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RE: Teepees and their uses for beans & other veggies (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: decolady01 on 04.05.2007 at 12:01 am in Potager Gardens Forum

My spouse made two teepees like this one about 10 years ago, when our daughters were small. They started as as way to get the girls interested in gardening. He used his table saw to rip 8' 2x4s. Each pole has a hole drilled in the top and they are threaded together with copper wire.

I am still using them. Typically I plant them with scarlet runner beans and painted lady runner beans. Hummers love them. My daughters love them. And so do I. :-)

Becky

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clipped on: 01.16.2010 at 08:37 pm    last updated on: 01.16.2010 at 08:37 pm

RE: Teepees and their uses for beans & other veggies (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: southshoregardener on 04.03.2007 at 07:24 am in Potager Gardens Forum

I use teepees in my potager. They are made of bamboo and will collapse for storage. I leave them out all year round to keep vertical interest. I grow sugar snap peas, snow peas, pole beans and cucs on them. I have not had any problems with them. I love gardening but I also want my garden to be pleasing to the eye too.

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RE: Anyone create gourmet green mixes? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: diggerdee on 01.10.2009 at 07:12 pm in Market Gardener Forum

I work for a woman at a local farm who sells lettuces. We discussed for the entire season about selling salad mixes, but she moves a bit slowly on these things, lol. But, that being said, at the end of the season, she did sow some lettuces near the end of the market season to give this idea a try.

She did not try anything in particularly fancy, just the same lettuces we had been selling as heads, but she cut them small - maybe two inches. Some of the varieties we grew included Jericho, New Red Fire, Nevada, Tropicana, Black Seeded Simpson, Magenta, Winter Density, and a red-speckled variety which I can't remember the name of. I don't know if all of these were in the mix, but those are some of varieties we grew.

I believe she may have put a few mustard leaves and mizuna in there too, but I honestly don't remember. The one day we did this I was also harvesting our usual greens, so I'm not exactly sure if the mustard, etc. went into the mix, but I do think I was cutting small leaves, so maybe. These were cut out of the field, as opposed to the baby lettuce leaves being from the greenhouse.

While we discussed packaging for quite awhile, again, this was a last-minute experiment, so we just put the mixes in plastic bags. We washed the leaves, she weighed them, and we bagged them. I don't recall the weight - maybe 4 ounces??

Despite the fact that they didn't look all that fancy, just being in clear plastic bags, she told me they sold like hotcakes at the market. I wasn't at market with her that day, and I don't recall how much she sold them for (although I'm sure she underpriced them, lol).

I was not at all surprised they sold so well. I was glad she had finally taken the plunge with this idea, and I'm hoping we expand on it this coming season. After all, these mixes are so popular in the stores.

In some ways, they are somewhat labor intensive - cutting the little leaves, washing, weighing, bagging/packaging, sowing every week, etc. But on the other hand, if we grow just in the greenhouse in trays, we don't have to plant out and weed, etc.

I'm hoping she spends a bit and buys nicer packaging - although, we do both think environmentally, and she is trying to find perhaps a compostable package, which of course costs more. But I think packaging will help the presentation - not that it seemed to need the help!

Also, if we go this route, she may buy seeds for a salad mix, as opposed to sowing the separate varieties. Johnny's has some nice mixes she is looking at.

Sorry, I know I rambled a bit, but I love lettuce, lol. I love to eat it, I love the look of it, and I really enjoy helping this woman grow it.

Oh, one last thing. I didn't see the final package, but she told me she put some nasturtiums on top of the greens for a bit of color.

Hoped this helped a bit, and hope I didn't ramble on too long!

:)
Dee

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RE: Anyone create gourmet green mixes? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: gardenerwannabe6 on 01.11.2009 at 12:24 am in Market Gardener Forum

Last year was our first attempt at gardening, so everything was a big experiment. I thought lettuce would be a big seller, especially since no one else had it at our market, especially during the hotter summer months. We only attempted one leaf lettuce, Magenta and bagged 1/2 lb. bags and sold for $4.00. Each time we sold out....we usually only took around 10 bags. This year we plan to save more room for planting different lettuces.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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RE: What flowers sell well at farmer's market? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ekgrows on 01.15.2009 at 03:21 pm in Market Gardener Forum

Just finished my second year selling bouquets, and I have found there is no rhyme or reason to flower sales. What sells good one week will not the next. I have had lots of people comment on the same bunch of flowers over and over, but they don't sell.

Some types of flowers seem to sell better on their own (sunflowers, glads) while others do better in mixed bouquets (zinnias, daisy, asters) I focus on color combinations vs types of flowers in my bouquets. Red, white, and blue, red and yellow, all pink, purple or blue and yellow, etc. A stunning color combination will catch an eye, no matter what type of flowers it contains.

Grow flowers you are familiar with, and have had success with. Some of the easiest I grow are zinnias, rudbeckias, sunflowers, celosia, dahlias, and marigolds. All of those attract a lot of birds, butterflies, and bees.

I'll see if I can post some of my favorite bouquet pictures.

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