Thursday, September 7, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
We are always frustrated by infiltrations of bad bugs but are also grateful for the teaching moments they bring with them. Aphids have moved into a very small Hosta and Hydrangea garden. Our beneficial insects to the rescue! The plants are covered in ladybugs, ladybug larvae and pupating ladybugs. Two of my special little kiddos visited today with their mom. They loved watching the ladybugs and learning about their life cycle. Mother Nature has a way of taking care of us out here on the flower farm! Join us for our open house this weekend. Flowers, food, fun...and a few very happy ladybugs!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Thursday, August 3, 2017
We've harvested lots of 'Amadeus' broccoli from the garden and it's still producing! It's delicious eaten fresh or steamed and it's so easy to freeze for later use! Harvest the heads and soak in a sink of cold, lightly salted water for about an hour. This process kills any hitchhikers that may be hiding among the florets. Rinse, cut into desired pieces then blanch for 3 to 4 minutes. Immediately plunge the broccoli into cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and place into appropriate freezer containers. A steamer is a useful tool for this process on hot and humid days when you want to avoid using the stove.
Broccoli is also makes an excellent ferment! Don't hesitate to include the woody stems. The fermentation process softens them and they are just as tasty as the florets!