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Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
May Blossoms | May 24, 2017

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Lavender
Hunny Bunny
Companion Planting
Breakfast at the Market

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Market Musing

The planting fever has hit Lunenburg County!  The most common question on the weekend  - “Is it too early to plant?” My answer to the question was “yes” for some things, and “no” for others. 

Perennials do very well being planted out  when its cooler.  Ours are hardened off and adjusted to outdoor living.  Pansies thrive in cooler conditions.

Hanging baskets and containers that are planted need to be moved if the nights start dipping down and there is a risk of frost. 

The sensitive annuals are impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, coleus, fuchsias, and begonias.  Wait a bit longer.

Annuals that are tougher include petunias, million bells, annual grasses, and verbena.

Vegetables that need warm soil conditions include – tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers.

This little muse is not exhaustive in its directions for planting, however, the best advice I can give is to plant cautiously! 

Happy Gardening

Elspeth

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Lavender

Lavender –  Lavender makes a beautiful fragrant border in gardens or along walkways.  While there is no specific difference between ornamental and culinary lavender, certain varieties are best suited for each use.

For fragrant edging and in planters we recommend Sweet Blue, Lavance and Potpourri Snow varieties.  The blooms can be dried and used in potpourri and in sachets.

The varieties best used for cooking have less oil so have a milder flavor.  We recommend ‘Vincenza’, Munstead  and Hidcote Blue.

For tips on planting lavender in containers check out the Sweet Valley Herb site.

http://sweetvalleyherbs.ca/growing-lavender-in-containers/

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Hunny Bunny

Pictured - Hunny Bunny

Our beautiful 3/1 combinations are blooming.  There are three different flowering plants that have the same requirements in one pot. Just pop one of these combos in a pot or planter and  watch it fill up and bloom all summer.  We have several varieties to choose from. Don’t forget to fertilize!

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Companion Planting


Not only is planting a mixed garden of veggies, herbs and flowers trendy, there are benefits.  Companion planting is the use of certain plant combinations that benefit each other.

  • For insect control – Certain plants repel insects or serve as a trap crop to collect insects.  Marigolds deter a variety of beetles and pests.      
  • To enhance flavor – Summer Savory improves the taste and growth of beans and garlic improves the taste of beets.
  • Some plants should not be planted together as they exude toxins that retard growth.  For example, Garlic and onions stunt the growth of peas. 
  • Provide shade – Tall sun loving plants like beans can provide shade for lettuces.                                                                                                        
  • Companion is an interesting and vast topic.  Check out these websites for more information

http://chemung.cce.cornell.edu/resources/companion-planting

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com

http://www.motherearthnews.com

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Breakfast at the Market

Join us Saturday and Sunday for breakfast.  8:30-11

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