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Trial and Error

Posted on: August 20, 2019

By Ronda Roemmelt Sneider, Ruppert Nurseries Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, ‘When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it and don’t repeat it.” I sure have made a bunch...

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Don’t Eat That!

Posted on: April 9, 2019

Everyone has some particular food item(s) that they just loathe to eat.  I would not consider myself a picky eater but I do not and will not eat hard boiled eggs and also most types of beans. (I will not eat them in a jar,...

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Trees, Friends and Conversation Starters

Posted on: February 7, 2019

For those of you who regularly read this blog, you may find yourselves weary of my frequent professions of my love for all things trees. Yes, it is true, I do love trees. After all, save the inevitable fall leaf clean ups what is not...

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Good Riddance 2018

Posted on: December 1, 2018

I know I’m not the only one who is none too sad to see 2018 come to an end. As I type this, I am suffering from a miserable bout of the flu which just adds yet another reason for me to want to kiss...

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A Ruppert Rumination

Posted on: October 1, 2018

I have worked intermittently at Ruppert Nurseries since 2013. As a crewmember, I have experienced almost everything there is to do in this business. I have mowed, sprayed, pruned, watered, staked, tied, dug, packaged, loaded, planted and have worked on various job sites. Though I...

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Best Laid Plans

Posted on: August 1, 2018

One of my worst character flaws is my consistent inability to plan for how long something will take to complete. I always underestimate the complexity of nearly any given project. I have never served a single multi course holiday dinner on time. I am frequently...

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Lyme Disease – Where is the Cure?

Posted on: May 24, 2018

Lyme disease – If you’ve ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with this disease, you may have asked yourself this question. Where is the cure? Lyme disease is a relentless disease that I have seen time and time again in the farming and horticulture...

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Will There Ever Be Enough Trees?

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Back in July of 2015, I wrote a blog discussing the ongoing shortage of trees on the market.  At the time, I predicted that trees would remain in short supply through at least spring of 2016.  As we steamroll towards spring of 2018, I am...

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No More Normal

Posted on: September 6, 2017

Super storms, droughts, 80 degree temperatures in January but 40’s in May. Sharks in the Chesapeake Bay, out of cycle cicadas.  There truly is, no normal anymore.  Some say climate change is to blame. Others refuse to believe in the science behind the notion.  Regardless...

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A Good Time Was Had by All

Posted on: July 12, 2017

You know that phrase, it wasn’t really all that bad after all? It’s only been about a week and a half since Ruppert Nurseries hosted the MNLGA (Maryland Nursery Landscape Greenhouse Association) field day and yet I can honestly say, any residual pain I may...

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