Planting time is upon us and market has oodles of seedlings for sale this week. Dickey Hill Farm, Hubbard Brook Farm, Peacemeal Farm, New Beat Farm, Brae Maple Farm, Carol’s Collectibles Nursery and Fire Flower Gardens all have plants ready to grow. Speaking of Fire Flower and Carol’s, think Rhododendrons and Dahlias.
Barbara Walch of Fire Flower has gorgeous (well, they will be by late summer) dahlia tubers for sale again the year. She also has some calla lily corms. Dahlias are a great investment because you dig the tubers in the fall and store over the winter. There is always an increase in the number of tubers. Dahlias come in many colors, sizes and forms. Nothing else comes close to providing late summer color in fading perennial gardens and shrub borders.
Here’s what Barb has to say about the subject:
There are still plenty of dahlia tubers available for your late summer cutting garden. There are a number of nice sized clumps, purple, pink, white (very bridal), deep red, and white with a purple stripe. For those who are patient, there are small single tubers (with sprouts) that may only produce leaves this year, but will be making more tubers for a good show next year. These are bargain priced at $1 each.
And on their care:
Dahlia tubers may be planted a week or two before the last spring frost is expected. Plant with the stem ends an inch or two below ground level. If frost threatens after the sprouting stems are above ground, cover them for the night with an overturned bucket.
In the fall after the plants are blackened by frost, dig the now increased tubers. Shake off as much dirt as possible and allow the tubers to dry for a few days, protected from frost. You may divide the clumps now or wait until spring planting time. Pack in dry peat in bags or boxes and store in a cool place, preferably an unheated cellar, though they must not freeze.
The Rhody Show Begins at Carol’s Collectibles
Carol is known for bringing her choice plants and shrubs to market in full bloom, but she also has a nursery full of landscape plants in Swanville. This week is the beginning of the annual Rhododendron bloom. Don’t miss her market picks and plan a trip out to the nursery to see those plants too large to truck to market.
TOMATO PLANTING TIP
Ever noticed how tomato plants grow all those bumps along the vine near the ground or where they touch the soil? Those are the plant’s attempt to send out some additional water and nutrient gathering roots. Did you know that tomatoes can be planted nearly up to their top leaves?
This year’s drought makes it imperative that these summer favorites get their root development off to a good deep start. Try planting yours straight up with only the top set of leaves above the soil line, or as some swear by, lay them on their sides in a trench, with only the top leaves above the soil line. This will allow your plants to grow a much larger root system right from the get-go, something they will need if the dry conditions persist.
Need Some Protein for the Grill?
Each week (all year round) many or all of these items area available at market:
Grass Fed Beef
Fish and shellfish
In addition, Market offers prepared chicken and lobster pies, ready to heat and eat gourmet single serving dishes,
goat, cow and water buffalo cheeses
ice cream, gelato & other dairy products
maple syrup & honey
value added goods including humus, chutney and low or no sugar jams and jellies
Did we mention vegetables and fruit, and yes, MOFGA Certified Organic Maine Blueberries in just about every month but July! Frozen from fall through spring from Highland Organics, and fresh from the fields from Burke Hill Farm in season.
See you at Market.