we need to grow more stuff

Dear Readers,

September has been all about weddings, the ASCFG conference for cut flower growers, weddings, preparing the farm for winter, and more weddings. We actually sold out of flowers for florists too early, and had to reserve the rest of the farm for our prior commitments like our CSA and a few more weddings.

It's a good thing to sell out- means we're doing something right- but it's also a bad thing, as we could be making more money right now but instead have to save all of our blooms.

procut sunflowers

procut sunflowers

The conclusion: we need to grow more stuff!! So, we are taking on another acre of land, which will double our size. We'll put up at least one hoophouse on the new field, which we'll use to grow early sunflowers, eucalyptus late into the fall, and sensitive blooms like lisianthus.

lisianthus, grown in the field (not in a hoophouse) with surprising success

lisianthus, grown in the field (not in a hoophouse) with surprising success

It's not quite time to start planning, though, even though my head is spinning with ideas from the cut flower conference (dahlia varieties, ways to improve our irrigation, hoophouse flowers, so much to do!). We're still tilling up beds and wheelbarrowing compost all over the farm. 

mulching beds with compost

mulching beds with compost

We're also planting seeds in the ground that will grow just a little bit before going dormant during the winter, and then blooming early in the summer.

bachelor's buttons

bachelor's buttons

dianthus

dianthus

larkspur

larkspur

The farm looks more and more peaceful every day, as we put beds to rest.

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The photography class at the farm with Lindsay Anne is coming up- sign up here if you haven't already! You can check out her incredible engagement shoot of us here, in case you need convincing.

I wish you all some Jewish apple cake (just pulled one out of my oven)!

Laura Beth