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7821 Red Arrow Hwy.
Watervliet MI, 49098
USA

(269) 463-3187

The Watervliet Fruit Exchange is celebrating our 75th year serving the farm and garden industries.  We are not just a fruit exchange.  We are also a leader in Lawn and Garden Centers in Southwest Michigan.  As a garden center we offer the latest in equipment and gardening techniques, year round gardening ideas, plants, bulbs, fruit trees, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry plants, landscape material, shade trees, bushes and shrubs, fertilizers, lawn and garden chemicals, and a whole lot more.  

 

The Fruit Exchange continues to expand our product lines.  Visit our gifts area where you will find Corinthian Chimes, scarves, jewelry, soaps, jams, jellies, artesian chocolates, food items, original paintings, furniture and more.  Many of our items are made right here in Michigan!

 

Looking for classes?  Want to learn more about what to do in your garden?  We offer classes throughout the year including yogurt and cheese making, specialty craft classes, garden design and our exclusive WFEX University where you will learn all the ins and outs of gardening.  Or just stop in and talk to one of our gardening experts who will be more than willing to help you with your project. 

 

Visit our seed area and choose your garden seeds from our selection of top quality, non-GMO products.  Only need a few seeds?  We will sell you a few seeds.  Need 250 pounds of grass seed?  We can do that as well. 

 

Visit our wild bird and critter area and choose frown our huge selection of bird feeds, feeders, squirrel or deer feeds as well. 

 

Each visit is an experience in itself with old fashioned one on one customer service, delivery in the local area and people that load your car with the heavy bags of products.  We are open all year so stop by and have a cup of coffee and some fresh popped pop corn on us.

Or visit our gifts area where you will find Corinthian Chimes, scarves, jewelry, soaps, jams, jellies, artesian chocolates, food items, original paintings, furniture and more. Many of our items are made right here in Michigan!

 

Looking for classes? Want to learn more about what to do in your garden? We offer classes throughout the year including yogurt and cheese making, specialty craft classes, garden design and our exclusive WFEX University where you will learn all the ins and outs of gardening. Or just stop in and talk to one of our gardening experts who will be more than willing to help you with your project.

Gardening Tips

This blog is about gardening and everything that has to do with gardening. Raising your own food is one way of beating the rising costs of the grocery stores and big box stores.  It is my hope that you will enjoy the ramblings of this old man. 

 

Fall is NOT always the best time for trimming

Bob Fairbairn

WHAT? Fall is not the best time for trimming? This is true, if you are planning to trim your forsythia, magnolia, rhododendron, azaleas, dog wood, red bud, lilac and several other ornamental shrubs, fall is not the best time to trim them. The main reason people have these ornamental's in the landscape is for the beautiful flowers. Trimming at this time of year will result in the removal of many of not all of next years flowers. 

The best time for trimming these is just after they bloom and up to about July 4. They will still have a chance to set buds for the following year. Be careful when you trim though. Removal of more than one third of the size may result in death or severely stunting the growth for a couple of years. 

When trimming, refrain from using pruning sealer through. It can trap in disease and cause the branch to decay. Use only clean, sharp tools and don't forget to fertilize after trimming. If you follow these simple things, you will have many years of enjoyment.