Devine Gardens May Winner Announced

The winner of the May drawing is LB of the central NY area. Congratulations! You can enter the drawing as many times as you like to win your choice of a 16 quart box of vermicompost, a half pound of composting worms or a Devine Gardens t-shirt. The form is on the web site under contact and register for drawings.  The stores carrying Devine Gardens vermicompost this year are
  • Ballantyne Gardens, Liverpool
  • Buyea's True Value, Cazenovia
  • DeRuyter Co-op, DeRuyter
  • Manlius True Value, Manlius
  • Mumbling Mountain, Syracuse Regional Market in the A shed
  • Parry's General Store, Hamilton
  • Watson Greenhouse, Lafayette
  • Westvale Garden Center, Syracuse
Devine Gardens will be promoting at the above stores this year.

Because I'll be elsewhere I won't be at the Regional Market as much. You can always call me if the above locations aren't convenient so we can find an alternative meeting place for your purchase 

Saturday, May 10th, from 10:00 to 2:00 DeRuyter Co-op Planting Party - make a gift for Mom and visit their newly renovated and expanded Garden Center/Gift shop. 

Sunday, May 11th, Mother's Day 12:00 - 2:00 Parry's General store in Hamilton - stop by and say hello. I'll be promoting Devine Gardens vermicompost, answering questions and giving away samples.

May 13th, Tuesday, Natur-Tyme 12-1:30 pm and 5:30-7 pm. Come and hear why I'm so crazy for vermicompost, how it's made, why it works and the best ways to use it for your plants to get all of its wonderful benefits. Natur-Tyme is located at 3160 Erie Blvd. East DeWitt, NY 13214.

Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 to 2:00 Beaver Lake Nature Center 2nd Annual Plant Sale provided by Master Gardeners of Onondaga County. There will be herbs, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs and hypertufas for sale, tool care maintenance and workshop. I will be selling Devine Gardens and donating 30% of sales to the Master Gardeners.  

Saturday, May 24th, Carol Watson Greenhouse, Lafayette, NY stop by and say hello - I'll be promoting Devine Gardens vermicompost, answering questions and giving away samples. Check website for time 

Sunday, May 25th, Manlius True Value, Manlius stop by and say hello. I'll be promoting Devine Gardens vermicompost, answering questions and giving away samples. - check website for time 

Saturday, May 31st, 9:00 - 3:00 and Sunday June 1 10:00 - 2:00 Plantasia at Baltimore Woods Nature Center - all kinds of plants, nature inspired garden and gift items for sale, a garden café, Master Gardeners to answer questions and a plant potting workshop. Devine Gardens will be sold by the event with 30% of sales donated to Baltimore Woods. 

Saturday, June 21st, 9:00 - 3:30 Herb and Flower Festival, Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens in Oriskany, NY presented by Master Gardener volunteers of Oneida County. 50 garden related vendors, herbal bake sale, ice cream sandwiches, gardening classes and feature presentation "Look Before You Garden" given by Charles Mazza. 

Thursdays, June through ? Clinton Farmers Market in Clinton, NY from 10:00 to 4:00. I've never been to this market but am looking forward to meeting a lot of nice people and enjoying beautiful Clinton. 

I am selling compost in 1/2 square foot bags for $2.50 each at my booth, at the above stores (as long as they approve) and at the farm. I don't have enough available to sell in bulk yet.  

This October I will be selling uncured compost in bulk for $30.00 a yard. Uncured compost has gone through the 30 day process where it is heated to at least 131 degrees for at least 3 days to kill weed seeds and pathogens and has started to stabilize for a couple of months. Uncured compost is good for garden areas that have poor texture (too much clay or too much sand), you can top dress gardens with it before winter or you can just let it sit until the following spring when it will be finished curing. It should not be used on actively growing plants as it may damage them and tie up nitrogen. 

Spring of 2015 I will have cured bulk compost available for $40.00 a yard. Delivery is available - call for pricing. 

Speaking of pricing, you may have noticed that the prices are slightly higher this year. There are 2 reasons for the increase.

1) I wasn't aware of all of the expenses related to producing vermicompost when I set those prices in early 2011.

2) I've invested over $35,000 into equipment so that I can produce a high quality vermicompost.

The improvements have paid off in quality. The vermicompost made with the mixer, aerated compost bays and new worm bins was tested this winter. The nitrogen level is at 2.8%, the old test showed a 1.4% level. Other nutrient levels are higher too. The test for soil food web is also posted. In 2011 I recommended adding 20% to potting soil. Now, I recommend 10% and less for light feeders such as flowers. What this means to you is that the same amount of vemicompost will go farther. 

I hope all of you are able to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. One of the nice things about having such a long, cold winter and spring is that we all are so happy for the good weather. Have fun growing!
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