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Uncategorized: Staking Reasons

December 11th, 2019

Reasons Why Many years ago, when I had my retail garden center, I was researching soil nutrients. For those who know me, you know I’m not a scientist. So often, when I’m reading these scientific studies, I start to glaze over. But this time it got my full attention. The article was about berry bushes. … + read more

Starting a new farm: Cutting Gardens

March 21st, 2019

I’m sure you’ve been reading and hearing about one of the latest trends for florists, CUTTING GARDENS. It only makes sense with all the movements for local grown, Certified American Grown, sustainable, unusual varieties, environmental issues and newer ideas. It also makes sense from the economic perspective. I know some of you reading this will … + read more

Starting a new farm: THE FIRST TWO YEARS GROWING PEONIES

February 6th, 2019

The first step of preparing your soils is done. I’ve written several blogs going into detail about this stage of peony production and what a challenge–right? Your irrigation plan is in place and you’ve selected your varieties and planted accordingly. This blog is about what happens next and what you should be doing to insure … + read more

Marketing: Marketing Take Two – The Small Farm

November 24th, 2017

In my blog Marketing 101 I identified the different markets. In this blog, let’s talk about which avenue will fit the small farm program best. I’m assuming you have a website, business cards and all the fundamental start up steps have been completed. Bryan Zak from the SBDC can help with start up packages and … + read more

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