Singin’ in the Rain

The old saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it…” Here in the mid-Atlantic region we had one of the driest Aprils on record, and I watched as my soil cracked and shriveled, hoping and praying for rain. Well, now that May has arrived we’ve got drizzle and downpour every day, and I’m planting in sloppy mud and dashing between raindrops to get major field tasks done. But I’m gradually accepting that flower growers and…

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I haven’t posted in a while; first I was preoccupied with starting seeds and inventorying supplies, and lately I’ve been planting non-stop since we finally got past the danger of frost. The first photo shows the ugly underbelly of flower farming — laying the black plastic “mulch” that holds moisture and nutrients in the soil, reducing the need to water and helping to suppress weeds. The second photo shows how small the seedlings are when we plant them out. Most…

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