In the gardening world no character is more feared than Jack Frost.
All of our hard work and efforts to grow a beautiful and enjoyable garden can in one cold night turn black. While all of us want to enjoy the cooler days of fall and bask in the glory of our harvest, the thought of Jack visiting keeps us up at night.
Have we done everything in our power to protect our wonderful garden?
A few years ago after slipping on a nice warm wool jacket in the fall. I thought to myself that I wish I had something warm to put around my plants. The next spring we were contacted by a hat maker, asking us if we could use some of their rejected hats for our wool pellet fertilizer. Upon receiving the first shipment we quickly realized that this wool had a different purpose. At Wild Valley Farms, we have long asked ourselves, “How can we apply wool’s protective qualities to frost above the soil?” With the help of a friend who was searching for a purpose for her unusable wool hats we found the perfect answer.
Woolly’s Frost Guards were created to be the perfect warm wool jacket to protect our gardens when Jack Frost inevitably comes to visit.
Click here to READ MORE ABOUT Dr. Geoff Naylor and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific Research Organization’s study
THE WOOL FIBRE AND ITS APPLICATIONS.
Did you know? A kilogram of dry wool placed in an atmosphere of air saturated with moisture releases about the same amount of heat as that given off by an electric blanket running for eight hours. This is because wool is Hygroscopic. Hygroscopy is the phenomenon of attracting and holding water molecules via either absorption or adsorption from the surrounding environment, which is usually at normal or room temperature.
check your local weather reports and know how your specific plants will be affected by the different temperatures. Most Gardeners frost days are based on 32 Degrees.
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“For man, Autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” - Edwin Van Teale
Though it’s mid-summer, there is still plenty of time to start on a garden that’ll produce well into the fall. A majority of our Wild Valley Farms family are located in Utah, California, New York. So, we’ve put together a list of fall vegetables perfect for growing in these states and their surrounding areas! The lists for each of these states are consistent in that they all include Leafy Greens.
The hardiest vegetables for California weather include onions, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, spinach, turnips, radishes, and asparagus.
Thanks for reading! What are your favorite fall-time vegetables?
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Wild Valley Farms has a growing community of friends in Northern California!
Gardening in the heat can be tough! Are you frustrated with what to grow on the sunny west coast? Now (early July) is the perfect time to sow the seeds of those heat-loving vegetables. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and cucumbers thrive in the heat. Think of all the delicious late-summer meals to be made with these vegetables. YUM! Below, we’ll highlight each of these vegetables, the qualities that make them perfect for this time of year, and some great summer recipes.
Tomatoes require at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, this is great news for our California gardners! The more solar energy tomatoes receive, the more fruit they produce. However, excessive heat waves are damaging to the growth of this fruit. We suggest planting your tomatoes in an area that receives morning sun.
Check out these gorgeous tomato recipes! We think that caprese salad looks so refreshing. https://www.eatwell101.com/summer-tomato-recipes
Peppers do best in 70-90 degree weather, also needing 6-8 hours of sun per day! The best peppers for growing in hot environments are California Wonder and Keystone. In fact, California is responsible for nearly 40% of all USA bell peppers! How great do some steamy fajitas sound for a summer dinner party?
Eggplants are heat-resistant vegetables, perfect for harvesting in late-summer. They grow quickly, and need a sunny location with rich, well-draining soil. We recommend Globe Eggplants for your warm areas like California! So, any fans of Olive Garden’s Eggplant Parmesan? We’ve got you covered. ;) https://flavorite.net/copycat-olive-garden-eggplant-parmigiana/
Ideal temperatures for cucumbers are between 50-95 degrees. They thrive in full-sun and heat! If you’re looking for the best heat-resistant cucumber, try the Olympic or Thunder! Here’s another refreshing summer salad!
Thanks for reading! Readers in hot, sunny areas- what are your thoughts? Have you had success with any of these vegetables? Let us know!
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It happened again. You watered and prepped your plants, put them in the sunniest spot, sent them good vibes, and still you returned home to shriveled carcasses of what once was.
How do you set your plants up for success this summer? This is a highly searched question on the internet. Our answer? Wool Pellets!
If you’ll be away for a short enough time that you don’t want to hire a plant-sitter, leave them with all-natural, eco-friendly Wool Pellets from Wild Valley Farms. Wool Pellets fertilize and are designed to hold in 20% of their weight in water, helping you to reduce watering of your indoor and outdoor plants!
You’ll never come home to dead plants again.
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I know what you are thinking.
CARDBOARD boat???? You can't be serious. Cardboard soaks up water -- you'd be nuts to make a BOAT out of cardboard!!!
Well that is exactly what I thought too.
But to participate in the Morgan County 4th of July Cardboard Boat Regatta, you have to make a boat out of cardboard. The other thing you can use is duct tape -- which we feel is the real secret to success. The more duct tape the better. (In fact sometimes I think the better name should be the Duct Tape Boat Regatta.) But before I tell you all the secrets, first I will tell you about how the whole thing got started.
One thing you should know about The Compost King he that he is full of ideas. (Some of them are brilliant, and some of them are crazy ;)). He also is involved with the Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce. Four years ago, the chamber had a meeting and were trying to brainstorm ideas to improve the County's Fourth of July Celebration. The Compost King said, "I have a great idea that I think would be really fun and work well because of the river that runs right through the fairgrounds and park. I can tell you the idea, but I am so busy with other things right now, I cannot do anything to help make it happen."
They wanted to hear the idea.
"A cardboard boat regatta. The boats could be in the morning parade (thus adding to Morgan's Fourth Parade), and the boats could run the river in the hot afternoon. It would be fun for spectators and participants alike."
Then he left the meeting.
The people in the meeting loved the idea, and it took off like wildfire! Several people called him that first year and said, "You won't believe what you started with your idea!"
Though I must admit, when he first told me about it, I thought he was crazy.
The first year, most of the boats went down pretty fast (as in sunk underwater!), but there was one boat (the winning boat) that made it to the end all in one piece -- and with the riders still dry! So then we knew it was possible and everyone really seemed really excited to scale it up for the next year.
That second year Wild Valley Farms entered it's first boats. We did two. A LARGE BARGE and a WOOL SKIFF.
At first we looked it upon online and considered boat patterns and designs. But when we finally got down to it, we had to make do with the cardboard shapes that we had. And we just started covering everything in duct tape!!!
The WOOL SKIFF did so well that afterwards we put it on a shelf in the shed and saved it. This year the boys wanted to lengthen it (hoping to stabilize it better). So we added a little more cardboard and a lot more duct tape.
Then they hopped in.
Cardboard and duct tape. Down the river. Dodging boulders and low hanging tree branches.
This event was fun to do and fun to watch.
This post has had little to do with gardening, but what I wanted you to learn from it is this:
1. Don't be afraid to speak up and plant a little seed of an idea (even if your wife thinks you are crazy), you never know what it might become. :)
2. Things that you think are impossible may be possible with enough duct tape.
I hope that you had a fun and adventurous 4th of July. I hope you are finding a way to stay cool and that you are keeping all your plants hydrated and lush and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.
Happy Gardening and Happy Fourth. I love this country.
-The Compost Queen
Warmer weather means spending more time outside which also means more gardening! There are so many different products that are needed to get your garden started. Lets talk about the two main products: compost and mulch. But just how much compost and mulch do you need for your yards? Do you know the difference between compost and mulch and also why they are needed? Lets get down to the nitty gritty and explain it all.
To make it simple, here is a step by step on how to calculate how much your yard requires.
First measure the area of you garden (Length x Width).
Divide the area of you garden by 27
Finally, Divide your answer by 6 for 2 inch deep soil. Divide by 4 for 3 inch deep soil, or divide by 3 for 4 inch deep soil.
What is Compost?
What exactly is compost? Compost is a biologically active material that results in decomposition of organic matter under controlled circumstances! Compost is considered a conditioner, not a fertilizer because it can retain and make existing nutrients readily available for plants! Wild Valley Farms sells its on compost called Terra zest. Our premium organic and all natural Terra Zest is a special blend of manure, sawdust, and hygroscopic fiber (wool). We combine these products carefully to ensure your plants, lawn, trees or garden vegetables can get the full nutritional value needed for root development. Our premium Terra Zest will help your soil retain moisture and works as a slow release fertilizer that lasts all year long, (unlike chemical fertilizers that only last for a few weeks), and our Terra Zest won’t burn your lawn or plants. It is safe for use around children or pets immediately after use. Best part about our Terra Zest? It's all natural, organic and local!
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Spring is all about the colors! And this plant has a vibrant purple color that will stand out! While this plant may look like it takes a lot of effort but it's one of the easier ones! The Texas Ranger is built tough, it can survive on little water. So all you have to do is plant in full sunlight and water during warm summers or in a time of a drought! Easy peasy!
Gold Thread Cypress
More of a shrub person? Good news because this is a low maintenance shrub. So it looks perfect for both foundation and accent planting. Sweet! The gold thread cypress also is a compact habit and is slow growing, which means it requires very little pruning! Who doesn't love that? This beautiful golden, evergreen color will shine bright all year long!
Blue Mist Spirea (Blue Beard)
Maiden Grass (Chinese Silver Grass)
Blue is the color for this shrub and will bring light to your gardens or yards! You might have also heard this shrub called by another name, the blue beard. This shrub is heat, drought and deer resistant. Triple win there! The blue mist spirea does its best in full sun or partial shade. It's low maintenance in the summer, but will need a little more pruning to keep the blue mist spirea growing strong.
While it has the word grass in it's name, it will stand out above your regular grass! One of the best qualities of the maiden grass is that it is resistant to drought, disease, deer, rabbit and any other pests that might show up In your yards. The one downside is that it can be invasive in some states, but most ornamental varieties shouldn't pose a problem. Maiden grass is cultivated to be sterile when its sold.
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Price is per cubic yard (about a pickup load), and will cover about 162 sqft 2 inches deep.
Terra Zest for your garden, flower beds, or anywhere you want to improve your soil and retain moisture. Try planting your tomatoes straight into Terra Zest, you will love the results!
Price is per cubic yard(a yard is about a pickup load), and will cover about 162 sqft 2 inches deep.
Read more about Terra Zest and how to use it in your garden and flowerbeds:Terra Zest Premium Organic and All Natural Compost - Wild Valley Farms Product Highlight
Well that's a mouthful! This is probably one of the easiest flowers that you could get! The first quality of this flower is that it is not affected by bad weather- either lack of water or extreme heat! Do you have a shady spot in your garden? Well good news because this flowers thrives in the shade! Also it's a good way to keep animals out of your yards because they won't eat this flower because of its lack of taste. I'd say that's a win!
I'm just pulling out all these funny sounding plant names right? This flower is great because it has very unique green leaves and beautiful blue flowers! It's also mainly a ground plant, so it can take up a lot of space. Make sure you have enough room in your gardens! But if there is room for the beautiful plant, you won't be disappointed!
This flower is probably one of the more tricky ones. But don't be afraid to give it a shot! The purple coneflower is better planted from the middle of the summer to the beginning of autumn. It's also requires forty degrees in temperature and it grows up to three feet tall! So if you are willing to take on a little more effort with the purple coneflower, it will definitely stand out!
Have you ever heard of the Black-eyed Susan? Maybe not since it's mostly grown in Germany! However, it's becoming more common and has spread all over from the Czech to the United States because of it's amazing ability to reproduce! The best time to plant the Black-eyed Susan is from the beginning of March till the end of May! Then it will flower from June till September. This is also another one of the tall flowers, it grows up to two feet tall!
If you are a fan of color, this flower definitely lives up to it name! The pink astilbe also requires a little bit more of hard work! It needs lots of water and no more than thirty degrees Fahrenheit. You would want to plant it from the middle of summer to the beginning of fall. The best thing about the pink astilbe is that it doesn't matter being in a spot that is sunny or shady!
While this name may scare you away because it has the word tick in it, but it won't bring them to your yards! This flower is probably one of the easier ones because it can be planted anytime from the summer to the fall. Do you love tall flowers? Good news, because this flower grows up to eighteen inches tall! That will definitely stand out! Majority of the time, you will find this flower planted with high quality wood work decoration.
1. Decide on Color Scheme
Seems simple right? Maybe even kind of silly. But deciding on your color scheme is the one of the first steps in planing your garden! We usually recommend a max of three colors in a single garden bed. Or if you are feeling a little bit more on the wild side, totally feel free to chose more colors or less! It's your garden, you decide!
2. Vary Shape, Size and Texture
Here is the second step. Try varying the shapes, sizes and textures of plants when planning your garden. Add a little dimension and interest! Tall and thinner plants, like evergreens, add interest between shorter, more rounded bushes. Then there is plants with thinner leaves, or grasses, that look good next to plants with more broader leaves.
3. Where is the Sun?
Who doesn't love the sunshine? I know I do! I love the sun shining through my windows in the mornings. You know who else loves the sun? Plants! That seemed like a silly question, because we all know that plants need the sun to help them grow! However there are three different types of plants. Shade, part shade and full sun plants. Here's the breakdown. Shade plants, such as Primrose, Lungwort and Foam Flower, require only less than four hours of sunlight per day. That's easy! Part shade plants like, bluebells and lily's only need four to six hours of sun. Then there is the full sun plants, like daisy's and sunflowers need at least six hours of sun per day!
4. Consider the Size of the Plants Purchased
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Intelli-soil is a premium potting mix that is made from Coir, Terra Zest, and Wool Pellets. Intelli-soil is light and fluffy and will hold 40% more moisture while maintaining good drainage for strong root development. The perfect potting mix for both your indoor and outdoor pots. Plants in Intelli-soil have gone up to 7 days before signs of wilt. Intelli-soil comes in 1CF bags.
Price is per cubic yard (about a pickup load), and will cover about 162 sqft 2 inches deep.
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It is an all Natural, 100% organic, single ingredient fertilizer. Which means it is either made of one singe ingredient or a combination of three others. Ours is a perfect balance of three nutrients, it contains 9% nitrogen, 1% phosphorus and 2% potassium. All together, those ingredients help with overall plant strength, flower and fruit development, root growth and water balance.
The next reason is it is a slow release fertilizer. It slowly releases nutrients to feed plants for a time period of six months or longer. Once you add the wool pellets to the soil, it begins feeding them immediately. The wool fibers in the wool pellets naturally retain moisture and it reduces water use by 25%. They can also hold up to 20% of their weight. Who doesn't love saving on water? It is good for you and the earth! Did you know that is also reduces the need for additives like perlite? Score! Save money and your plants!
There are many reasons as to why wool pellets are a good investment for your gardens and these are just a few! Wool pellets are also made from 100% raw waste wool from U.S farmers! Who doesn't love locally grown products? I know I do! Here is are a couple of products that would work great with wool pellets! Check them out!