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Greenhouses Opening | April 25, 2018

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Seed potatoes
Dormant Oil Spray
BOBBEX
Greenhouse Opening
Sloggers
Facebook Live

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Market Musing

This week we open the greenhouses;   another sign of spring for all of us here at the Market.  You are welcome to come and sniff the dirt, enjoy the warmth and beauty of the Greenhouses.  We have lots of perennials that are ready if you are ready to start collecting.  My sense is there is quite a bit of cleanup required in most yards before people will start much planting, but now is a great time for inspiration and planning.

We have lots of beautiful clay and glazed pots that would make great additions to the deck, there is garden art to incorporate into your garden plans – lots of tall birds in various designs.  We have all the fertilizers and soil amendments you need and of course lots of free advice.

Looking forward to meeting you in the greenhouse over the next few days.

Elspeth

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Seed potatoes

 

The seed potatoes are in.  We have the following varieties – Kennebec, Superior, Eramosa, River John Blue ( a real blue potato, which is sometimes difficult to find), Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac – a nice red potato highly recommended for French fries,  Norland and Chieftain, both red varities, and Russet Burbank , a great keeper for the season.

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Dormant Oil Spray

 

Some years we would already have applied a dormant oil spray.  This year the temperatures have been very cold and the bud development on the fruit trees is not advanced as much as is required to apply the spray.  Dormant oil should go on the trees to kill off any overwintering insects or eggs.  The oil coats the insects and eggs and suffocates them.  Dormant oil is applied when the leaf buds are swelling and just starting to open, which will happen soon once we get warmer night and day temperatures.  A few warm days can make a big difference in the development of the leaf buds so keep your eyes peeled, checking your trees every couple of days is important.

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BOBBEX

 

We all know that deer are an ever present pest in many gardens throughout the county.  Now is the time to consider using a deer repellent to discourage the deer from staying and foraging in your yard.  We suggest using Bobbex, a deer repellent made with natural ingredients. Bobbex is created with animal proteins and active ingredients including fish meal, fish oil, meat meal, garlic, clove oils, and more. It’s very sticky and once sprayed on the plants as they emerge from the ground may help to head off the deer early.  The repellent should be reapplied every three weeks or so depending on the weather. 

Check out their website 'How it works' page -Bobbex

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Greenhouse Opening

The greenhouses open on Thursday, April 26.  We have all the soils and fertilizers you need for gardening at this time of year.  We will have a nice selection of perennials ready to go.

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Sloggers

 

The month of April has been a wet and rainy one.  Get ready for digging in the garden and walking the dog with a pair of Sloggers.  These very comfortable garden shoes are perfect for all the spring activities we are doing.  They have replaceable insoles that can be removed to replace with orthotics.  They come in fun designs  - chickens, to dog paws, in bright and inspiring colors.  They are super comfortable and easy to slip on and off for making quick trips outside .

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Facebook Live

Tuesday nights are Facebook Live nights.  Every other Tuesday Jennifer Naugler and Elspeth do a Facebook Live session at 7 pm.  The series is called Plant to Plate and provides growing information on produce from your garden with tips on growing and serving the seasonal food found in your garden.  The following week, Jennifer blogs about the topic and provides a recipe. 

The next Facebook Live session is Tuesday, May 8 at 7 pm.  The great feature is you can interact and ask questions during the 15 minute segment.  We are hoping the rhubarb or asparagus will be ready for the next segment.  If you miss it you can see it on our website minutes after the session is completed.

Join us on Jennifer's blog site Simple Local Life for the Facebook Live session.

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