First days of summer.

Sprout Farm Newsletter June 20, 2019

Special this week: anything in a Proven Winner pot, now on sale 25% off. This includes annuals, cannas, geraniums, hydrangeas, Amazel Basil from 4.5” pot to 1 Gallon pot. We continue our low prices for 4 in potted benary zinnias just 99 cents, 10 inch hanging baskets $13.99 and our remaining sunpatiens just $2.99 for a 6 inch pot. Sorry- no white.

The farm stand cooler is well stocked our own harvest fresh lettuce, kale, and Swiss chard. Look left when you walk into the farm stand or you might miss the cooler. We harvested our first Sprout Farm Geronimo tomatoes on June 18th. The first planting of sugar snap peas is in full flower and the steady rain is making them grow rapidly. There’s no word on the corn from Sauchuk Farm so we will all have to be patient. Jay harvested beets for the first time this week.

Today, June 20 is National Eagle Day. The date is significant as it commemorates the date that the Continental Congress adopted the American bald eagle as our national bird and symbol, on June 20, 1782. Chosen for its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, the bald eagle symbolizes the United States' freedom, courage, strength, spirit, and excellence. Two weeks ago the staff and customers watched a bald eagle soar in the sky over Sprout Farm. This was the first time any of us had seen a bald eagle on the Cape. Bald eagles are known for their fish diet but so far the koi in our pond are safe. There is better fishing in the nearby Mashpee River.

The wet mild winter is setting us up for a surge of ticks. Please take precautions after working or playing outdoors to make sure you or your pets are not bringing in these harmful insects. Jay and I have both had a bout of Lyme’s disease. Fortunately for us it was quickly diagnosed and effectively treated but don’t hesitate to get checked out if you have any symptoms.

This wet weather is also encouraging the spread of fungal diseases including basil downy mildew which has been observed overcoming the disease resistance in Amazel Basil in plants on Long Island. Rutgers University has developed resistant varieties but the seed supply may be limited and the results unknown at this time. Like the Red Sox fans of old we may have to, ‘Wait till next year’

This brief passage is from the Mass ag. newsletter.

This might be a good time to get your sprayer out, inspect your nozzles and screens, check your spray pattern, and calibrate your sprayer to make sure you are putting out the right amount of material and getting good coverage—check out the June 28, 2018 issue of Veg Notes or download the Agricultural Pocket Pesticide Calibration Guide for complete instructions. It also helps to have a spray plan in place and to have the materials that you will need on hand, so that you are ready to go when disease (or insect pests) spread is likely.

Even though the pests never quit, don’t get discouraged. The sun will shine eventually, the tourists will continue to fill the roads and restaurants and our gardens will be our island of tranquility. Flowers and butterflies are good for the soul and your blood pressure. Plant some flowers now for future stress relief.

Stop by for great plants and produce in season.

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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