Newsletter: March 7, 2013

Micro greens at SLF

Winter Market

Open Fridays 3-6

& Saturdays 10-1

         Artisan Breads, Star Lake Beef, Spring Ledge Lamb, local dairy, honey & eggs.

We’re clearing out the root cellar - Root Crops sale – 30% off Carrots, Parsnips, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Red Potatoes, & White Potatoes!

 The new shipment of Effie’s Oatcakes are in.  Try these delicious cookie/crackers as a snack, an appetizer or a dessert.  Here are a few suggestions from the Effie’s site with recipes for the Oatcakes.  Click for the recipe.

Soil Filling Machine:

          We sow hundreds of thousands of seeds every spring, growing them to seedling stage and potting them up into larger size pots for your decks and gardens.  Filling all of these pots and packs is quite the job, but we have help from the Big Blue Machine.

          We fill the Big Blue Machine up with compost-based soil, add our favorite beneficial microbes, make the critical adjustments for pot size and belt speed, and we’re off.  We made a quick video to show how its done.  Click here for the video.

          Once the pots are filled, we move them into the greenhouse where we transplant the seedlings (green side up), water them in and provide all the right conditions for healthy root and leaf growth.  This week, we transplanted geraniums, osteospermums, calibrachoa, petunias, primulas, violas and pansies.

      The greenhouse season is just beginning here at Spring Ledge, as we are working on sowing another 100 seed trays (about 28,800 seeds made up of 160 varieties of flowers and vegetables).  The seeds range from about the size of a grain of sand to about the size of this “o”.  Next newsletter, we’ll show you a video of how we painstakingly sow all of those seeds without losing our sight, although at this stage in our careers, can bi-focals be far away.

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We will be open full time starting the week of March 25th! Easter is March 31st.

As always, please let me know of any questions by emailing me at: greg@springledgefarm.com
Thanks,
Greg Berger

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