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

Fertigation and Irrigation

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

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

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

Laying Out Your Fields Single or Double Rows

February 29th, 2016

Plan first your access to and from the field. Try to combine your access with keeping a margin of a weed free area surrounding your fields. Keeping 15 to 20 feet or more of clearing around your field will pay off year after year with fewer weeds, pests and diseases. Letting nature come up to … + read more

Soil Preparation in Fields

February 22nd, 2016

First of all, there is no way I can tell you what to do to successfully grow peonies in your farm soils. I can say, this is probably the second most important part of a successful peony farm. A lot of research, grants and experimenting have taken place since I started the first peony fields … + read more

Location

February 15th, 2016

Before you start a peony farm for the cut flower market you need to make sure you have the stamina, both physical and financial. Growing peony is a long term investment requiring a lot of physical labor. It usually takes at least 3 years and sometimes in more difficult growing conditions, 5 years before you … + read more