The smell of spring is in the air! Yellow daffodils are smiling as the days stretch just a little longer, purple violets are popping up, and the magnolias are opening their dazzling petals.
We’re back for our second season of sowing and growing seeds. Our snapdragons have sprouted!
We’ve started sweet peas, ageratum, agrostemma, eryngium, ammi magus, nigella, bupleurum, belles of Ireland, alstromeria, gomphrena, rudbeckia, statice and more.
This morning we noticed that our flats of statice and rudbeckia that were certainly sprouting last week now are empty. The birds feasted on our seeds. Alas, we resowed the flats and covered them up. While we are avid wildlife enthusiasts, we hope to see these seeds through to flowers!
While we still have so much to learn, we learned a lot from our first year. For example – don’t leave your flats of seeds outside of the hoop house. The howling winds that whip through the gorge knocked around our flats of larkspur last year. But this year they’re tucked safely away in the hoop house.
We’re starting this year off right with a finessed business plan! Thanks to the University of Washington’s extension program we’re finishing up an agricultural entrepreneurship class. Next week we’ll present said business plan to our class of aspiring farmers.
We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be slinging our flowers at the Portland Flower Market. As soon to be certified members of the Oregon Grower’s Association, we’ll have a booth full of flowers for all of Portland’s flower connoisseurs.
It’s been a fulfilling adventure diving into the farming community in Corbett and Portland. And we’re looking forward to this new season!