Add to our wholesale berry, fruit and nut tree orders

Our first order will be from Hartmann’s Plant Company in Michigan.  They retail too, but if you order more than 100 plants you get wholesale prices.   I’ve been looking for deals like Hartmann’s, with many berries, kiwi and figs for about $2/ea in 2.5″ containers.   In previous years I paid $6 and more for small seedlings or rooted cuttings and lost quite a few of them.
There’s LOTS of info at Hartmann’s site and you can browse both the retail and wholesale listings:
Download wholesale catalog (.pdf)
The Growing Instructions are quite extensive and they also describe each plant and how to grow and prune it.  Some plants appear to be available only retail, such as asparagus and elderberry. It looks like the Growing Instructions contain all plants. And of course you can also download the retail catalog.
Download Growing Instructions
We will talk about specific plants and how to grow them in our climate at the 1/29 Gardening Club meeting next Thursday at 2 pm at Canyon’s End near Meadview.   That’s when you can add to our order and we will place the order the following weekend.
I called Hartmann’s today and a helpful person promptly answered the phone, spoke fluent English and answered my questions.  We’re off to a good start.   They’ll ship about a week after the order or later, as specified.  I may split the order into two shipments, have to do some more research.
Shipping costs:  about 25% of the order and I’ll probably have more info next week at the meeting.
In the meantime, please post here or email with any questions.
If you’re in Kingman or Golden Valley, we can bring your plants to town or you can pick them up at our place, near Meadview.
Below is our preliminary order:
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The Mohave County Master Gardeners

I’ve been attending Master Gardener workshops for several years and last Saturday I enjoyed the fruit tree pruning class for the third year in a row.   Every time I learn something new or I’m reminded of something I forgot – such as using pine needles to mulch our high pH soil.   I just found this interesting post about pH testing of pine needles and they actually are NOT acidic after they got rained on a few times, but they still have a lower pH than our native soil 8.7 pH:
Pine Straw (Pine Needle) Mulch Acidity: Separating Fact From Fiction Through Analytical Testing
Yesterday the Master Gardener class in Kingman started and Hattie Brown gave a very interesting presentation on botany as well as activities by the Flagstaff Master Gardeners.  She is the Master Gardener Program Coordinator, University of Arizona, Coconino County Cooperative Extension and she is so knowledgeable.   I’ll have to email her links to plants we have yet to ID.
The Coconino Master Gardener Association has many resource links.
I’m already looking forward to next week’s class, FRUIT TREES IN THE HOME YARD.  Very timely, as we’re getting ready to order fruit and nut trees — right after we placed our wholesale berry order.   I’ll have to call the nursery tomorrow for more info on shipping and will then post details about berry, kiwi and fig seedlings from under $2.  My preliminary order has already 120 plants and I’ll likely add a few more.  If you’re local you can add to our order, stay tuned!

New Year's SNOW in the Joshua Tree desert! (pictures)

We haven’t had any significant snow since 2008 and it was a real treat to get about 4 – 5 inches of snow on New Year’s Eve.    It snowed all day and at least until about 1 am when we were driving home from a party.

Here you can see our adobe oven and hoophouse, but you can’t see the cliffs at all:


The cliffs on New Year’s Day:

Our horno


Looking SE towards Diamond Bar road (the road to Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk)

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