Saturday April 25th: 10AM Garden to Grill Workshop
Also Saturday April 25th from 10AM-3PM Free Soil Testing (limit 2 samples per customer)
The weather looks amazing, so get out into your garden! We have everything you need to get started, or to keep going. Come on down to the farm and see us this weekend!
Just like we planned, we just finished covering the corn this morning. With the inch and a half of rain earler this week, the seeds are already swelling and sending out taproots. we may see it spiking above ground by the end of this heat wave weekend! When you drive by the home field now you will see the similar cover floating over the bean and pea crops, and if we get the chance we are going to try and get the winter mulch off the strawberries so they can take advantage of the heat as well. Hope we see you out here this weekend!
BIG NEWS! First crops of corn and beans are in the field. Amazingly, for a Spring that seemed it would never get here, we planted right about on schedule. Nice when Mother Nature plays along. The corn is in on the ‘early’ ground at the Greenways’ Field. We will cover half of it later this week to push it along a little bit and get that corn to your table fast as we can. We will follow this planting with successive ones over the next few months every 7-10 days usually. Likewise, the first few rows of beans went in at the home field, and weather dependent they may get a heat-retention cover as well. We will plant them more or less weekly to keep up with the demand in the farm stand this season.
For you at-home vegetable gardeners trying to keep up, it’s time to start the rest of your seeds indoors, if you haven’t yet. We’ve started our cukes and squash, and are in the process of transplanting peppers and tomatoes, all of which will be ready to go outdoors in 4-6 weeks. Cole crops and lettuces are well on their way; brave souls could probably start putting them outside, but it wouldn’t hurt to wait another week. In the meantime we will continue to prepare more ground and start to pay attention to our perennial crops. Our herb garden, rhubarb, strawberries, and blueberries are all showing their respective signs of life. It is a great time to be cleaning these areas of your garden up and determining what may need replacing or better what may require even more space this year!
We have been getting some great info from the field side of things, so in the spirit of competition, the greenhouse crew is ramping up our effort to show off our blog skills. Here are some pics and some descriptions of what looks great in and around the greenhouse! Feel free to post any questions in the comments, or just email us!
Trying to expand our media on the blog, here is a brief clip of the wonderful and informative workshop from this morning!
Next weekend we have soil testing from 10AM-3PM and a “Garden to Grill” workshop at 10AM. Rumors have it that there may be some veggie snacks available for sampling as well!
The weather is finally cooperating; we have a feeling you all will be itching to get down here this weekend. Might as well make it in time for the free workshop with Jody Gilson about Herb Gardening.
Jody is our major provider of herbs during the main season as a grower of over 500 varieties at J. Gilson Greenhouses in Groton. She ran a popular workshop here last year and she is returning this spring to talk with us again. Many of the herbs we sell are perennial and cold tolerant, so its a wonderful time to start adding some cost-effective workhorse plants to your landscape or kitchen garden.
Please join us Saturday, April 18 at 10 am for an in depth introduction to Herb Gardening. And don’t forget, free workshop attendees receive a 10% discount coupon to use with us this weekend!
Spring is here! You may have noticed over the past week we are making noise and changing the look of things out in the main field. Between the cold and rain, we got the old International “Super Chief” Plow hooked up and our first half acre of ground prepped for planting. By Wednesday we had turned over the soil, fertilized and smooth harrowed the plot north of the strawberry crop.
Earlier today, we sowed the first beet crop and spring and snap peas. In the coming days we will get some more of our early crops in, including carrots, chard, parsley, and importantly, more peas!
Our greenhouses are full of color, and our spring workshop schedule is in full swing. Here are the remaining events this spring:
Saturday April 25th @10AM: Garden to Grill Workshop with Teri Volante
Saturday April 25th from 10AM-3PM: Free Soil Testing (limit 2 samples per customer)
Saturday May 2nd @10AM: Perennial Ornamental Grasses with Matt Griswold from Judge’s Farm in East Lyme, CT
@ 1PM: Container Gardening with Dianne Porcello
Please call or email for more details!