Growing Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Growing Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Here are the directions for growing teddy bear sunflowers: Choose a location. Teddy bear sunflowers need full sun and well-drained soil. Choose a spot in your garden that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. The soil should be loose and fertile, with a...

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How to start flower seeds under grow lights

How to start flower seeds under grow lights

Our Blue Gables Farm customers frequently ask how we get our seedlings started. We start about half of them under lights in our basement or in other local growers’ greenhouses (we don’t have one). Starting flowers from seed under grow lights is an easy way to get your flower garden going. Starting and then transplanting seedlings is a great way to make the best use of garden space, too.

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February is for fencing

February is for fencing

We never looked forward to January and February quite the way we do now that we’re flower farming. Yes, these tend to be cold, dark, bleak months, but they are when we slow down and catch our breaths, too. In contrast with July, it’s a time when we don’t have an...

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Farming is a lifestyle

Farming is a lifestyle

Farming is more of a way of life than an occupation. Most farmers love what they do. To quote one of our friends, “You’re never going to meet a happier group of poor people than a room full of flower farmers.” There is a sense of satisfaction from seeing the entire...

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Apricity

Apricity

Apricity isn’t just the name of our friend’s flower business, it also means bright sun in the middle of winter. Today, the day of our earliest sunset, we are grateful for the apricity that Apricity’s owner, Lisa, contributes to the world, in flowers and sunshine that brightens the lives of those around her.

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Flower farming degree from YouTube University

Flower farming degree from YouTube University

We refer to YouTube for information and instruction so often we joke that we have degrees from YouTube University. A lot of what we know regarding our trade was gleaned by watching others demonstrate how they do things. We realize that without the myriad contributions by selfless individuals we might not be where we are. Thank you, kind strangers.

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Get married before the first frost

Get married before the first frost

Fall is a beautiful time to get married. The weather and flora are typically splendid. We understand the appeal of an autumn wedding — we were married in October on a beautiful, cloudless-blue day. As flower farmers, our advice is to pick a date before October 12, if possible. Most farmers in our area consider that day our fall frost date and if they are asked to price flowers in advance for a wedding, they may give a higher quote for dates after 12 October.

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Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

Does planting cool flowers in the fall really work?

In our experience, yes and no. We are in our third year of growing cut flowers and we’ve tried planting cool flowers each of the past two autumns. The concept is to plant in September hardy annuals that can survive our zone 6b winters, which allows these flowers to...

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