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Summer is on its way! | June 6, 2018

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Swamp Milkweed
Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs
Aphid Watch
Periwinkle
June Hours

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Market Musing

Every once in a while Mother Nature reminds us who is in charge!!  This week was one of those times; the frost covered so many of our gardens and farm fields!!!

Poor Peter!  He put out 250 cucumber plants on Thursday and set up the irrigation system Sunday evening.  He set the alarm and got up at 3:30 am to start up the watering as frost protection only to discover that the alarm should probably been set for 2:30 am!  He was already too late.  As the sun rose Monday morning the rows of cucumbers were pretty sad looking.  Many of you also saw the telltale signs of frost damage.

Peter, the eternal optimist said, “cucumber salad will be two weeks late in the Market Kitchen”.  We have lots more cucumbers to plant however last week’s planting is “toast”!

We still have vegetable transplants in the greenhouse  - tomatoes, cukes, squash, and peppers – if you need replacements.  We have lots of other plants and certainly there is still time to get your garden in place.

Happy gardening!

Elspeth

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Swamp Milkweed

 

We advise gardeners to plant gardens that encourage the pollinators.  We grow swamp milkweed, a plant native to Nova Scotia that is essential to the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. The Monarch caterpillar feeds exclusively on milkweed leaves. Toxins found in the ingested leaves make the monarch butterfly undesirable to potential predators.

Check in with one of our greenhouse staff for tips in adding to your pollinator garden

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Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs

 

Forsythia, Spirea, and Weigela benefit  from pruning following their bloom time.  Thinning out dead wood and close branches and reshaping helps focus the plant's energies where it is needed.

Remember the second application of fertilizer for rhododendrons should be following the blossom drop.  We do recommend a rhododendron specific fertilizer and it's still available here.

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Aphid Watch

Late spring is the time for aphid watch. These wingless creatures suck the sweet sap from plants.  There are many different types and colours of aphids and they are very small so you have to check your shrubs especially, roses, viburnum – snowball, and honeysuckle very carefully.  More information can be found here.  https://novascotia.ca/nse/pests/docs/aphid.pdfu

We carry Safer End All insecticide which contains two organic ingredients - pyrethrum, derived from the chysanthemum plant. This stuns the insect and slows them down, and allows the second ingredient- the soap base to coat the insect and suffocate it!  Reapplying is necessary to insure all the eggs and aphids are destroyed.  Starting the aphid watch early prevents large populations from building up and getting out of control.  Small numbers are manageble.

 

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Periwinkle

Periwinkle or Vinca Minor also known as Myrtle is a widely used ground cover.  It has trailing stems with smooth evergreen leaves that mound up to 6” tall and spread quickly as they root at the nodes. The lavender blue flowers bloom in spring and then intermittently all summer.

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June Hours

We are now open 8:30-7 daily.

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Past Market Newsletters

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Squashtastic Edition September 26, 2018
Autumn Days September 12, 2018
Labour Day Weekend Edition August 29, 2018
Wild About Blueberries August 15, 2018
August Joy August 1, 2017

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