Starting Primula Seeds

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free… Today we started single trays of P. vailii, capitata, alpicola, chungensis, japonica and auricula. It’s the first of February and time to clean and sanitize your pots and trays. We use a 10ppm bleach solution to sanitize all of our seed starting equipment.  The best time to sow polyanthus and auricula is…

5 Steps to Fast Compost

Making compost is probably the single most important thing we can do for our organic farm.  The success of our garden depends on the soil, and the health of the soil depends on the compost we give it.  Here in southeast Alaska, composting is a slower cold approach than done in other regions.  That said,…

Seed Order Arrived Today

Sunny Slope Farm is so excited for the start of the 2018 summer growing season.  Earlier last week we placed several orders with Territorial Seed Company, Farm Tec, and Johnnyseeds and what do you know, three boxes of goodies arrived at the door step this afternoon.  In one box there were 45  new varieties of…

Succession Planting in Soil Blocks

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free… After such a snowy and cold winter, it has been heartwarming for us to return home from our winter travels and begin making plans for the spring.  Even through our gardens are under snow at the moment, and it will be weeks before we will sink our hands into the soil; now…

Pre-Sprouting Carrot Seeds

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free… Carrots, parsnips, and parsley take 14 to 21 days to germinate; that means the seed bed must be kept evenly moist for up to three weeks or longer. This year, in an effort to provide our CSA Share Members with a fresh spring crop of delicious organic carrots we are  pre-sprouting…

Soil Health = Food Quality

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free… Food quality is directly connected to the health of the soil in which it is grown.  We see our farm as a whole living system, where it’s elements work together to build and maintain soil fertility.  Through a careful program of balanced crop rotation, composting and cover cropping system, we are…

Green Sprouting & Growing Potato Seed

…Locally Grown…Sustainable…Freshly Picked… Chemical-Free… GREEN SPROUTING: Green sprouting is an easy way to get a jump start on the growing season.  Green sprouting reduces the growing time by 10 to 14 days. Begin green sprouting or chitting about 4 weeks before expected plant date. Green Sprouting is easy.  Warm pre-cut potatoes at 65°-70°F in a…