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eNewsletter Issue 315 | July 23, 2014

Local gardeners are beginning to enjoy the first fruits of their labours----fresh flavours from the family vegetable patch.  Heat waves and long hazy summer days are pushing our gardens to burst into growth.  Flower gardens are looking spectacular and fairs, exhibitions and flower shows are being held all over the province.  Time to enjoy the laid back lifestyle, and menus packed with fresh garden offerings----ah……summertime!

In This Issue:
FRESH PRODUCE
IN THE GREENHOUSE
CLOSE TO HOME DINNER
FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK
FEATURED PERENNIAL
GARDEN TIPS
ELSPETH'S GARDEN CLASSROOM
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SUMMER INSPIRATION

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FRESH PRODUCE

Here at the Market our first local field cucumbers have arrived. Days of crisp cucumber sandwiches, cucumber salad, and even pickling have arrived.  The production of our popular Market Cucumber salad begins this week.

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IN THE GREENHOUSE

The greenhouse has a colorful selection of flowers and planters if you have a spot in the garden to be brightened up or need something beautiful for a hostess gift.  Our Asiatic lilies are in full bloom too.  Cool off on one of these hot days with an ice cream as you stroll through the rainbow of colors in our greenhouse.

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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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FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK

‘Endless Summer Blue Hydrangea”—Hydrangea macrophylla “Bailmer”

This impressive shrub offers continuous blooms spring through fall on this seasons growth, as well as previous seasons growth.  In alkaline soil the blooms are pink, but for those who prefer their cool blue color, ensure acidic soil.  Here at the Market we carry aluminum Sulphate to acidify your soil to keep the blooms blue.  This blue dazzler requires 6 hours of full sun a day.  The blooms are fabulous in flower arrangements.

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FEATURED PERENNIAL

Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’”

Here’s a spectacular addition to any perennial planting—it grows 18 to 20 inches tall with dark green crinkled leaves and long lasting deep purple flower spikes.  The magic is that it keeps flowering by trimming the spent blooms.  Such a beauty, it attracts our colorful winged butterfly friends and its great for cut flower arrangements.

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GARDEN TIPS

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease identified by a whitish powdery coating on leaves of many flowering shrubs and flowers.   Black spot on roses is also caused by a fungus that is identified by dark spots ringed by yellow causing leaves to wither and fall off.  Both of these infections become particularly active in humid weather.  The last two weeks were prime time for plants to become infected—so take a good long look at your plantings!

Treatment:  We carry “Green Earth” Rose and Flower disease control spray, a bio-fungicide which uses Bacillus subtilis to destroy the fungal spores.  It should be sprayed on at the first sign of infection.

We also carry Safers sulphur dust which can be dusted directly on plants of mixed with water for spray application.  These treatments work best as preventative measures along with good air circulation for commonly affected plants such as BeeBalm, Tall Phlox and Roses.  We suggest dusting or spraying now and repeating every 7-10 days.

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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:

Should I or shouldn’t I prune my tomatoes?

We don’t have a strong recommendation on whether gardeners should prune or not.

Research shows that different tomato cultivars vary in their response to sucker removal.  For some, light pruning results in the greatest yield; for others, no pruning gives the highest yield.  Generally determinate type tomatoes that grow in the shape of a bush and yield their harvest all at one time do not need to be pruned.  The indeterminate varieties grow and produce fruit all season. Some gardeners feel that pruning is necessary to promote growth and removing suckers that grow in the joint between the main stem and branches focuses more energy to the fruit production.  Experiment with your favourite variety.

Elspeth

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

The combination of peas and mint is a perfect summer flavour and makes a perfect BBQ side dish.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb sugar snap peas, trimmed

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 green onions or 1 garlic clove, scrape and chop

Salt and pepper

  • In a non-stick pan heat the oil on medium heat and lightly sauté the green onion or scrapes
  • Toss in peas and cook just until hot and bright green
  • Toss with mint
  • Season and serve immediately

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SUMMER INSPIRATION

Summers in full swing, and plants and gardens are looking great.  Remember to make time to enjoy your garden, meander around your plantings and drink in the beauty of the flowers.  The fragrant lilies are beginning to bloom, the roses are giving us their best, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a hummingbird or two sipping at your flowers.  In the words of Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you”.

Happy Summertime Everyone....Mary

 

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