I love those people, really I do. And I always have. When I had my greenhouse/nursery business rather than garden blog writing, I even used to grow a special crop just for them. Really! Why wouldn’t I? They were the lifeblood of my business so I had to treat them well.
The rest of you were super to have around but those people were my favorites.
Those people would rush out to the greenhouse on the second nice day of spring – the second day the temperature got up to 70F and would suck up every tomato and pepper transplant they could find. They were off to put in the garden and needed my plants.
The first few years I was in business, I wouldn’t sell them anything because in my opinion, it was far too early.
And then I learned those people didn’t believe me, they knew it was spring and were going to plant come hell or high water.
So I started selling to them and over the years developed quite a clientele of those people starting their gardens super-early. Loved ’em in fact so much I created an entire cropping schedule to take their needs into account.
I even expanded into an early crop of flowers as well so when those people came to the greenhouses, there the flowers were in full bloom and the veggies looking like they were fulfilling a gardener’s dreamscape.
Yes indeed. I loved those people with a passion. And I know, having retired from commercial production, those still in the greenhouse business adore them to this day.
Why I Loved Those People
You see, those people were my best customers because they’d have to come back to buy their plants all over again once the real last frost appeared to wipe out their gardens.
I made twice as much money from those people as I made from any other customer!
Loved them all the way to the bank!
Tomato Seedlings almost too tall
Moral of the Story
The lesson of the story here is you can be one of “those” people and rush the season or you can be a gardener understanding the soil temperature has to be high enough to support tender root growth (cold soil temps will stunt your plant even if there’s no frost to kill it outright).
You know you can test this by putting the inside of your wrist onto the soil (like you would a baby bottle) and if that feels too cold, you won’t plant. Or, you can do as the urban-legend farmer would do and drop-pants to sit on the ground all bare-assed to get the same result. Or you can simply wait until the end of May when the odds are it will be just fine.
With tender crops such as tomatoes and peppers (and all heat lovers that get wiped out by an early frost) you’ll get a better harvest by waiting then you will by being one of those people.
I Have A Question For You
So are you one of those people or are you the kind of gardener who wouldn’t make this old nursery guy as much money?