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ewsletter Issue 205 | April 27, 2011

Where oh where is the sunshine and the warmth?  The gardeners among us who enjoy the ritual of planting a crop, tending it and then pulling it out at the end of the season are anxious to get digging. The fog and rain are holding us back---but you can’t keep a true gardener down—our turn will come. When the warm weather comes we will have to rush to get everything done at once.  Here at the Market we can help to make that easier for you.  Along with lots of gardening and planting needs, we have some early spring produce available.  Stop by this week and fill up your shopping baskets.

In This Issue:
WELCOME NEW STAFF
CUSTOM PLANTING SERVICES
WORKSHOP # 1
THE GARDENING ZONE
LOOKING GOOD
MOTHERS DAY MAY 8
SPRING INSPIRATION

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WELCOME NEW STAFF

Along with our familiar faces who are back with us again this year, we welcome four new recruits.

Tera Macumber lives across from the Market, has two young children and lots of experience in customer service.  She will join us on a part time basis.

Anne Zwicker from Baker Settlement, retired from her work in a local doctor’s office several years ago.  Once her retirement projects got finished she realized she was missing people and will join us on a part time basis too.  She loves to garden and she will be in the Market and in the greenhouse.  Anne is a volunteer with Lunenburg Ground Search and Rescue.

Cortlain Whynot is a student at the Nova Scotia Community College in Bridgewater, studying business.  She completed two years at Acadia studying the classics.  She is being trained this week and will be taking regular shifts on the weekend.

Cody Whynot from Wileville helps out in the bakery on the weekends.  He wraps bakery items, washes dishes and helps in whatever way he can in the bakery.  A Grade 10 student at Parkview he will participate in provincial bowling championships on Mother’s Day week-end (May 8th).

We welcome them all to our Market team.

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CUSTOM PLANTING SERVICES

Each year we have many clients who bring their containers to us to have them custom planted.  Just drop off your containers, tell us what you would like planted in them, and return in early June to pick them up.  An instant garden that saves you the mess at home, gives your containers a head start and you benefit from the skill and knowledge of our staff who know what plants work best together. Prices are determined by the type of plants selected and the size of the pot or container.

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WORKSHOP # 1

There’s still room to join this workshop.

On Tuesday, May 3rd come to learn what it takes to Successfully Grow Fruit Trees in the Yard—starts at 6:30 pm.  You’ll learn how to start, maintain and prune a backyard orchard.  Register with Bridgewater Parks and Recreation; phone 902-543-2274.  Complimentary refreshments are served at each session.

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THE GARDENING ZONE

We have loads of selection when it comes to items for planting—stop in and stock up, and then when the warm dry weather arrives you’ll have everything ready to get out and get going.  Right now there’s a super selection of seed potatoes, luscious lettuce transplants, onion sets, lots of seeds, and for those who have a greenhouse, some very small tomatoes.

 

This is good weather for planting trees and shrubs.  Our selection includes:

 

Fruit Trees—apple, peach, plum, and pear.

Planting Tips

The ideal time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs is before they leaf out; this gives the roots time to settle in before leaves start demanding moisture and nutrients.  Root growth is more active in the spring than in the summer.  Bare root trees and shrubs, as well as those that come in containers, can be planted now.  If the root mass is covered with burlap, open the burlap and leave it open and flat in the planting hole.  Then fill in the planting hole.  Other containers must be removed before planting.

Remember to keep the roots moist at all times. Remember to allow plenty of space for growth of your trees and shrubs; do not plant too close to roads and houses.  Dig planting holes to suit the size of the root systems of each plant.  With fruit trees, be especially careful not to bury the union between the  rootstock and the scion—a knobbly bit on the trunk about 4 inches (10cm) above the soil line,  Gradually fill in the planting hole with enriched soil, firming it as you go, and water when you are halfway through and at the end of planting.  After planting and each June thereafter, fertilize and mulch fruiting plants and woody ornamentals, once the ground has warmed up.  The best care to give plants after planting is a thorough watering twice a week for the first month, once a week for the second month, and then once every week or two for the rest of the growing season.

 

Small Fruits ---strawberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberry canes and rhubarb

 

Shrubs-- arriving by Friday

 

Fertilizing---it’s time to get started

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LOOKING GOOD

Our forsythia are in full bloom—brightening the dull spring days with their lacy and vibrant yellow blooms.  We feature them at just $19.95.

The greenhouses are open and color is starting to show.

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MOTHERS DAY MAY 8

Make a date now with your Mom to bring her to the Market for our annual free ice cream for Mom on Sunday, May 8th.

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SPRING INSPIRATION

We live in a cold climate and cool spring weather seems to be slow to go this year.  Dreams of harvests yet to come are just dreams, yet Mother Nature is drawing us outside with a few springtime treats—like the chubby robins pulling worms in our wet garden soil, the slow daily inching upward of the tulips, and the distant call of the loon on the lake. Lilac and chestnut tree buds are squeezing open ever so slowly, teaching us the lesson of patience. Take heart everyone, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.”

 

Happy Gardening Everyone----Mary               

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