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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Grow Floret winners

Grow Floret winners

The farm has been buzzing with activity over the past two weeks. Last Thursday we finished planting close to 5,000 dahlias, dug a 100 ft trench for a new waterline, plus cleaned and organized our tractor shed and propagation house. We have been implementing a number of ideas we learned from reading The Lean Farm and are doing our best to purge the clutter and really hone in on what we do best.

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Tools of the trade: 7 essential farmer-florist tools to cut, snip, chop, prune and lop

Tools of the trade: 7 essential farmer-florist tools to cut, snip, chop, prune and lop

I have a pretty laid back approach to most things, but there are a few hard and fast rules the team and I abide by when it comes to the tools we use for day-to-day operations.  One of them revolves around the importance of using the right tool for the job, especially when it comes to sharp objects and anything used to cut, chop, snip or lop

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Eyes Open E-Course

Eyes Open E-Course
or the last several days, I’ve been racing around getting the farm all gussied up for the kickoff of the Floret workshop season. Everyone here is filled with nervous excitement. Tomorrow morning bright and early, we’ll be welcoming a small group of folks from across the U.S. and Canada to our Flower Farming Intensive, a three-day workshop where we’ll be sharing some of our very best growing tricks, design techniques and tips for building a flower-based business. Among the many tips I’ll be sharing, is the emphasis on good photography to document and share the beauty you are growing and designing. Read more »

Triage Weeding

Triage Weeding
As I've mentioned already, I'm perpetually behind on my weeding. Really behind. I decided I'd share my techniques with all of you, in case you find yourself up against a flower bed that's really been let go too long. Make sure the bed is moist, either from recent rainfall or from supplemental irrigation. Read more »

The grass is green: Spring is here. Mud Season over

The grass is green: Spring is here. Mud Season over

It wasn’t until I read A Year at North Hill : Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden by Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck that I made the connection between the greening of the grass and the frost finally being out of the ground. Grass doesn’t grow in frozen soil, and neither does rain percolate down into the frozen earth

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