POT'S GROWING ON? 10/02/23
Really enjoy reading your newsletter and seeing the photographs of the garden. Totally agree with the idea of using nurseries but sadly don't have any close to where I live. I regularly visit the Lake District where there are some excellent nurseries with plants grown in "hard" conditions. PS Please can you take a photo of your beautiful cat
Thank you for writing this. I own an online bare-root peony nursery in New York State (USA) and think about this topic near constantly.
Sadly reducing plastic has proven more difficult than I'd hoped. If I store/ship the roots in paper only I find they dehydrate and/or mold. This year I plan to trial bio-degradable plastic instead. Not ideal in some ways but hopefully better. My goal is to make our model progressively more sustainable each year.
On the plus side, I notice online customers generally put in big orders and LOTS of roots can be packed into 1 small box. I think there's a real "plant miles" reduction there.
On your newsletter overall, I only signed up a few weeks ago but it's currently my favorite read on substack. thanks for putting in the effort. Looking foward to listening to the podcast!
Thanks Jack. This was very useful. At my work, a very green eco friendly warehouse is being built and I’ve been asked to write a wish list of plants. Your list of nurseries will come in great help. I want to make choices that are sustainable, drought tolerant, provide food and habitats for pollinators. I’m excited but also a little bit terrified as this warehouse is going to be up for awards.
Thanks for raising the question about mail order plants. I don't have a car and, thankfully, there is one nearby nursery where I do cycle to pick up some plants. But they don't have everything. So, with no car to drive to the father out nurseries, mail order seems like a good – and probably more sustainable – solution for me.
Also, beautiful snowdrops! My snowdrops here in Pittsburgh, PA, are just starting to poke out of the ground.
For me it’s just fine, the first thing I turn to when you publish a new one. Haven’t listened to the podcast yet but have it downloaded for this weekend.