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Marketing: Marketing 101

June 2nd, 2017

Who is your market? If you are first starting out, anytime the phone rings, you try to get the order. If you’ve been around a while you are starting to realize which customers you like to work with and which ones actually fit your program. There are a dozen at least ways to go. Working … + read more

Post-Harvest: Coolers/Chillers

January 6th, 2017

The costs of building a cooler are substantial so you want to do a lot of planning and research. Sufficient space and capabilities to keep the temperature between 33 and 34F is the goal. Of course if you have the funds, building one huge complex for all your needs is perfect. Most of us don’t … + read more

Post-Harvest: Vases

May 2nd, 2016

Along with my passion for peonies, I’ve become impassioned with vases. Vases offer an entire pallet of different appearances. The same 6 pink peonies will look totally different in different vases. And before you even think you can’t afford this passion, think about the Value Village, The Salvation Army, and the nearest Thrift Store to … + read more

Post-Harvest: Sarah Bernhardt

April 25th, 2016

There’s a reason Sarah Bernhardt is the number one seller, the number one for recognition worldwide and a real favorite here at our farm.   The standard pink of the industry, this lady has been around forever. Actually not forever but ever since Lemoine introduced her in 1906. From the Grower’s view Sarah’s are number one … + read more

Post-Harvest: Peony Care

April 18th, 2016

Your box has arrived—now what? I wish someone would discover what peonies have in their make-up that results in their fantastic resilience. I’ve seen cut peonies totally wrinkled (like me) and withered but with a quick stem cut and hydrating them in water for a few hours, they look good as new. Just think if … + read more

Post-Harvest: The Perfect Peony

April 12th, 2016

The perfect peony starts with the harvest and cold chain procedures at our farm. We overlook the frigid waters of Kachemak Bay fed by three glaciers, Grewingk, Portlock and Dixon. The cold air coming off the waters keeps our temperatures mild all summer.  This is a good thing for the peony. With the cooler air … + read more

Starting a new farm: Making Informed Decisions

April 4th, 2016

Just because your Great Aunt’s cousin’s friend says it -doesn’t make it a ‘fact’. Taking the time to make informed decisions will save you a lot of angst, time and money. When we were considering growing peony for the cut flower market we received all kinds of ‘facts’ and opinions. Our Alaska Peonies are available … + read more

Starting a new farm: Irrigation Continued

March 21st, 2016

Keeping your peony fields irrigated is critical for growing large flowers. You probably would not lose all your plants if you don’t water, but you’d have less than acceptable flowers and the plant itself would suffer, perhaps for more than one season. Therefore another consideration about whether you can be a peony grower is, where … + read more

Starting a new farm: Laying out Your Fields – Irrigation

March 14th, 2016

We run T-Tape on both sides of each raised row for irrigation and fertigation. More on all the hook-ups later, but for now you need to lay out the T-Tape throughout the field. Check with Drip Works. These guys will work with you to lay out exactly what you need for irrigating your fields from … + read more

Starting a new farm: Laying out your field continued

March 7th, 2016

How far apart should my rows be? How long should they be? Should I typar my fields? What about access for maintenance? Should I hill my rows and if yes, how high? All important decisions to make next. You only plant once (hopefully) but you will be harvesting the entire life of your farm. Think … + read more