Hort Morsels - Bits and Pieces - Hort Snacks - October 2017

  Hort Snacks - October 2017
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Featured Videos

MosaiCanada 150 Exhibition (a stunning horticultural masterpiece)
Dans les coulisses de Mosa´Canada150 / Gatineau 2017

The Canada150 Tulip
“Canada150 Tulips are Blooming Across Canada’s Capital Region”

In the News / Interesting Articles

Mental Snacktime – Tying Up Loose Ends

“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.” – Herbert Hoover

“We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God's light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence.” – John Piper

“Life's not perfect. Some loose ends may never get trimmed up and tidied.” – Hoda Kotb

“Then I felt too that I might take this opportunity to tie up a few loose ends, only of course loose ends can never be properly tied, one is always producing new ones. Time, like the sea, unties all knots. Judgements on people are never final, they emerge from summings up which at once suggest the need of a reconsideration. Human arrangements are nothing but loose ends and hazy reckoning, whatever art may otherwise pretend in order to console us.” – Iris Murdoch

“It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

Q and A

Q: What are some of the critical tasks that you carry out in fall? Why do they have to be done in fall, rather than another time of year?

A: We blow out raspberries leafs in fall. It’s a big advantage in controlling spider mites in next year’s crop. Also, spreading Casoron in fall has to be done in raspberries, and all other herbicides that has to be done in fall. Plus, there is more time in fall.
A: Harvest. Remove and dispose of any diseased plants and leaves. Till and amend the soil. Sow seeds for spring. Chop healthy foliage and apply to the soil. Collect leaves for mulch and apply. Prepare composts: pile and trench. Wait for Spring!
A: Fertilise, split tubers if needed, plant bulbs such as tulips or garlic
A: Renovate strawberries, clean out and store filtration system for irrigation, lift mulch and drip tube, cultivate ground, lay plastic for early spring planting, winterize sales area, winterize greenhouses, pick and store onions, squash, leeks, celery, pumpkins, clean up play area equipment and put into storage, cover strawberries with straw
A: Spraying out perennial weeds and grasses that have snuck into the bushes (Roundup works best in the fall). Blowing out water lines, planting grass, planting hardneck garlic, planting tulip bulbs.
A: We prune Saskatoons in the fall and apply herbicide as needed. Raspberries are tilled around and moose deterrent fences are put up. As well this year, our commercial kitchen is very busy getting ready for fall and x-mas markets
A: Harvesting, mulching plants, garden bed cleanup & infrastructure build for the spring

Next Month’s ? How do you evaluate and "score" a season? What determines whether it has been successful or not?
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This information published to the web on September 29, 2017.