MORGAN TIMMS/TAOS NEWS Petree Nursery is adjusting to the new normal. Happy Frog says, “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!®” Every bag has finely screened, pH-balanced, aged forest nutrients, earthworm castings and bat guano, plus a bazillion beneficial microbes stimulating root development, reducing the need for heavy, expensive inputs of nitrogen fertilizers. Adding such soil amendments stimulate symbiotic and free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria (also fixing atmospheric nitrogen) supplying, in many cases, up to 75 percent of a crop’s needs. THEY’RE DOING ABOUT 1,700 baskets per year and their annual and perennial production stays huge, hence the five production greenhouses. Petree also supplies town of Taos landscaping – all the bushes, trees, shrubs and soils, except for the 100 flower baskets hanging on town light posts the past few years. “We just don’t have room in the greenhouses to allow for a dedicated private production,” Sylvia says. “There’s only so much greenhouse square-footage. Black Gold, Berger (pronounced bearzhay) and Happy Frog Soil Conditioner are all outstanding amendments. F What a great time to be a gardener. For more info, visit the nursery at 25 Petree Street., 1.5 miles north of Lower Ranchitos Road on Blueberry Hill Road. Call (575) 758-3021 and see petreenursery.com. 28 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS
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