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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.

Fall is for Planting

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Fall is for Planting

Bob Fairbairn

Autumn is the best time for planting your trees, shrubs and spring blooming bulbs. With an abundance of plants and bulbs to choose from, your head could really spin. But let's take some of the mystery out of it.

 

First look around - You should look around throughout the year and see what moves you. What do you like? Are you thinking of planting a tree that will be brilliant red or yellow for fall color? Do you want a tree that will bloom throughout the spring? How big would you like it to be? 

Next choose a location - More important than what you are going to plant is where you are going to plant. How much room do you have? How much sun? If there is a drought, is there water available? How much maintenance do you wish to have? All of these questions need to be answered so when you go to the nursery, you can answer these same questions.

Budget - I know, money is a hard thing to think about but if you know what you are willing or able to spend, it will make your shopping much easier.

Choose the right plant - Now you have everything you need to make a good decision about what you would like to plant. If you had seen a bright red fall colored maple tree that you really like and you have an area about 40-50 feet (mature tree size) round that you can plant it in the middle of and you have $35-$250 to pay, you will be able to have that tree. The lower the price, the smaller the tree but that is not always a bad thing. The transplanting of a tree is a shock to the plant as a small tree will recover much faster than a large one that has had a lot of roots cut.

Next - Dig a whole about 2X larger than the pot but the same depth. Remove the tree from the pot and tease the roots gently apart. Place the tree in the hole cover it half way, water it in, finish filling the hole and water it is again. That's it. That is all you have to do. It helps if you put some root stimulator (fertilizer) in the water every four weeks to get it off and growing rapidly.

Remember that the roots grow throughout the winter months until the ground freezes. Give them a good home and they will give you years of enjoyment.