Tools of the trade: The flat filler

 

Our flat filler is an amazing machine. We use it to fill all of our flats, pots, baskets, planters, and plug trays with soil. It saves us so much time versus filling everything by hand!

How this delightful contraption works: One person is typically in charge of keeping the bin full of soil, and will cut open bales & feed them into the bale buster. This part breaks the compacted soil part into smaller chunks before feeding them up a conveyor into the bin. From there, the soil is carried up another conveyor and dropped through a chute. One person stands on the intake side, feeding in whatever vessels we need filled, let’s say a pot. The pot is carried on a conveyor under the chute where the dirt is being dropped. We can control the speed so that the pot is filled completely before exiting the machine (since different sizes will take different amounts of dirt). Just before exiting the machine, the pot passes under a brush that scrapes excess soil from the top of it, creating a level surface and minimizing waste. The soil that is brushed away falls back into the machine, and is carried on yet another conveyor back to the bin to repeat its journey. A third person waits on the outtake side, removing full pots and loading them onto carts. The carts are either pushed out of the way when full to be moved later, or a fourth person steers them to their destination and unloads them, then brings back the empty cart to use again.

 

 

 

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We are busy planting for Spring 2017!

Hello!
We are busy getting ready to open in Mid-April! It all started with 100,00 unrooted cuttings the second week of December, and have been steadily growing and expanding ever since.
We will have several new varieties of petunias and other standards, and some surprises for 2017, but you’ll have to wait until April for the specifics.
As of last weekend, Leo has begun the exacting process of seeding things like alyssum, wave petunias, dusty miller etc. I will try to post a video of our amazing machine in action very soon.
If you need some succulents or gift certificates between now and our re-opening in the spring please let us know, but CALL US at 814-364-2881, as we are TOO BUSY spend much time on the computer. Please share, word of mouth is our main form of advertising!

Fall 2017

Just a reminder…we are open thru October and maybe some of November (depending on the weather). And the CLEARANCE SALE is ongoing!

Our plants look amazing right now! Huge, new showy planters for sun or shade (all sizes, starting at $9.99), an expanded perennial section (most $3.99 for for 5 1/2″ pots), and hardy mums for planting and decorating. 8″Mums are $3.99 for now (they are just budding up), $4.99 as the season progresses. Larger planters coming along.

Check out or Facebook page for lots of new photos of what we’re up to!

New credit card policy

In order to continue accepting credit and debit cards as a payment choice, we are now adding 3% to all card transactions.

How this works: When your order is rung up and you opt to pay with a card, we will calculate the 3% and add it to your total. This total amount is what is charged to your card; you are not billed for this later by your card company.

(So if your order is $20, the 3% would be 60 cents, and your new total would be $20.60.)

Cash and check payments are not subject to this charge, as there is no processing fee associated. Over the years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the usage of credit cards, and hope that you’ll understand this surcharge helps us keep prices lower for everyone. Thank you!

Opening soon!

Beginning Saturday, April 9th, we will be open 9 am – 5pm, Monday thru Saturday. Remember it is EARLY and we are still working, so excuse the mess! We will have flats of cool weather vegetables, pansies, snapdragons, etc. Also some early tomatoes and peppers for those of you who just can’t wait! We are currently working on planting perennials, and Leigh Ann’s FANTASTIC herb section is growing with lots of larger pots this year. Jennifer’s succulent section is HUGE (and ready), more extensive than ever, more varieties, bowl choices, and houseplant sized Jades, etc. Feel free to stop in just to soak it all in, and get ideas for when the weather becomes more predictable.