By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Even though mother nature can’t make up her mind (remember last week’s snow?) one thing is for sure — the local greenhouses are open for business, signaling the arrival of spring, and thoughts of summer.
Block’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, located at 29160 Eureka, Romulus, Michigan, opened their doors to the public on Friday. They noted on their Facebook page that they will be closing nighty at 7 p.m. during the first week of business due to the chilly and unpredictable Michigan weather.
More information can be found at www.blocksstandandgreenhouse.com.
Schwartz’s Greenhouse, located at 30705 Sibley Road, opened their doors on Saturday. Schwartz’s April hours are Monday thru Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with extended hours in May.
More info about Schwartz’s can be found on their website at www.schwartzgreenhouse.com.
Not far down the street is Kurtzhals’ Farms, located at 27098 Sibley Road. According to their Facebook page, they will be opening on Thursday, April 30. For updates, check out their Facebook page.
Grass Roots Nursery, which specializes in pond equipment and necessities, is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston. The family operated business is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Spring. Check out their Facebook page for updates.
Although only open in late August for visitors, Mums the Word, 23665 Otter Road, New Boston, will do special order decorations and center pieces for weddings, showers and parties all year long. For more information, call 734-516-1352 or visit www.carolmumstheword.com.
A steamy summer
If you’re interested in what the summer might hold for gardeners and farmers of all likes, look no further. Monday morning, the Farmer’s Almanac released their forecast for the 2015 summer weather.
“Summer temperatures will be warmer than normal in all regions except parts of the mid-Atlantic and Southwestern United States,” the prediction said.
“Rainfall will be below normal in most of the continent’s midsection, which may reduce yields of corn, wheat, soybeans, and other crops grown within this area. The drought in much of California will likely continue as well, putting additional stress on our food supply.”
More specifically in the Great Lakes region, summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall, according to the almanac. The hottest periods will be in early June, mid- to late July, and mid- to late August.
Planting now is probably too early yet for Southeast Michigan. If you’re looking for last frost date information, visit http://www.almanac.com/content/frost-chart-united-states/CA.