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eNewsletter issue 114 | July 23, 2008

Refreshing rain for our gardens in the past few days is lightening the work of those of us with plantings. Soggy feet are a change from watering cans and garden hoses. Everything looks greener after that refreshing “Drink” from Mother Nature. Vegetable gardens are producing a bumper crop of greens, radish, and now the hodge podge fixin’s. With local vegetables and berries it makes summertime meals tasty delights.

In This Issue:
Produce Selection
Garden Centre
Shrubs
Mock Orange Problems
In the Garden
Harvesting Herbs

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Produce Selection

Market shelves are brimming over with garden goodness this week. Hector Bolivar’s green and yellow beans are now available. Combine this with his peas, bunch carrots and new potatoes for the all time summer favourite, Hodge Podge. You’ll find the recipe on the Recipe Page of our website.

We have a supply of raspberries, however, if you want any volume for preserves, jam or freezing it’s a good idea to place an order with us and avoid disappointment. We get deliveries three times a week.  This week we’re offering Raspberry Pies in our Bakery.  Looking for an easy snack item for the beach, cottage or a picnic? We have delicious sweet cherries from Noggins Corner Farm in Greenwich—quality is very good and the flavor is superb.

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Garden Centre

Still looking for plants for your garden paths and patios? We still have some nice impatiens hanging bags at $8.95 and some new guinea impatiens at $1.25. We have found people still looking for things and although we are down to one greenhouse there are still some choices and some planters that can fill in the bare spots.

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Shrubs

Peaking this week are the Endless Summer Hydrangeas—stop by and see for yourself. They make wonderful additions to any property with their large colorful blooms. Roses are still looking good and with the blooms you can see what color they offer.

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Mock Orange Problems

This is a shrub I get a lot of questions about….usually that it is not blooming. The trick is to keep the shrub pruned immediately after flowering. Mine finished a couple of weeks ago and now is the time to remove the wood where the blooms formed. Next year the blooms will appear on the wood produced during this growing season, so you want to give it plenty of time to put out new growth. Prune now for best bloom results next year.
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In the Garden

The rain of the last day or so was very welcomed; however, containers and hanging baskets will still need attention. Fertilize every 10-14 days and for wave petunias fertilize weekly. These steps will insure a steady bloom throughout the season.

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Harvesting Herbs

For those with herbs among their plantings, you should be harvesting them now. Pick off flowers that may show up. Once the herb starts to flower the essential oils in the plant changes and this affects the flavour of the herb. If you have too much to use, freezing is a great option, or start drying the plants. Tie bunches together and hang the plants upside down in a dry place our of direct sunlight. Then crush and store in glass bottles. Check out our salad dressing made with fresh herbs on the recipe page of our website.
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As the warm summer afternoons give way to the evening campfires, the clothesline fills with drying towels and swimsuits, and the boats are tied up and the bikes are parked for the night—the smell of toasting marshmallows settles over the yard. Family and friends sit together, listening to the crack and pop of the fire, and the kids and the young at heart savor the smores. Somewhere close by the loon heads home for the night, and another summer day comes to a close. It’s summertime --- holiday time in the Maritimes---don’t’ let it pass you by.

Happy Summertime  everyone…Mary

 
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