Saturday, October 15, 2016

dogs barking, winds howling

We plan for the worst single day of each year.

The coldest. The windiest. The hottest.
And then we assume it will be even worse.

In spots where we plant flowers, we plant in landscape cloth. Woven, so that air and water can penetrate but it totally slows weeds from sprouting. There are holes in it where seedlings go.

Most days we hold the landscape cloth down with these:

Custom made at our local metal shop, these are super heavy rebar rods with a flat plate on the top. When these go into the landscape fabric it does not move.

But when we say to each other "we'll get back to that piece of landscape cloth later" and try to hold a long length down with rocks and other gear...this happens:

There is an entire building between this piece of landscape cloth and the bed it was covering! The dogs were running around and barking like mad. When we went to investigate, we found this 100 foot length twisted and flapping around in one of the trees!

Reattached with our custom pound in stakes, it has not moved. The dogs can rest. But no more of that "I'll get back to that" business. It results in two to three times the work and hassle.

Monday, August 15, 2016

flower prepping

We harvest flowers daily. Early before things get too hot, and late when things cool back down. Those headlamps campers use are exactly what is needed for illuminating each stem.

We start by having very clean buckets with plain water.

Some flowers dirty the water when first cut. Those go into their own bucket, and we switch out with clean water several times.

After getting a good drink, each stem is stripped of leaves. We use the extra leaves and any stems that are too long and need trimming to go into a bin. All of it goes out to our compost pile.

We clean all of our ball jars, washing them thoroughly so nothing but clear glass remains.

Then we assemble the bouquets!

We deliver weekly to several restaurants, to the Farmers Market in Hershey, to our Flower CSA members, to chefs for edible flowers and for events! We can design for exactly a certain look or structure. 

August production is high! Flowers are lovely to have in the house.

Friday, August 12, 2016


When seeds are started and then get roughed up and disappear?

We start seeds using a soil blocker. 20 spots in each block, where a seed lands right in the center. 

I started a few trays a week ago. Within a couple of days, one tray was a mess.

Every seed I had carefully set into the dent in each soil block had been unearthed and eaten.

Starting over again today and providing better protection.


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