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Welcome to spring!
Dogwoods, azaleas, camelias, blueberry bushes...so many flowers...lots of watching the weather and getting ready for spring planting. It's a good time to refresh container plants, try some new ones, and think about edibles in your green spaces.

The bees are loving the profusion of blueberry flowers and working hard to make more bees and more honey. We've moved them to the back of the farm to make room for our third greenhouse, with room for rain-or-shine
Spring Workshop Series and other events and to check out our pollinator friendly organic herbs and plants.

Spring tonic prescriptions...as the days get longer and warmer, most plants come out of dormancy and push themselves to begin flowering. Give them a boost with a fertilizer or top dressing of compost. We use liquid organic products at half strength for all the containers and full strength for those in the ground. Many container plants also explode with growth if you refresh their soil.
The Herb Workshop I: Selecting, Growing and Uses, on March 31, includes a section on repotting and upsizing container plants of all types.

Add some greens to your daily routine, with a walk, planting a pot of lettuce to snag leaves from as you go past, or whizzing up a fresh sauce full of minerals, micronutrients, and fresh flavors. Here's one that's quick and good.

Spring Green Sauce: whiz up with a stick blender or small food processor, or mince everything and shake in a jar
3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 c raw honey
1/2 c. roughly chopped herbs (parsley, thyme, cilantro, dill, basil, chickweed solo or mixed, with added fresh oregano, rosemary leaves, summer savory, tarragon, sage...)
a couple of garlic cloves, with a half teaspoon of salt and ground black pepper to taste
Use as a salad dressing, dip for veggies or chips, and as a sauce on top of poultry or fish

Our ninth annual Lowcountry Blueberry Festival featuring pick-your-own blueberries, blueberry and bee mini-workshops, live music from The Lowhills and BB9, blueberry lemonade and blueberry bellinis, and much more is scheduled for Sunday, June 30, 12-6 pm. Advance tickets available
here. Volunteer positions available.

We are working with volunteers all month to get the final spring tasks complete...come out and spend some time with us in the blueberry patch and go home with a blueberry plant or other farm treats and experiences. Call or text 843-630-0226 or email info@bluepearlfarms.com to find out more.

Spring at the Pearl also @bluepearlfarms on Instagram and Blue Pearl Farms on Facebook.
Visit us at the farm or a farmers market, or online any time at Blue Pearl Farms

Sunday, June 30...Save the date...
9th Annual Lowcountry Blueberry Festival
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