It’s flower seedling season!

It’s flower seedling season!

March 1 marks the beginning of seedling season.  Each spring we start thousands of tiny plants in multi-cell trays that we put on heat mats and under grow lights.  These seedlings will grow for the next month or two until the weather is warm enough for them to be...
Cool flowers soldier on through winter and under cover

Cool flowers soldier on through winter and under cover

As bleak as things may appear in the third week of February at Blue Gables Farm, little plants are happily growing in our flower field. Back in the fall, we planted six varieties of “cool flowers,” which are hearty enough to survive Maryland’s winter. We covered the...
Oh, deer me!

Oh, deer me!

Whitetail Deer Whitetail deer are just as beautiful and cute as they are maddening. We’ve suffered quite a bit of crop damage over the years from deer pressure. I wouldn’t say we hate the critters, but we would prefer they had smaller appetites! And our deer clearly...
Sunflowers succession planting

Sunflowers succession planting

We have struggled in the past with succession planting our sunflowers. We think we finally have it figured out and we’d like to let you know how we do it. Succession Planting Because successful flower farming requires a steady supply of flowers over the course of six...
Landscape fabric lessons learned

Landscape fabric lessons learned

At Blue Gables Farm, we plant almost everything in landscape fabric. It’s pretty incredible stuff. Somehow It lets air and water through but blocks sunlight. That doesn’t seem quite possible, does it? Anyway, it really keeps the weeds down. The landscape fabric is a...