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It's Hot!

Hello hot summer sun and thick Kansas humidity.  It’s July and it feels like it! The summer heat and humidity brings new problems to solve.  New insects move in and weeds are thriving and foliar diseases increase with plant stress. Despite those issues the dahlias are beginning to come on strong and produce more blooms and I’m already planning for next spring! This month I will be cleaning out beds and starting seeds for the fall and spring.  Spring flowering bulbs are being ordered and I’m super excited for the color that spring of 2018 has promised. 

Gardening Tip of the Month

My gardening tip for July/August is to start sowing cool season crops both indoors and outdoors.  If you are a veggie gardener this includes crops like peas and Cole crops.  For you flower gardeners this is any biennials or tender perennials, flowers such as larkspur, Canterbury bells, bachelor buttons, and Sweet William.
Something I am SUPER excited about is a project that we’ve been working on here.  My wonderful father and husband have put two full Saturdays into building a walk-in cooler in our garage!!! The structure is completely built but there’s still much to do to get it running. It will be a total game changer! We still need to seal it, install a floor, install the door, wire up the lighting and cooling system.  We will be using a Coolbot to convert the 8’ x 8’ free standing room into a walk-in cooler. A Coolbot is a computer that overrides the controls on a window air-conditioner to run colder. It’s quite amazing, and a cost efficient way to create a refrigerator.
At the end of July our family went to Colorado with my husband’s family.  He is the youngest of ten kids and it’s always a fun time when everyone is together! Colorado is absolutely beautiful and it was great to take a break from the Kansas humidity.
The flowers went crazy while we were gone! I was so thankful to come back to see the field bursting with blooms rather than fried to a crisp.

 Find Flowers

  • Every other Wednesday, I’m delivering bouquet subscriptions to Topeka and Lawrence. If you live in those areas and want flowers please contact me and I will give you more details. 
  • Farmer’s Market will be coming to a close at the end of August as we transition into the school year.
  • Remnant Café in Parson, Ks has agreed to let me step up a pop-up flower stand on Saturdays this fall from 7:30am-2:30pm. I will be there through October if the weather continues to corporate.  An early frost could bring my business to a close before the end of October.
Some things to look forward to this coming winter are posts about next year’s bouquet subscriptions and the possibility of cut flower seeds for sale!
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