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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. 

 

Getting Set Up for the Winter

Bob Fairbairn

As we here more and more about this polar vortex and that polar vortex, we begin to panic and make our winterizing decisions based on this panic mode. We need to just sit back for a moment and think about just what will it take to make it through this cold season. If we operate off of our experience, we may be able to save ourselves from many headaches. 

Needed for the winter may include needing a new snow shovel, salt spreader, salt, calcium chloride... Well, first lets look at what we have left from last year. Do we really need to get a new one or is it still in good shape? Same with the spreader and so on. How about a snow blower? Do you really need one or will you be hiring someone to do the deed? 

Let's talk about salt, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and the rest of the chemicals "they" say we need to take care of the ice and snow. A mix of these takes care of all levels of ice and snow problems however sodium (salt) will, not can, will damage or even kill parts of your lawn. Calcium chloride on the other hand will not harm the lawn at all. Calcium chloride is also great for the roof as it will not damage the roofing materials to where sale will cause corrosion of any medal like nails, medal roofing... Do not look at the brand, look at the chemical contest of your products and you will keep from over spending on the ice melt product you need. Calcium chloride, salt, magnesium chloride is the same under all labels or brands so go with the less expensive. 

When push comes to shove, we need to turn off the commercials and figure out for ourselves just what we need, make a plan, pick up the things that we feel we need before we really need them and enjoy not overspending this season.

Happy snow removal!