Welcome to this week's edition of Monday musings, now available on the website! Truth be told, it is much easier to type my thoughts out on here than it is on the gram.
Today I want to focus mainly on the vegetable seedlings that we have growing. But before we get to that, here are some flower updates!
- The ranunculus are coming! I am very happy to report that there are multiple buds popping up all over. I've seen buds for all varieties except for crema...hopefully she's just a late bloomer. These last few days of overcast and rain have been so dreary and hurt my heart, but I'll tell ya something, it has been PERFECT for the ranunculus.
- The overcast, cool weather has also helped slow down the tulip season. It is so much nicer to harvest tulips gradually and not have to frantically do it when it is hot and sunny and they blow open. There are still many other late tulip varieties to come and hopefully the timing will line up with Mother's Day, which is late this year of course lol
- This week could be the first week that I list my flowers for sale as a member of the Local Flower Collective. TLFC is a group of other growers and local florists who want to purchase/provide local, chemical free flowers. I've sold directly to other local flower growers, but haven't been part of a group, so it is pretty exciting! I love selling directly to my customers, but it is so helpful to have this option when I have extra flowers that need a good home. It is also really fulfilling to connect and build relationships with other like-minded local growers.
Now, let's get to the veg!
We've made a shift this year to make space to grow more vegetables. We're still growing loads of flowers, but it feels good to be growing food for ourselves and for others...I'm still trying to work out exactly what our offerings will be and how we will get some of these veggies out into the world, but I'm sure it will all come together. We will definitely have fresh herbs and vegetables for sale as they are available, but I might also offer seedlings if there is some interest!
This year we are growing the following vegetables and herbs:
Herbs: Basil, thyme and parsley. Vegetables: Assorted zucchinis, assorted tomatoes, assorted peppers, romaine lettuce, arugula, sugar snap peas, bush beans and two varieties of kale. We're also growing marigolds for cutting and for companion planting with the tomatoes.
There is so much to be excited for! Thank you for following along and I hope you have a great week ahead!
your friendly neighbourhood flower farmer