Well NH has finally gotten a forecast of rain but I doubt it will be the 14 inches we need for this year!!! I will be hopeful and grateful for what we get! Hand watering this year was crazy & ate my time!! That fact has showed me that drip tapes are a must for flower farming because of global warming. This is our second year in drought, so I doubt the trend will stop, but if everyone could be mindful of water use, it could slow the progress. Flowers just can’t be spectacular without water, so I will use best practices to conserve water. I will continue to catch rain water, but will need to supplement with other water too. If we can all start to do small things to fix the earth… for example buy local so there is less transportation, we can help! My flowers have never been on a plane, boat or the like as I do my part. Today I will do my research for the best drip tapes to purchase with my sustainability in mind.
Today on the flower farm will be busy trying to secure things and keep the leaf mold where it belongs. I am behind, but I am confident that a few extra minutes can get my landscape cloth down over the leaf mold. Trying to heal the soil from the last blooms is so important, and I do this by adding natural ingredients to the soil that boost the microorganisms and nutrients. The leaf mold is key. As it decays it will add what the soil needs, and help with weed suppression. So much work goes into the flowers, and many don’t realize that without these extra steps, the flowers would not be premium but weak and lanky with blooms that last just a few days.
At the age of two I went missing, My panicked parents found me, lying on my tummy, in the middle of a flower garden carefully inspecting the blooms. My father handed me some pansy seeds & a gardener was created. My eyes sparkled with anticipation that the tiny seed I planted would someday be a flower. As I aged I would come and go from the garden, as all youngsters do, but the scent of the sweet peas would bring me back every time. For a time I was a gardener for my profession, but college graduation brought all the changes and responsibilities it does. Marriage, kids and house; I was never without a flower garden in all of my many years. Earth is life & growing is spiritual for me. Touching the earth, supporting the dirt, growing substantially, farming is sacred work. I dreamed someday I could spend every day in my gardens.
In the middle of the pandemic, I found I NEEDED my flowers, and so I focused on my cut beds more than ever! I realized others were in need as well. So, this year I donated my stems to those who were having a tough time. To see memories on someone’s face who received a bouquet of flowers that remind them of a simpler time is priceless! Acres Abloom will continue as a flower farm for the locals of New Hampshire. A place where you can get local long lasting flowers that have been grow sustainably and with mother earth directing growth.