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June 2013 edition - Spring Newsletter

June

Get Ready for sun and colors!

Exciting new arrivals
June checklist
Plant of the month
Quote of the month


 
 
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June Checklist

Prevent wormy apples. If last year’s ripe apples had one hole bored into the fruit and one hole out, you had coddling moths (apple worms). If your fruit was riddled with tunnels, you had apple maggots. Both pests will be back, unless you take preventive measures; spray trees with an organic pesticide containing spinosad or Neem oil.

• Treat aphids. The insects deform tender new leaves and, more important, spread plant diseases. When you begin to notice
a lot of aphids, blast them off plants with a jet of water from the hose. You may have to go through the process two or three times for complete control. In serious cases, follow up with a spray of insecticidal soap. 

• Deadhead flowering plants. Snip faded flowers to prevent seed from setting, which slows or stops the bloom cycle.

• Divide perennials. After bloom, dig up spring-flowering irises, Oriental poppies, and primulas, and divide them. Some plants, like Oriental poppies, can be separated root by root; others, like irises, have to be cut apart with a shovel or knife. As you work, throw away or compost woody or dead parts of the root.

• Prune candles on pines. Light green, finger-like shoots of new growth on pines are called candles. As needles begin to open, you can break off the top half of each candle to limit growth. This old bonsai trick works well with landscape pines.

Plant of the month: Blueberries
What? You have not planted one yet?!
If you've had the pleasure of tasting wild blueberries, you know what I mean when I say there's nothing like them. They are much smaller than cultivated varieties and have a distinct, almost winey, flavor similar to cassis, a French black currant liqueur. That's probably why the two pair together so well!   According to Nature Ripe Farms, blueberries are the oldest known plants living and have been traced back 13,000 years. Blueberries are one of the only fruits native to North America, but are found on almost every continent. Wild blueberries bushes are abundant in Eastern Europe and the fruit finds its way into recipes for everything from soup to sauces to salads to desserts.   We have 12 varieties of blueberries. Come and taste them as they are almost ripe.
Just Arrived!
E
xciting edibles 

Black Persian Mulberry

The Persian mulberry is a large 2 inch blackberry-like fruit that is dark purple to black. It is excellent for fresh eating or jam. The Persian Mulberry makes a large 25-30 foot tree with dense heart-shaped leaves.  Simply delicious!

Aronia

Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa / Photinia melanocarpa), sometimes called black chokeberry, is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America, used by landscapers primarily for its clusters of creamy white flowers in late spring, and colorful flame-colored autumn foliage contrasting with dark berries. The thick bushes grow to 6 to 8 feet in height, and are sometimes used as a windbreak in border plantings. Aronia requires a damp, acid soil with sufficient rain during the growing season. The pea-sized, violet-black berries are harvested in autumn. Berries have a strong, stable and natural color, with a dry and strong sour flavor. For those interested in a dual-purpose plant for edible landscaping, the recent introduction "Autumn Magic" from the University of British Columbia was selected for large fruit size, superior fall color and overall form.

Cranberry - Highbush

Highbush Cranberries (Viburnum opulus var. americana-formerly viburnum trilobum) - Highbush cranberries (also known as American cranberrybush) are in the same family as elderberries. The size and color of the fruit are the only thing this species shares in common with commercial cranberries, Vaccinium macrocarpon.

Bushes grow to 15 feet tall and become rather formal and rounded in shape. They make a great hedge or privacy screen. The flowers are very small, white, and borne in large terminal cymes that are 3 to 4 inches across, similar to other ornamental viburnums. The fruits are 3/8 inches in diameter, showy red and very persistent, remaining on the bushes well after frost and brightening the winter landscape. Harvest fruits in late summer or fall to avoid astringency. Freezing and thawing softens the fruits, which are seldom eaten by birds. Use fruits in jelly, preserves or sauces.

Quote of the month:
 
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
 
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