WELCOME TO OUR 20TH ANNUAL FALL
Twenty years of offering deep discounts on organic plants to round out your fall planting is quite the milestone. And, we couldn't be more excited about this year and the dozens of plants on the sale list which include ornamental shrubs that do more than just look good (think birds and bees), herbs from around the world, hard working ground covers, and beautiful flowers to soothe the soul.
This is also our 35th anniversary as an organic plant mail order company! Scroll down to read more about our incredible journey.
If you haven't planted in fall before or have questions about what is the best planting practice at this time of year, be sure to read our TIPS FOR FALL PLANTING.
The ordering links are
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Please note these particulars:
Due to the way we ship, we have a minimum order of six plants. It can be any six plants (a mix or all the same). You may order any number of plants over 6. Your best shipping value comes in ordering a full box. We have boxes that hold 6, 12, 18, 24 or 36.
As the sale begins we have 160 plants on sale!! However, supplies are VERY limited. We are sorry but we will not be able to contact you if a sale item is sold out. If you like, you may list alternates in the comment box on the order form. Items are subject to change online. We will be both adding and deleting items throughout the sale
Because of the heat, we are still not shipping with a guarantee to Arizona or Las Vegas. We hope to resume shipping to these areas in a couple of weeks. Customers in these areas may order and we will schedule the order for that time, but we cannot guarantee availability on delayed shipments. You always have the option to waive your guarantee and have plants sent now. Just note this in the comment box on your order form.
Sale ends midnight PST on September 29th.
TIPS FOR FALL PLANTING
We have all heard "Fall is for Planting". And, indeed when the weather starts to break from the incredibly hot days of summer, we do feel like getting back into the garden. However, fall gardening is a little trickier than spring gardening. The best fall planting time is as soon as your weather is consistently around 90 degrees or below. Sooner is better than later because as the sun gets weaker and the days get shorter, many plants start heading into dormancy. The goal with fall planting is to coax some root growth out of the plant before winter hits. This is important because plants that don't get established properly can rot over winter. Please allow at least six weeks before the first frost in your area.
And, while, in the spring, we might grow some plants that aren't rated for our zone as annuals, fall planting is all about choosing the right plant for your zone. Choosing a zone 7 plant for a zone 4 climate spells disaster.
If your weather is like ours, where the heat really doesn't subside until the middle or end of September, then some extra special care is need when your Fall Extravaganza plants arrive. Here are a few pointers for hot weather planting.
1. Try to be home when your plants arrive. If you can't be home, consider having UPS leave them in a shady spot near your door. We can always leave brief instructions for the UPS driver, just type these instructions in the comment box on our order form. Do be aware though, that if you instruct UPS to leave the box, and it disappears, they are not responsible, nor are we.
2. Get the plants out of the box ASAP. To insure their safe arrival, our plants are shipped in high-tech cardboard, lots of it. This needs to come off the plants so they can breathe (just another reason to be home when the plants arrive).
3. Set them in a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade for a few days. This helps them to get over their jet lag. Don't put them in the house. Herbs don't do well, under normal circumstances, indoors. They need fresh air and sunshine.
4. Check for water. Make sure the soil in the pots is thoroughly moist. Water so that the water drains all the way through the pot. There is no rush to plant them, as long as they are outside and they don't dry out. Check often. Small containers dry out quickly.
5. When you do plant, make sure that the rootball of the plant is completely wet and the potting soil or garden is also moist. The most common reason for transplants to die in hot weather is not enough water during the transplant phase. The transplant phase lasts about three weeks, so keep checking to make sure that your plants and the soil around them are wet. You don't want the soil to be so soggy you can make mud pies, but you want it be moist enough that it crumbles gently in your hand.
6. For more information, check inside your box under the plants for our Getting Started With Your New Plants pamphlet.
Celebrating 35 years!
In 1983, Mountain Valley Growers was incorporated with the goal of providing organically grown pots of herbs to retail nurseries and grocery stores. We carried a whopping 7 varieties then.
In 1990, we brought these same plants to the retail consumer through mail order. By then, we supplied about 300 varieties.
In 1992, we began publishing a quarterly newsletter, Mountain Valley Views, to inform and share our experiences with others.
In 1993, our specialty herb gardens hit the market to make choosing from so many plants a cinch.
In 1995, we began drop-shipping organic plants for other companies.
By 1997, the internet was a reality and we introduced ourselves online with over 200 pages of information.
In 1998, the nursery, in keeping with its original goals, became certified organic by the state of California and we launched our newsletter via email. Keeping in touch by email helped us launch our first annual Fall Extravaganza.
The year 2000 saw the creation of a weekly availability list that made getting the plants you wanted when you wanted them even easier.
In 2002, we became certified organic by
the USDA; our website contained over 450 pages; and our varieties numbered near
In 2006, we became the first nursery to offer certified organic strawberry plants by mail.
In 2008, we created our Organic Farmstand Collection of vegetables, a line of over 40 organically grown vegetable plants.
In 2010, we added Twitter to our list of internet tools and it has become a great way to communicate our tried and true tips quickly to help you garden successfully.
In 2013, we added common name sorting to our in stock availability list which lets you locate plants faster when only the common name is known. 2013 also saw us creating a lot of interesting boards on Pinterest which became a great way to share knowledge others have about the plants we grow.
In 2014, we created a new division to allow you to order certified organic plug trays online. This division, PlugTrays.com, should allow for easier access to those wishing to secure a plug tray while they are in stock.
In 2017, we expanded our lavender fields so we could have access to more parent stock from which to satisfy the demand for organic lavender plug trays.
Here we are in 2018 and we are celebrating not only our 20th Fall Extravaganza but also the 35th year we have been in the business of providing certified organic plants to the entire United States. Thanks to all of you who support our efforts. We couldn't do it without you!
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