Five things to know about the PMC for August 19, 2021
This week’s PMC update is going to be brief. Here are a few highlights of the week
Orders continue to come in at a fast pace. It was mentioned last week that there are a couple of quotes that we were waiting to hear on. One was confirmed to be a firm order in full. It was actually 2 separate orders. One for delivery this spring and one larger order for spring 2023. There are several orders for next year and 1 multiyear custom propagation, grow-out contract that begins delivery next year. These orders for next year and beyond have spurred a review of seed quantities for planting this year to produce 1-0 plants for spring 2023 and 2-0 plants for 2024 and on some species resulting in last minute increases on a few species.
This year’s growing season has been good and is still continuing, much like last week. Irrigation continues at a decreasing rate as drought stressing increases. A small weeding crew continues to keep up on the weeding. Ground prep for fall seed sowing is ongoing at this time.
Drones at the PMC
Skagit Conservation District is working with the Department of Ecology in the creation of a video using drone footage to highlight the buffer restoration work going on in the county. SCD Executive Director Bill Blake suggested that the PMC be included to highlight its part in these efforts. They got some great photos and video which we will share if possible. The video is still in production to be released later.
Seed collection is currently a big focus. Seed is ripening for several species at this time. Some seed remains on the plant for some time such as roses and there is ample time to complete the collections. Others such as Pacific Nine Bark (Physocarpus capitatus) fall off the plant soon after ripening which means the collection must be completed in a timely manner.
The next few weeks will look a lot like the last few weeks. If we keep up on incoming sales, weed control, irrigation, disease and pest management, and propagation the time will be considered well spent.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jim Brown, WACD PMC Nursery Manager