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eNewsletter Issue 309 | June 11, 2014

Planting Season is here----longer days and warmer weather are helping gardeners hovering over their newly planted spaces.  Conditions have been perfect, accounting for the rush to get everything in the ground.  The summer season is short, so make the most of our sun kissed days---get out there and enjoy the lush green growth, the colorful floral displays, and stock up on the freshest produce at our Market.

In This Issue:
FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE
FATHER'S DAY
PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK
PUMPKIN MOON SEEDS
IN THE GREENHOUSE
PLANTING TIPS FOR BERRIES
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SPRING INSPIRATION

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FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE

Fill up your basket with tender greens—this week we have local Swiss chard and leaf lettuce.  We also have local radishes and a variety of other greens from Rumtopf Farms.

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FATHER'S DAY

Make Dad’s special day one to last all year long—give him something for the garden!  Here at the Market we have Rhododendrons and a variety of fruit trees.  Selection includes apple, pear, cherry and peach.

If you think Dad would prefer something smaller, we’re having a week-end sale on tomato planters!

Let us know if you would like to order something special for dad from our bakery or Market Kitchen—our delicious sweet rolls are available on the weekend.

 Ever wonder how Father’s Day came about?  Sonora Dodd of Washington first had the idea of a Father’s Day.  She thought of the idea while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her father was born in June so she chose to hold the 1st Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.  Since then it’s a day celebrated on various dates throughout the world to honor fathers.

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PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK

Monarda AKA Bee Balm

“Jacob Cline” introduces a large brilliant red flower that attracts hummingbirds to your garden.  Easy to grow and multiplies quickly.  It grows very tall, up to three feet.  It makes a great background for your favourite annuals, and good news, it’s Deer resistant and mildew resistant.  Give it a try—and look out for lots of hummingbird sighting!

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PUMPKIN MOON SEEDS

Crackerjack Marigold

This is one of the most popular heirloom flowers of all time.  The “Crackerjack” has 4 to 5 inch ball shaped double blooms in brilliant shades of yellow and orange.  A great companion plant for tomatoes and potatoes in your veggie garden.  Sprinkle seed heads in the garden to encourage self seeding. Another great reason for planting marigolds, the scent is a deterrent for some insects.

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IN THE GREENHOUSE

 “Divine” New Guinea Impatiens is looking good.  This is a new variety here at the Market this year.  You may find it’s a little late but it is an excellent substitute for impatiens.  It is larger and covers the space of two regular impatiens plants.  Gardeners appreciate the masses of flowers all season long, and they’re perfect for both landscape plantings and containers.

 Feed and Forget

We’re trying to make it easier for folks with hanging baskets and planters so we’re featuring a balanced fertilizer product by Smartcote called Feed and Forget. Instead of customers worrying about remembering to fertilize their containers, this product is slow release and only has to be put on once for the entire season.  Now what could be easier than that for happy healthy plants?

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PLANTING TIPS FOR BERRIES

Strawberries

Choose a sunny, well drained spot or plan a raised bed.  When planting strawberry plants they should be 16 inches apart.  Dig a hole as seep as the roots.  Mix in some compost and fertilizer.  Fan the roots a little, plant so the part of the crown with leaves is above the ground.  It is a good idea to mulch around the plants for moisture retention.  Remove all the blossoms and runners the first year to encourage root growth.  Before you know it you’ll be baking strawberry pies, enjoying strawberry shortcake and have jars of strawberry jam on your shelves!

 

Raspberry Canes

Choose a sunny site for your raspberry patch and remember to keep the roots moist.  We advise planting canes 2 feet apart and it’s a good idea to mulch around them to help retain moisture. For cane support you can try trellising because the canes grow quite tall and tend to bend over in windy conditions.  Remember, raspberries bear fruit the second year!

 

Let’s Talk Mulch

Thinking about mulching in the vegetable garden but new to the idea?  Don’t panic—mulching helps retain moisture in the soil and is a great weed control.  Inorganic mulches including landscape fabric and plastic.  Organic mulches such as newspaper, grass clippings, cardboard, straw and bark eventually break down and amend the soil.  Keep in mind that mulches can provide a home for unwanted pests.  Wood chips and sawdust are not recommended for vegetable gardens as they absorb nitrogen.  Mulches should be applied to a weed free area.  Give it a try, and Good Luck!

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

             WEEKEND BBQ SAUSAGE APPETIZER

 Looking for a new appetizer recipe to use for a BBQ this weekend?  This one uses our Webber’s Food fully cooked sausages.

  • Choose your favourite sausage, perhaps a Garlic Knacker or a Hot Greenfielder, and warm it up on the bbq
  • Slice one of our Market mini baguettes into rounds, brush with olive oil and toast on the grill
  • Spread cream cheese on the toasted baguette, top with sliced green onion and sliced sausage
  • Drizzle a little olive oil on top
  • Serve warm or at room temperature

TIP:  the chef can really make this recipe their own.  Try a flavoured cream cheese or flavour your own with some chopped garlic or herbs. Sauté some onions as a topping or try some sliced radishes for a little “crunch”.

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SPRING INSPIRATION

The lilacs throughout the countryside are blooming—they are an old favourite found on farms throughout the area, and many of today’s gardeners are including them in their plantings.  Their unmistakable sweet fragrance and delicate tiny blooms remind me of the childhood pastime of making lilac bracelets and necklaces.  Girls in our one room school house passed many recesses and lunch hours creating our “natural” lavender colored jewelry.  If you are fortunate enough to have a lilac, why not pass this old time tradition along to the children in your life?  Sweet Dreams………

 Happy Father’s Day and Happy Gardening Everyone…..Mary

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