Raspberry picking has begun!
Our Raspberry crop is $4/pound, and as always, grown without the use of sprays. The berries are larger than normal, and so so flavourful. This is thanks to the long cool spring.
|Our own little Lucas with his annual pail of Berries. He lives in Dubai but dreams about his summers on the farm with us.
|Gardening Tip of the Month:
Keeping clear records of your garden is an essential tool in the management of healthy and successful gardens. As soon as possible, create a diary of your gardening story. Remember to include the environment around you, when did the first butterfly show up? When did you first see the Trumpeters? When did you last see the Trumpeters? You will see a connection between these events and when your garden starts to require certain things… like weeding, mulching, pruning. An example for me is that when the Ravens start harvesting the wool off our sheep the indication is that we are in for deep cold, and I immediately mulch my tender plants. Lastly, you are communicating with your future self, be kind but thorough with your notes.
|Plant Pick of the Month: It’s All About Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas make a great splash in every garden. Ranging in colour from white, pink, blue, green and even red, and heights from two feet to fifteen, their versatility in the garden makes them one of our favourites. Many varieties are now available in both shrub and standardized form and they all make exceptional statement pieces, hedges and cut flowers. For an added bonus their flowers are easy to dry. Simply cut flowers when they are at their best and place in a vase 1/3 full of water. Leave in a darker room until the water has disappeared, do not replenish… in a few days you have dried flowers.
Summer Pansy and Raspberry Salad
Source for recipe and image theviewfromgreatisland.