Awesome August

Sprout Farm News Letter Aug. 23, 2018

Good Morning Everyone,

August is a beautiful time here at Sprout Farm. Our Montauk daisies are out front for $6.29 in a one gallon pot. These perennial daisies are one of the last plants to flower in the fall and aside from a few pinches in the spring, are relatively low maintenance. Just make sure to give them lots of space in the garden because the can grow into a large clump of flowers.

We noticed the flowers on the calibrachoa are missing. It looks like the bud worm is right on time. So load up the sprayer with spinosad, Captain Jack, and say good by to the worms and welcome back the flowers to the petunias and the calibrachoa. Take a few minutes to give a spray of Spinosad to the tomato plants too. The army worms are not as big as the tomato horn worms but they can still cause a lot of damage.

You may have noticed that we're having a wet summer. If you think we've had a lot of rain on the Cape you should see how much it's rained up in Wrentham. So there are lots of peaches on the trees up at the Big Apple farm but they can't pick them while they are wet. It isn't as critical for apple picking but peaches need to have dry skin when they are picked, sorted and boxed. I saw a rainbow this morning driving in Bridgewater and a sun shower followed close behind. Crazy weather. Let's hope for a few uninterrupted days of sunshine.

We have some new varieties of apples; Paula Red and Ginger Gold to go along with the J-Macs. We have red plums and peaches as they become available.

I want to give a shout out to the great folks at Cape Cod five Cents Savings Bank. The noticed an ACH exceeded the amount in our checking account. The branch manager called me up and said, “This doesn't look right.” It turns out that if you own your solar panels and you get solar credits from the state, timing is critical. Eversource looked at the meter going backwards before the solar credits were posted and thought that we had used 10K of electricity. That adds up to quite a bill. We called them and they said it was their mistake, oops, and it won't happen again. Everything was resolved quickly and easily. Once again, thank you Linda at the Cape Cod Five. This is why we bank locally.

Ian will be leaving us soon and returning to college. He's been a great help but he's not on the register so you've probably never met him. He's been fetching the heavy stuff and doing the hard work out back in the garden. I think he's had fun driving the tractor. I don't know what we would have done without him. I do know the weeds would have been a lot taller than they are now.

Later today UMASS will update the Veggie Notes newsletter.

I hope you haven't given up on the garden because there's lots of growing season left. Continue to feed and dead-head your hanging basket and container plants - they will often keep going until the first frosts. Fill gaps in borders with autumn flowering plants such as sedum and chrysanthemum to extend the color to the end of the season. When beans and peas finish cropping simply cut the plant away at ground level, leaving the roots in the soil. These crops fix nitrogen which is slowly released into the soil as the roots break down. Create compost bins in preparation for all the fallen leaves and dead plant material which you'll be collecting over the coming months. Autumn leaves make a great addition to compost bins and are ideal for making leaf mold. We accept leaves and grass clippings here on the farm. We are always looking to improve out soil.

That's all for now. Let's hope we get some warm sunny days and you can get to the beach. Twilight comes earlier but the warm water is so relaxing.

See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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