Is your mailbox full of seed catalogs? Mine is and I can’t be happier! I love reading the descriptions, looking at the pictures, dreaming of next years garden, tidy and weed free….Okay, back to reality. Before you buy a bunch of new seed, do a germination test on seeds left over from last season and[…]
Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.
Rick and Jen loaned me their broad fork so I could get a few garden beds ready for early spring crops. It’s time to start planting peas, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage outside. The row cover is handy in case we get another cold snap. The large bed rake is great for both forming and[…]
The Organic Vegetable Farm tour went to Elmwood Stock Farm. A 550 acre certified organic farm that features both livestock and crops. Most of the acreage is in pasture with crops on about 75 acres. They produce feed for their animals which include 80 cows, sheep, laying hens and broilers and turkeys. The key to[…]
Friday, May 8 is the Grand Opening of the 2015 Independence Farmers Market, beginning the regular market season every Friday from 9am to 2pm until the second Friday in October. The Market is held in the Independence Town Park at the corner of Highways 21 and 58 across from the Historic Court House in downtown[…]