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Fruition Garden Journal

video tutorials, tried-and-true tips + our latest learnings to surround you with abundance all season long

Timing Is Everything: Fruition's Seed Starting Calendar

Mar 14, 2019

In our gardens and in our lives, timing is everything.

And Friends, it is so easy to start seeds way too early. 

My dear friend Sal and I created a planting calendar for you to help nail your timing this season!

It's counter-intuitive, but plants started too early often get stressed (too little light, too few nutrients) and thus produce later and less abundantly than younger plants that are less stressed.

So hold your horses, dear Friends!

And here is our calendar for Zones 4 through 6 to keep you on track:

Each online order this season will receive one of our planting calendars, as well :)

You'll find a ton of information on this chart and each of our packets are mini-encyclopedias of information, as well. In addition to longer growing instructions, there is a quick reference tab with some pretty handy advice to have at arm's length. You'll find plant spacing after thinning, whether to direct sow or transplant (or both), days to germination, when to sow and seeding...

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See You at the Flower Show!

Feb 21, 2019
 

Each winter we take to the road, tens of thousands of seeds in tow, to celebrate the turning of the seasons and see the bright faces of countless people we love at flower shows all across the Northeast.

We've met so many of you at these shows and without question, you are why we keep packing our bags each February, despite the snow and the cold :)

Thanks for coming in from the cold to warm our souls and talk gardens, seeds and spring!

Here is where you'll find us, Friends:

Hartford Flower Show 

You'll find us here Thursday, February 21st through 4th

Presentations on Stage:

Thursday at 2 pm: 10 Keys for Container Gardening

Sunday at 11 am: 5 Keys to Preventing Tomato Disease

Presentations in Booth:

Every half hour: Using soil blockers & making seed balls 

We're bringing five new dinner plate dahlia tubers for you...!

Philadelphia Flower Show

You'll find us here Friday, March 1st through 10th

Presentations on Stage:

Saturday at 4:30: 10 Easy Flowers to Grow in...

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Six Steps to Grow Your Own Ginger

Feb 08, 2019
 

Join Our Grow Your Own Ginger Webinar

Join us Thursday, March 21st at 6:30! I'll be sharing the keys you need to successfully sprout your ginger and set yourself up for growing gorgeous abundance this season, from beginning to end. 

Register here to reserve your seat!

Yes, You Can Grow Your Own Ginger!

Friends, we're constantly experimenting, pushing the envelope of what can be grown here in our short seasons. Peanuts? With the right seeds, easy. Sesame. Super easy. Chia? A remarkable plant, though (sigh) she will never flower for us here, our days are too long.

We're ecstatic to announce we've added ginger to the lengthy list of unexpected plants you can grow in the Northeast, even in a container, right in your backyard!

Why We Love Baby Ginger

Fresh, baby ginger is sweet yet savory, lusciously melting in your mouth and nearly fiber-free, entirely unlike the mature ginger shipped thousands of miles, what most of us have known as ginger our whole lives....

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Fruition in Country Gardens Magazine (& Our Donation Seed)

Jan 31, 2019
 

Friends! Country Gardens featured Fruition in their latest issue and it is gorgeous!

What I really want to share, though, is something my Mother taught me: You never know who you’re talking to, so be nice and be generous. Enjoy our video for the full story :)

And Friends, please do read the article, and the photographs are stunning, but my deepest wish is that we all might be a little more kind and a little more generous with our brief time together...

...and that we all might know that planting seeds is the most radical act of kindness and generosity there is. 

Here are some photos of the full article:

  

Fruition's Donation Seed 

And Friends, did you know we donate thousands of packets each year to civic-minded organizations we love? We love to send you seed! Here's how it works: We send 50 packets of assorted packets to extraordinary organizations; simply send us $10 to cover our shipping and handling and we'll tuck them in the mail. Once it's...

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Announcing Fruition's New Online Courses! (And Happy Coming to Fruition Day!)

Jan 25, 2019
 

Has it really been seven years?!!!

Happy Coming to Fruition Day, Friends!

It was this day, seven years ago, that Fruition truly came to Fruition. One month earlier, Matthew and I had signed our LLC papers, but this was the moment. It's a pretty funny story, with the gentle resilience of retrospect, though I definitely cried and woah was it existential at the time. I share the full story below!

And Friends, the ironic part for me today is that I'm feeling the jitters of, 'can we do this?' and 'is this what the world needs?' Doing something you've never done before is both terrifying and thrilling and boy, do Matthew and I have droves of such experiences :)

I've been working hard on an exciting new project and I'm thrilled to finally share the details with you! Chelsea and I made more than 500 videos in 2018 and I've made four online courses for you, with more in the wings. I hope you'll join me! They're available for a limited time, so reserve your seat today :)

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Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO: Fruition's Glossary of Essential Vocab Demystified + a Story

Jan 18, 2019
 

I fondly recall long winter evenings by the fireside, pouring tea and steeping with seed catalogs, dreaming about the season ahead. I wish I could go back to the couch and snuggle up with my seven-year-old self and ask her some questions. I'm especially curious what that little girl thought an "F1 tomato" was or how she would describe the significance of an 'heirloom' variety. How would my seven-year-old self define 'organic?'

Fast-forward: Here is how I describe both terms things now, plus a few others, like the 'GMOs,' that were just being invented when I was born in 1983. So put on the kettle, snuggle up (with your seven-year-old, if you've got one) and let's dream about the abundance ahead for this and for all generations to come.

First, I'll define some key terms for you, with succinct sweetness as my goal, adding their advantages and disadvantages, each from my perspective as a small-scale, organic seed grower.

Then I'll share my story of the history, both ancient,...

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Ideal Varieties for Container Gardening & Raised Beds

Jan 10, 2019
 

First, a soon-to-be not-so-secret for you!

I'm in the marvelous midst of creating Fruition's first online courses, YAY!!! This post is just a fraction of what I'll be sharing to set you up for success in our Container Gardening Mini-Course. If you'd like to be first in line when our courses open in February, let me know and when they're ready I'll send you an invitation with a special thank you :) 

Without further ado!

Friends, sowing well-adapted varieties makes organic gardening SO much easier.

In any size garden, on any scale farm.

Container gardens, especially. 

What makes a variety well-suited for container gardening?

Two main factors:

How much space does this variety take up? Some varieties are more compact than others, making them more optimal for container gardening.

Will this variety thrive with less than optimal nutrients and less even watering? Both are realities of most container gardens, so starting with resilient seeds makes all the difference.

I...

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Regionally Adapted Seed: The Secret of Great Gardening

Jan 04, 2019
 

When Heirloom Gardener asked me to write about the significance of regionally adapted seed for their Winter 2019/2019 issue, the fact that such a story is of value to a nationally-distributed magazine gave me more than a sliver of hope for the world. 

As a child in New York, I thought watermelons were an absolute waste of valuable garden space. I was a whimsical child, but still practical. With long, trailing vines yielding a single fruit and sometimes none, my anticipation was almost always unrequited. Every few years we’d give them another try, only to reach the same conclusion by September: We should have sown more tomatoes, more lettuce and more beets. Less watermelon.

I could not have been more wrong.

Like our reticent red peppers, eggplants lacking abundance, late-blooming dahlias and unenthusiastic peanuts, I simply needed different seeds to have different experiences. Sowing seeds adapted to your region makes all the difference.

August Ambrosia is Fruition's...

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3 Lessons We Learned in 2018

Dec 28, 2018
 

We learn so much with each day, each season. We've grown immeasurably in 2018, both in the fields and in our visions. Here are three lessons helping us grow the most, both in joy and in trial. I share them, hoping they surround you with beauty and abundance both in and beyond your garden :)

1. You can grow glorious ginger in the Northeast without a high tunnel.

It's true: you can grow gorgeous ginger right in your backyard.

We're constantly experimenting, pushing the envelope of what can be grown in our climate. For years our market gardener friends have grown ginger enthusiastically in their greenhouses and high tunnels, but here's the thing: both Matthew and I grew up gardening and are deeply motivated to share seeds and techniques that every home gardener can enjoy. After much experimentation, we're totally confident you can grow impressive ginger without all the frills. Stay tuned! We'll be sharing organic rhizomes for you to grow your own as well as everything...

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Sneak Peek: New Varieties for 2019!

Dec 20, 2018
 

Each year we trial new varieties and develop new ones, harvesting their seeds and tucking in packets to share with you! 

With each season we learn more about our seeds, ourselves, our soil, our community and our climate. Most seed companies are simply repackaging seed they've bought wholesale on the commodity market, which doesn't eliminate all the variables by any means, but it does greatly reduce their risk of not having seed in their packets.  

The seeds in our packets is largely harvested on one of Fruition's four farms; we also collaborate with over a dozen talented organic seed growers to bring you the highest quality seed we can source.

And Friends, we don't always reap what we sow. Though we grew a glorious bed of Lime Queen zinnias this summer, persistent rain brought powdery mildew early to her leaves and filled her seedheads with millions of spores instead of seeds. (Thank goodness our Zinderella Peach zinnias, below, were a...

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