First Year Flower Farming Lessons Learned

That’s a wrap on the summer flowers of 2021! I cut thousands of stems over the season in spite of making SO many mistakes. The 2021 flower season began for me in January when I seeded my first lisianthus. I waited for those things to germinate for a month, then tossed the seed tray aside…

Extreme Farming

We tend to jump into the deep end when embarking on new adventures, and farming is no different. When we moved back to the States from living overseas, I was literally Googling “how to be a farmer” on the flight to Maryland. We got the B&B up and running in 2020, and this year is…

June Blooms!

Summer has arrived, and the flowers are exploding in the greenhouse! Finding my groove on cutting, conditioning, and making bouquets for the B&B and friends.

Let’s Get Growing

After a long COVID winter lull, the temps are warming, the guests have returned to the B&B, and flowers are in the field. Wine Grapes & Lavender Grape Vines Arrived! After two years of soil preparation, and lots of help from the Dixon brothers, the grapevines are tucked into the vineyard and starting to sprout…

The Big House

The big greenhouse we ordered finally arrived at Zimmerman’s and the crew arrived on the farm to put it together in mid-March. The cover is finally on!

Signs of Spring

At last, we have a day with no ice, wind, rain, snow, and the sun is out! We have been waiting for this glorious sunny day for a long while, and it’s beautiful out. Big things going on at the Dixon Family Farm this week. My little greenhouse is at max capacity with germinating flowers…

A Tuesday Morning Trip to Zimmerman’s

Zimmerman’s is our local Amish greenhouse supply store. A fun place to go any day, but on this particular Tuesday, it was SUPER fun. What could be so amazing about a trip to get some pots and vermiculite you ask? When we turned down the dirt road to Zimmerman’s, we see a sign for “Sheltie…

Farewell, my chicken friend…

We had to do one of those difficult things tonight. They are a cross between pets and livestock, our chicken friends. I’ve heard that we shouldn’t name them, because the favorites always die. Her name was Sleepy, actually Sleepy II. The first sleepy was a sleek black Americana chicken who earned her name because she…

Lavender Fields Forever

It’s cold and gray. Winter is quite chilly in our old farmhouse, so we bundle up in sweatshirts and spend lots of time by the wood stove in the evenings. I have also spent lots of time buying flower seeds for next spring. Soooo many flower seeds! Talking to Jeff, drinking a bottle of our…

Peak Corgi

Last spring we lost our Collie, Buddy. He was everyone’s best friend, except people on bicycles. He did not enjoy bicycle riders. When we were settled in Maryland Buddy slowed way down. He napped about 23 out of 24 hours a day. He would go to work with Jeff on the farm, and nap on…