Our supplies for spring have begun to arrive, which always creates big tasks of making it all fit into the supply barn. The clay pots arrived, and although they are normally stacked outdoors during the warm seasons of the year, they must be located indoors or under tarps during the cold and wet seasons or else they will freeze and crack. This year we decided to make a spot for them in the supply barn where they will be protected, but won’t require being tied under tarps. That will definitely make life easier each and every time that we need to bring pots into the greenhouse for a planting project, since taking tarps on and off in cold wet weather is not only a drag, it often causes pots to get broken accidently.
Chris and I started moving pots into the supply barn a week or so ago, but there were still a lot of pots needing to be relocated. Doug has spent the better part of today on that project, so now they are in their new home and safe from the elements, neatly organized by size and shape. It always feels great when a project like this gets finished!
Other supplies started to arrive this week too, like fiber pots for salad boxes and other veggies, plus perlite, plug flats, and other miscellaneous pots and trays. We will be getting these types of deliveries regularly from now through the first week of January, when hopefully everything will be in-house and ready to use.
M’lissa finished updating the plant databases for this blog this week too with all the new plants we hope to be growing in 2014. There is one database for herbs, perennials, and other miscellaneous types of plants. The other database is for food plants (fruits and veggies). You can access either one by clicking on the appropriate page at the top of this blog and scrolling down until you find what you are interested in.
The databases are always an on-going project. We try to keep them as current as possible, but as these things go, there is always more information we would like to include, then we actually get accomplished. We would like to start adding in a few pictures too, but all that comes as time and energy allows. The main thing is that you can get a bit of information, such as cultural guidelines, Latin names, how to actually use a plant variety, etc. Our hope is that it gives you a good starting point on how grow and use these plants if you want to add them to your garden landscape. It is also a useful information for our wholesale farm customers, and their retail customers, who want to know a bit more about the plants that we offer through our wholesale farm. I hope that it will be useful to you.
Tomorrow we are anticipating a bit of snow to arrive. Not much in terms of accumulation, but it should bring the temps down and remind us all that winter will be here before we know it. Enjoy these last days of autumn. They are a most glorious time of the year!
My books are for sale…
With the holidays just beginning to show themselves around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to remind everyone how much folks enjoy receiving a good “read” as a gift. So, with that in mind, I’d like to respectfully ask you to consider giving a copy of one of my three books as a gift this holiday season to someone that is special in your life.
All these books can be ordered directly from me, as per the ordering instructions below. Once I have your order I will ship off a signed copy to you, so that you can gift it to someone special. Please note that my newest book, The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener, is available only as a pre-order item at this time since it will not be available from the publisher until mid-December 2013.
With Green Thoughts,
Growing 101 Herbs That Heal was my first book published in 2000. It is now out of print, sadly, but it is still such a useful book for those who want to focus on growing and using herbs medicinally.
I have 20 copies still in-house that are available for sale. I believe these are all the new copies left in the world at large, unless you happen to find a copy through a used bookstore.
If you would like to order a signed copy of Growing 101 Herbs That Heal directly from me, while they last, please follow the ordering instructions below in this post.
Growing 101 Herbs That Heal $25.00 US + shipping and handling fee
Homegrown Herbs is my second book and I’m thrilled that it has been a best seller for some time now, with more than 45,000 copies sold. This is a great book for anyone new or experienced with growing and using herbs. It is a gardeners guide, but is also filled to the gills with recipes, directions for preparing your own remedies, even ways to make herbs into pet toys and household items like herbal heating pads and foot baths.
Plus, Homegrown Herbs is filled with color photos taken here at our farm during two photo shoots by the amazing botanical photographer, Saxon Holt. Saxon is a talented and happy sole that made the photos for this book very special indeed!
If you would like to order a signed copy of Homegrown Herbs directly from me, please follow the ordering instructions below in this post.
Homegrown Herbs $20.00 US + shipping and handling fee
I’m very pleased to announce my upcoming new book, due to be available by December 15, 2013. The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is a delightful book that will inspire any food and herb gardener to plant and grow their produce and herbs more in harmony with the natural world.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is a look into the world of nature to discover all sorts of ways to work with wildlife for the good of all concerned, and to increase your garden harvest yields at the same time. You will explore what creatures and microbes dwell in your soil community, and how to plant perennial food plants to create a backbone for the annual vegetables that will live in your garden every gardening season. There is information about encouraging and supporting pollinators and beneficial insects in your garden habitat, which ultimately means you will pick more peppers, strawberries, etc. due to their increased pollination of your plants. I have shared insight about planting wildlife hedgerows as just one of many ways to offer protection, food and water, plus shelter to raise young for wildlife of many different types. There are also chapters that cover ways to address wildlife challenges, such as when the deer just won’t leave your lettuce patch alone, or when the squirrels have nipped off the emitters of your drip watering system.
I think you will find this book useful, fun and filled with good gardening insights. The illustrations are whimsical and fun. Holly made the book very magical in that respect! It feels almost like your reading a story book, only better because it is filled with so much useful information.
If you would like to pre-order a signed copy of The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener directly from me, please follow the ordering instructions below in this post. Please note that when you order this book, I will send your copy to you just as soon as they arrive in my hands from the publisher. However, this book will be a pre-order item, so you will not receive your book immediately upon ordering it from me. If you would like to wait to order this book from me until they have arrived in my house from the publisher, keep your eyes open for an announcement on my blog that they have arrived and are actually available to ship.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener $17.00 US plus shipping and handling fee
To Order Books Please Follow These Instructions Exactly:
To order any of these three books directly from me, please send me your compete name and postal address. Be sure to include your phone number in case I have any questions that I need to contact you about.
Send your order to Tammi Hartung, 1270 Field Ave., Canon City, CO 81212.
Make checks payable to Tammi Hartung and include your phone number on your check please. Please do not mail cash. Sorry, but credit and debit cards are not accepted. A returned bank check fee of $25.00 will be charged on any returned check.
Growing 101 Herbs That Heal $25.00 US
Homegrown Herbs $20.00 US
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener $17.00 US
Shipping and Handling Fees:
Please include the cost of the book as listed above, plus $6.00 for shipping and handling fee. If you order 2-5 books, please include $10.00 for the total shipping and handling fee. For 6-10 copies of books, please include $16.00 for total shipping and handling fees.
Thank you very, very much!