2003 Newsletters

2003 Newsletters

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– 2003 newsletter 1

Newsletter 1 It has been one great week. Snow and now the wonderful spring we have all come to appreciate is finally here. Let?s get out and clean up the yard and start planting. I have gotten a lot of calls about planting trees and shrubs this past week so to everyone it is a wonderful time to plant these. The cooler temperatures allow the plant to establish a root system before the heat of summer. The first year a tree or shrub is planted it still needs to be watered every now and then during the season even after […]

– 2003 newsletter 9

Newsletter 9 Peppers and More peppers. We now have them in colors and such beautiful colors at that. Purple, Yellow, Orange and Chocolate. We like Chocolate Beauty, Golden Bell, Purple Beauty and Mandarin. These are bell peppers. Just for your information the colored peppers will never produce as many peppers. The genetic background is just not behind these colors yet. The green pepper I like is Lady Bell. It is an old variety that sets peppers of a good size under adverse conditions. Hungarian Peppers are long but relatively thick about one inch, they come in hot and sweet varieties. […]

– 2003 newsletter 8

Newsletter 8 Tomatoes is the subject this week. My favorite old time varieties are Brandywine and Marglobe. My favorite Cherry is Sweet 100. I like Yellow Pear. I like Patio tomato for containers and small gardens. I like Floramerica and Celebrity as determinate types. Better Boy Jet Star, and Early Girl are also fine varieties for indeterminate varieties. Seeding: Take moist potting soil and make a small indentation with a pencil length ways and seed in this groove cover lightly and top lightly with vermiculite. Cover with plastic and place in a 70 degree area. Once they come up put […]

– 2003 newsletter 7

Newsletter 7 I want to talk today about a wonderful plant called Alstroemeria. These come in tuber and seed varieties. The plants originate from South Africa and are clump forming tubers. The seed variety called Jazz is a lower growing variety for the garden but performs very poorly in the heat of summer. The series called Princess Lilies comes from tubers and is designed for gardens and pots. These hold up well in the heat of summer and come in a number of colors. The plant has beautiful striping on its flowers. This is the variety that we carry. There […]

– 2003 newsletter 6

Newsletter 6 I want to talk today about a wonderful plant called Penta. These annuals come from seed. There has been a lot of breeding work the last few years to get better hybrids and clean out the viruses from the crop. The plants originate from Eastern Africa ? Arabia. Penta lanceolata or Egyptian star cluster is the Latin name. It is related to the coffee plant. Butterflies love them so they are included in a lot of butterfly gardens. The seed variety called New Look is a smaller growing variety for the garden. We grow the series called Butterfly. […]

– 2003 newsletter 5

Newsletter 5 Portulaca. What a wonderful plant. We all know it as the wonderful Moss Rose. We love the variety Sundial. Many colors and an absolutely beautiful Fuchsia color. It loves the heat and dry weather. A lot of people use them around mailboxes by the street. The key is to keep them deadheaded, which is to remove the flowers once they start turning brown. They will bloom till frost. We also grow a couple of flat leafed varieties called Yubi and Duet. They take the heat and dryness even more. They are lower growing and used for ground covers […]

– 2003 newsletter 4

Newsletter 4 One my favorite plants is Marigold. You may not hear this from many people but I really believe there are three kinds. French, African, and a hybrid of the two called Triploid. The name marigold has two origins. The Virgin Mary supposedly used them on alters, and they were called Mary?s Gold. The second origin came from the plant family of Targetes. Targetes was the grandson of Jupiter. The roots of marigolds exude thiophenes that kill nematodes. They are often planted because they repel insects. We like the Bonanza and Safari varieties. They come in many shades of […]

– 2003 newsletter 3

Newsletter 3 Wonderful Pansies and Violas. First let me tell you the sooner you get these planted this spring the better they will do for you. We like the penny and sorbet series for violas. For pansies most series are good but we are partial to Sky, Maxim, and Bingo. The large flowered series do not take the heat and weather as well. The pansies that overwinter seem to do so much better in the spring. Pansies are the number one bedding plant in the south. They are planted in mass in lots of ground beds for winter cover. If […]

– 2003 newsletter 2

Newsletter 2 I am beginning a series of discussions so do not miss any of them. Let?s start with Begonias. Monk Charles Plumier named begonias after a French official in the Louis the 14 government by the name of Michel Begon. It did not truly become important until the Tuberous Begonias were discovered in South America in 1865. We now have the smaller wax leafed begonias in green and bronze leaf types. I like the Cocktail series and Eureka series. The Eurekas are more vigorous. The Dragon Wing series is a new one that everyone should be growing. Very vigorous […]

– 2003 newsletter 10

Newsletter 10 The Joys of planting in the summer. It is so much fun to watch the plants grow so fast. In the spring plants at times just seem to sit. Cold soils and cold temperatures. Just for your information when the average daily temperature goes from 60 to 70, the rate of growth on a plant doubles. Couple this with the longer days the plants seem to grow before your eyes. In general one has to watch the watering for about two weeks after plants are planted from that time on usually once a week is enough for watering […]

– 2003 newsletter 11

Newsletter 11 Confusion and more Confusion It seems the companies that sell annual flowers are trying to drive us all crazy. We have Wave Petunias, Fiesta Double Impatiens, Celebration New Guinea Impatiens. We had Blitz impatiens and Inca marigolds. Large growers that supply the chains stores wanted the growing to be easier. They dropped Blitz and replaced it with the less vigorous variety of Blitz 2000. They even had the gall to replace Inca with Inca but the plant is now 6 to 12 inches shorter. They created Easy Wave Petunias, Fiesta Ole? Double impatiens, Celebrette New Guinea impatiens. These […]

– 2003 newsletter 12

Newsletter 12 Ed and Carol are traveling across the country looking for the newest and best flowers for next year so I?ll be filling in at the keyboard for the next couple weeks. With the hot days of August just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to cover wonderful plants that work well in shade. Most people are familiar with hostas for shade. They are available in a huge array of sizes, from varieties that mature at 12 inches tall to huge 3 feet tall by 5 feet diameter. Leaf color ranges from bluish green, […]

– 2003 newsletter 21

Newsletter 21 This weekend and next is our annual Pumpkin Festival!! We will have complimentary apple cider, cookies, candy, and popcorn! Also, our HAY MAZE is setup and ready to go. Be warned, however, it is scarier and more challenging than last years. We also have lots of pumpkins, in all sizes, as well as Indian corn, straw bales, corn shocks, and other fun decorations for your Halloween displays! SEE YOU SOON!!! You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling! Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, […]

– 2003 newsletter 20

Newsletter 20 This time of year, most gardeners start winding up their outdoor activities. A lot of the annuals and perennials are starting to fade away as the temperatures start to dip more and more under the freezing mark. Even the trees and shrubs are starting to slowly drift off to dormancy. It?s enough to make us hardcore gardeners cry! Before holing yourself up for the onset of winter, consider the wonderful opportunity this new season offers. There are a host of exciting decorating options for your outdoors that can easily and quickly be used for a fun and exciting […]

– 2003 newsletter 19

Newsletter 19 Like it or not, this is the time of year we need to be thinking of the first visit from Jack Frost. Typically, in the Dane county area, the first killing frost occurs between October 4 to 10. Usually we get ample warning of when a frost is going to occur, it is finding adequate covering that I usually have trouble with. I typically get home when its dark and have to ransack the house and garage hurriedly looking for stuff that will cover my plants. However, by preparing few covers for NOW you can be ready to […]

– 2003 newsletter 18

Newsletter 18 Wow! Carol and I have just completed another 8,000 mile trip in a Ford Escort Wagon, looking for great plants. We now have a total of 205,000 miles.on the car. When you talk to friends tell them you shop at a place where the owners are fanatics about plants. Remind your friends that we grow most of our plants so we can grow them right. Two acres of greenhouses you know. We add composted bark to our soil mix so it shrinks a lot less. This means a lot easier watering for you. We have all seen the […]

– 2003 newsletter 17

Newsletter 17 Ed is once again traveling around, looking for new and exciting flowers. Jeff, our retail manager, is once again filling in. Autumn officially begins in a few days, and you know what that means? BULBS! Planting bulbs this autumn will give you wonderful spring color without a lot of effort. And for bulbs I always think of daffodils as one of the easiest of all flowers to grow for excellent and easy color. Now before you jump over to the comic section, let me explain why you might want to make some room for some of these bulbs. […]

– 2003 newsletter 15

Newsletter 15 Ed and Carol are traveling across the country looking for new and exciting flowers. Our retail manager, Jeff, will be filling in while they are away. The invasion is on! The enemy army landed on the east coast nearly one hundred years ago and has steadily worked their way west. They have encountered few natural enemies to slow their conquests. Their mission: food. Their target: your plants. Of course, I am talking about the infamous Japanese beetle. In case you are not familiar with this invader, they are a winged beetle about a half-inch long with shiny metallic, […]

– 2003 newsletter 14

Newsletter 14 Ed and Carol are continuing their travels across the country looking for the newest and best flowers for next year. Hard to believe its August already. Before you know it the kids will be headed back to school, colored leaves will be falling, birds flying south, and snow flying… I?m getting a bit ahead of myself. I mean summer?s not over yet! There is still lots of time to add some excitement to your homestead. It?s also a great way to get the kids out of the house and discovering the fun of planting. Now I can hear […]

– 2003 newsletter 13

Newsletter 13 I would love to talk about one of my favorite subjects ? Organic Pest Control. A couple things to remember just because it is Organic does not mean it is less toxic to humans. Even water if taken in a large enough quantity will kill you. It just means the pesticides are from natural occurring things. Sluggo which is iron phosphate is poison for slugs. It works well and is not toxic to small animals and children. Metallic copper works well for fungus control across a broad range of fungus. Jojoba oil is good against powdery mildew. Neem […]

– 2003 newsletter 22

Newsletter 22 We also have lots of pumpkins, in all sizes, as well as Indian corn, straw bales, corn shocks, and other fun decorations for your Halloween displays! It?s getting to be that time!. By starting early, you?ll have everything taken care of well before its cold and all that white stuff starts piling up. (And in Wisconsin, you never know when that?ll happen!) Time to face it! Now is the time to do a little clean up outside. One of the more important things to take care of is to remove all the dead foliage. That will reduce the […]

 

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