My lavender plants died. When, why and how to re-plant lavender

Lavender’s a hardy plant, but it’s not invincible. Growing lavender on a large scale, you can expect to lose plants every year, either while they’re dormant in the winter or even during the growing season. We lost lavender plants this summer, as many have. This isn’t only true for large-scale growers, though. Even home gardeners…

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Planning your garden with fresh cut flowers and edible flowers

This time of year, I spend lots of down time flipping through seed catalogs. And they all have me day dreaming about flowers. In my mind, edible flowers and fresh-cut flowers are already bursting in my garden and on my farm. I love incorporating flowers into my crop production areas to invite beneficial insects, and…

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What do you want to see in our organic greenhouse this spring?

What plants starts do you want us to grow this year?  We love growing all the classics, as well as annual and perennial plants that are otherwise hard to find! We grow ALL our plants starts right here at our farm — and all our plant starts are certified organic. What are your old favorites?…

How to grow and enjoy Basil throughout the summer

Basil is a classic tender herb loved by many. For gardeners, growing basil is a delight – Picking fresh basil just before adding it to a dish is such a treat. With a few tricks, growing basil is easy, even in our high desert heat. And it is possible to keep basil producing in abundance…

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7 Secrets to Growing Tasty Tomatoes

Before I was growing lavender, I was growing tomatoes with a passion. It’s a skill I learned back in California when I was working on organic farms. Through the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that make a big difference. Planting, pruning, trellising and other techniques go a long way when it comes to growing…

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Farm to garden to table: CSA’s and growing your own food

Community-supported agriculture. You may be more familiar with its acronym, CSA. As farm-to-table ideas and experiences enter the mainstream, CSA programs are also becoming more familiar and more popular. Whether its quality of taste, personal connection, ethics or nutrition that’s guiding people towards CSAs, it seems that everyone – both farmer and consumer – is…

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Our Organic Plant CSA is back!

As farmers dedicated to quality and sustainability, we’re always trying new things. Testing out different varieties of lavender in our high desert climate, adding to our abundant selection of heirloom tomatoes, arranging and rearranging our organic plant starts to fit as many plants as possible! – Farming, like gardening, is all about playing with new…

Savoring herbs: Potted plants or preservation?

Filling our gardens with herbs in spring and summer is a gift that keeps on giving. We get to harvest fresh culinary herbs for our favorite dishes and sip homegrown herbal teas. As temperatures cool, it’s hard to think of parting with such a satisfying ritual, but you may have experienced, as we have, that…

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Preserving the harvest: Our three favorite ways

It’s hard to believe that in just one week, we harvested more than 20,000 pounds of cherries. And we even left a few trees full for the birds! Such is farming – and gardening – after all. In the winter, we dream up our designs and flip through gardening catalogs, prepare our beds and tend to…

Local Plant Starts for a Thriving Community

Local Plant Starts for a Thriving Community

Buying local has its usual perks. Supporting local businesses makes for a thriving community. And yes, buying local is also good for the environment, generally requiring less energy and transportation of goods. But when it comes to plants, and your garden, buying local means something more. It means a better garden. Just as when you…

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10 Organic Starts to Plant in Your Grand Valley Garden This Spring

Colorado’s Grand Valley offers a unique climate for gardeners. While the spring teases plants with constant temperature changes, the summertime brings hot days and cool nights – the perfect recipe for stone fruits like cherries and peaches. And as there are many local orchards to find these delicious treats in a few months, you may…