Posts Tagged ‘plants’

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I’m doing things a little differently this year.

I learned a lot last year. I went big. A HUGE amount of the same varieties of vegetables. It was well intentioned. For example, I planted something like 20 roma tomato plants with the intentions of doing major canning. But, you know…”well made plans” and all. So, this year, I’m going smaller quantity of more varieties. Things I’ve never grown before, and I’m pretty excited about it!

 I’m enormous, and the baby is due in 3 weeks, so it’s just easier to prepare this way. As you can see this time last year, things were busy and a little scattered. This year, I’m working on getting and keeping things more systematic.You can see in the picture above that our pool table has been sacrificed for our seed starts. 🙂 It’s only temporary, and definitely worth it!

 The weather is different. Last year, we didn’t really have a winter, so I was essentially planting and harvesting from February until November. It was awesome, but it made things tricky, and a little disorganized. (Plus, the bugs were TERRIBLE and we lost a lot of crops from them, and the crazy drought.)

 012    I’m still using organic or all-natural soil and fertilizers. And of course, all my seeds are organic or heirloom. I used the two fertilizers above (fish emulsion and seaweed) last year, and I found them pretty impressive. I used Jiffy organic seed starting soil last year, and I wasn’t impressed. It felt mostly like coconut husk, and the seedling roots didn’t seem as strong, so this year I’m going with a new brand of all natural seed starter:

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It’s pricey, but has a really nice texture, so I’m hoping it’s worth the investment, and I get strong seedlings!

It feels so nice to get my hands dirty, and watch my little seeds sprout. So far I have green and purple eggplants started, asparagus (which will be a fall planting, and won’t be harvested for a few years), multiple types of flowers, and all my cold weather seeds started (purple cauliflower, 3 types of cabbage, baby choi, broccoli, etc.), onions and leeks and celery. I plan to get my tomatoes and peppers started within the next few days.

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This flat contains brussels sprouts and marigolds. It took less than a week to get here! I’m so excited to see little green sprouts again. It seems like it’s been so long!

Remember, I’m happy to plant extras if you’re interested in purchasing chemical-free, GMO-free seedlings from us. Just let me know what you’re interested in growing this year! A quote from a happy customer last year:

“I need egg plants, the ones I got from you last year were Great!”

Stay tuned, because things are just getting started! 🙂

-Linde

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Should be full of seeds in the next few days!

If any of the locals are interested in purchasing seedlings from us again this year, please let me know so I can have enough of what you want. We have many varieties of different vegetables, so just ask! Check out our “For Sale” tab for more information.

-Linde

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Well, we’re coming into prime farming season! Things have been busy here at the farm, and are bound to only get busier! I’ve sat down to update the blog a million times it seems, but something farmy always interrupts!

The most exciting news of the past few weeks is that our CSA customers got their second full share this week! Yeah!! We planned for a 12 week season, just to be cautious, as it is our first year. But with this terrific weather, it looks like we’ll be able to get 18-20 weeks of veggies.

WEEK ONE

  • Rhubarb
  • Green Onions
  • Mixed Greens
  • Radishes

WEEK TWO

  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Mixed Greens (including mustard greens, arugula, and gourmet lettuce)

My official favorite vegetable to eat and harvest this season is the Easter Egg Radish.

   It’s a mix of purple, red, pink and white radishes. They’re so darn cute, and you never know color you’re going to get! But the flavor is fantastic. It’s sweet and mild. It doesn’t have the harsh spiciness of some other varieties. I’ll definitely be planting more of these!

I’ve taken all kinds of photos over the past few days to share with you, but every time I walk outside, it seems things have doubled! So although they probably look different now, here are some recent photos to give you an idea where we’re at.

 The sweet peas are growing beautifully, and are about knee-high.

 The first bed of potatoes and most of the second are about a foot high, and have been mounded.

 Our mini-green house is full to the brim with seedlings waiting for the final plantings!

 Tomato and pepper sales have exceeded expectation! We’ll definitely be taking orders for next year, so look for more information this winter!

 About half of the asparagus I planted has come up, and it looks delicious!! I can’t wait to have a taste next spring!

We have 10 planting beds finished, and some covered in black plastic in anticipation of tomato plants. Only 5 more to go!!

 Onions and garlic!

And to leave your mouth watering:

Our Early Spring Salad Mix paired with…

  our Icicle, Easter Egg, and Sparkler radishes.

YUM!

Check back soon, I’ll have more updates!

-Linde

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It’s getting close to that time! Warm-weather planting time!!

For North-Eastern Ohio, May 15th is a safe plant-out date. If you haven’t started your own seeds, and plan to have peppers and tomatoes of your own, get them from Collingwood Farm!

We have peppers:

  • Jalapeno
  • Bell
  • Red and Yellow Banana (sold out)
  • Ornamentals

We have tomatoes:

  • Pear
  • Grape
  • Rutgers
  • Roma

Also available are squash, cukes, pie pumpkin, cabbage and some select herbs.

All plants have been grown in organic soil, using only organic fertilizer. Rather than pay significantly more from your garden center, and not know where your plant comes from, buy it local from a trusted source!!

Remember, we will never sell you genetically modified products!

All plants will be in 5 inch plastic pots, and will be ready to transfer to a pot of your own, or directly to the garden!

We’re asking $3.00/plant.

Quantities are limited, so get your orders in now!

Email collingwoodfarm@gmail.com if interested!

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