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Fruition Garden Journal

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

Fruition's Favorite Garlic Scape Recipes & Harvest Tips

Jun 20, 2019
 

Garlic scapes rise just before summer solstice here in Zone 5, the harbinger of high summer and abundance yet to come, and one of our favorite delicacies of all time.

Scapes only form on hardneck varieties. In fact, the scape is the extention of the 'hard neck' at the center of each bulb. Softneck varieties lack such a hard 'scape,' making them ideal for braiding. If you want scapes on your table, plant hardneck varieties, Friends! We grow about 8,000 heads of garlic each season, both hardneck and softneck, so we revel in the ocean of scapes we harvest each June.

Did You Know?

Garlic scapes emerge one month before bulbs mature, so once they emerge we make sure we're ready for harvest. We clean out the barn where we cure our bulbs, make sure our fans are working and get enough twine and tags so we can hang them immediately. Once one-third to one-half of a garlic's leaves are brown and drying down, it's bulb is ready to lift gently with a digging fork to eat fresh or cure for the...

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7 Steps to Transplant Tomatoes Perfectly (#2 May Surprise You)

May 23, 2019
 

Hooray!

It's finally Memorial Day!

Here in Zone 5, we're so ready to transplant tomatoes!

And Friends, transplanting is deceptively simple. Doing it well is the difference between harvesting a bit and harvesting abundance.

Here is exactly how we transplant tomatoes, after years of trial and error, and I hope these keys surround you with great abundance!

First things first:

Timing is Everything

Friends, resist planting too early.

It's counter-intuitive in our short seasons to not plant warm-season plants like tomatoes as early as possible, but here's the thing: Young, healthy transplants yield greater abundance compared to older, stressed transplants. Every time. 

Also, think of tomatoes, basil, peppers and other warm season crops as ‘cold-sensitive’ rather than ‘frost-sensitive.’

A pepper, for example, experiencing temps less than 55 F will cross her proverbial arms and pout for a few weeks (if not months) in protest of her apparent lack of...

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Spring Seed Collections for Mother's Day

May 02, 2019
 

In celebration of spring and Mother's Day just around the corner, we've made some fresh collection to share with the people who love us best and grow us most :)

Each of our collections includes six easy-to-grow packets, plus growing instructions.

And Friends! Enjoy 

free shipping 

 on any order including at least one collection through May 10th with promo code

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Here are a few of our favorites:

  edible flower collection  

Our easiest flowers to grow, becoming a glorious spectrum of color for garnishing salads and cakes as well as bouquets, our edible flower collection includes annuals as well as perennials for you and your pollinators!

  culinary herb collection  

Here are the herbs growing just outside our door, easy to grow and abundant all season long. Our culinary herb collection thrives in both gardens and containers.

  pollinator collection

Our pollinator collection is easy...

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Easy Flowers to Sow Four Weeks Before Final Frost

Apr 26, 2019
 

The warblers are returning and peepers peeping, daffodils bright gold and Friends, we're getting closer every day to SUMMER! In the meantime, a glorious spring is unfurling around us. Here are the easiest seeds we're sowing now to surround us with abundant blooms this season, plus a few keys to keep in mind.

Before We Begin

As you start seeds this season:

~ sow only seeds 2 to 3 times their depth (ie, not very much) and read the packet instructions, since some flowers actually need light to germinate.

~ sow only 2 to 3 seeds per cell and thin to the strongest single one as quick as you can.

~ bottom-water whenever possible and allow the soil surface to dry, ever so slightly, between overhead waterings.

If you haven't already seen it, we made a seed starting infographic for you here! And for detailed step-by-step instructions for starting seeds, check out Rise & Shine: Starting Seeds with Ease, my ebook. Also, Fruition's Seed Starting Academy has hours of...

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8 Seeds to Direct Sow in the Cold

Apr 18, 2019
 

As robins flock, days warm and daffodils rise, our psyches itch sow seeds. That first delicious day in the 60s sends the shoes off my feet as I scramble to plant peas, spinach cilantro and those first, sweet radishes of the season. Truly, there are few finer feelings.

So Friends, I'm excited to share what I'm sowing directly in the ground ~6 weeks before final frost here in the Finger Lakes, Zone 5!

But first, two things about soil temperature and texture, everyone's favorite subject:

Before You Sow Seeds in the Soil This Spring...

...let's talk texture

If your soil is soupy, even a little, your seeds will likely rot. We typically direct sow and transplant into our raised beds and containers, which warm up and drain much more quickly than the garden soil, between two or three weeks before we plant into our gardens. Even light tillage of wet soils will compact and destroy your soil texture, sometimes taking years to recover. 

How do you know if your soil is...

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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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