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Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
Days of May | May 23, 2018

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Plant to Plate
Transplanting out
Berries, Berries, Berries
Spring Flowering Perennials
Landscaping with Grasses
Plant Night for PRO kids

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Market Musing

On Friday when we opened the greenhouse there was a beautiful hummingbird flying around inside;  within a few minutes he disappeared out the door - unharmed and free!  Just another sign of spring for me! We hear the excitement of our customers as they let us know when the hummingbirds are at their feeders, it is often a topic of over the counter conversations.

It is amazing to me that in such a crazy world the simple arrival of a tiny bird can generate such excitement and interest.  The beauty of this creature and the incredible life they live in terms of migration patterns are one of nature’s wonders.  Perhaps that is what captures our interest and our imaginations, the marvels of nature which extend beyond human control.

I hope you have your hummingbird feeders cleaned and ready with food for our winged friends.  Best of all is to have great plants for them to feed on over the summer.  One of the best is fuchsias and we have some beautiful hanging baskets just budding up and getting ready for a summer of colour.    We have several types of salvia that are very effective in catching the attention of the hummers.

Interested in tracking hummingbird migration?

https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2018-map.htm

Enjoy the sights at your feeders!

Elspeth

PS - if you need a feeder we have that too!

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Plant to Plate

If you missed Elspeth and Jen talking about planting strawberry plants and raspberry canes on Facebook live Tuesday night, check out the video for our latest installment on our Facebook page or Simple Local Life.

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Transplanting out

 

We are all anxious to get our vegetable transplants and annual flowers out. It is still a little early for tender plants like peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and many flowers.  It is essential that any plants coming from inside be hardened off prior to planting. We suggest waiting until the first week in June.  Check out this link for some tips to help protect your plants from cold and wind.

Tips for planting transplants out in the spring.

 

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Berries, Berries, Berries

 

Love the idea of going out in your yard and picking a handful of fresh berries.  Spring is the time for planting them. We have a good selection of strawberry plants, raspberry canes and potted haskap, gooseberry, blueberry and grape plants ready to go.  Check out the latest Plant to Plate installment for helpful tips.

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Spring Flowering Perennials

Lungwort

As the colourful tulips and daffodils wane, spring flowering perennials begin to put on their show.  We carry Bleeding Heart (Dicentra),  Lungwort, (Pulmonaria),  Leopards Bane (Aconitum), Lupins  and others.

Leopards bane

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Landscaping with Grasses

Red Head Fountain Grass

Grasses can be used in many different ways.  Creating a tall barrier wall, to prevent soil erosion, to thrillers in planters.  Various grass habits – upright,  arching, clumping add interest and movement to summer and fall gardens. Interesting grass flowers take different shapes from bottle brush  to graceful plumes. Foliage can even be horizontally or vertically striped.  We carry grasses with heights from 2’-12’

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Plant Night for PRO kids

Join us in support of Pro Kids and create a living tabletop garden. May 31, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Register at MODL 902 541 1343

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Past Market Newsletters

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Fall Is In The Air October 24, 2018
An Apple a Day Oct 10, 2018
Squashtastic Edition September 26, 2018
Autumn Days September 12, 2018
Labour Day Weekend Edition August 29, 2018

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