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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Plants For Sale

This year we should have plenty of different kinds of seedlings and other plants for sale. Here is a list of what we should have available this year:

(I will post a more detailed list of what is available when it gets closer to when they will be available, with pictures of what they look like at that time, information about the variety, and prices. This is just a possible list of what may be available, check back in May, when it is closer to planting time for an updated list.)

In May and beginning of June we will have vegetable starts and possibly some flowers available, pickup only from our farm (Must call ahead or email us). Some of the varieties we should have available include:
  • Black Cherry Heirloom Tomato (purple heirloom cherry tomato)
  • Isis Candy Heirloom Cherry Tomato (striped heirloom cherry tomato)
  • Dr. Carolyn Heirloom Tomato (yellow heirloom cherry tomato)
  • Hybrid Sweet Baby Girl Tomato (red cherry tomato)
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • Amish Paste Tomato (heirloom paste tomato)
  • Sweet Red Pepper
  • We will have a limited supply of Red, Purple, Yellow, and some other colors of peppers available
  • Thai Dragon Pepper (red cayenne pepper)
  • Coleus
  • and possibly some other flowers, vegetables and herbs

At Valley City Farmers Market we should have the following plants available in gallon size pots (some smaller depending on the plant). We may also re-pot some of the left over plants from the above list for the market (of course the price will be higher since they will be larger plants in larger pots).

  • Fairy Tale Eggplant
  • Sweet Basil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Opal Basil
  • Lemon Basil
  • Thai Dragon Pepper
  • Fish Pepper
  • Mexican Sunflower Tithonia
  • Sweet Peas (In hanging baskets)
  • We will also have available a potted salad mix (You can have your own pot of lettuce and other greens to pick whenever you feel like having a salad!)

Some of the potted herbs that we should have available include:

  • The varieties of basils listed above
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • and some others
  • We will also have most of the above herbs available as cut bunches at our markets throughout the season

I just wanted to let everyone know that we will have many kinds plants available throughout the season, and give you a good idea of what exactly will be available and when.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Seedling update

Well, my greenhouse in the basement is almost full. Things have been pretty nice here outside lately, and as long as the weather permits I should be planting some seeds outside this week! How exciting is that? My basement temperature right now is about 62 degrees, and my greenhouse in the basement is about 80 degrees! It is really really warm in there, which is helping all the seeds that I just planted come up very quickly. This week I will also have to begin transplanting my first group of seedlings (Sweet Basil and Carnations).

Here are some pictures that I just took today of my seedlings and my light setups:

Picture of the "greenhouse" in the basement and the new shelf that I just added which will soon be filled with plants and lights.

Shelf of tomato and pepper flats, the peppers have not started coming up yet but the all the tomatoes have sprouted (both the tomatoes and peppers were planted almost 1 week ago).

Some of my eggplant seedlings (they are getting nice and big!)

Some of my little Sweet Basil seedlings that really need to be transplanted.
Hopefully I will be doing that tomorrow.

Carnation Seedlings that also need to be transplanted.

That is my update for today. Tomorrow I have transplanting to do, and since the weather is not suppose to be real good, it does not look like I will be able to plant anything outside tomorrow. Hopefully after the bad weather passes everything will not be too wet, and I will be able to do some planting, the beginning of this coming week. Outside within the next week I am going to have to plant head lettuce, romaine hearts, scallion seeds, possible swiss chard (depending on the temps.), some kale and a possibly some other things that I am unable to think of right now.

It is so nice to be able to finally watch things grow and know that warm weather and summer is finally on it's way here.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday April 1st for the post about our first vegetable of the month- Beets!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is here!

Spring is here! It looks like spring outside too, now if only it were a little warmer. Oh well, at least it is not snowing, and the sun is out. It may not be warm outside but the hoop house sure is toasty when the sun is shinning. I guess I can just sit in there and pretend it is warm outside. At least we are out of winter and summer is on it way.

Happy Spring everyone!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New BA Farm Logo

I have finally got around to making a logo. I did it last night at like midnight. It was the quickest thing that I have done yet on the computer. Usually whenever I design something on the computer it takes me days, but since it was so late and I was so tired I did not spend as much time trying to get every detail perfect and debating on what would look best. Maybe I should do more that late at night, I may not waste as much time trying to get every detail perfect, since I am a perfectionist. It isn't anything too fancy, but it works, now I can start working on labels and such for this years market, and can put BA Farm logo on them! Maybe one day I will come up with something better, but for now it will do.

Well, I better get to planting seeds I have a bunch of things that I must get planted sometime this weekend. These are the things that I already have started, and have sprouted already: eggplant, hot peppers, celery, head lettuce, mint, viola, carnations, some basil, and strawberries. Next weekend will be my big planting weekend, it exhausts me just thinking of it. Some of the things that will need to be planted next weekend include: about 6 kinds of tomatoes, 5 kinds of peppers, 3 kinds of basil, some flowers and some other things that I can not think of off the top of my head. I better be going so I can get back to work, I need to replace the hoophouse plastic now so that I can start using it for some of the cool weather crops, since it did not survive the winter.