May 19th will be the Annual Plant Sale 8am until sold out!
Heirloom Tomatoes and Pepper Plants
and new for this year
6 Pack Pollinator Garden
The following plants will be in the six pack.
Wild Lupine Lupinus perennis
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Blazing Star Liatris Liatris spicata
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
New England Asters Aster novae-angliae
(In some references, it will be listed as Symphyotrichum)
Why Have a Pollinator Garden?
Butterflies, bees and other insects are attracted to flowers in search of nectar. They brush up against the anthers of a flower, get pollen grains on their body and carry the pollen from flower to flower. A Pollinator Garden is a garden predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a range of pollinating insects. A pollinator garden can be any size. You might only have a balcony or a small yard, but you can still plant a pollinator friendly flowers there.
Peppers: they can be mild like a bell pepper, have a little or a lot of hotness, or be purely ornamental. There is a pepper for everyone's taste. Our plant sale on May 19 provides many choices, check out our list. How can you know if you can stand the heat? There is the Scoville Scale that tells you the hotness. Check out this UW-Extension bulletin that provides information on peppers grown in Wisconsin: Growing Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplants in Wisconsin - A3687.
Some people think of heirloom tomatoes as being superior in taste to hybrids. These two terms however do not refer to taste but to how the plant is propagated. Heirloom tomatoes are old-fashioned varieties that are open-pollinated. They were usually selected for their superior flavor and not other desirable traits such as disease resistance or prolonged storage. Seeds saved from these varieties should retain those desirable traits.
Hybrids are the result of cross-pollination of several types of tomatoes. They are often developed to resist specific plant diseases, for uniform size, and long shelf life. Seeds saved from these fruits usually do not result in a similar plant the next year.
Both types of tomatoes are offered at the North Country Master Gardener annual plant sale. The full list is available at: https://www.northcountrymgv.org/uploads/6/9/3/7/69377869/tomatoes_2018.pdf
Learn more about “Homegrown Tomatoes in Wisconsin” with the UW-Extension bulletin A1691
It's that time of year for a trio of workshops on pruning and grafting.
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