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Re: Fall cleanup

Here too Jim.  The box stores are regulated by the headquarters which  is 
usually in several zones north of here.  They open up the garden centers  far 
later and shut down all the garden centers much too  early... around 
Aug/Sept.....right when our gardening season actually  begins again.  Local garden centers 
and nurseries do a bumper business this  time of year.  No telling these 
folks either...the locals realize it, but  the main offices say that it would be 
too confusing to put southern zones on a  different schedule than everyone 
else, so they leave it as is.  If they  only realized the business they were 
losing.  Local nurseries might lose  some business during the late spring/early 
summer months, but they make a  killing from Sept through May.  Should tell them 
when April and  October are the busiest months on the Garden Calendar for 
sales, shows,  etc.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/15/2006 4:25:40 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I'm not  the only one in this climactic disconnect. So are the 
decision-makers at  the box stores. If you want to find any selection of 
bedding plants for  tomatoes or peppers, you have to find a local 
nursery that bothers to grow  its own. Or hang out at the local farmers' 
market where many of the  vendors grow a few bedding plants as well as 
the usual collards and  sweets.

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