants moist and cool until ready to plant. Wrap roots in damp newspaper and store at 35 to 50 degrees in a plastic bag. 2. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for up to one hour just before planting. 3. In a 3' wide raised bed, prepare the soil by adding compost and eliminating all weeds. Make holes 2' to 3' apart down the center of the bed. 4. Trim broken and extra-long roots with sharp, clean hand pruners. 5. Spread the roots out in the hole. 6. Hold the plant so that the uppermost root will be covered by about a half inch of soil and fill the hole. 7. Prune the canes to 4" to 6" above the ground. New shoots will grow from the roots. 8. Press soil firmly with hands, making a shallow basin. 9. Water thoroughly to settle the soil.