It’s Peak of the Season in the Co-op’s Organic Garden Center!
All categories of warm weather veggies are in now in stock.
Night time low temperatures are creeping upwards,but it is still a good idea to protect tender plants for another week or two. This can be as easy as laying a piece of Reemay over them or putting them on a porch at night. Your plants will thank you for it.
On Sale May 15-31 Organic Basil plants from Sunseed Farm –2.5″pots. We have loads of stunning and delicious Basil in several varieties:Genovese,Italian Large leaf,Thai,Lemon and glowing Purple. Regularly $1.69 –sale price $1.29.
Quick tips for Basil success –Basil likes it warm. Very warm. In Garden Nancy’s opinion,it does best in a one or two gallon size container;with just one plant per container. Basil also likes it dry,but not too dry. It seems to do best when the soil is allowed to become somewhat dry,then completely saturate the entire pot by submerging it in a larger container of water. I use a kiddie pool. I also allow the water to sit for a couple of hoursfirst for the chlorine to dissipate. the last important tip is one that is very difficult to describe in words –pinching. Basil needs drastic pinching to achieve its full potential. Frankly,from the plant’s perspective,all it wants to do is put up a central stem,flower and make seeds. We,however,want lots of leaf and few to no flowers (they are edible,too). Pinching the plants back involves cutting the center tip out of each stem,stimulating the plant to form two stems where the cut is made. Harvesting is also a form of pruning that helps make MORE BASIL.
Also still on sale are the Nasturtium plants from our friends at Sunseed Farm. Wide selection of colors and types. sale priced at $1.29 each.