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eNewsletter Issue 310 | June 18, 2014

Summer officially starts on Saturday, and recent warm days with sunshine are having a big impact on the outdoors.  Now that most of you have your planting finished, the watering and weeding chores take over.  Barbeques and lawn furniture are all arranged, patio parties are happening, even boating. School exams are almost finished and teachers are weaving their way through marking days.  Here at the Market there’s a steady ebb and flow of customers purchasing their shrubs and colorful plants to add impact to their favourite spaces, as everyone fills up their baskets with plenty of fresh greens!

In This Issue:
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS
SHRUBS
PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK
FERTILIZER TIPS FOR ANNUALS
PUMPKIN MOON SEEDS
DEADHEADING & CUTTING BACK ANNUALS
NEW PRODUCT FROM LAHAVE NATURAL FOODS
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SUMMER INSPIRATION

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CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Yes, again this year we will host our annual Canada Day celebrations on July 1st—mark your calendar and bring your family and friends and join us for all the fun! Breakfast is from 8:30 to 11 am.

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SHRUBS

We have received a large shrub and perennial order—if you’re in the midst of a landscaping project, check us out.  The popularity of the Haskap berry is growing by leaps and bounds, and we now have in stock 2 types of Haskap---Borealis Honeyberry and Tundra Honeyberry. Back by popular demand we have a great selection of Double Knock out Roses—this is an easy to care for shrub rose.  Other shrubs to choose from include Burning Bush, Gold flame Spirea, Weigela, Rose of Sharon and a variety of beautiful Hydrangea and Rhododendrons.

     Get a lot of impact when you plant grasses and ferns, we have new stock.

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PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK

Coreopsis (Tick weed)

This favourite in many gardens blooms all summer.  Coreopsis is a bushy mid-sized plant, about 16 to 18 inches with an upright stem, offering golden yellow flowers with burgundy eyes, and best of all, it is a great attraction for butterflies.  If you want to welcome those colorful winged beauties to your garden, this is a “must have”!

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FERTILIZER TIPS FOR ANNUALS

Now that you’ve planted them, it’s time to think of feeding your annuals.  Here at the Market we recommend Miracle Gro to our customers.  It’s a water soluble plant food that provides the necessary micronutrients required by your plants to grow and produce flowers.  It can be used in watering cans for planters and small areas, or for those with sprayers that works just as well.  The all purpose type is 24-8-16 and can be applied weekly to the soil of all of your flowering plants.  During peak flowering, switch to the Ultra Bloom Miracle Gro which is higher in phosphorous.

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PUMPKIN MOON SEEDS

Market more Cucumber

Now that the soil is nice and warm, its time to plant cucumbers.  Market more is a widely planted slicing cucumber, known for its disease resistance; it does well in cooler climates.  Growers appreciate its excellent productivity, its long pickling season, and its crisp and delicious taste without being seedy.

 National Pickling Cucumber

This is a beloved heirloom variety, offering light green tender skin and it too is suitable for any pickling recipe but it should be picked when it is 2 inches long.

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DEADHEADING & CUTTING BACK ANNUALS

Hard as it may be, its important to remove the spent blooms on your favourite annuals.  Deadheading encourages healthier, bushier plants that produce even more blooms.  Its important to check your plants regularly and clip off the dead or spent blooms with pruners of for those who prefer, ni p them off with your fingers, being careful not to remove any buds beneath.  Remember that Coleus should not be allowed to flower.

Many gardeners find it hard to cut back their annuals at planting time, or during the growing season.  Cutting back involves cutting the plants back by half.  Plants often become leggy and although you will be cutting off the blooms this helps them grow into fuller bushier plants.  A mid summer trim is also usually necessary but be sure not to cut back so far that no leaf buds are left.  We spent the weekend snipping and clipping here at the Market---great therapy!

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NEW PRODUCT FROM LAHAVE NATURAL FOODS

Its official, Haskap has arrived, and now we offer new products, including dried Haskap, Haskap Jam, Haskap Jalapeno Relish, and Haskap Chutney.  Choose one or more of these new products on your next Market visit, and include them in your summertime menus.

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

                                 SESAME SPINACH SALAD

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh spinach---carefully washed
  • 1½ Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1½ Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Hot red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  1. Make the dressing by combining the sesame oil, vinegar, ginger and sugar.  Add hot pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste
  2. Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat shaking until they are light brown and release their aroma.
  3. With the damp spinach by tossing in a heated pan over medium heat.  Squeeze excess water from the spinach and refrigerate to cool.
  4. When the spinach is cool, toss with the seasonings.  Place in serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

 ** Serves 4 as a side dish**

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SUMMER INSPIRATION

Today, June 18th, we have 15 hours and 34 minutes of daylight!  And on Saturday, June 21st at 7:51AM summer solstice takes place—we welcome the summer season at last!  Go outside, look and listen.  What do you hear?  Is it birds singing, crickets chirping, peepers in the wetlands, or leaves and tall grass rustling in the summer breeze?  What do you see?  Is it lush green grass, begging for bare toes and croquet sets and golf balls?  Colorful, fragrant flowers stretching stately skyward?  Vibrant butterflies or delicate hummingbirds darting through your gardens?  Enjoy the sunshine when we have it, remember to eat your greens, watch for bugs and welcome Summer on Saturday!

Happy Gardening Everyone…..Mary

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