The Days Are Getting Longer
And that can only mean one thing, we are getting ready for Spring. Our soil has been delivered, seeds ordered, and we are finishing up the catalog.The seeding for the 2015 planting season begins in mid-February with sweet peas and continues into early August with winter greens. Soon the greenhouse will be protecting young seedlings for your spring gardens. Look for new varieties of tomatoes, peppers, greens, flowers and herbs this year. Kales will be of interest to those looking for something unusual, as we have been able to find some incredibly frilly varieties from breeders in Oregon. Lots of all-season, ever-bearing strawberry varieties will be offered this year, some that produce runners for the larger garden and others that do not for smaller spaces.
Silver Heights Farm plans on returning to the Union Square Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, April 15, and Saturday, April 18, in the same location as last year. The Wednesday markets continue through September 9 and the Saturday markets through June 27. We will not be attending the local markets in Sullivan County this year. Do come visit at the nursery at 7381 State Rt. 52, Cochecton Center, NY 12748.
My gardening friends, it is with a sad heart that I have decided to retire from this operation at the end of this growing season. My husband Ted and I plan on moving to the mountains of West Virginia to help out our daughter and her family with their farming endeavor. I am looking forward to growing for seed production, growing a little for very small farmers’ markets there, helping a bit around their farm, tendinging my own garden and cooking more. My husband is looking forward to fishing more and consulting less.
The farm homestead is for sale. The nursery business is separate and it too is available for sale. I plan on being available to teach a new owner how to do what is done here. I have believed in the value of protecting the wide diversity of plants available for the gardeners of this world. I have learned that there are many others with the same leanings. I hope that someone out there is interested in filling my old gardening boots.
I am excited about the up-coming growing season and am looking forward to seeing my gardening friends, both in the big city and in the big country.