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Although the weather outside looks and feels like winter, the farm is beginning to come alive with the beginning of seed starting indoors.
Some flowers take 90 to 180 days to produce a bloom. That's 3 to 6 months. So on January 23rd, with the help of a Dariel, a volunteer, we planted several trays of Lisianthus seed (150-180 days). Lisianthus is a prized cut flower and is really tricky to grow from seed. The seed needs to be pressed into the damp planting mix and placed under a light that is 3 or 4 inches above the tray. The room temperature should be around 70 degrees in order for the seed to germinate in 10 to 14 days. The lights are on 12 to 14 hours a day, and once germinated, the temperature can be lowered to 65, with some airflow from a small fan. Some of the seed that sprout are about the size of the "period" at the end of this sentence. A bouquet of these flowers will last 10 to 15 days in a vase of water. So I hope to grow enough to sell at the market and also share some with the CSA farm share members.
Other flower seeds planted this week on February 17th with Renee's help, were Echinacea (126-165 days), snapdragons (110-120 days), statice (110-120 days), strawflower (75-80 days), and gomphrena (globe amaranth 85-100 days).
For years, I have been planting my gardens by the phases of the moon. This method is considered a part of "Biodynamic Gardening." I usually try to plant a couple of days before the "New" moon, and as late as 14 days after the "new" moon, or when the moon is full. The timing of the plantings assures a shorter germination period for most seeds. As an example, the germination period for carrots is 14 to 21 days as stated on the package. Of course a lot depends on the temperature of the soil, sunlight, and moisture conditions, but I find that carrot seeds planted a couple of days before the New Moon, gives germination in 7-10 days.
With the help of Renee, another volunteer, we set up the greenhouse (high tunnel) with drip lines to get ready to begin watering the seed we planted on February 17th. My underground watering system is shut off for the winter, so I have to run 260 feet of garden hose from the house to the greenhouse. So we have planted greens mix, arugula, turnips, spinach, carrots, and beets. We will cover the rows with row cover (remay) and then put hoops over the rows and cover the hoops with a poly plastic. So essentially we have a hoophouse within a greenhouse to help keep the seeds and seedlings warmer during these cold winter/spring nights. With this indoor early planting, we hope to harvest for the CSA farm share by the first few weeks of May.
For photos and more information, see our Greenhouse / Hoophouse page.
I've had several veggie requests from customers to try growing a few new items this year. So I have ordered a few different seeds this year and will give it a try. Lemon cucumbers, Chioggia beets, lemon thyme, artichoke, arugula, viroflay spinach, Japanese eggplant starts and potatoes to name a few. I buy organic seed whenever available from NON-GMO companies like Johnny's Selected Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, Harris Seeds, Fedco Seeds, and Botanical Interests. Seed orders have been arriving since the second week of January. The potato seed order should come in mid to late March and the fruit tree order should arrive about the middle of April. This year I ordered 4 more Plum trees on order to have two more varieties that ripen later in the year than the plums that I currently have. With these additional trees, I should have 106 fruit trees on the property. I would say that 70 to 80 percent should be of fruiting age this year. Of course getting fruit will all depend on the weather. So lets hope we don't get a freeze once the trees begin to blossom.
I'm looking forward to a bountiful year again, and I hope to see you as a customer and/or volunteer soon. Blessings,
A Big, Huge, Heartfelt Thank You to Our Volunteers!
I want to thank all of the volunteers for the hours they gave to me and the farm to help make it a successful year. I'm looking forward to another great year of working with you and growing local food for you.
Love and blessings,
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provides quality, locally grown, organic vegetables,
fruits, and herbs. We have both a CSA program and a
farm stand. We offer hydroponically grown tomatoes and
peppers. All of our produce is non-GMO. Father Earth
Organic Farm is a small family farm in east Boulder
County, Colorado that provides quality, locally grown,
organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We have both
a CSA program and a farm stand. We offer hydroponically
grown tomatoes and peppers. All of our produce is non-GMO.
Father Earth Organic Farm is a small family farm in
east Boulder County, Colorado that provides quality,
locally grown, organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
We have both a CSA program and a farm stand. We offer
hydroponically grown tomatoes and peppers. All of our
produce is non-GMO.
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