Archive for February, 2010
Last weekend we picked our 87 year old grandma up to walk through the greenhouses. And on our walk she saw the ‘Canada Red’ Rhubarb and reminded us of last year when she got to pick some when it was ripe. All she could talk about was how good and sweet the Rhubarb sauce was that she had made. So in a few months the time will be here again that grandma will be making Rhubarb sauce. Oh the joys of Spring!
(Rhubarb) Rhubarb ‘Canada Red‘ is Great for PIES! Naturally Sweet n’ Red! It features juicy stalks that are cherry-red clear through. It keeps its color when cooked. Stalks are high in sugar and tender with no need to peel. Plants are hardy perennials and suitable for northern zones, very easy to grow and trouble free. One plant of ‘Canada Red’ will supply you with enough fruit for many pies and jam. Its pucker-power is exactly what makes rhubarb the world’s favorite pie plant.
Last year our top selling annual was Diamond Frost® Euphorbia. People just loved the light airy look and feel that this plant gives. They were planting it with just about every thing including New Guinea Impatiens, Dahlias, & Petunias. It is a great filler that blooms all summer long.
(Euphorbia) Diamond Frost® Euphorbia is a must have for all gardeners. Diamond Frost®, a Proven Winners® top seller is drought and heat tolerant. The small flowers provide a airy mass of white color in full sun or part shade.
Upon receiving your new plants, it is important to open the shipping box(es) immediately. Carefully remove all packing materials and containerized plants from the carton(s). Do NOT keep the plants in the shipping boxes as this will reduce plant quality and may lead to plant disease or death.
If the potting mix is dry upon arrival, apply water to the containers until the root zone is thoroughly moist. When possible, plant your new perennials within 1-3 days after they have been received. If it is not possible to plant them within this time period, keep them in an area that provides some degree of shelter from the natural elements (sun, wind, rain, etc…) until they can be planted.
4 easy Steps to planting your potted plants
*Prepare a hole that is 2 times as wide and deep as your pot. Work the soil to loosen it up and replace half the soil in the hole
*Squeeze the pot a few times and while holding the plant hit the bottom to loosen the plant, it should slide right out.
*Set the plant in them hole approximately 1 inch above the ground. Replace the loosen soil around the plant, add in water and press the soil down. If the plant is sitting to low in the ground you may need to add additional soil in the bottom of the hole.
*You may cover the area around the plant with mulch and you are finished.
The summer brings so many fresh food choices and salsa is one of them. I really enjoy making homemade salsa! Below is a recipe that you may also enjoy using fresh Cilantro, Roma Tomatoes, and Green Pepper.
Homemade Salsa Recipe
- ½ small onion
- 1 medium pepper
- 3 large roma tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 lime squeezed
- pinch of fresh cilantro
Chop onion & pepper in Quick chef. Then add fresh tomatoes and chop. Once they are at desired size add lime and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together. Let set for a while for best flavor. Serve with Tortilla chips.
In general, most perennials prefer being planted in sites with well drained soil. The drainage in poor soils can be improved by adding organic matter like, compost, leaves, peat moss, or aged manure. For new perennial beds, incorporate 4 to 6 inches of organic matter into the soil before planting. When transplanting new perennials into an existing garden, incorporate a few handfuls of organic materials into the hole prior to planting.
In general, dig a planting hole at least 50% larger then the size of the container you are planting. Larger sized holes should be dug when you intend to mix in organic material. Carefully remove the perennial from the container by holding one hand over the top of the pot and turn the container upside down. Gently tap the bottom of the pot to loosen the root zone from the container and gently pull the pot away. If the container does not easily come off, it may be necessary to squeeze the container until the plant comes out of the pot.
Next, place the plant in the hole so the top of root ball is at the same level as the top of the hole. It may be necessary to remove the plant and place a little soil back in the bottom of the planting hole and retry aligning the top of the hole with the top of the root ball. Many perennials do not tolerate being planted too deeply and may not grow very well or may succumb to crown and root rots. Conversely, perennials planted too high may not grow properly and are more susceptible to drying out. Once the plants are at the proper height, fill in the planting hole with soil, gently packing the soil around the roots and being careful to not overly pack or compact the soil around the new planting.
After planting, it is important to water them well. For the first couple of weeks or so, it is important to keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. Keep in mind that many new plantings do not perform well or even die because they are either over- or under-watered. Once they are established, most perennials can tolerate less moisture. For optimum growth, it is recommended to deliver 1 inch of water per week either by rainfall or through irrigation systems.