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eNewsletter Issue 313 | July 9, 2014

Our summertime days are returning to normal after “Arthur’s” shake up visit on the week-end!  Generators, chain saws and rakes are being put back in the shed after many long hours of use---and our power and those missing links of telephone and internet are finally connecting us with each other once more. Reports from gardeners and farmers are slowly drifting in from across the province and we are hearing of much damage to crops. Nova Scotian’s are resilient and now is the time to offer lots of TLC to your plantings—both flowering and vegetable!

In This Issue:
CALM AFTER THE STORM
FRESH PRODUCE
CLOSE TO HOME DINNER
PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK
FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK
ELSPETH'S GARDEN CLASSROOM
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SUMMER INSPIRATION

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CALM AFTER THE STORM

Many garden plants were stressed and damaged after Saturday’s storm.  It is not too late to replant beans.  Choose a variety with a shorter maturity date.  Nurse damaged plants with extra water and fertilizer.  Wind blown flowers may need to be cut back and perennials that appear to be preparing to bloom may need to be assisted with some staking.

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FRESH PRODUCE

Eating your greens gets easier each and every day with our Market selection.  This week we welcome the first sugar pod peas and snow peas to our shelves----stock up and enjoy their sweet, crunchy goodness in every bite!

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CLOSE TO HOME DINNER

The third annual Close to Home Dinner, part of the Growing Green Festival will be held in our Market Greenhouse on Thursday, August 21 at 6pm.  The buffet style meal provided by Matthew Krizan of Mateus Bistro is a mixed grill including goat.  Tickets are $35.00 each and are available at the Market.

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PERENNIAL OF THE WEEK

Karl Foerster feather reed grass

We have a wide variety of non-invasive ornamental grasses here at the Market.  These easy to care for plants provide texture and variety in the garden over all four seasons.  In a grass bed or integrated in the perennial bed, these clumping varieties look best when planted in odd number groupings of 3, 5 or 7.  Remember, ornamental grasses take three years to become fully established.

 

Our featured Perennial this week, the Karl Foerster is a feather reed grass, with 2 to 3 foot long leaf blades, producing a loose feathery bloom in June.  This stunner begins out pink and over the season turns golden---a real jewel when it comes to ornamental grass!

Ornamental grasses generally require low nutrient levels to grow properly.  A relatively small amount of balanced natural fertilizer in the spring is all they need to grow properly.  Only give them additional fertilizer if leaves appear yellow and sparse.  Lawn fertilizer will cause them to grow too fast and produce weak stems that fall over—so avoid lawn fertilizer.

A grass garden requires plenty of planning.  Height, shapes, colors and blooming time should be considered when planting. The addition of spring blooming perennials can provide color and interest after the spring cut back of grasses.  Check with our greenhouse staff for planting advice.

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FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK

Vines

An excellent way to add height and drama to your garden is with a vine on an arbor, trellis or along a fence.

Our fragrant yellow flowered “Scentsation” Honeysuckle blooms from mid-spring to late summer, attracting bees and hummingbirds.  If you’re looking for height and form, make this your vine of choice.

Dropmore Scarlet”

This vine has a long blooming season with showy tubular flower clusters, backed by attractive blue green foliage.  Striking long lasting red berries follow the blooms---this one requires full sun!

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ELSPETH'S GARDEN CLASSROOM

Questions—yes, we answer lots of questions from gardeners. Elspeth delights in helping folks, so send along your tough questions. This week the question is:

Is it too late to plant vegetable seeds?

Many vegetables can still be planted in July.  Keep in mind to check the length of time required for maturity on the seed packet.  Warm weather crops like beans, beets, Swiss chard, carrots, leaf lettuce can be sown now for a later crop.  Cucumbers if planted now will need to be protected against the frost in the fall.  The greens like lettuce and spinach enjoy a cooler temperature as they are prone to bolt in the heat.  You can plant them in a shaded spot in the garden or seed a container to keep you in fresh greens and allow you to control the climate, whatever the summer should bring.  Wait until the first of August before seeding the cool loving crops like peas and spinach and enjoy a fall harvest. ----Elspeth

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

                                 CHIVE PESTO

A delicious way to use garden chives, serve it with crackers, bread rounds or toss it with roasted potatoes or pasta.

 Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped chives
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Chop the chives by hand for a better texture.
  2. Puree ingredients with a hand blender or food processor.

Will keep for 5 days in the fridge, or freeze for use later.

Recipe contributed by friend Connie Bird and prepared for Elspeth’s birthday celebration.

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SUMMER INSPIRATION

Long hours of daylight, steamy heat and summer breezes—Mother Nature is treating us to all three.  Already people are taking long weekends and holidays.  Here at the Market we are looking forward to a very busy weekend—happy trails and safe driving to all.

Happy Summertime Everyone…..Mary

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