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eNewsletter Issue 208 | May 18, 2011

Ready---Set---GO----Put away the umbrellas and grab your gardening gloves, hoes, shovels, and don’t forget the Bug Repellent!!!!  A few days of non rainy weather mean precious daylight hours dedicated to garden tasks.

In This Issue:
RHUBARB
APPLES
LOOKING GOOD
OPEN HOURS
WHAT CAN I DO
FERTILIZERS
NEW BUSINESSES WELCOME
GARDEN CLUB VISIT

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RHUBARB

Try a taste of spring –rhubarb is featured on our market counters.  This extremely hardy perennial vegetable provides one of the first spring harvests.  Though the leaves are toxic, the fleshy stems are used in pies, jams, jellies, tarts and sauces.  Harvested only in spring before the stems become tough, rhubarb grows from fleshy roots called rhizomes that can live for many years and are easy to divide. Each mature plant will yield several dozen stalks per season.

 

Try a strawberry rhubarb crisp from our Bakery—we’re baking them now with NS berries from our freezers. The first of many locally featured products at our Market—fill your shopping basket this week. Just a reminder that apple crisp is still available.

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APPLES

Seems funny to write about Nova Scotia apples in May, however, the Cortlands we have are exceptionally delicious –they have a good firm texture and taste great.  Be sure to make it one of your market purchases this week.

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LOOKING GOOD

The flowering quince is showing great color—this is a good shrub if you are plagued with deer.  The deer tend to shy away from the thorny spikes on the bush.  You can choose from the orangey red or the shade of white (Jet Setter).

Need we introduce the PJM rhodos; they are in full bloom and making an outstanding showing this week around the countryside.  Check out our Sugar Puff Rhodo, features mass coverage with white blooms----very showy for this time of year.

Right on cue the Azaleas are ready to burst their buds, allowing you to see their true colors.

Precious pansies, one of our all time favourites have been brightening our days for weeks.  You’ll find pots of pansies at $9.95 and $12.95, ready to set outside now.  They don’t mind this cold weather.  Elspeth put out her planters of pansies in front of her house this week.

 

For those who enjoy the fresh taste of lettuce, we potted up some lettuce this spring and it’s ready to eat now!!!! Just $9.95, these pots will regrow until the temperatures begin to stay really warm.  So get the jump on the garden and start eating potted lettuce this week.

 

Enthusiastic gardeners will find lots of veggie transplants ready to go—including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, various peppers, and more than 30 varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, celery, onions, Howard Dill Giant Pumpkin, and much more.

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OPEN HOURS

We are open Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 8pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 9pm .

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WHAT CAN I DO

This weather has the most avid gardeners discouraged.  The ground is cold and we are encouraging folks to dig up and split perennials, set out new perennials and plant shrubs.  Holding off with the annuals will be in your best interest!  We are hoping for sun at the end of the week which should help to warm things up.  Our lesson is not to push Mother Nature!  She can fight back and so, let her give us the signs!

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FERTILIZERS

Now is the time to apply fertilizers, especially when you consider the amount of moisture we have received.  Rhodos should have fertilizer by now and then another application after they bloom.  For your roses use a rose fertilizer on a monthly basis.  We have perennial fertilizer and that should be applied once at this time of year.  Evergreens should be fertilized now and again in mid June—no more after that!  We do recommend using a Plant Starter Fertilizer (10-52-10) when setting out annuals or vegetable transplants.  This gives the plants a good amount of phosphorous which is what is needed for good root development.

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NEW BUSINESSES WELCOME

We are very pleased to welcome two new businesses to our road.  Just a hop and skip from the Market is the Little Red Barn and Old Door Café.  Del and Irvin are serving delicious sub sandwiches and a good selection of bulk food items.  The old “Oak Lake Sports” building has been transformed into a beautiful store.  Check it out!  Del worked in our greenhouses two seasons ago!

 

Edward Howell moved his massage therapy business from Bridgewater to his home at 4058 Highway 325 in Newcombville.  Ed’s wife Mary Dixon operates the Third Eye Gallery and “We are One Farm” from the same location.  Ed, Mary and their dog are regular visitors to the Market.  Their dog Angus loves his ice cream and can often be seen sitting just outside the doors licking his ice cream from a dish.  Congratulations on your move Ed, and we wish you great success in your peaceful and gorgeous location.  Ed and Mary are quite the gardeners, they keep chickens and bees, raise lavender, and, and, and---busy folks.

 

Good luck and welcome neighbors!!

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GARDEN CLUB VISIT

Last week we hosted the Mahone Bay Garden Club for an evening of planting.  Members brought pots and made up planters and hanging baskets!  It was great fun.  Monday night the Bridgewater Garden Club toured the greenhouse looking at new plants and under utilized plants.  We love to host the local garden clubs—lots of fun!

 

Happy Gardening Everyone----Mary               

 

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