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Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
Welcome Summer Edition | June 20, 2019

In This Issue:
Market Hours
Market Musing - Don't Blink
Canada Day Breakfast
It's Not Too Late!
Growing Lupines
Faded Flowers
Bug Season

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Market Hours

Monday June 17 through Thursday June 20th: 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Friday June 21st through June 28th: 8:30 am until 7:00 pm

Starting June 29th, we move to our summer hours. 8:30 am until 8:00 pm every day.

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Market Musing - Don't Blink

Blink and you will miss it leaving -- spring that is. And maybe for many of us, being that it was mostly a cold and soggy one, we'll be happy to wave it goodbye as it retreats to that place that all past seasons and years go. Still, it has brought its gifts -- an extended season for spring flowering bulbs and plenty of water to fill local wells and reservoirs when the weather is hot and dry. Blink again -- Summer 2019 officially begins on June 21st and with it the last days of school, the settling into campgrounds and summer homes and beach chairs. Even working days seem a bit special -- a walk in the warm sunshine at lunch hour, a break taken with co-workers around the office picnic table. Garden plants and farm crops are also settling in for a summer of bloom and growth culminating in the bounty of fresh vegetables which will soon delight and nourish our bodies and our days. Say hello to summer, greet it like a prodigal daughter. Savour every minute of it. Eyes open. Don't blink.

Happy Summer from Lisa (your guest market muser) and all the staff at Wile's Lake Farm Market.

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Canada Day Breakfast

 

As has been our tradition for over 25 years (this will be our 27th), we will be hosting our annual Canada Day breakfast on Monday July 1. Partnering with the Wileville Fire Department, we'll serve pancakes, muffins, and coffee from 8:30 am until 10:30 am. This is a free-will donation event, with all proceeds going to the fire department. Start your Canada Day celebrations at the Market!

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It's Not Too Late!

We've received numerous enquiries at the market about sowing seeds -- Is it too late? Our unequivocal answer is no -- it's not too late. You can certainly be sowing lettuce, kale, arugula, radishes, cucumbers, squash of all kinds, melons, and more. We still have an extensive selection of seeds in the market store -- Yonder Hill Farm, Cochrane Family, Sutton, and Halifax Seed.

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Growing Lupines

It's the start of lupine season, those glorious spires of purples, blues, and pinks that you see growing roadside, in meadows, in ditches and in rather inhospitable wastelands. Lupines are not native to Nova Scotia and are considered invasive in the wild, however they do have the benefit as members of the pea family of being soil nitrogen fixers, are deer resistant, and bees also love them. Most nurseries stock the Russell Hybrid lupine which is a larger variety than you see in the wild. Russell Hybrids come in a mix of colors, including a dazzling red -- a lovely addition to your Maritime cottage garden. Come to the greenhouse to see our selection. 

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Faded Flowers

We're sorry to see them go -- the tulips and the daffodils that cheered us throughout this dreary spring. Though now unslightly, don't cut them yet. They too need the summer sun and time to rest. Let their leaves linger for a bit. 

Here's an article on caring for daffodils after they bloom. The same guidance applies to tulips.

 

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Bug Season

Anyone who has spent any time outdoors in the last several weeks can vouch for the viciousness of the bugs this season. Blackflies as big as ponies. Mosquitoes large enough to carry away a small dog! If the bugs are biting you, they are also most certainly feasting on your plants. And that's not including those other wreckers of gardens -- powdery mildew, black spot, and rust. Safer's Insecticidal Soap and Safer's 3in1 are excellent products for managing bugs and fungus in an evironmentally conscious way. Read about their application here on the Safer website -- a great library of articles on pests as well as general garden knowledge.

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Past Market Newsletters

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Welcome Summer Edition June 20, 2019
Strawberry Full Moon Edition June 8th, 2019
Mother's Day Issue May 6, 2019
Garden Centre Opening Edition - April 26
April Showers Edition April 10, 2019

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