Bring in Your Branches!

On Wednesday, I posted a photo to my Facebook page of an apple tree starting to bud out. Tonight, the temperatures in my area are supposed to drop into the upper 20s, meaning that most of the beautiful blossoms are probably going to die. If it stays around 28 or 29, then I expect that I'll only see a nominal decrease in the amount of apples produced. If it ends up dropping any lower than that, well... I'll just keep my fingers crossed for apples in 2018. 

Some of the blossoms were just too beautiful to give over to the freeze tonight, so I cut a few branches and brought them inside. Aren't they lovely? Have you seen anything blossoming in your neck of the woods yet? If it's going to freeze where you live tonight, bring a few branches inside to enjoy!

Happy growing, 

Mary Riddle

Southern SAWG

I spent last week in Lexington, Kentucky at Southern SAWG's annual conference, where I learned about innovations in farm education, pest identification and management, and small-scale flower farming. This was my seventh consecutive year attending SSAWG, and I enjoy touching base and hearing updates from farm friends that I only get to see once a year. 

I picked up a couple of cool tools from the trade show, my favorite of which are these small ring knives from Handy Safety Knife. I first heard about them from Cathy Jones of Perry-winkle Farm. These knives are designed for cutting twine, but Cathy suggested using them for flower harvests. She reports that they significantly improve the speed and ergonomics of cutting flowers. (As an added bonus, I think they make me look like I have T-Rex claws, but I digress.) My agrostemmas that I planted back in August are getting ready to pop, so I'll be able to report back in a couple of weeks!