This Saturday marks the start of our Fall Plant Sale! It’s the perfect time to pick up local-hardy perennials at the best price of the year.
Fresh this Week: Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Cornstalks, Corn, Grapes, Golden Raspberries, Raspberries, Pears, Apples, Melons, Peaches, Nectarines, Blueberries, Tomatoes (including Cherry, Roma, Gold, Yellow, Salad, Indigo Rose, Campari, and Heirlooms), Arugula, Fennel, Spinach, Zucchini, Kale, Chard, Head Lettuce, Carrots, Beets, wide assortment of sweet and hot peppers (including Poblano, Jalapeno, Serrano, Pepperoncini, Shishito, Corno Di Toro, Pimento, Chocolate, Anaheims, and Habanero), Radishes, Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Turnips, Broccoli, Cabbage, Green Onions, Potatoes (Yukon Gold, Huckleberry Gold and Red), Red/Yellow Onions, Cucumbers (including Pickling European, Asian and Lemon), Heirloom Beans, Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Cauliflower, Napa Cabbage, Edamame, and Leeks.
Featured Market Melodies This Week:
- Music by Echo Elysium
- Wednesday, September 13th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday Market Location
- Music by Scott Reid
- Saturday, September 16th, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
- Saturday Market Grounds
Fall Plant Sale Starts This Weekend!
Fall is a great time to plant berries and nursery stock. Take advantage of clearance sales, and as long as the plant is hardy for your zone and not diseased, it has a good chance of thriving in your garden.
Here are some planting tips from “The Idaho Tomato Lady” Susi Faville, of Mountain View Farm:
Dig a big hole. The old saying is “Put a 2 dollar plant in a 10 dollar hole”. This is especially true when you have bad soil! Amend with compost, planting mix and/ or manure and some slow acting organic fertilizer (something with bone meal & fish meal, blood meal, etc). This is your chance to get nutrients deep into where the roots will form, but you don’t want to over feed the plant in the fall. It needs to go dormant and harden off, not grow.
Make sure the sides of the hole are chopped up, not tight like a flower pot. Dig more compost and a bit of organic fertilizer (or manure) into the bottom of the hole If the soil is dry, water the bottom and let it sit a bit.
If it’s cooled off, loosen the bottom and sides of the root ball gently. Place at about the level the plant was growing in the pot. It should not stick up above soil level. If so, dig the hole deeper! The soil will sink a bit so pay attention to the level of the bed. Back fill with amended soil.
Water deeply. A temporary basin around the plant is helpful. You want to settle the soil in around the root ball and make sure it’s not too dry outside the root ball. The plant needs deep but infrequent water until the rains take over. When they do, break down the basin.
Mulch. After the plant is settled in, before the coldest of winter arrives, put a thick layer of mulch around the plant, not covering the stem. This will prevent the newly disturbed soil from heaving in the frost. Organic mulches like bark or straw will eventually break down and add fertility to the soil.
One last tip: Fall is the time to deep water everything in your garden: trees, shrubs, etc. That is the best thing you can do to prepare the plants for winter. Avoid wet leaves on cold nights if possible. Happy Planting!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: NEXT SATURDAY IS FALL FEST!