2021 INFORMATION AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Posted on April 2, 2020, Edited April 17, 2021 by lthurston We will update this page as information becomes available APRIL 17TH 2021 Due to the new Government shut down we have been deemed essential and will stay open for in-person shopping with limited capacity, we are allowing a maximum of 2 customers in our garden centre, at this time there will be no public access to our greenhouses. We will open the greenhouses in May if permitted by the Ontario Government. We are currently selling fruit, trees, shrubs and perennials and nursery supplies. Please note: our phone lines are very busy, if you need to leave a message we will only return your call if we have the product in stock or if it’s a landscape inquiry, due to a high volume of job requests we are now booking into July for landscaping. We will not be taking (pre)-orders for annuals, custom planting or nursery stock/supplies. All products this year will be on a first serve basis. The safety of our customers and staff will be our priority during this time please follow these guidelines while visiting our business. MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER OUR GARDEN CENTRE, INCLUDING ALL OUTDOOR AREAS AS WELL . MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE – 2 METRES OR MORE ONLY TWO PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD TO SHOP NO FOOD OR DRINK HOURS OF OPERATION: These can be found on our Contact Us page. Please keep in mind that in this ever-changing situation, our hours may change without notice. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. ORDERING GREENHOUSE FLOWERS: We will not be taking (pre)-orders for annuals, custom planting or nursery stock/supplies. All products this year will be on a first serve basis. PHONE LINE: We are experiencing a high volume of calls and messages every day, and we truly appreciate your business and that you are supporting a local, family-run business. You can select which mailbox to leave your voicemail in depending on the service you require. For landscaping and maintenance inquiries, if you are leaving a message, please keep it brief and start with your name and telephone number. We are doing our best to respond to all messages. If you are inquiring about an item that we do not have in stock or that we do not carry, we will unfortunately not be returning your call. We hope you understand. COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: All practices laid out by the Peterborough Public Health Unit will be in place. We are unable to allow the public into our greenhouses YET, however our Garden Centre is open to the public with the appropriate capacity allowed. You must wear a mask and keep 2 meters or more distance from staff and other customers while visiting our Garden Center. At this time, our Rest Room is not available to the public. Regarding our day-to-day business operations during this pandemic, information changes frequently and we do our best to keep you informed of any changes. However, we may miss something at this busy time of year for our industry and we appreciate your patience and understanding. When we are able to open up the greenhouse, customers will be required to line up outside at the front double doors so please keep in mind the daily weather and dress appropriately. No food or drink is allowed in the greenhouse. WATERING: Your new trees, shrubs, perennials, hanging baskets and containers will need your attention since our summers are consistently so dry and hot. Please only water the soil around your plants, never water the leaves. If you find a plant needs immediate watering during a hot day, it is a good idea to check the temperature of the water you are using with your hand first, as the hose or container may be very hot and therefore will have heated the water inside. This is not good for your plant or its roots! During springtime, also check the temperature of the water you are using. Coming from an outdoor hose or a container left outside, the water will be ice cold. This temperature will shock them! Rather, fill up a few watering cans and let the sun warm up the water. FERTILIZING: Hanging baskets and annuals also need to be fertilized throughout the summer, once every ten days with a 20-20-20 or 15-30-15 product. Please do not fertilize when the soil in your containers is dry. Water them as above to revive the soil and then for best results, feed them in the morning when temperatures are cooler. COOLER SPRING TEMPERATURES: Buying your annuals before the first week of June and depending on daily and nightly temperature forecasts, you may need to cover them since it is not unusual to still have frost warnings. Tender plants like potato vine, Coleus and Begonias are just a few that will not like a cold night. Keeping plants in a dark garage for extended periods of time, while protecting them from colder temperature, will cause these plants stretch, trying to find some light. Please put them outside during the day to get as much sunlight as possible while we wait for air and ground temperatures to become consistently warmer.