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High Mowing Organic Seeds Newsletter, May 16, 2016

posted at 11:41 am Mon May 16th, 2016 by (WherezIt_Staff)

May 2016

In Preparation for Spring

I've lived in New England most of my life, moving steadily northward from CT to MA and finally to VT about 20 years ago. While the winters are long up here it makes the spring absolutely incredible when it arrives. Every year I simply cannot believe how green the grass can be. However, my favorite of all is watching the hills turn from scratchy sticks to dull buds and finally softening into new yellow-green leaves.

That time is now, up here at High Mowing and the views from our fields are of subtle pastel colors from the buds of red and sugar maples, beeches, birches and ash. It is a different version of the extreme display of color in the fall and I confess I love it more for its gentleness. I love the spring - everything seems possible.

Hoping that your May brings your crops a solid and healthy start for the season ahead.
Tom Stearns, Owner & Founder


NEW! Dolciva Carrot

WEB EXCLUSIVE· Open-pollinated · Long storing · Nantes-type · 8" roots

Great sweet flavor, juicy crunch, high quality and incredibly long storage life made this variety a standout in our trials for the last two years. We are delighted to bring this new European variety to North America! Slightly tapered roots have good uniformity, bright orange color and strong, healthy tops that display strong tolerance of Alternaria. Widely-adapted and versatile for bunching or storage; rated 20-30% higher in sugars than Bolero over 9 months in storage and maintained great crunch. From our friends at Swiss biodynamic seed company Sativa Seeds. HMOS EXCLUSIVE


Time to Sow: Lettuce, Basil & More

Early May is a busy time for farmers and gardeners, with so much to plant both indoors and out. It’s a great time to start transplants of tasty summer greens – especially head lettuces and bitter greens like frisse, escarole and radicchio, which add dimensions of color, flavor and texture to salads.

For northern growers it’s a time to direct seed crops like mesclun, scallions, cilantro, dill, carrots, beets, radishes and salad turnips, start transplants of fast-growing flowers like zinnias, calendula and sunflowers, and transplant out cold-hardy crops like onions, leeks, lettuce, broccoli and kale.

Growers in warmer areas are planting out tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and cucumbers, while continuing to direct-seed successions of beans, greens and root crops that can take the heat.


Crop Talk: A Season of Lettuce Production at High Ledge Farm

“No matter where you grow, our high quality lettuce varieties mean a consistent supply all season long. I really like that we offer all the classic market standards, as well as a number of specialty varieties that are exciting visually or offer a unique eating experience. Together they make up an interesting, complete collection that works well on my farm, and can help you succeed on yours.”
– Paul Betz, Commercial Grower at High Ledge Farm

Learn which varieties Paul grows in different seasonal slots, and check out his tips for getting the most from this profitable crop here.


Father’s Day GIVEAWAY!

We know Father’s Day is a little ways off yet, but we wanted to make sure Dad gets accessorized in time for the holiday! One lucky Dad will win our spiffy Eco-Trucker Hat, a High Mowing t-shirt, a Garden Starter Seed Collection, and our favorite quick-drying garden gloves from Gardener’s Supply Co.
It’s easy to enter (for yourself or a Dad you love!)—just click here.



Top 10 Crops for Beginner Gardeners

There’s a lot of information on the back of seed packets that can help you get started with your first garden season, but it won’t tell you which crops to grow as a beginner, and comparing all the options can be bewildering. Don’t worry, you’re in good company—gardening is on the rise, and there are lots of folks out there just like you, asking themselves the same thing: What should I grow?
Check out our blog article here for the crops, tips and tricks that are most likely to succeed.


Be First to Market with Colorful Vegetables

Though typically the first farmers markets of the season don’t offer much beyond greens, radishes and overwintered roots, consumers of local food are demanding more local produce earlier in the season, and growers are responding!

Check out our varieties and ideas to help you be the first at market with the bright, colorful vegetables your customers look for here.


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