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Newsletter 13 – Thursday, June 9, 2011

You’ll love your garden … It’s our promise!

Plant Your Junk Contest!

Week of June 6-12

All artists, gardeners & anyone else who’s feeling a bit creative is invited to join the fun, and have a chance at winning gift cards from America’s Best Flowers. This week we are giving you the opportunity to bring new life to old junk, by planting & transforming it with flowers, herbs or veggie plants.  Several interesting pieces have already been brought in, so hurry out today.

Let us make it easy for you.  Just bring your junk out to the greenhouse anytime this week, we’ll provide you with a place to work and FREE soil.  All you do is pick your favorite plants from our extensive selection and plant them in a creative way to bring your “junk” to life.  When you’re finished, we’ll take pictures for the contest.

Another way to participate is to buy your plants here, and take them home to plant up your masterpiece. Then simply mail or email us photos of your creation, along with your loyalty number, name, address and phone. If you’re not a loyalty member yet, simply fill out the membership form when you stop in to purchase your plants. Becoming a member is quick, free and loaded with benefits!

First Place Junk Planter winner will receive a $50.00 gift card. Second Place wins a $25.00 gift card.  Enter as often as you like, but only one prize will be awarded per person.

I planted bird seed.
A bird came up.
Now I don’t know what to feed it.

Perennial of the Week – June is Perennial Month!

Explore the World of Gaillardia

Gaillardia is our featured perennial this week. We have two varieties, Goblin and Mesa (new this year), that are both long-blooming and easy to grow, doing well in any well-drained soil. Both thrive in full sun, are great in borders or container gardens and make wonderful cut flowers.  As a bonus, they also attract butterflies. And don’t forget, as our perennial of the week these featured gallon gaillardias are 20% off through Sunday, June 12!

On organic farms they till it like it is.

Fertilizing Flowers & Vegetables

Now that those beautiful flowers and vegetable plants are proudly situated in your yard and garden, you may be wondering how and when the best time to fertilize them is.

Since annuals complete their life cycle in one growing season, they need more fertilizer than perennials.  For best results apply a water-soluble fertilizer, such as Miracle Gro, to your annuals on a regular schedule.  Ed’s rule of thumb is to feed every seventh watering.  For pots that are watered every day, such as hanging baskets, that means once a week.  Follow manufacturer instructions for the suggested amount.  Alternately, you can fertilize more often with a weaker solution.  This is what we do here in the greenhouse.  Either way, your annuals will benefit greatly, rewarding you with summer long bloom.

Perennials prefer a dry fertilizer that is more slowly released such as Osmocote 14-14-14.  All you do is sprinkle it around the base of your plants.  It slowly dissolves, providing your plants with a continual supply of nutrients.

Vegetables also benefit from supplemental feedings, providing you with bigger and better produce.  This year our vegetable plants have been naturally grown in our own customized soil mix and were fed only with compost tea.  We recommend you feed them with our line of organic fertilizers by Espoma.  Garden-Tone and Tomato-Tone are dependable fertilizers that will produce great results in your garden.  Miracle Gro also has an Organic Choice formulation that is labeled for use on vegetable gardens.  If you prefer inorganic fertilizer, Miracle Gro’s Tomato Plant Food (18-18-21) can also be used to boost the quality and quantity of your vegetables.  Whichever you choose, regular use is the key to successful gardening.

How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

Sale: Trees, Shrubs, Roses and 4 Packs

Click here for details

Upcoming Events

Wed, Jun 1 – Thu, Jun 30
Perennials of the Week

Starting in June, we feature a different perennial each week.

Mon, Jun 6 – Sun, Jun 12
Plant your Junk Week

Contest for best junk planter.

Sat, Jun 18 – Sun, Jun 19
Father’s Day

FREE ice cream for Dad and the family!

Mon, Jun 20 – Sun, Jun 26
Herbs are for Grilling

Special mini-garden promotion.

Mon, Jun 27 – Sun, Jul 3
Rhythm and Blooms

Beautiful red, white and blue containers. Special recipes for your 4th of July cookout!

Sat, Jul 9 – Sun, Jul 17
Summer Dollar Days

Redeem your collected orange ABF dollars for up to 50% off your total purchase.

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Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends.

When I bought some fruit trees the nursery owner gave me some insects to help with pollination.
They were free bees.

Our Kitchen

Swiss Mushroom Loaf

  • 1 (1 lb) loaf of unsliced Italian bread
  • 8 oz small cubes or thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 c thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ to ½ c butter
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 ½ t poppy seeds
  • 2 to 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ to ¾ t seasoned salt
  • ½ to ¾ t ground mustard
  • ½ t lemon juice
  • Gauge amounts to size of loaf and your own taste.

Slice bread diagonally both directions from the top almost to the bottom of the loaf 1 inch apart, creating an all over XXX pattern . Place cheese and mushrooms in slits.

Combine remaining ingredients in micro safe bowl, cover and cook on high for 2 minutes.  Spoon over bread.  Wrap loaf in foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.  Serve hot.  Tear apart with forks.

Once there were four business men
sitting on a bench in a hospital waiting room
because their wives were having babies.

A nurse comes out and says to the first businessman,
"Congratulations! Your wife had 1 baby."

The man says, "What a coincidence! I’m the president of And1!"
The nurse goes away.

Then the nurse comes back and says to the second businessman,
"Congratulations! Your wife had twins!"

The man says, "What a coincidence! I’m the owner of the Minnesota Twins!"
The nurse goes away.

The nurse comes back and says to the third businessman,
"Congratulations! Your wife had triplets!"

The man says, "What a coincidence! I work for Triple Crown!"
The nurse goes away.

The nurse comes back and sees the fourth businessman alone on the bench crying.

She asks, "Why are you crying"?

The man replies, "I work for Seven Up"!!

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
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