Weekly News, 5.6.20

Hi Friends,

We hope you’ve found some time to get outside and enjoy nature in the past week. It’s so important to refresh your mind and body with a walk or digging in the dirt. As I write this, our girls are riding around in circles on their pony hops. The noise of their playing, plus Blues Clues on TV, and notifications on my cell phone, can be a little distracting. I look out the window and know that a good walk outside is going to be needed soon. I’m fortunate to get to be home with my girls a few days a week and still get some work done. So here I am, able to report our weekly news to you, in between home schooling and toddler tantrums. For that I am grateful!


 
Here’s what you need to know this week–

  • we are open to in-store shoppers. Many people don’t know that yet, so help us to spread the word. For those that are healthy and able to shop, we are open and taking extra precautions for social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing face masks.
  • speaking of face masks, if you need a stylish one, we have a few available for sale from local crafter Calico Mask Company
  • our new Online Shop is now open! Our personal shoppers will gather your items for curbside pickup or local delivery. We will be adding to the availability online as time permits. If you or someone you know is unable to shop in person due to health reasons, and you don’t see what you need in the Online Shop, send me an email and I’ll do my best to help out.
  • it’s unusually cold this week. There is a frost warning tonight, so be sure to protect your plants with old towels or sheets, but never plastic. Bring containers inside or at least under a covered porch.

Do you need a reminder to laugh? I do sometimes. I admit it. I was always serious even as a kid. But I love to laugh and be around funny people. Someone recently said that next to plants, humor is powerful medicine. A wise friend who knows that truth recently recommended Some Good News with John Krasinski on YouTube. Check it out if you could use some laughter medicine.

Take care,

Melanie


Thanks to all of you, we dropped off 100 items to the Bridgeville Area Food Bank. Now through the month of May, we’ll be collecting non-perishable food donations. For each item that is donated, we will donate $1, up to $500.

The Bridgeville Area Food Bank serves over 100 families and recently helped an additional 18 families with emergency provisions. 

Look for our donation box next time you visit the greenhouse. They are asking for items like: Cereal, Canned Soup, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Peanut Butter, Tuna and Canned Chicken, Boxed Jello or Pudding, Boxed Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper, Velveeta, etc.), Boxed Rice and Pasta, Meal Kits, and Mac & Cheese.

Weekly News, 4.29.20

Dear Friends,

It’s been so nice to welcome shoppers inside the greenhouse to shop this past week! So far this season, we’ve seen an increased interest in herb and veggie plants. Victory Garden anyone? We’re even planting some extra veggie plants, to make sure that we don’t run out.

Other news around the farm this week–

  • new arrivals include– water plants, hanging boston ferns and macho ferns.
  • expected to arrive within the next week include– tropicals from Florida, Corinthian Bells wind chimes, and more nursery stock.
  • curbside pickup orders have been temporarily paused while we improve the process and get set to launch a new online store, to better help you to Shop-from-Home.
  • store hours are extended through the month of May, starting Friday, May 1.
  • last Friday Russ went Live on facebook to give viewers a tour of some of our production greenhouses. If you missed it, you can watch here. You can catch him touring more of the greenhouses live again this Friday.

We look forward to serving you this season, and to helping you connect to the power of plants. Science has proven that plants reduce anxiety and stress, enhance memory retention, inspire creativity, and SO much more. The garden is where we get food to feed our body and peace to feed our soul. By spending time in nature, we find escape, comfort, and healing. Let us know how you are creating your “happy place” with plants this season. We’d love to see it.

Take care,

Russ and Melanie

Now through the month of May, we’ll be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Bridgeville Area Food Bank. For each item that is donated, we will donate $1, up to $500.

The Bridgeville Area Food Bank serves over 100 families and recently helped an additional 18 families with emergency provisions. 

Look for our donation box next time you visit the greenhouse. They are asking for items like: Cereal, Canned Soup, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Peanut Butter, Tuna and Canned Chicken, Boxed Jello or Pudding, Boxed Meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper, Velveeta, etc.), Boxed Rice and Pasta, Meal Kits, and Mac & Cheese.

In the Garden

This week we had some replanting to do, thanks to a pesky groundhog. The pansy pots, lettuce and kale that we have planted over the last few weeks was his feast. He ate around the Nemesia though, and didn’t touch it. So we replanted with some warmer season annuals, since the weather forecast is looking pretty good. This time we sprayed with Repels All to keep Mr. Groundhog away. We’ll let you know if it works!

We also put together a bench and placed it in the Nursery pollinator garden. It was a generous gift from a group of friends after we lost our daughter last fall, Julia Rose. She was stillborn on October 23, 2019. It’s been six months since we had to say goodbye to her, but she is still very much a part of our lives. In the Garden we will remember her, honor her, and find a place to heal.

 

Weekly News, 4.22.20

Dear Friends,

We hope that this email finds you well. Hopefully that blast of cold last night didn’t hurt your plants. Our bleeding hearts didn’t like the cold too much, and covering all of the nursery stock has been a chore. We look forward to warm weather hopefully soon.

In the past week a lot has been going on around the farm–

  • we continue to transplant some vegetable plants, wave petunias in jumbo 6-packs, and perennials in 1-gallon pots;
  • we hosted a successful blood drive with Vitalant on Sunday… they had about 25 donors;
  • we’ve been plowing some of the vegetable fields, getting them ready for planting;
  • the tomatoes are growing great in the high tunnel and needed staked for a second time.. we should be picking in early June;
  • six varieties of perennial Clematis arrived today, along with some other nursery stock;
  • we have continued setting up the store, filling it with plants from the back production greenhouses;
  • we’ve been working hard behind the scenes on an improved online store, to improve the shopping experience for those that want to shop from home;
  • and last, but not least, we decided to open our doors for in-store shopping.

We look forward to serving you this season. There is no question that the past month has been a challenge for our community, our country and our world. Our Mission is that our plants, products, services and experiences bring you the rejuvenation– refreshment, restoration, and renewal– to find joy and take on another day with hope.

Thank you for your support. 

Take care,

Russ and Melanie

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