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Garden Glory | Aug 16,2017

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Ornamental Grasses
Garden Maintenance
Our Jams and Jellies
Blueberry cakes
Yoga in the Greenhouse
Garden Mums

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Market Musing

Janice suggested I write something amusing- perhaps because I am writing this week’s Musing from the home of Canada’s celebrated humorist - Stephen Leacock.  Can’ t touch his writing, but will take my inspiration from his home town, Orillia.

Orillia, is a 2 hour drive north of the Toronto airport on the shores of Georgian Bay.  There are some beautiful old brick buildings and the heart of this 31,000 person town is full of independently owned small shops and restaurants.  There is a beautiful park and marina which was full of people of all ages on a Tuesday afternoon. 

There are signs this town is like many small towns throughout Canada.  It experienced a more prosperous time, as the streets surrounding the downtown core are now full of abandoned buildings.  There is evidence that people here are seeking a revitalizing spirit.  Sound familiar?

Tonight I will join my friend and colleague Tina Hennigar who is on a Recruitment Tour for NOW Lunenburg County.  We are working to attract 150 families to the county. If you haven’t heard of the tour perhaps you are unsure about why that is significant.

We will soon have two older people for every young person in the county if our population trends continue!  We are beginning to feel the impact of an aging labour force - our talent pool is too small.  Many employers, including myself experience significant challenges in finding employees. This problem will continue to grow.

What would Lunenburg County look like if we had more people?  We would have a bigger talent pool to draw from, we would have children in our classrooms, we might be able to sustain a public transit system for the county, the demand for goods and services to meet the needs of newcomers would help build our local economy and fuel our municipal tax bases.  There could be new construction, opportunities for selling businesses as our local owners decide to retire, and new businesses as people recognize the growing demands of our population.

I am very proud of Tina and the fabulous work she has done promoting Lunenburg County.  Her work over the last year and the entire cross Canada tour is funded by businesses and individuals who believe we need to get to work to ensure we have the kind of future we want. There is not a penny of government money in any of this.  Our business and many others provided cash and in kind contributions to make this work.

This is just the beginning.  We have many leads on people who are interested in coming to the county. Our media coverage has been outstanding.  People who never knew about Lunenburg County now do.  Our work has just begun, and there are opportunities for others to get involved in welcoming newcomers and promoting the area not just as a vacation destination but as a great place to “create a life you love”.

Today I will be in Orillia asking people, “Have you ever thought of moving to Lunenburg County?”.  Wish me luck!

Elspeth

 

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Ornamental Grasses

We have a nice selection of ornamental grasses available.  While grass gardens require  a bit of planning the reward is a stunning fall display and winter interest.

Some tips include

Soil preparation.  Grasses like good drainage with lots of organic material worked into the soil.  Grasses do not require high amounts of fertilizer. Add a general-purpose fertilizer (like 10-10-10) during soil preparation

  • Avoid invasive varieties
  • Check the hardiness zone.  Some varieties such as Pampas Grass may not survive the winter
  • Plan for form.  Some grasses are upright and some gracefully arch.  Sketch out your planning noting heights.
  • Incorporate perennials for colour
  • Use grasses as a border or screen around a pool area.

For more information.

Gardenia

 

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Garden Maintenance

Mid August is a busy time in flower and vegetable gardens.

Along with the harvesting and weeding, watch and remove any spent or wilted vegetation.  If you suspect disease, the garden debris should not be added to your compost pile. 

Keep patio planters watered and fertilized.  Deadheading annuals after the rain is a must to keep them blooming.  Cut back perennials as they finish blooming. Pick herbs for fresh use and drying. Prune summer flowering shrubs.  

Take some time to enjoy the beauty of your gardens  

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Our Jams and Jellies

 

Evelyn has been busy every week making our own Market Jams and Jelly.  Varieties include Strawberry Jam, Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, Rhubarb Pineapple Jam and Hot Red Pepper Jelly.

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Blueberry cakes

Our wild blueberry cakes are available for a limited time.  Also 5 and 10 lb boxes of berries are ready to put in your freezer.

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Yoga in the Greenhouse

Register at Yoga Room of Essence for yoga in the greenhouse and brunch on August 26.

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Garden Mums

Our Garden Mums are now available in two sizes.  

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Past Market Newsletters

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Garden Glory Aug 16,2017
Heights of Summer August 2,2017
Dog Days of Summer July 19, 2017
Summer Days July 5, 2017
Canada Day Edition June 28, 2017

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