Proven Winners are King

Sprout Farm Newsletter May 23, 2019

Good Morning Everyone,

The highlight for this week, 5/23 – 5/29, our sale is Proven Winners, 4 ½” pot, on sale 3 for $12.00. The word is out about our great regular prices so a few items are sold out of the first planting and the second planting is a week to 10 days from finishing up in the greenhouse. To get them growing, Jay has put three varieties of Coast of Maine potting soil on sale. A 1cc ft bag of Lobster Compost, or 1cc ft bag Complete Planting Compost or 1cc ft- Potting Blend, regularly $8.99 is now on sale this week for $6.99.

We are looking for help on the farm. We are looking for a person or persons to fill the 28 hours that we have available. They must be dependable, flexible, willing to get dirty and must be able to learn to ring a cash register accurately. Expect to do some transplanting, seeding and possibly some harvesting. The schedule includes Saturdays but not Sundays. The schedule starts now and runs through the week after Labor Day.

Local news – Ann Barrett over at the corner of Rte 130 and Rte 28 at Buckle Works & Etc. wants to know if there is anyone who wants to till her field and use it. Her phone number is 508-428-5374. We were sorry to hear that her husband Joe passed away last month. Fallow farmland on the Cape is a sad thing.

I need wine bottle corks for a frost blanket frame. I have metal frames from political signs from the last election and they are perfect for holding a frost blanket above the tender plants in the spring. I think if I can drill a hole in a cork, slide the wire through and secure the cork in our black tables I will end up with a sturdy frame to hold up the frost blanket and I can set out the plants on the benches early and not worry about the crappy Cape Cod spring weather. Hey, I’m a Yankee at heart.

Late last month we needed some space in the greenhouse so we pushed the sunpatiens out onto the black benches (without a blanket). They looked beautiful until the cold temperature, constant rain and occasional sun turned the top leaves ugly. The plants are healthy and the growth under the top leaves are fine but right now the second planting sunpatiens in the greenhouse are more popular even though they are smaller. We have one variety of vigorous white sunpatiens with variegated leaves that do not have tags. We never have enough greenhouse space so you will see plants on display outside but please be careful and watch the weather when you set your plants outdoors. Cold temperatures will stunt the growth of some sun loving plants like tomatoes. They like warm night time temperatures. Watch the weather forecast for high winds that can damage tender transplants as quickly as cold temperatures.

The red zonal geraniums sold out this week but we do have red seed geraniums as well as the usual colors. We treated the zonal geranium hanging baskets to delay the flowering and bulk up the plants. Some of them are just cracking color but all the baskets have color tags so we can find what you want before they color up. There is a big difference in the treated plants and I know Jay will do this next year.

Happy planting.

See you soon, Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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