"Gourmet Kitty" Contest Winner
Michael Ekberg, Fitchburg, WI
"This is Lenny, enjoying your
"Gourmet Mixed Greens"on our patio. Both of our
cats flock to the greens as soon as we put them out! Lenny is a very chatty
kitty that LOVES a good belly rub."
"Caption the Kitty" Contest Winner
Tracey Nixon, Hilliard, OH
"These all look very pretty,
but where are the chicken and fish seeds?"
Hannah Rodrigues, Naples, FL
"Cheeca loves his
It's not only healthy, it keeps him away from houseplants. He has to have his
greens first thing every morning, before we make coffee or do anything else.
When I feed him its like feeding an alligator - you have to be careful!
Your blend is just the best product I have found: sprouts right away, grows fast
and apparently tastes VERY yummy."
What to Plant in June/July
Tri-color Bush Beans
Don't be overwhelmed by a sense of being too late to plant. Summer producers
will grow even more quickly from seed sown in early summer when the soil is well
warmed up and teeming with life. You'll be surprised how fast seeds will come up
and explode with growth.
Scented Basil Trio
20% off through July 15
Our richly aromatic mix of perfumed Cinnamon basil, citrus-scented Mrs. Burn's
Lemon basil and garnet-colored Red Rubin basil. This trio of beautiful herbs
adds color and scent to beds and borders.
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June In the Trial Garden
by Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manager
our big cherry tomato trial, we are trying a new trellising method because these
big vines get so dense and heavy with fruit. We found that tall cylindrical
cages didn't work very well, as it was a difficult to harvest fruit clusters in
thick foliage, while decreased air circulation made the vines more susceptible
to pests and diseases. So this year, we are growing them on slanted wire
fencing. We planted our seedlings in one long row, then ran a roll of 6 ft tall
wire fencing that rests at the base of the plants, then lays diagonally and
rests on sturdy posts, with the fencing supported every 5 ft with bamboo.
This will allow the plants to grow up and spread out on the fencing,
more like an espalier. As the vines grow, we'll train them onto the
fencing with twine. We think this method will produce better air
circulation and sun exposure over the entire plant, and the fencing's 4
inch squares will make it easy to reach in and harvest fruit clusters.
To make maximum use of the space, we planted oakleaf and butterhead
lettuce trial varieties from a fine organic seed producer in Oregon all
along the the new tomato fencing. The lettuces will get morning sun and
by afternoon they will be shaded as the tomatoes fill in.
We are also trialing cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins this season. This
spring especially, we heard from gardeners who were having difficult
time with germination and vigor on these warm season crops. The problem
turned out to be that they were simply sown too early, before conditions
were warm enough. It helps to wait a few weeks longer before sowing
their seeds, because warmer soil temperatures always enhances
When starting these seeds in containers, it's critical to use fresh and
good quality potting soil that contains enough nutrients to help these
fast growing and heavy feeding varieties off to a good start. We always
provide supplemental feeding with 1/2 strength liquid fertilizer every
few weeks after germination for these vigorous vegetables while they are
waiting to go out in the garden.
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