Unity’s July 2021 Newsletter

Unity Landscape Design/Build
The heat of summer is upon us. Now would be a good time to consider having Unity install or upgrade an existing irrigation system. We are fortunate to have two highly qualified Irrigation Specialists with us. Dustin and Walter have been busy installing new irrigation systems and providing maintenance to existing systems.   
July is “Smart Irrigation Month” and our team has been training customers how to use their Wi-Fi integrated smart device compatible irrigation controllers. These controllers allow customers to program the timer on their mobile app or let the weather-based software create an ideal schedule for them.
Irrigation systems provide many benefits including environmental benefits, prevention of uneven watering, preservation of valuable soil nutrients, and customer convenience.
In the attached photo, Dustin is laying the lateral line for a new irrigation system being installed on a newly sodded area. 
Please give us a call if you are interested in learning more or would like a free estimate from one of our professionals. 
Sandy Appel
Office Manager
Unity Landscape Design/Build
Oxydendrum arboreum (sourwood tree)
Unity Church Hill Nursery
Last week was National Pollinator Week. Planting summer-blooming annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are a great way to ensure that our pollinators have plenty to sustain them through the sometime lean times of summer. Plants that are in bloom now or soon to be in bloom include: Oxydendrum arboretum 
(Sourwood tree) (see photo to right), Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye) (see photo bottom right), Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush), Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush), Diervilla lonicera (bush honeysuckle), Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) and Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed), Coreopsis lanceolata (lance-leaf coreopsis), Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset), Eutrochium 
purpureum (sweet joe-pye weed), Eutrochium maculatum (Joe-Pye Weed) , Liatris spicata (blazing star), Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), Lobelia siphilitica (Great blue lobelia), Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot), Monarda punctata (spotted bee balm), Physostegia virginiana (obedient plant), Pycnanthemum muticum (clustered mountain mint), Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (slender), Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia or common mountain-mint), Rudbeckia fulgida (black-eyed susan), Verbena hastata (Swamp verbena or Blue vervain), and Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root).

Take advantage of our sale (now through July 7th) on all annuals and perennials and bring home some plants to support pollinators!

Unity has all you need to create an outdoor sanctuary both for the pollinators and you. In addition to plant material, come browse our selection of teak furniture, fountains, bird baths, statuary, pottery, and much more!

In the food production arena, we are busy trying to stay on top of the weeds (a constant struggle during these long, warm days) while spending more time harvesting and continuing to turn over beds and plant new crops. Our summer crops are now coming in and we are currently harvesting organically grown blueberries and blackberries, fresh cut basil, summer squash and zucchini, tomatoes, okra, green beans and yellow wax beans, carrots, scallions, and beets.

Because we are growing on a small area (a little over an acre), we farm intensively meaning that when possible, we plant multiple successions in one bed throughout the growing season. For example, after we finished harvesting our last batch of Spring peas a week ago, we pulled out the plants, removed the trellis, cleared any weeds, amended the soil, and replanted the next crop. We still have plenty of time to grow a crop of carrots or green beans in those beds. Some crops, though, like sweet potatoes need a long growing season, so they will take up a bed from mid-May to early October. Of course, sometimes things don’t always work out as planned, so it is like a big puzzle trying to figure out where to plant what when. Good thing I’ve always enjoyed puzzles!

We look forward to seeing you here at Unity Nursery or our stand at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market.

Theresa Mycek
Plant Production Manager
Unity Church Hill Nursery

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