Its the Spring Equinox here and everywhere across our planet. The light is finally balanced with dark and our preparations for planting are well under way.
We start all of our herbaceous and some of our perennials inside under lights, to get them well ahead of the growing game. We began back in late February germinating seeds on heat mats and now have graduated with HPS, fluorescent, and metal halide lights. it is a game of long patience and contained excitement this time of year, while we wait for enough warmth and sun to start using our greenhouse. its hard to believe what we have on this lighted bench is enough for acres of plantings
This year we have several new characters in the mix with the old stalwart herbs of years past. Black Cohosh, Dong quai, Bai Zhu, are a few of the new ones. This year we are growing over 50 species of plants by seed and will be propagating many more by root division and cutting. Its is an exciting time of year and we are ready after a very warm winter and lack luster snow fall to get planting outside, but we have a few more weeks regardless. So in that time we will keep pricking our plants into larger cells as they grow new leaf sets and show their true forms.
Look for more on our new nursery offerings and a plant list later this week.
Well after an intense spring of heat and then cold and then heat again, we have finally made it to June.
This year we took thousands of cuttings of Elderberry(Sambucus canadensis) and after the past few months we now have rooted plants. We also have thousands of root division plants for sale too.
This Elderberry is of Vermont Heritage and the two cultivars are named Coomer and Barry Hill. Coomer has an upright habit, while Barry Hill has a spreading one. They were developed by Lewis Hill in Greensboro, VT and have been the backbone of our elderberry harvests for eight years now. These plants raise great big berries that all like to flower and berry at about the same time. This makes harvesting easy, and bountiful and easy to beat the birds for getting them.
Elderberry is very hardy, easy to care for and provides between 8-12k pounds of berries per acre which is an amazing yield making it a choice crop for wines, syrups, jams, and dried berries. It takes about 600-700 plants to fill an acre. We at Eleven Acre Farm, currently sell our berries to distilleries, herbalists, and homesteaders, as well as Wild Branch Foods. which makes a delicious healthy medicinal syrup with it.
We are currently selling Elderberry plants at the farm in Charlotte, VT. Sale to be announced soon!
Spring is finally here after a very, very long winter. the snow is still on the ground and it looks to be a late season. The nursery is waking up and the gardens are popping out of the snow. Soon we will be planting out the greenhouse and getting the elderberry potted up for sale.