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Mother's Day Weekend | May 10, 2017

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Night Sky Petunia
Gladiolas
Time to plant Small Fruits
River John Blue
Perennial of the week

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Market Musing

 

          Ellen McLean

This is an important week for all of us as we celebrate and remember mothers in our lives.  

 I am fortunate to still have my Mom in my life.  At 90+ she remains keenly interested in what we are doing here at the Market.   She loves to come for a visit and stays current on Market activities through our newsletter.   She works hard at not seeming old; she recently started Skyping with me and she has a trip booked to Ontario to attend a Women’s Institute conference. She is a marvel and I am very fortunate and inspired by her spunk!  Mothers are always mothers!  She is still quick to remind me that I look tired, I am not eating enough and I am working too hard!  All the things mothers do even after this many years! 

Many of us have other people in our lives that play the role of mother and we should use this weekend as a way of saying thank you and show our appreciation for the encouragement and support they offer us.

For all those new Moms who have begun the motherhood journey, congratulations, we love to see babies here at the Market (seems like there are quite a few visiting us already this season). 

Moms, you are all welcome to join us for your complimentary ice cream on Sunday. It’s our way of saying THANK YOU for all that you do! 

We start scooping at 8:30 am and stop at 7 pm on Sunday, May 14.

Elspeth

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Night Sky Petunia

This is one of our new plants for 2017 -  ‘Night Sky’ Petunia, its a deep purple with "white stars";  great for hanging baskets and planters and it looks beautiful planted with yellows plants like marigolds, nemisa, solenia begonias and argyranthemum.

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Gladiolas

Gladiolas are a summer flowering bulb that make terrific cut flowers.  They are an old standard in many gardens but perhaps not yet as popular with younger gardeners.  Many vegetable gardens on the South Shore are filled with rows of gladiolas which bloom in August and provide beautiful bouquets that can last for 10 days to 2 weeks if properly harvested.  We have gladiolas and dahlias ready to start now!  They are quite heavy feeders so remember to give them some bonemeal when planted and follow up with some perennial fertilizer in 3-4 weeks

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Time to plant Small Fruits

 

We are well stocked with strawberry plants, raspberry canes, gooseberry bushes, red currants, blackberries, grapes and highbush blueberries.  All of these small fruits make wonderful additions to the garden – so pretty, delicious and practical!  Best of all, it is something that can be planted in the garden right now.  We also have fertilizer that is recommended for fruit and berry plants.  Now is the time to put on the fertilizer and or compost.  

 

 

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River John Blue

 

We have a great selection of seed potatoes including River John Blue, which are blue “right through”, not just blue skinned.  We carry – Red Pontiac, Chieftain and Norland which are all red potatoes, great for deep frying, and oven roasting.  Eramosa is early, perfect for Hodge Podge.  Kennebec, Russet Burbank and Superior store well and are good as “all purpose” potatoes. Yukon Gold is a yellow fleshed potato that makes fantastic oven roasted potatoes.

There are no easy solutions for potato bugs – put on the gloves as soon as you see them and start picking.  Keep at it as you will be busy all summer.

 

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Perennial of the week

Bleeding heart – Dicentra Spectabilis and Dicentra Spectabilis ‘Alba’ and Dicentra Formosa.

A beautiful early bloomer.  Easy to maintain and works well as a cut flower.

 

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