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5 Tips for Gorgeous Transplants

May 18, 2018
 

Happy Spring, Friends!

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it's finally time to tuck your transplants in the ground. Whether you're planting them in raised beds, a large garden or in a container on your deck, here are five tips to boost their health and, as a result, the beauty and abundance surrounding you this season.

We grow thousands of certified organic transplants for our farm store each spring.

First, know this: Healthy, unstressed transplants grow the greatest abundance. Healthy transplants are short and stout, deep green and not root bound. See the gallery at the bottom for pictures worth a thousand words.

Without further ado:

1. Hardening Off

Transplants, whether you grow them or buy them, are rather sensitive little beings.

Grown indoors with seed-starting soil mix and a roof over their heads, your transplants have lived their lives in conditions very different from those in your garden. They've never experienced gusting winds, falling rain, fluctuating...

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Organic Tomato Transplants & More at Fruition's Farm Store

May 10, 2018
 

Organic Tomato Transplants & More

at Fruition's Farm Store

You'll find organic heirloom tomato transplants, bolt-resistant cilantro seeds, luscious fingerling seed potatoes, abundant garden insight, hands-on classes & so much more.

That's Eric Aulenbacher, by the way, who loves tomatoes & we love him!

Come visit Fruition!

Saturdays, now through June 2nd between 10 and 2, are the perfect time to visit us at 7921 Hickory Bottom Road in Naples to find:

gorgeous organic transplants

~tomato, pepper, eggplant, ground cherry and basil plus hundreds of other herbs,  vegetables and flowers~

hundreds of varieties of organic seeds

~regionally adapted to thrive in short seasons~

tools for seed starting & organic gardening

~so you'll fully reap what you sow~

luscious fingerling seed potatoes

~in a rainbow of colors, ready to plant~

the friendly faces of Fruition

~eager to share our passion and knowledge with you~

hands-on organic gardening classes
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6 Seeds to Sow in Early April

Apr 06, 2018
 

Here in the Finger Lakes of New York, Zone 5a, we're filling our greenhouse with the seeds of crops best sown 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. Exploring last frost dates is a blog coming soon! In the meantime, we aim for Memorial Day as our frost-free date. 

What are we sowing this week?

Enjoy the tutorial above, breaking it all down!

Here is the laundry list, with notes:

1) Alliums

Though onions & shallots (like Cuisse du Poulet below) were ideally started 4 to 6 weeks ago, there is no time like the present and last call! Leeks and scallions are not day-length sensitive, so sow them anytime now through mid-July. We'll be planting them out early/mid May.

2) Solanids

Now is the perfect time to start pepperseggplant and tomatoes (like Brandywise below). Other varieties in the solanid family to start indoors include ground cherries and tomatillos, but hold off on them til mid-April: they are a lot more vigorous and will easily...

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My Favorite Tomatoes & Starting from Seed

Apr 02, 2018

My Favorite Tomatoes & Starting from Seed

Tomatoes are quintessential summer. Whether it's fresh salsa from the garden, a satisfying slice on a sandwich or dropping wedges onto the top of a frittata just as it enters the oven, tomatoes are one of the simplest ways to make me smile in any season.

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Chiapas is always the first and last tomato we harvest. Super early, super productive and super disease resistant, it's also super delicious.

Honey Drop ripens right after Chiapas & is lusciously sweet, similar to Sungold in both flavor and size. The biggest difference? Sungold is an F1 Hybrid owned by a multinational corporation while Honey Drop is open-pollinated (so its saved seed will grow true to type) and is owned by no one, so we all have access and will for generations. 

Gold Medal has remained one my favorite tomatoes for decades. It's massive! With flavor rich and fruity, it's cross-section is marbled red, orange and yellow....

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7 Essentials of Seed Starting: an Infographic

Feb 08, 2018

7 Essentials of Seed Starting 

Many gardeners want to start seeds more successfully.

This is why we created this inspiring new infographic for you:

 Where do I get...

...the LED grow light that we use? Here.

...easy to use soil blockers to make gorgeous soil blocks? Here.

...a heat mat that will change my life? Here.

What inspired us to make an infographic for you?

Dreaming of the season ahead, my dear friend Kc inspired me to make a list of the 7 essential things she needed to know to start seeds well...

...then I'm scheming to make supper with my dear friend Sal, whose illustrations are as vivid and whimsical as her gardens and stories. Eureka! Sal and I had SO much fun laughing and learning as we brought to life the 7 Essentials of Seed Starting through visual story.

Welcome to Sal's Garden!

Questions for Sal:

Petra: Whose advice do you always listen to?

Sal: The sunset.

Petra: What is your biggest struggle in the garden?

Sal: Weeds! And soil type. Thank goodness...

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