BANGOR – It’s fall harvest time in the greater Bangor area.
Days are getting shorter and the air is crisp.
Local gardeners are thrilled for this time of year.
“We are very excited. We got a really awesome pumpkin vendor. He is from Chester and it’s a small family farm, so we really appreciate supporting other local businesses,” Melissa Higgins, operations manager, Sprague’s Nursery & Garden Center.
As the temperature gets lower, frost becomes more frequent.
The annual spring plants can’t survive the fall time but vegetables and mums can.
“Because of the frost, people are harvesting the rest of their vegetables, which is great. They’re starting to prep, take the old stuff out, and new soil to their rose beds, and prep for next season and they moved on to cold crops like mums to replace the things that died from the frost,” said Higgins.
While being stuck at home, many first timers found new ways to adapt to the pandemic.
Robert Bangs, the owner of Windswept Nurseries, said business is booming.
“More people got into vegetable gardening. Fruits and fruit trees you know small fruits being blueberries and apple trees things like that was very popular because that’s something that people can do in their home,” said Bob Bangs, owner of Windswept Gardens.
The weather outside is frightful but it’s the right time for these plants. According to Higgins, mums are one of the best sellers at Sprague’s.
But the key to having the perfect fall harvest starts with fertilization and water.
“If we don’t get any rain in the next couple of weeks, a really good soaking, I mean a really good soaking. Not just out with the hose sprinkling it. I mean soaking it for several hours,” said Bangs.