Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Um, september got august's drought memo

Welcome back to another episode of Lost In The Farmer’s Market, and this week we have the results of the big product trial.  Bur before we look into that here is the photo of the week.


Peucetia viridans – Green Lynx Spider
I happened to see this one on the flowers of the red Globe Amaranth just the other day. For note this is a mature female green lynx spider and typically they’ll hang out near flowers to catch pollenating insects or in this case she’s caught a Cicada Killer Wasp. It’s rare I have the camera near when I spot these spiders and so this picture of one was worth posting. Now before any of you freak out this spider isn’t venomous or aggressive towards humans and is rarely found inside unless it came in on a plant. These spiders perform some beneficial tasks as they become rather voracious just about when paper wasps become aggressive in general and as you can see a wasp for them is no challenge. This also means moths are at risk for becoming lunch too so fewer chances for horn worms or cabbage moth caterpillars. But enough of that, onward to the trials.

As some of you know every year LITFM performs a long-term trial of a given horticultural product to determine if the product’s claims are valid. Often in the process we end up learning a few new things about the subtle interplay of environmental and biological factors versus a given product’s usefulness. The Smart Pot trial was actually suggested by the folks at Flow & Grow in town and we figured that it was as good as any idea to test because the product unlike the normal things we tested didn’t make incredible claims instead what was suggested by the packaging was reasonable and scientifically plausible.  We also took the suggestion posed over at Flow & Grow to offset the pots because apparently the Smart Pot #7 pot despite being larger than a 3-gallon nursery pot was equivalent. I think the idea of offsetting may have been in the sales information provided by the company as a means of making the watering needs of the #7 equal to that of the 3-gallon pot. But anyway below you will find the photographic evidence of the trial and the particulars of how it was done and at the end is a summary and from this trial you can draw your own conclusion.


Product & Materials Trial: #018

Concept:
A fiber-based growing container under the brand name Smart Pot claims on their packaging to encourage superior root formation because the fibrous walls of the pots allow superior airflow. As a result of this airflow yields are said to be greater with overall bigger plants. Additionally these pot due to their porous nature are said to have enhanced capillary action of moisture between the soil in the pot and the moisture in the ground if placed in contact with the ground.

The Trial:
A single #7 smart pot will be compared against an equivalent standard plastic nursery pot of the same color so that thermal efficiency is not an issue. The two plants will be placed with a facing so that each receives no less than eight hours of full sun and will receive identical fertilizer treatments.

The Plant Stock:
The plants selected for this trial are a pair of  Yankee Bell Peppers which were picked for the fact they were visually identical in number of leaves, height and initial vigor.

Soil Media:
Scotts Premium Topsoil – Scotts was picked because it is not enhanced with wetting agents, fertilizers or any other additives and is pine bark based making it resemble the standard growing mix of most nursery operations.

Fertilizer:
Alaska Fish Fertilizer – Used as a basic water-souluble liquid fertilizer.
Sunleaves Seabird Guano Pellets – Used as a long-term fertilizer and applied in pellet form to soil surface.
Black Hen Composted Poultry Manure – Added to soil when pots where half full to act as root stimulator.
Black Magic – Home brew Fertilizer, used in the early trial to offset transplant shock.

Duration of Trial:
The trial officially runs for 12 weeks ranging from June 13th through August 29th 2014.

Method of Recording:
Results will be recorded using plant height measurements combined with a weekly photograph of the subject plant’s progress over the course of the primary trial period. A follow up comparison of root development and fruit yield will be performed after the primary information is collected.

 Week Zero: 6-06-2014
Smart Pot:  10 ¼”
Conventional Pot: 10 ¼”

Note: The image was taken just after planting in trial pots. Both plants had their root ball split and were planted just below level ( ½”).


Week One: 6-13-2014
Smart Pot:  10 ¼”
Conventional Pot: 11 ½”

Notes: Plants in trial pots for 1 week at this point, 0.05” precipitation.

Week Two: 6-20-2014
Smart Pot: 11”
Conventional Pot: 13”

Notes: Fertilized with black magic, 0.375” precipitation.

Week Three: 6-27-2014
Smart Pot: 12”
Conventional Pot: 13”

Note: Fertilized with fish fertilizer, 2.0” precipitation.

Week Four: 7-04-2014
Smart Pot: 12”
Conventional Pot: 13 ¼”

Notes: Fertilized with Seabird Guano pellets, 1.1” precipitation.


Week Five: 7-11-2014
Smart Pot: 12”
Conventional Pot: 13 ¼”

Note: Heavy thunderstorms, possible atmospheric nitrogen in effect. 0.8” total precipication.


Week Six: 7-18-2014
Smart Pot: 12 ½”
Conventional Pot: 13 ¼”

Note: Conventional plant is producing flower buds and branching more than smart pot plant.


Week Seven: 7-25-2014
Smart Pot: 14 ½”
Conventional Pot: 16 ½”

Note: High temperatures and 1.2” of rain this week may have contributed to growth spurt.


Week Eight: 8-1-2014
Smart Pot: 16 ¼”
Conventional Pot: 18”

Note: Unusual rainy weather.


Week Nine: 8-8-2014
Smart Pot: 18 ½”
Conventional Pot: 20”

Note:


Week Ten: 8-15-2014
Smart Pot: 21 ½”
Conventional Pot: 23 ½”

Note: 4.51” average inches of rain this week spread across numerous types of precipitation events


Week Eleven: 8-22-2014
Smart Pot: 24 ½”
Conventional Pot: 25 ½”

Note: 0.8” of rain this week from a mix of thunder showers and regular rain showers.


Week Twelve: 8-29-2014
Smart Pot: 25 ½”
Conventional Pot: 26 ¼”

Note: 0.2” of rain this week from rain showers.


Summary:
When one considers the factors of the unusually wet weather, the lack of an August drought and the fact that at points the temperature was for days in a row well below seasonal averages the trial paints a picture of possible performance issues. While it is true that the pictures tell the progress of the story the lack of hot sunny days proportionately speaking did likely hamper the normal progress of the plants in the trial. The final three images in the series do indicate however that the conventional nursery pot produced a more vigorous plant. Over the course of the trial the conventional plant had a standing lead of at least an inch of height at all times and in some points far more. To that one could say that the smart pot plant had a more steady growth pattern while the Conventional grew matured and set fruit sooner. The rapid growth may have presented a new form of problem in that the Conventional Pepper suffered a calcium deficiency whereas the Smart Pot plant did not. This calcium issue resulted in blossom end rot on the conventional pepper which has made fruit size comparison not possible in the time frame of the trial. It could be that due to greater amount of soil in the Smart pot the calcium content in the soil is not yet depleted. Due to this unofficially the trial continues until the end of the warm season as a whole so that the fruiting factors can be compared.

In summary it seems as though the conventional plant has won the trial by successfully doing what one might ask of it faster and earlier than the comparable Smart Pot plant. The additional Costs of growing a plant in a smart pot* is a factor that cannot be ignored for the purposes of the trial. From a production perspective there isn’t a justification for the smart pot economically or for efficiency purposes. If Smart Pots were available in directly matching sizes to their nursery pot competition at a price that was competitive the two greatest factors in keeping solid-wall nursery pots in production would be rendered null. The results of the productivity aspect of the trial is still pending and in both plant’s cases their most developed fruit has been removed so that two new fruit can grow side by side to see which produces the largest. For now the smart pot isn’t the smart investment but this study will be revisited before the end of the year.

*Smart Pots cost an average of $10.00 to prepare for growing crops whereas nursery pots are at best $3.00 -$5.00.

With the 2014 primary Garden trial discussed thoroughly it’s time to talk Market! That’s right this Wednesday (2:00-6:00 pm) and Saturday (9:00AM – 1:00 PM) I will be at the Fayetteville Farmers market selling aloes galore for the last week of Sparklitis month. This is your last chance to lay hands on the rare and unusual aloes before they are taken off the sale racks for a few months. Some of the plants may return during the holiday months but I wouldn’t bet money on that one!  The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market is located in downtown Fayetteville in the Fayetteville Transportation Museum Property on 326 Franklin Street.  Without further delay here is this week’s plant list which polishes off this week’s LITFM post, I hope to see you at the Market.

Southward Skies: A northern guide to southern Gardening
This is the second edition of my book, which was published using data compiled from several years of test garden operations. It’s written to aid gardeners of all skill levels in successful garden methods that are targeted for the south east but had proven to be a valued resource for gardens across the eastern coast. It’s certainly a good gift for that gardener you know or for yourself if you’d like to have a reliable field guide. The book costs $25.00 and we do take checks for this item, you can even have it signed.

ON SALE!
3x Artemesia, 3.5” pot ($2.00)
1x Sage, 3.5” pot ($2.00)
6x Baloon Flower, White 3.5” pot ($2.00)
6x Nicotina, Flowering Tobacco, 3.5” pot ($2.00)
6x Rudbeckia, Irish Eyes, 3.5” pot ($2.00)

House Plants: (By Price)
2x Aloe x hybrid ‘Fauxgave’, 6.0” pot ($12.00)
2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia - Gift pot ($9.00)
2x Aloe glauca, Cosmetic Aloe - Gift pot ($9.00)
3x Adenium obesum, Desert Rose – 6” Pot ($8.00)  < Limited Supply!
1x Aloe Hybrid, Hydra Aloe – 6.0” pot ($8.00) <NEW>
1x Aloe glauca, Cosmetic Aloe - 6.0" pot ($8.00)

2x Aloe x Gasteria, 'Night Sky' Aloe - 6.0" pot ($6.00)
3x Aloe dorotheae,  Sunset Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
3x Aloe deltoideodantes, Checkerboard Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)

2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
3x Aloe nobilis ‘Gator’, 3.5” pot ($5.00)

Perennial Flowering & Fruiting Vines:
2x Passiflora incarnata, Passion Vine – 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Muscadinia rotundifolia, Muscadine Grape Vine (Copper) – 3.5” pot ($3.00)

Coming Soon: (September 13th)
Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce
India Mustard Greens
Georgia Collards

Hopefully I’ll see you at the market on Saturday or next Wednesday.  The weather may have some rain in the forecast but I always suggest you check the local forecast the night before or the day of for the most accurate readings so you can plan accordingly.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Alls Well to Ends august



Welcome back to an abbreviated episode of Lost In The Farmer’s Market. Due to the start of the fall semester unfortunately there is no real article this week. However next week there will be on or before the normal postdate of Thursday which is September the 4th. This will open the first episode of September and begin the shift in topics towards autumn planning for the coming cold weather. But of course the next episode is focused on the release of the main garden trial of 2014, where we pitted a Conventional three-gallon nursery pot against an equivalent size Smart Pot composed of a porous fabric. I can tell you this; the study will not reveal the results you expect. With that said the precipitation report for the last week was all of 0.2” of rain which occurred between last Thursday and last Friday possibly spread further against more than one small precipitation event.

With this very short episode’s miniature topic covered it’s time to talk about the Farmer’s Market. As some of you know the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market operates on Wednesdays between the hours of 2:00pm-6:00pm and Saturdays between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00 pm. The market is located at the Fayetteville Transportation Museum at 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville. Also I might add the Sparklitis Epidemic is coming to its end. There is about two more weeks left in the event, and honestly the real odd ball plants are appearing at the booth to remedy the condition so without further ado I hope you’re sitting down, the good stuff has arrived!

Southward Skies: A northern guide to southern Gardening
This is the second edition of my book, which was published using data compiled from several years of test garden operations. It’s written to aid gardeners of all skill levels in successful garden methods that are targeted for the south east but had proven to be a valued resource for gardens across the eastern coast. It’s certainly a good gift for that gardener you know or for yourself if you’d like to have a reliable field guide. The book costs $25.00 and we do take checks for this item, you can even have it signed.

Herbs
2x Basil, Genovese, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
3x Artemesia, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Rosemary, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
1x Sage, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

Ornamental:
5x Baloon Flower, White 3.5” pot ($3.00)
5x Nicotina, Flowering Tobacco, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
5x Rudbeckia, Irish Eyes, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

House Plants:
2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia - Gift pot ($7.00)
2x Aloe glauca, Cosmetic Aloe - Gift pot ($9.00)
1x Peperomia hybrid, Huntington BHG - 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
3x Aloe dorotheae,  Sunset Aloe - 4.0" pot (6.00)
1x Aloe deltoideodantes, Checkerboard Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe glauca, Cosmetic Aloe - 6.0" pot ($8.00)
4x Aloe nobilis ‘Gator’, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe x hybrid ‘Fauxgave’, 6.0” pot ($12.00)
2x Aloe x Gasteria, 'Night Sky' Aloe - 6.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe hybrid, Hydra Aloe 6.0" pot ($8.00)
3x Haworthia coarcata, Black Dragon Haworthia - 4” pot ($5.00)

House Plants:
2x Passiflora incarnata, Passion Vine – 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Muscadinia rotundifolia, Muscadine Grape Vine (Copper) – 3.5” pot ($3.00)


Coming Soon: (September 13th at the earliest.)
Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce
India Mustard Greens
Georgia Collards

Hopefully I’ll see you at the market on Saturday or next Wednesday. Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be decent so it might be for the first time in a while a rather good day for the market and certainly a good day to put sparklitis in its place. Don’t forget to check back next week for the trail results.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Dog days of...um...I forget



Welcome back to another episode of Lost In The Farmers Market! We’re your weekly internet guide to all things garden and also your hotline regarding the sparklitis outbreak currently raging across Fayetteville this August.  As most of you may have noticed our weather this August has not been typical of this point in the year. To that point we have had these strange popup storms that drop at least a half inch almost every evening usually between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. Indeed since last week’s bizarre torrents we have had at least another 0.8” of rain spread across evening showers and night time rain. This odd weather has made it more humid but also has been great for garden-grown produce as normally we would have drought, high heat and limited productivity.   This year however that is not the case as the test gardens are doing fine even though we are progressing towards the end of the Smart Pot trial which ends next Friday with results posted here in the first week of September. This week I have some interesting photographs from the garden and pictures of new additions to the sparklitis-curing line up.


Most people have to go to the store to buy Truck Balls

Honestly this was too good to pass up, this is actually what the fruit of the Tlacolula tomato look like and I’m not sure I want to eat this when it’s ripe. Seriously I thought the bizarre deformities of the Reisotomate were bad but this, all of them look like this. Imagine that a bush full of truck balls...I don’t even! But then again this is whole point finding the weird and wonderful and then using said weird to sabotage someone else’s salads

Tomatillo “Verde” - Tomatillo / Husk Tomato

So this is the first Tomatillo of the year and one of three in the test gardens. Verde is a variety you can get from Botanical interests, and the other two   which are outside the frame of this picture are a green and purple type.  Tomatillos are often seen at the store busting out of their dried papery husks however in the garden they tend to be smaller and may or may not burst.

Aloe glauca – Cosmetic Aloe

I had to spotlight these plants because of your reactions to the test plants I had at the market. The response to having consmetic aloe was generally positive and so the big parent plants from which the smaller plant cuttings originated are here in a big 6” pot. For note  the other common name for this group is Blue aloe, which is commonly used in cosmetic facial creams and skin lotions. Blue aloe has all the same uses as Medicinal aloe but is faster growing and thus yields more gel with identical properties. I would say these guys are a must for those of you who like to do things around the kitchen.

Aloe x hybrid “Fauxgave” – Hardy “Fauxgave” Aloe

As promised here they are, I’m proud to finally offer a limited run of hardy aloes for use in your outdoor gardens. This specimen of the aloe family yields gel but is hardy in zones 7 though 11A which means you can plant it in a hot dry sunny location right here in Fayetteville as we are now zone 8A. Overall these plants sort of resemble a thin-leaved agave or a yucca and the leaf margins do have spines but there is no need to worry for anything that might cut or poke you as these aloes are well behaved. Overall the same rules apply to these plans as does for aloes in general, water the soil not the plant’s foliage or crown. Plant in a sunny location with soil that is not constantly wet and try to avoid the overhang drip line of a roof. This plant prefers full sun and should receive some form of mulch before winter. As an additional tip I recommend planting these near stonework to ensure the soil remains warmer to increase winter hardiness.

I can assure you there are two more weeks after this Saturday of sparklitis and if the weather keeps not cooperating there may be an extension of our event well into September! The weather is too warm for the cabbages and kale plants to really do anything more then make a straight dash to the flowering stage so stay tuned for more aloe oddities. Either way I have to shift your attention to the Market side of this post. The Fayetteville farmer’s market is open on Wednesdays from 2:00pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00pm. The market is located at the Fayetteville Transportation Museum at 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville. But without further delay here is this week’s plant list. Also as a side note I am taking orders for the enhanced Black Magic fertilizer if you’re interested. Feel free to stop by the booth on either market day and inquire.


Southward Skies: A northern guide to southern Gardening
This is the second edition of my book, which was published using data compiled from several years of test garden operations. It’s written to aid gardeners of all skill levels in successful garden methods that are targeted for the south east but had proven to be a valued resource for gardens across the eastern coast. It’s certainly a good gift for that gardener you know or for yourself if you’d like to have a reliable field guide. The book costs $25.00 and we do take checks for this item, you can even have it signed.

Herbs
4x Basil, Genovese, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Artemesia, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
3x Rosemary, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
5x Toothache Plant 3.5” pot ($3.00)

Ornamental:
5x Baloon Flower, White 3.5” pot ($3.00)
5x Nicotina, Flowering Tobacco, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
5x Rudbeckia, Irish Eyes, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

House Plants:
1x Peperomia hybrid, Huntington BHG - 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Peperomia obtusifolia varigata, Desert Privet, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe dorotheae,  Sunset Aloe - 4.0" pot (6.00)
1x Aloe deltoideodantes, Checkerboard Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe glauca, Cosmetic Aloe - 6.0" pot ($8.00)
1x Aloe hybrid, 'Blizzard' Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe nobilis ‘Gator’, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe x hybrid ‘Fauxgave’, 6.0” pot ($12.00)
2x Aloe x Gasteria, 'Night Sky' Aloe - 6.0" pot ($6.00)
1x Aloe vera x Gasteria verrucosa, 'Radiance Aloe' 4.0" pot ($8.00)

Coming Soon:
Black Dragon Haworthia
Silver Ridge Aloe
Rotary Peperomia
Cold-Season Vegetables (September-October)

This brings to a close this episode of LITFM, I might add if you happen to listen to the local radio station 107.7 Jams you might have heard me talking about Sparklitis month. I don’t quite know when the spot will air, or how often but the owner of Sunshine Soaps Melissa Brady and I were both interviewed briefly and that alone is very cool.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here comes the rain again...no really.



Welcome back to another episode of Lost In The Farmers Market and indeed this is an early release episode due to it being sparklitis month. With that said I have to say that this month thus far has been complete insanity. As some of you might have seen I was out manning the table on Saturday when the weather mocked the weather forecast and did whatever the heck it wanted. Honestly this has to be the wettest August I’ve ever seen, and indeed on Saturday we received approximately 3.68” of rain on average and then on Sunday an additional 0.83” of rain fell bringing the weekend total to an average of 4.51”.
In short with weather like this I hope your irrigation systems have a weather sensor because if they don’t your just throwing money away. Keeping in mind I am knocking on wood right now; the forecast looks ok for Wednesday and is hovering at 20% chance of rain on Saturday. As with last weekend I fancied the odds on the weather but made sure to be prepared and, this week more so. Before anyone asks though yes, the Fayetteville Farmer’s market occurs even if it rains; we just might close up shop early is all.


Now that there is a big bowl of figgy fun!
However the unusual wet weather has some distinct advantages.  Some things in the garden do better in this weather and others just carry on as normal. Take for instance our first photo of the week. Tuesdays Fig harvest, this is a mix of White Ischia, Chicago Hardy and Brown Turkey type figs, with a total weight of three pounds two ounces all in one go. Literally weather like this can cause sudden and mass ripening in fig fruit that otherwise had done nothing the whole time for weeks. Most soft fruit do benefit from weather like this making this current situation at least not as bad despite the mosquitoes and the actual gloom.

With that said I do need to talk about a group of plants found at the table as part of Sparklitis month. I often get questions about what a Peperomia is and what one does with it. To start off the common nickname for Peperomia is Radiator Plant, though with over a thousand recognized members of the family the individual common names vary rather widely. Generally members of the species are considered to be epiphytes which means they grow in or with other plants in a non-parasitic way much like members of the Holiday cactus group (Schlumbergera). Due to this and their large tropical and sub-tropical distribution they prefer warm somewhat humid locations but do not tolerate frost or extreme periods of cold (ie 30-35 degrees Fahrenheit or less).
Peperomia obtusifolim varigata – Varigated Desert Privet

As noted above, the peperomia has a large number of members and is quite diverse in shapes forms and colors. Indeed the handful of specimens in the test garden collection are honestly the tip of the iceberg as far as the species goes. Most if not all members of the species feature succulent foliage and are considered to be perennials in their native habitats. In general cultivation Peperomias do not mind natural environmental humidity but do object to having constantly wet foliage. In the same way Peperomias also do not like to have constantly wet roots or soil and so their care is very similar to a Euphorbia, in that a lot of the care rules for cactus apply to the peperomia family. When it comes to exposure some species cannot be put out in full sun as they will suffer from leaf scorch where the morning dew collects. This is not the end all as some members of the family can withstand this if given a transition period. The one thing to remember is that with more exposure expect to have to water more frequently. In general it is wise to provide a peperomia with a potting soil that somewhat mimics the soils it might encounter in a tropical or sub-tropical region. Basically the soils should provide good drainage and be high in organic matter. My common mix for peperomias is a combination of tree bark fines, coco-fiber and sand with varied additives included such as vermiculite and perlite added.

Peperomia verticillata – Rotary Peperomia
As you can see in the above picture of a rotary peperomia the members of the species produce flower spikes rather than what we might expect a flower to be. The spikes are actually a mass of dozens to hundreds of miniature flowers. Basically the flowering structure is similar to that found on a Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major) a common lawn “weed”. The flowering structure is also similar to that of a Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) or the Peace Lily (Spahtiphyllum cochlearispathum) which is a common house plant. The critical biological difference is the lack of a showy bract to attract pollinators which for us would be the “flower petals” in the case of the calla or peace lily. Biologically the bract is there to draw the attention of pollinators to the less than showy actual flowers in the center. An incredibly common example of what a bract is can be found with the common Poinsettia (Poinsettia pulcherrima) who’s colored “petals” are actually modified leaves. It is likely that this form of flower came into being to counter insect pests that might eat part or the entire flower. Basically if you have a thousand flowers, and an insect only eats seven hundred and half the remainder produce seed, then not only do you carry your genetics onward but you don’t have to worry about competing with your offspring as much.


Peperomia orba – Teardrop Peperomia
Lastly, one has to ask, why I might carry these plants along with the aloes? Well, peperomias are a good starter plant for those not accustomed to succulents. Considering they are a foliage plant that produces very little leaf and flower litter and one can see growth in short order growing these guys is quite rewarding. I might add it is easy to take cuttings of a mature peperomia, and these guys do help cleanse the air inside one’s home. They also make a nice gift for that gardener for whom you’re stumped on what to get as a gift.

Ironically in contrast to last week’s early post this post is much shorter by a few pages simply because of the bad weather. It’s somewhat difficult to take good pictures in the field when the weather seems to be doing anything but being droughty. As you may know the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market occurs every Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Fayetteville Transportation Museum. The museum is located at 325 Franklin Street in downtown Fayetteville and on the weekend parking enforcement takes the day off so there’s plenty of parking with no need to feed the meters. Without further delay here is this week’s plant list.


Southward Skies: A northern guide to southern Gardening
This is the second edition of my book, which was published using data compiled from several years of test garden operations. It’s written to aid gardeners of all skill levels in successful garden methods that are targeted for the south east but had proven to be a valued resource for gardens across the eastern coast. It’s certainly a good gift for that gardener you know or for yourself if you’d like to have a reliable field guide. The book costs $25.00 and we do take checks for this item, you can even have it signed.

Fruiting Shrubs
1x Fig, Chicago Hardy, 6” pot ($12.00)
1x Pomegranate, Dwarf, 6” pot ($12.00)

Herbs
4x Basil, Genovese, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Artemesia, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
1x Fennel, Black, 7” pot ($5.00)
3x Rosemary, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Toothache Plant 3.5” pot ($3.00)

Ornamental:
4x Baloon Flower, White 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Nicotina, Flowering Tobacco, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Rudbeckia, Irish Eyes, 3.5” pot ($3.00)
4x Rudbeckia, Golden, 3.5” pot ($3.00)

House Plants:
2x Peperomia hybrid, Huntington BHG - 3.5” pot ($3.00)
2x Peperomia obtusifolia varigata, Desert Privet, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Peperomia orba, Teardrop Peperomia, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe dorotheae,  Sunset Aloe - 4.0" pot (6.00)
1x Aloe deltoideodantes, Checkerboard Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe glauca, Blue Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe hybrid, 'Blizzard' Aloe - 4.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe nobilis ‘Gator’, 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe vera ‘Blue’, Blue Medicinal Aloe - 3.5” pot ($5.00)
2x Aloe x Gasteria, 'Night Sky' Aloe - 6.0" pot ($6.00)
2x Aloe vera x Gasteria verrucosa, 'Radiance Aloe' 4.0" pot ($8.00)

Coming Soon:
Black Dragon Haworthia
Silver Ridge Aloe
Rotary Peperomia
Assorted Rare Aloes
Assorted House Plants

This brings to a close another Episode of LITFM, which makes for the third episode of August with two more before we hit the start of the cool season. Also soon we will be revealing the results of the smart pot versus conventional pot trial so stay tuned  and lets all hope for more stable weather.