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Paul Westervelt Columnist, Production Manager - Saunders Brothers

Paul is Annual & Perennial Production Manager for Saunders Brothers, Inc. in Piney River, Virginia.

Recent Articles

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In Praise of the Lowly Viola
Paul Westervelt
Fall pansies offer an important seasonal change out … and they buy some time for that spring install.
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The Sneaky Little Moth That Tried to Eat Us Out of House & Home
Paul Westervelt
It was another one of those industry news flashes about some new pest I’d never heard of that was a new problem on a crop we barely grew. I hadn’t seen symptoms and I forgot about it as quickly as I’d read about it.
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The Day the Water Expert Solved Two Mysteries Without Getting Out of the Truck
Paul Westervelt
Our state water disease expert, Dr. Chuan Hong, solved both of our water problems from the comfort of the passenger seat while looking over our irrigation pond.
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Getting My Groove Back
Paul Westervelt
Getting out and seeing part of what made me choose horticulture in the first place is how I fill up for the next big push.
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Receiving Starter Plants
Paul Westervelt
We’ve all experienced “crap in, crap out.” Diligence early can avoid big headaches later.
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That “Oh No” Moment
Paul Westervelt
The dates of a given week moving a day or two don’t concern me, but every five years or so, that small change results in a one-week shift to the week calendar and 2016 is that year.
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The Importance of Trials
Paul Westervelt
If we as plant professionals have been duped, it stands to reason that our customers and their customers have been, too, possibly with greater regularity.
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Are Boxes and Common Carriers “Plant Pests”?
Paul Westervelt
Everybody has a story or 12 of a shipment gone terribly wrong.
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Overwintering: It’s a Love/Hate Thing
Paul Westervelt
For all its challenges, winter production may be my favorite because I get to experience the magic of spring before everyone else.
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How Screaming Plant Lust and Desperation Changed Our Production
Paul Westervelt
Planting a bare root in late spring is essentially planting someone else’s overwintered plant.
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