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Garden Diary and Photo Update!

Hi, First thank you for your message and wishes.

Time of year when Harvest is in full swing. Apples Pears, Peaches, Raspberries, Strawberries, plus all the annual garden fruits; Tomato, Melon, Cucumber and Squash. Eating, Canning, Juicing and Sharing a wonderful time of year.

Soon the harvest from the container grown plants will start and continue through Winter. So be prepared to check and clean to make sure no uninvited guests travel with them into their winter quarters. Nature has been doing a good job all summer of balancing prey and predator, now you and the cooler weather will slant the balance towards the ‘prey’ [pest]. So start now to look over your plants and remove any issues that are hiding there. The best of us will not see every single issue with one quick ‘look’, so do this once week for at least the first 4 weeks after moving your source of fresh winter fruits inside. Then every two weeks after you have just ‘turned’ the plants to balance light, look for any sticky residue on leaves, then search above this area. A little bit of effort yes, but picking clean fresh fruit when the snow is outside makes it all worthwhile.

Blossoms Are Starting & The Greenhouse is Bearing Fruit.

Garden update, with lots of photos!

Well nearly the end of February, everyone is going through their catalogues and wish list’s, trying to match them up. What a marvelous time of year. If your house and/or greenhouse have Citrus then like us, you are suffering with the heavy scent of blossoms wafting through the air. Do not forget to pollinate around midday, an artists brush gently stroked over anthers and stigmas does the trick nicely. Your reward will be fruit in July-Nov. Any not in bud will usually come into blossom April-May.

In about 3-4 weeks we will be able to start spring pruning and tidying up. Our first seeds are sown and germinated, Strawberries need an early start to blossom and fruit by June. Next will be Leeks, Onions then Lettuce, and Tomatoes followed by Broccoli at the end of March.

Weather forecast is still typical for the time of year, although we are down on total precipitation for January and so far through February.

Only a few weeks left to order from our Pine Island plant offering. We already have a couple of orders, and look forward over the next three weeks helping to put clients wishes into reality.

Greenhouse Update

We have a bit of sun, so time to look over plants for any issues. Well found a few Aphid; gave themselves away by the honeydew and mould appearing on leaf surface. The warm, moist atmosphere in  the greenhouse keeps those little problems growing, slowly but growing. So regular checks help you keep any problems manageable.

Then there is the benefits of having plants all year-round, finding those new shoots which show bud trusses for next summers fall crops. When you need a break there is always a snack close by.

Shape pruning is easily done at any time, if in doubt wait for the new growth and see which are bud trusses and which are shoots. Then act and snip to create your ‘perfect’ shape.

Did Someone Say Citrus??

The 2019 Citrus Pre-Order list is now available for viewing! Check it out ===> 2019 Full Provisional list!

Building on the overwhelming success of our 2018 customized citrus ordering, we are pleased to offer it now for 2019!

All varieties ordered last year were supplied. Now is the time to considered what citrus trees you want to order for next year. You may book your order now. Please see our expanded list of varieties available.

The cost per tree is $56. In January you will be contacted to confirm your order with a 50% deposit. Plants will arrive here in April and be grown on in 2 gallon pots. They will be ready for pick up in June.

Please email us at customer_service@tropicofcanada.ca with any questions.

A Garden Update from a Customer!

We received this great update from Kristin, and she was kind enough to let us share it with you. Doesn’t her garden look great?

“Hey there!

It’s Kristin from Niagara Falls(Incase you don’t remember me, I think I was one of your first customers in spring lol and bought a bunch of great trees) but! You guys were so kind to give me a yacon and I just wanted to send some pictures and update you guys that it grew very well(at least I think so? having no experience lol) 😃 Anyways, I harvested a 5 gallon pail full, ate a bunch and am over wintering some tubers with my fig trees to plant for next year!! So thanks again!! Some pictures below…😊

#1 is a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar that was munching on the Brown’s select satsuma I got from you! Such a gross and neat lil guy

#2 is a nice sunset over the citrus “grove” in warmer times

Here is the guava I got from you, pic was from mid summer, but right now its holding a couple 👍🏼

The banana aka the beast!! Overwintering in the house by a huge window

And finally the yacon!! So the pic is crappy, it was the night of our first frost so I was in a rush to dig it up. But I’d say it got to 6′ tall(picture is deceiving) over the season and with no fertilizing! lol it was a lazy year….The picture below is of the tubers that will be stored for next year’s planting!!

Thanks for looking at the pics and thanks for the great plants!! I’ll be in touch very soon about a citrus order 😃

Sincerely Kristin”