Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I wasn't expecting it yet! I thought I had more time for planting. Clearly, that is not the case. Looks like I'll be doing lots of potting in the greenhouse for the things that didn't get in the ground.
We are adding eight feet onto the greenhouse this weekend. Plus, putting on the new plastic. Then we'll be getting the new propane tank and heater all set up. Can't wait!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Fall colors are nearly gone but they were magical while they were here.
We are busily finishing up planting, weeding, and cleanup before the snow comes. We've had some great weather lately! My mom has been in town helping me with all the field prep. I'd be really scrambling workout her. Thousands of perennials, peonies, roses, shrubs, bulbs, and seeds have been going in the ground. We are in the home stretch! Whew!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
We are in the thick of it! I'm planting like a mad woman. Everything is going in this weekend. Thousands of flowers and vegetables. It can be very overwhelming at times. I work off the farm four days a week and those four days are long days, plus, they are outdoors so when I get home it is hard for me to go back outside. Luckily I have three day weekends now that are dedicated solely to the garden right. I've also had the pleasure of some volunteer help which makes a huge difference. I work best with others.
I'd list everything that we are planting but that would take awhile. I grew just about everything this year, again.
I'll be sharing pictures soon!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
We will be direct sowing mustard greens, peas, kale, beets, carrots, shallots, bunching onions, spinach, arugala, asian greens, larkspur, bupleurum, nigella, and a bunch of other goodies over the next week.
Daffodils are poking there heads out of the soil now. We have some allium bulbs to plant this week and lots of potting up of last years perennials. 200 asiatic lilies are growing in the greenhouse. We also have six types of willow and cranberry viburnum cuttings, taking root. They will make wonderful additions to our seasonal arrangements.
I'm expecting a large delivery of David Austin roses and over 100 trees and shrubs, this week. In a few years the threes and shrubs will provide us with ample cutting material for arrangements and to help us with sales into the the fall and also early spring. I will be taking extra precautions against rabbits and mice. I look around the county and see more damage to the bark of shrubs and trees than I have ever seen. Have you noticed?
We finally invested in new hand tools this year. Last year, I made due with old junk. Now I have four different pairs of clippers including some Felco pruners, three harvest knives, a collinear hoe, stirrup hoe, cultivator, and a really nice bed prep rake.
Plus, new watering equipment and OMRI approved fish fertilizer and a few gentle, OMRI approved fungicides and pest management treatments. Last year we had issues with worms in the broccoli, squash bugs were rampant on the zucchini, and powdery mildew attacked a few things.
I have also purchased 1,500 feet of insect barrier fabric. I will use it to protect all of the brassica varieties from insects this year. Also, it will provide a controlled environment for a few delicate flower varieties.
We are also getting over 40 yards of compost this spring. The first 7 yard load is arriving this week. Yippee! The health of the soil makes a huge difference in the health of the plant so it is a worth while investment.
We still have flower shares available this spring. It is a 12 week bouquet share that begins in June, we hope. Mother nature has to cooperate.
Perbellus Flower Farm
Friday, February 28, 2014
I have been on a plant buying bender this spring. I'm really beefing up our offerings this year and investing in shrubs and trees that will produce in a few years. I'm taking the 'buy it all now' approach. The more I invest now the sooner I will get to harvest from these long lived treasures.
Some woody things we are adding are David Austin roses (lots of them), ninebark, crab apples, flowering quince, flowering almond, redbud, ilex, lilac, hydrangea, viburnum, pussy willow, curly willow, dogwood, American bittersweet, honey suckle vine, calycanthus, kolkwitzia, witch hazel, spirea, forsythia, fringe tree, aronia, chokecherry, hazelnut, mock orange, osage orange and on and on. Most of this stuff wont really produce for 2 to 4 years but it is well worth the wait.
Some perennials that we are putting in this year include delphinium, foxglove, eryngium, rudbeckia triloba, echinacea, eryngium, allium, lilies, bearded iris (400 varieties from my life long collection/obsession), peonies, yarrow, agastache, helenium, hellebore, hosta, astilbe, golden rod, armeria, clematis, columbine, grasses, campanula, salvia, dahlias, dianthus, guillardia, gaura, gypsophilia, geum, heliopsis, heuchera, kniphofia, lavender, monarda, blue poppy, oriental poppy, liatris, mints, hyssop, penstoemon, shasta daisy, lupin, lysimachia, and much more!
For annuals we will have snapdragons, amaranth, ammi, aster, sunflowers, zinnia, basil, ornamental peppers, celosia, strawflower, atriplex, godetia, grasses, calendula, bachelor buttons, scabiosa, cerinthe, bupleurum, cosmos, cardoon, golden drumstick, larkspur, dusty miller, flowering cabbage, sweet peas, stock, iceland poppies, lisianthus, marigold, hyacinth bean, love in a puff vine, gomphocarpus, bells of ireland, nigella, orlaya, salvia, green ball dianthus, and another dozen or so goodies.
For vegetables, just work your way from A to Z. We got em! I have tamed my wild vegetable buying ways, however. I realized that I don't need to 10 types of beans or summer squash. That doesn't apply to pumpkins, tomatoes or peppers though. I still love to buy and try them all.
It is going to be a crazy year around here but at least we wont be planning a wedding this time. I'm scaling up flower production by nearly double this year. Vegetable production isn't shrinking, it is just getting more streamlined since my primary goal is just to feed ourselves and our 10 member CSA.
Early seed sowing has commenced. I started artichoke, iceland poppies and some chantilly snapdragons. Once the perennials seeds arrive I will get them started as well.
I have a light stand in the basement, wrapped in plastic. I ordered a little fan on Amazon today to help keep air moving in there. I also bought a couple of those metallic emergency blankets to wrap around the frame which will help reflect light back onto the seedlings.
We still have to finish the greenhouse but it has been so cold and windy lately, in the negatives and single digits. Ugh! I'm hoping to get some work done this weekend and next. It is almost time to kick that thing onm though, with cold temps like these, I will wait as long as possible before using that propane.
Stay warm friends!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Hopefully I can squeeze some learning opportunities into my schedule this year.
I'm expanding my offerings this year and will be making a big investment into shrubs, bulbs and peonies this spring. It is hard to control myself when those colorful catalogs start showing up in the mail. I'm most excited about growing ranunculus and sweet peas, eeek!
Happy New Year!