Newsletters

May 10, 2013

 Mom's Day, Everyday   

Every day should be Mother’s Day, right? We should always be thinking about and thanking our moms for what they do every day.

But it doesn’t seem to always work that way.  If it has been a while since you thanked your mom, I’m sure she would appreciate a thoughtful note which might happen to be attached to a giant hanging basket or life-confirming fruit tree.

April 17, 2013

Delayed Gratification Workshop

We will be hosting a “Delayed Gratification Container Planting Workshop” on Saturday:

April 20th from 1pm-4pm.  Join us as we plant young plants, called “plugs”, to create a mixed container.

 Then we can all practice delayed gratification for 3-4 weeks while the container grows into its full potential, by which time it will be ready to plant into your favorite pots and your gardens.

March 28, 2013

Seed Sowing 101

Join us as we show the basics of sowing flower and vegetable seeds.  You can sow your own tray of seedlings here in our greenhouse.  Choose from dozens of seed varieties.  We supply the seeds, soil, seed trays and expertise.

You choose your favorites and do the sowing.  There will be basil, tomato, pepper, broccoli and other vegetable seeds, seeds for flowers and flowering vines. You may also purchase seeds here from our offerings of High Mowing organic seeds and Hart’s seeds.

March 14, 2013

Plant a Succulent Garden Workshop

Join us for a workshop on succulent container gardens. Succulents are great plants with very interesting textures, leaves and even flowers.

They require very little water or care – just a sunny spot on the windowsill.

Deliciousness at the farmstand… Our own freshly-picked Spinach & baby Lettuce from our cold greenhouses. Spring Ledge Lamb for Easter – chops, leg-o-lamb, shoulder...

February 8, 2013

Storm Names & Polka Dot Plants

As we shovel through a Nor’Easter, I’m reminded of some old farmer terminology for these types of storms.  Checkout our poll where you can vote on your favorite.

This week we begin sowing in earnest, including viable alternatives to impatiens for shady garden spots. Hypoestes phyllostachya, (The Polka Dot Plant) has been bred to provide foliar color in shade areas.

 

 

July 12th, 2013
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Angelonia x. hybrida 'Serena Pink'

Dear Greg,

Soggy!
        Well, we haven't had to water much in the last month...I guess that is one way to look at our current weather pattern.  The soils here at the farm are mostly clay-based, which means they retain water well and drain poorly.  Although we've been adding organic material like mad over the years (we are up to 6% Organic Matter as of our last soil test), the soils are still heavy.  In a dry year, we appreciate that.  This year, we wish we farmed on river bottom soil.
         Much of the hilltop soil in our area is filled with clay.  The clay particles are like a deck of cards, all neatly stacked together with no room for air or roots.  If you've ever had a deck of cards get rained on, or worse, if you've ever spilled your gin and tonic on them, you'll know that the cards stick tightly together.  By adding organic matter, we introduce particles that can wedge in between those cards of clay and allow better drainage, air and the resulting healthy plant roots.  At some point, of course, there is too much water all at once and the fields are completely saturated.
 (Crib Notes:  Saturated from too much rain = bad
                       Saturated from gin and tonic = who cares!
         Since all gardeners in a particular area (the Northeast) Wet lettuce receive the same weather, we are all in the same gardening situation.  We're all in this together.  Here are some tips on keeping your garden growing after all this rain:
         -keep plenty of air space around the plants.  This will cut down on molds.
           -keep lower leaves off tomato plants.  This will reduce inoculation of pathogens from the soil.  When rain falls on the soil, it splashes up and carries with it any spores.  These spores land directly onto the lower leaves of the plant, and start working their way into the plant tissues.
            - mulch the soil with straw or leaves or grass clippings to stop raindrops from splashing onto foliage.  Any kind of mulch will soften the blow of the raindrops onto the soil and reduce splashing.
              -fertilize around plants now.  Rain has leached nutrients out of the soil and we suggest adding a band or layer of compost or Pro-Grow or other fertilizer to the edge of your plants.  This "side-dressing" will provide the plants with fresh nutrients.
              - slug bait - try some cheap beer in a shallow pan.  Slugs are attracted to the yeast in the beer.  Not a bad way to go.
Lantana in Moss Hanger
Lantana in moss.

We've been replanting field crops and flowers with fresh material, and we have a great selection of vegetable plants, flowering annuals and perennials available for your gardens as well.  We want your 2013 gardening season to be positive, so we've discounted our annuals 4-packs and perennial 4-packs 50% to make it a little easier to re-plant if needed.  Plus sales on pots of annuals, half-off all of our vegetable plants, and $10. off each hanging basket.

        Today's weather features drier air, sunshine and over 20 hours without any precipitation (I'm counting fog and mist as precipitation!).  Lets hope for more days like today.
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Spring Ledge Farm Summer Tour -
         Friday, July 19th 5:30 pm.
           Join us as we walk through the farm, answering garden questions, talking plants and soil and snacking on fresh produce.

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Blast from the past
          Guided tour starts at 5:30 and can run up to 2 hours, but you are free to disband from the crowd at any time.  Start at the farmstand, meander down past the cut flowers, garlic, lettuces, row crops, tomato houses and to the back field.   Refreshments provided, free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there.
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      Heirloom Tomatoes!

Now available at the farmstand.

costoluto genovese
'Costoluto Genovese'
'Orange Blossom'
'Striped German',
'Brandywine',
'Japanese Black Trifel',
'Costoluto Genovese' (best in show at last year's tomato tasting).
Vine-ripened fruit - delicious.
         Pair these with some fresh basil and mozzarella for a great summertime meal.
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Please let me know of any questions or comments.
  Thanks very much for shopping at Spring Ledge!
Greg Berger
        The rain seems to be helping our blueberry crop, raspberry plants and fruit trees.  Even the blueberry bushes we have for sale are full with fruit.  
Blueberries
Kind of like a pre-loaded gift card.  
Buy a blueberry plant and start picking immediately!
Great looking raspberry bushes and fruit trees also available - we've moved them near the front of the farmstand for easier access.  
 Some new crops we are now harvesting:

 

Zucchini

Yellow Squash

Cucumbers

Cut Flowers

Heirloom Tomatoes

Baby Potatoes

Fresh Arugula

 

 

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May 10, 2013

“Mom’s Day, Every Day”

Every day should be Mother’s Day, right?  We should always be thinking about and thanking our moms for what they do every day.

A few weekends ago, we had a crowd at our workshop.  They chose from dozens of varieties to create great combinations. Continue reading →

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April 17, 2013

“Delayed Gratification Workshop”

We will be hosting a “Delayed Gratification Container Planting Workshop” on Saturday, April 20th from 1pm-4pm.  Join us as we plant young plants

New Items!
Pastry Flour & soft cheeses from Brookford Farm.   Whole wheat flour coming soon… Continue reading →

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April 4, 2013

“Farmstand is now open”

Stop by for a glimpse of spring in our greenhouses.  Early-blooming pansies, primulas, Proven Winners and linaria.  The vegetable transplants are growing well.

Join us as on Saturday anytime between the hours of 1 and 4 in the afternoon for  the basics of sowing flower and vegetable seeds… Continue reading →

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March 28, 2013

“Seed Sowing 101″

Join us as we show the basics of sowing flower and vegetable seeds.  You can sow your own tray of seedlings here in our greenhouse. We supply the seeds, soil, seed trays and expertise.

Three lambs born in the last five days here at the farm.  Four more ewes expecting.  Hopefully the snow will be gone by the time they are all mischievously…Continue reading →

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March 14, 2013

“Plant a Succulent Garden Workshop”

Join us for a workshop on succulent container gardens. Succulents are great plants with very interesting textures, leaves and even flowers.

Now available our own freshly-picked Spinach & baby Lettuce from our cold greenhouses. Spring Ledge Lamb for Easter – chops, leg-o-lamb… Continue reading →

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March 7, 2013

“Effies Oat Cakes, and Our Soil Filling Machine!”

The new shipment of Effie’s Oatcakes are in.  Try these delicious cookie/crackers as a snack, an appetizer or a dessert.

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…. Continue reading →
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February 22, 2013

“Honey – Meet the Beekeepers”

Not something you hear every day from your sweetheart…

 Join us Friday afternoon from 3-6pm to learn more about bees and honey from Keith and Susan of Cutting Farm… Continue reading →

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February 14, 2013

February Market

 Open for Winter Market Friday Feb. 15th from 3-6 pm and Saturday the 16th from
10-1. Featuring Spring Ledge greens, harvested from our cold frames – spinach, mixed greens, micro… Continue reading →

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February 8, 2013

Polka Dot Storm Nomenclature

As we shovel through a Nor’Easter, I’m reminded of some old farmer terminology for these types of storms.  Checkout this poll where you can vote on your favorite… Continue reading →

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February 1, 2013

Impatiens, Vodka, Organic Eggs

During the winter months, we attend vegetable and greenhouse seminars and meetings.  One of this year’s hot topics is about Impatiens Downy Mildew.  This is a devastating impatiens disease which is forecast to be in our neck … Continue reading →

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January 24, 2013

Pesto!

This week, we are featuring the best pesto around: Vegetaball’s Pesto, made in Claremont, NH.  Darlene Ball, owner of Vegetaball’s Pesto will be at Spring Ledge on Friday…Continue reading →

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January 18, 2013

Sweet Batatah

Our carrots are sweet and crunchy, just right for lunch snacks, glazed carrots, stews and a side salad.  Try this simple pickled carrot salad at home…tastes great the first night, even better after a few days in the fridge…Continue reading →

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December 4, 2012

Poinsettias… is there nothing they can’t do?

Poinsettias grown here on the farm.          The Granddaddy of them all can be found at Spring Ledge Farm… Earlier this summer, a gentleman from Andover brought in his potted poinsettia plant, which … Continue reading →

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November 20, 2012

Thanks!

Thanks to all our friends and customers!  We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.  The farmstand will be open all day Wednesday with comfort foods and fresh, SLF-grown produce for your feast. … Continue reading →

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November 8, 2012

Yes, it is cold out there.  Our field harvest continues, though, as we chisel through the soil to find carrots, turnips & parsnips.   Kale & kohlrabi can handle the cold as well.         From the cold frames, we harvest. … Continue reading →

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October 12, 2012

Join us for the Night Maze – this Saturday, Oct 13th from 7pm-9pm. $3. per person. Bring your boots, bring a flashlight if you like, bring your friends and family!  Parking is at the farmstand. Hope to… Continue reading →

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