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Angelonia x. hybrida ‘Serena Pink’

Dear Greg,

Soggy!
        Well, we haven’t had to water much in the last month…I guess that is one way to look at our current weather pattern.  The soils here at the farm are mostly clay-based, which means they retain water well and drain poorly.  Although we’ve been adding organic material like mad over the years (we are up to 6% Organic Matter as of our last soil test), the soils are still heavy.  In a dry year, we appreciate that.  This year, we wish we farmed on river bottom soil.
         Much of the hilltop soil in our area is filled with clay.  The clay particles are like a deck of cards, all neatly stacked together with no room for air or roots.  If you’ve ever had a deck of cards get rained on, or worse, if you’ve ever spilled your gin and tonic on them, you’ll know that the cards stick tightly together.  By adding organic matter, we introduce particles that can wedge in between those cards of clay and allow better drainage, air and the resulting healthy plant roots.  At some point, of course, there is too much water all at once and the fields are completely saturated.
 (Crib Notes:  Saturated from too much rain = bad
                       Saturated from gin and tonic = who cares!
         Since all gardeners in a particular area (the Northeast) Wet lettuce receive the same weather, we are all in the same gardening situation.  We’re all in this together.  Here are some tips on keeping your garden growing after all this rain:
         -keep plenty of air space around the plants.  This will cut down on molds.
           -keep lower leaves off tomato plants.  This will reduce inoculation of pathogens from the soil.  When rain falls on the soil, it splashes up and carries with it any spores.  These spores land directly onto the lower leaves of the plant, and start working their way into the plant tissues.
            - mulch the soil with straw or leaves or grass clippings to stop raindrops from splashing onto foliage.  Any kind of mulch will soften the blow of the raindrops onto the soil and reduce splashing.
              -fertilize around plants now.  Rain has leached nutrients out of the soil and we suggest adding a band or layer of compost or Pro-Grow or other fertilizer to the edge of your plants.  This “side-dressing” will provide the plants with fresh nutrients.
              – slug bait – try some cheap beer in a shallow pan.  Slugs are attracted to the yeast in the beer.  Not a bad way to go.
Lantana in Moss Hanger
Lantana in moss.

We’ve been replanting field crops and flowers with fresh material, and we have a great selection of vegetable plants, flowering annuals and perennials available for your gardens as well.  We want your 2013 gardening season to be positive, so we’ve discounted our annuals 4-packs and perennial 4-packs 50% to make it a little easier to re-plant if needed.  Plus sales on pots of annuals, half-off all of our vegetable plants, and $10. off each hanging basket.

        Today’s weather features drier air, sunshine and over 20 hours without any precipitation (I’m counting fog and mist as precipitation!).  Lets hope for more days like today.
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Spring Ledge Farm Summer Tour -
         Friday, July 19th 5:30 pm.
           Join us as we walk through the farm, answering garden questions, talking plants and soil and snacking on fresh produce.

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Blast from the past
          Guided tour starts at 5:30 and can run up to 2 hours, but you are free to disband from the crowd at any time.  Start at the farmstand, meander down past the cut flowers, garlic, lettuces, row crops, tomato houses and to the back field.   Refreshments provided, free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there.
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      Heirloom Tomatoes!

Now available at the farmstand.

costoluto genovese
‘Costoluto Genovese’
‘Orange Blossom’
‘Striped German’,
‘Brandywine’,
‘Japanese Black Trifel’,
‘Costoluto Genovese’ (best in show at last year’s tomato tasting).
Vine-ripened fruit – delicious.
         Pair these with some fresh basil and mozzarella for a great summertime meal.
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Please let me know of any questions or comments.
  Thanks very much for shopping at Spring Ledge!
Greg Berger
        The rain seems to be helping our blueberry crop, raspberry plants and fruit trees.  Even the blueberry bushes we have for sale are full with fruit.  
Blueberries
Kind of like a pre-loaded gift card.  
Buy a blueberry plant and start picking immediately!
Great looking raspberry bushes and fruit trees also available – we’ve moved them near the front of the farmstand for easier access.  
 Some new crops we are now harvesting:

 

Zucchini

Yellow Squash

Cucumbers

Cut Flowers

Heirloom Tomatoes

Baby Potatoes

Fresh Arugula

 

 

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New London, NH 03257
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