Farm Update
Hello beautiful friends,
My updates have been a little irregular lately and I apologize for that.  Currently on the farm I am maintaining my zinnias, dahlias, cosmos and odds and ends to fulfill orders through mid October and then it's out with the old and in with the soil preparation.  I've already been sowing seeds for next spring and soon I will be sowing cover crops and amending the soil to ensure next years flowers are big, beautiful and happy.  Family life has sped up a bit and with Mark returning to teaching Spanish, and the girls starting kindergarten and preschool, dance class and evening activities.  Fall is such a beautiful time of the year and the dahlias are just in love with the cooler temperatures. As I sit in the coffee shop typing this I mentioned to a woman that the seasons are good for us.  As much as I love my job and my flowers there comes a time to pull them up and prepare for the new and this is a blessing and makes me love the color they bring in the spring that much more!
Happy Fall!
Tip of the month!
Want to improve your soil quality for next to nothing? Sow a cover crop.  When your plants in your garden are looking tired and you are tired of tending them rip them out and throw down some cover crop seed.  Cover cops help prevent nitrogen from leaching from the soil in the winter. They also decrease the amount of weeds by choking them out and not giving them room to sprout and grow.  Lastly cover crops give back to the soil when you till them back into the soil in the spring. As they decompose in the soil they put back all of the nutrients they were holding onto in the winter and improve the soil structure by increasing the organic matter. This improves water retention in the soil.  Just be sure to give the soil a couple of weeks to adaquately break down the cover crop before planting your flowers and veggies. The following are seeds easily found at your local farm co-op and make great cover crops, either sowed together or individually.
  • Oats
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Clover
  • Rye
  • Field peas
I'm already dreaming of Spring. I can't wait until these beauties are back!
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