Fruition Garden Journal

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

5 Keys for Great Germination

Apr 19, 2021
 

5 Keys for Getting Great Germination

Starting seeds is equally an experience of joy, anticipation and patience with anxiety right around the corner. How old were those seeds? Should I water less? More? Why haven't they come up yet? Am I running out of time?

Some seeds are easy to germinate (thank you, lettuce!) while others are more complicated (we still love you, tomatoes!) and some are just flat-out challenging (we see you, arnica!).

Here are 5 keys to optimize your germination with confidence, Friends!

1. Don't Sow Too Deep!

Most seeds only need to be sown twice their depth, so it's incredibly easy to sow seeds too deep. When a seed germinates with too much soil above it, they may take longer to emerge and may well not emerge, alas. 

Some seeds like strawflower, snapdragon and skullcap require light to germinate so be sure look on the packet for any specific instructions indicating such. We share a list of the most common seeds that need light to germinate on page 28...

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Behind the Scenes: Sharing Fruition's Organic Ginger

Feb 28, 2021
 

We love sharing what we love with people we love, especially our organic ginger!

In 2020, our dear Friend Trevor of Larkin & Trevor Photography stopped by the farm, in the middle of a snow storm, as we were packing hundreds of ginger orders to tuck in the mail with the  warm up just a few days away. He has such a wonderful laugh and the warmth of his being is so beautifully woven into his photos and videos as well as his beer, more on their new brewery to come ! 

And Friends, if you’re considering planting ginger this season, here is a little tip that makes all the difference:


There is food-grade ginger and there is seed-grade ginger

Let’s break it down!

You can totally plant grocery store ginger like I did once when I was little. It grew as well as my avocado pits, which is to say: it was super fun and I learned a LOT! I never came close to harvesting an avocado or ginger worth mentioning beyond the cautionary tale

Now I know that the ginger in grocery...

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Behind the Scenes: Sharing Organic Dahlia Tubers at Fruition

Feb 26, 2021
 

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes snapshot of how we store our organic dahlia tubers + sing them back to life for you!

If you'd love to grow some yourself, we share our dahlia tubers here

Before I describe some of the keys to storing dahlia tubers, I just want to step back + thank Trevor of the fabulous Larkin & Trevor Photography who made this amazing video, beautifully capturing the warmth + care we share them with. Trevor is a great friend + he’s also an incredible collaborator, super curious and immensely generous, always excited to learn + never hesitating to dig in deep. In an era when everyone is a photographer, his eye is distinctly different. Craft still rises above commodity. Follow him for insight, inspiration & a whole lot of love


So dahlia storage! 

There’s a LOT to share, definitely jump into our website if you haven’t already, there’s a ton of videos on each variety’s page sharing the process of how to dig,...

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In Which Petra Learns the Accordion (with Turnips) for New Years!

Dec 31, 2020
 

Happy New Years, Fruition Family!

Our gift to you this season is evidence that 

a) I'm learning accordion &
 
b) we're still harvesting turnips as well as
 
c) it's New Year's Eve!
 
Enjoy all the way to the end for the turnip finale...!

Wishing you peace, stillness & joy!

Sow Seeds & Sing Songs,

ps

If you still haven't planted your garlic or shallots yet, a) you're not alone and b) don't be daunted! Here in Zone 5 we can sow garlic as late as early February and be confident she'll grow fully in the coming season. If you're looking for some helpful hints, here are our Six Mistakes to Avoid When Planting Garlic and enjoy the hot cocoa when you're through, wooHooOOoooooOoooo!

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Fruition's Microgreens Time Lapse!

Oct 28, 2020
 

So many folx have been asking how to grow microgreens over the winter ahead, so let's dive in! We'd love to set you up for success :)

So here are six keys to grow microgreens with ease:

 #1: The Right Seeds 

Anything delicious that sprouts quick is a great choice for microgreens. We've just made massive packets of seeds perfect for sowing trays of fresh microgreens all winter long (hooray!) and here are a few of our favorites:

 Broccoliarugula kale often sprout within 24 hours & are harvested 10 days later, not to mention they are so delicious as well as versatile :)

 More colors = more nutrients so revel in our confetti rainbow radish mix, purple radish seeds (below) as well as our vivid red amaranth!

 Quick-growing microgreen herbs like basildill and cilantro are not as quick as broccoli & other brassicaceous (isn't that a lovely word?!) microgreens, though they are...

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America the Beautiful | An Homage to the First Presidential Debate 2020

Oct 02, 2020
 
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Tasting the Next Generation of Dulcinea Carrot

Sep 28, 2020
 

Between snow squalls, our friend Trevor (@larkinandtrevor) stopped by this week as we were making flavor selections for the next generation of our Dulcinea carrot and LOOK WHAT HE MADE! 

I especially can’t deal with how he captured the spirit of Davi, one of our two mini-Aussie mutts  

Okay, but what’s going on?

Carrots quickly revert back to their wildly bitter and pine-y ancestry, so we taste every single root of every single generation. Nearly one thousand of them! We’ve been especially choosy with Dulcinea, our new Fruition-bred variety, selecting (among other traits) for seriously exceptional flavor. What else matters, in the end?

So yes, we harvested the carrots and tucked them in our root cellar, soil still on to optimize their storage. To taste them, we wash the bottom few inches of each root and then slice away, cutting on a bias so each root (marvelously called ‘stecklings’ when they’re for seed rather than eating...!)...

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When to Harvest & How to Cure Winter Squash

Sep 24, 2020
 

When do you harvest winter squash?

And how do you cure it for the long winter ahead?

It's true, the skin color is tempting, though deceptive, because skin color often turns the color of maturity 4+ weeks before maturity is reached--- though honeynut, with her built-in ripeness indicator below, is a fabulous exception! She is finally ripe once all the green has turned a deep pumpkin-y caramel color.

Most winter squash skins turn the color of edible maturity well before they are ripe, though honeynut is a marvelous exception, only fully ripe when all green streaks have disappeared.



When to Harvest Winter Squash

Winter squash require ~60 days from pollinated flower to ripe, mature fruit, so here in Zone 5, waiting til mid-September is just a safe bet at the earliest.

We wait as long as possible before frost because, even with powdery mildew often drenching the plants (as below), if there is any green in the leaves & stems that means sugars are being photosynthesized & sent into...

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Grow Your Own Saffron!

Sep 17, 2020
 

So often, extraordinary things come from humble beginnings...


...and saffron is no exception :)

We love to push the envelope of what we can grow here in Zone 5 and a few years back we decided to plant a few saffron crocus corms to see what would happen. Lo and behold, we were blown away. They're so easy to grow, perennial and so beautiful, not to mention delicious! We're honored to finally share our gorgeous organic saffron crocus corms with you :)

Though it takes ~75,000 blossoms to grow one pound of saffron, you can easily grow plenty for your own enjoyment with a handful of corms, and I hope that you do!

Before we dive in, know we made an entire mini-course, totally free, to set you up for success! Fruition's Grow Your Own Saffron Mini-Course surrounds you with the knowledge and joy as well as confidence to 

Saffron crocus bloom in fall with lusciously long ochre-orange stigmas (saffron!) emerging alongside yellow, pollen-rich anthers.

Here are the keys to keep in mind:

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We Are All Plant Breeders Now

Sep 10, 2020
 

published in the Small Farms Journal, Winter 2019-2020

 

We Are All Plant Breeders Now

Five approaches to adaptive seed stewardship

 

By Petra Page-Mann

 

They told you to order from the catalog. To plant in tilled soil. To get big or get out. To dig in, to fit in, to simply follow the instructions on the package.

 

They promised you yield and markets, profitability and prosperity, stability and security, if you would just do what you’re told.

 

They sold you big tractors with bigger debt and small, patented seeds, a certain social grace with less than a living wage. 

 

Now we know: We reap what we sow.

 

In the last century, farmers and their communities have been uprooted from our ten-thousand-year legacy: The seeds themselves. As seeds have moved from commons to commodity, it is no longer common to find a farmer growing their own seed, much less involved in any breeding process.

 

Yet we are. 

 

With every bite. 

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