Opening Day will be here in just a few minutes (or it seems to our busy-bee staff!) and our doors will re-open this Thursday, March 3rd at 9 AM. We hope to see you then! Our hours for the month of March are Thursday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Then beginning Tuesday, April 1st, our hours expand to six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.
Beginning in March we will offer onion and asparagus starts. We are stocked with seeds, seed starting supplies, and potting soil. Our soil products (composts, mulches, fertilizers, etc.) will be available. And, as temperatures warm, we will stock our over-wintered perennials, shrubs, and trees, and best of all, our spring organic cool-season vegetable starts! In the meantime, you can always purchase a Gift Certificate or join our Membership from our website any time of day.
Stay tuned for our 2022 class listings, and as your spring-flowering bulbs emerge, refer to our Bulbs Page for timing and description details.
We’re getting excited for the 2022 gardening season and hope you are too!
Our bundles of onion plants are expected to arrive Wednesday or Thursday.
- Patterson (yellow storage)
- Redwing (red storage)
- Walla Walla (sweet)
These are all ‘Long-Day’ onions, appropriate for our latitude. They should be planted as early as possible (yes, they are okay with freezing temperatures) so that they can amass as much solar energy and nutrition as possible by Summer Solstice, which signals the onion plant to store its energy by building a bulb. The longer the growing period prior to the Solstice, the larger the bulb produced.
Onions are shallow-rooted and thrive with regular watering, full sun and rich, fertile soil and as little weed competition as possible. Elliot Coleman notes that onions should not be planted where brassica (Cabbage-family) crops were growing the previous year. Eve’s personal experience bears this out.
This year we’re happy to start the year with an excellent supply of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from our local Botanical Interests Seed Company. Over these many years we have found the viability of their seeds reliable and their selection of varieties diverse and appropriate for our Front Range conditions. We select as many certified organic varieties as possible.
In addition, our rack of heirloom-variety seeds from the non-profit Seed Savers Exchange expands our offerings with time-tested varieties saved from obscurity or complete loss by SSE’s heroic efforts. These are seeds you will not find in the big commercial catalogs, many are certified organic, and they are all open-pollinated so you can save seeds yourself.
Another local favorite is BBB Seeds, and we are again stocking their individual wildflower varieties, as well as their Wildflower Mixes, formulated for specific pollinators and environmental conditions. These seeds are perfect for broadcast-sowing with meadow grass seeds, which we also carry.