Spider Web Gardens
May 14, 2013
Start Your Vining
We have a good perennial vine assortment this year: Clematis, Climbing Hydrangea, Hops, Honeysuckle, Arctic Kiwi, Dutchman’s Pipe, Trumpet Vine, Woodbine, Wisteria, Virginia Creeper, Boston Ivy, and Silver Lace.
Clematis is one of the most popular of all climbing vines. Clematis flowers are irresistibly beautiful and can be indispensable in the garden. Use them to liven up any dull space by growing them on fences, arbors, pergolas, obelisks, trellises, lamp posts, sign posts, or even large shrubs. Hardy in zones 4-9. We have a variety of colors and cultivars in stock in our perennial department between Greenhouse 10 and 11 for $19.95 each. We have a selection of obelisks, trellises and stakes in stock as well!
Yellow Stuttgarter Onion Sets: cooking onion. Bulbs are medium large, thick-flat in shape and yellow in color, firm skinned, and an excellent variety for storage. Onion sets are sold by the pound $1.95/per.
Goldrush, Chieftan, Cobbler, Katahdin, Green Mountain, Kennebec, Norland, Norwiss, Red Pontiac, Russets, Superior & Yukon Gold seed potatoes are in stock! For info about planting potatoes follow this link to the UNH fact sheet http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/resource000606_rep628.pdf . Seed potatoes are sold by the pound: $.65/per.
We have it-Asparagus Root!
Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that produces a new crop year after year for 10 to15 years or longer if the plants are given adequate care. Asparagus is grown for its succulent, immature shoots which, if allowed to grow, will eventually become the bushy-like foliage called fern. Here in New Hampshire the young spears emerge about the first week in May or when the soil temperature reaches about 40 degrees F. We sell asparagus by the root bundle of 25 for $14.95. For more information about starting your own asparagus patch: http://extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000603_Rep625.pdf .
We sell fresh picked too! Bill harvests almost every day during this time of year. $3.00 for a jarful!
Rhubarb in your Backyard!
Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable grown for its attractive succulent rose red color edible stalks. Rhubarb is one of the least calorie vegetables. Nonetheless, it contains some vital phyto-nutrients such as dietary fiber, poly-phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins and it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. The stalks are rich in several B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid. Red color stalks contain more vitamin A than in the green varieties. Further, the stalks also contain small amounts of poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like ß-carotene, zea xanthin, and lutein. These compounds convert to vitamin A inside the body and deliver same protective effects of vitamin A on the body. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for healthy eye-sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help the body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers. As in other greens like kale, spinach, etc., rhubarb stalks also provide good amounts of vitamin-K. 100 g of fresh stalks provide 29.3 µg or about 24% of daily recommended intake of this vitamin. Vitamin K has a potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/rhubarb.html Rhubarb Pie anyone? We have Rhubarb starter plants!
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale make up a group of cool season vegetables known as cole crops. Cole crops are hardy and grow best in the spring and fall. Cole crops grow best in cooler soil. Here at Spider Web Gardens, you’ll find starter packs ready to transplant into your garden. Other veggies that are not classified as ‘cole’ crops that like cooler growing conditions that are available are lettuce, spinach, arugula, onions and swiss chard.
In Our Nursery
Potentilla is very hardy and a great choice for a small flowering shrub in the garden. Tolerant of slightly dry soils, Potentilla grows well in locations that receive full sun. They are also free of any major pest problems. To keep your Potentilla lookin’ good, give it a little ‘haircut’ in March and then again after it is done flowering. Pruning after flowering will keep your Potentilla looking nice and maintain a ‘tight’ shape, it may even flower a second time! We have Potentilla in our nursery starting at $19.50 each.
HEMLOCKS: (not to be confused with Goldilocks!!) We have just dug Hemlocks from our nursery. These are New Hampshire homegrown! They are 2-3” tall and priced to sell at $25.00 each.
Spider Web Gardens 2013 Vegetable CSA memberships are now available for purchase. The cost for a 2013 membership will be $300 for 14 weeks. New for 2013 we will be offering a shorter 7 consecutive week share for our summer friends at $175.00. Typically the share will feed a family of three or four. Each member will pick up their share at Spider Web Gardens one day per week, either every Monday or every Friday. Members will have a choice of Monday or Friday on a first come first serve basis. Vegetables will be displayed and a prescribed amount of each will be available to each share holder. We encourage the use of reusable bags for containers. Our goal for the 2013 CSA vegetable season is to begin delivering produce the second week of July and go through the middle of October.
Cut Flowers CSA is available for $120.00/share. Cut your own flowers 15 times throughout the season from the many varieties in the cut flower garden up to 30 stems per visit. Typically over 10,000 flowers are planted in the garden.
Stevia anyone? Everyone !
Herb of the week: Stevia. Sweet Leaf Stevia ( Stevia rebaudiana) has incredibly sweet leaves that are an herbal alternative to sugar. Use fresh or dried. We offer stevia plants in our herb selections found in Greenhouse # 3. Plant them in your garden. They will grow 18-10 inches tall and be bushy, high-yielding plants.
Herb gardening is relaxing and rewarding. Your own home grown herbs will provide you with fresh flavors for cooking, teas, crafting, and even herbal medicines. Visit our Greenhouse# 3 for a great selection of herbs! Herb gardening can be done in the ground and/ or in containers! Some herbs are perennial in our zones and will return year after year in your garden.
We offer Gift Certificates in any denomination. We can mail the gift certificates. Or you can stop in and purchase your gift certificate. Add a plant to make it even more special! (Sorry we can’t mail the plant!)House warming-showers-thank you-just because-happy birthday-get well-congratulations-best wishes-love,…etc.
Roll out the Barrel!
Barrels aren’t just for Monkeys! We have a great selection of barrels for all your planting needs. We have color stained, natural and the traditional Whiskey barrels in stock. We also have a good selection of sizes!
Heather is an alpine plant found in our perennial department. . It is a very popular ornamental perennial plant found in gardens and landscapes. There are many named cultivars, selected for variation in flower color and for different foliage color and growing habits.
Different cultivars have flower colors ranging from white, through pink and a wide range of purples, and including reds. The flowering season with different cultivars extends from late July to November in the northern hemisphere. The flowers may turn brown but still remain on the plants over winter, and this can lead to interesting decorative effects.
We have a nice variety of different foliages available starting at $9.95 each.
Bulk Mulch, Compost, Manure & Soil
Spider Web Gardens Loam: we blend and screen our own loam. It consists of 2 parts Windsor Soil + 1 part Peat Moss + 1 part All Grow compost. We sell our loam bulk ($50.00 per yard) and bagged ($5.25 per bag).
Nutri-Mulch: is a ½ and ½ mix of dark bark mulch & All Grow compost. This will add some energy and moisture retention to your site.
Premium Brown Bark Mulch: This is sometimes called red bark.
Dark Bark Mulch: Sometimes called black mulch or black bark.
All Grow: Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled and can be used as a fertilizer and soil amendment.
While we wait for our soil temps to warm up, it is a great time to clean up your garden beds! After raking you can add mulch, compost, manure or soil to your beds. We offer these in bulk by the yard at $50.00/yard. We can load your truck or we can deliver up to 4 yards per load. The delivery charge per trip is $50.00. We also offer bagged mulches, soils, compost and manure as well as fertilizers.
A note about mulching: NO Volcanoes! Volcano shaped mulch piles at the base of trees endanger a tree’s health. When mulch is mounded up around a tree’s trunk, it keeps the tree’s bark consistently moist. These are ideal conditions for a host of insect and disease problems. The warm, humid environment inside a mulch volcano is also a good growing environment for tree roots, which can girdle and eventually kill the tree.
Soil Testing: Get your dirt’s dirt! Your gardens, lawns and landscape depend on the soil around them. It is a good idea to test your soil every so often. You may discover hidden treasure!! The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) Soil Testing Program offers testing services that allow you to take your samples and mail them in. They will send your results back as soon as testing is done. For more information: http://extension.unh.edu/Agric/AGPDTS/SoilTest.htm
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Spider Web Gardens and the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD) are partnering with the New Hampshire Farm to School Program (NHFTS). NHFTS is a statewide program working to connect NH farms and schools. Farm to school connections enable schools to serve healthy, locally grown foods in their cafeterias, integrate farms, food, and nutrition into their curriculum, and explore food and agriculture-based learning opportunities.Purchasing locally grown food helps ensure that NH farms continue to thrive; helping to preserve NH's open spaces and rural working landscape. Foods grown locally are fresher and taste better than food shipped long distances. Spider Web Gardens has 10 acres of field production, which produces a variety of vegetables. Produce is sold at two farm stands, the Wolfeboro Farmer’s Market and through it’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Cathy Kunzler, Food Service Director at GWRSD, is very supportive of this connection and has purchased butternut squash and sweet potatoes for the lunch program.
Another High Tunnel Added to Spider Web!
Floral arrangement class presented by Karen O'Shea of Tranquil Spaces
Taste of the Garden Celebration
Steve Taylor presented "Cows and the Community"
The Tent is up!
Over 100 rocks were removed from the fields and grounds recently.
CSA for Spider Web Gardens
Again this year will be a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable program. CSAs are becoming more popular as customers desire to eat local, fresh food with delicious flavor and vitamin benefits. Consumers also learn new vegetables and new ways of cooking, get to visit the farm and see where and how the produce is grown and develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food. The farmer receives benefits such as getting to spend time marketing the food early in the year and to receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow. The farmer also has an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow.
Due to high interest the vegetable CSA is open for the 2013 season. CSA is an arrangement which enables consumers and farmers to share the risks and benefits of sustainable agriculture. Each growing season, members pay for a share up front and in return, receive 14 weekly harvests of produce in season. The first harvest will be in mid July, running through August and September and into the first two weeks of October. The share will cost $300.00 Typically the share will feed a family of three or four. We are also offereing a 7 week share for our summer friends at $175.00 each. Pick up will be at SWG one time per week Mondays or Fridays. Preferred pick up day will be on a first come first serve basis. Vegetables will be displayed and a prescribed amount of each will be available to each share holder; there will a swap area where families may leave what produce they might not care for and exchange that for a preferred vegetable. We encourage the use of reusable bags for containers. It might take a while for some families to make a transition from eating whatever is at the grocery store (pretty much everything) to whatever is in your CSA basket (what's in season). The season starts off lighter than it finishes: In our area the first crops will be salad greens, green onions, radishes and the like. By the end of the season, the shares should be much heavier, with things like winter squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, and corn. We will try to provide a list of vegetables and when they might be available, members need to remember that farming has no guarantees. Because this will be a joint venture options may be made to not pick up a share one week and to pick up two the next or to form some other arrangement. Flexibility is desirable for all involved. For a sign up sheet, click Here.
We also offer a separate CSA opportunity with our cut flowers, there is membership space available. This will be cut your own flowers from the cut flower garden for 15 visits with up to 30 stems/visit. The cost of this will be $120.00/share.
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