My life changed when the clock struck midnight. It wasn’t so much that my carriage (a 2004 Toyota Echo with no AC) turned into a giant Cucurbita maxima squash (A Giant Pumpkin, if you will.) But my buddy Syl leaned over and asked “Do you use Pivot Tables?” Not a traditional New Year’s greeting. But … More FSA Tip #34 Turn Your Crop Plan Into A Planting Calendar With Pivot Tables
If you’re growing squash (be it summer or winter), you’re likely growing some Cucurbita pepo squash. Cucurbita pepo is one of the 3 squash species most commonly found on market gardens. Pepos are a motley crew. Delicata, Spaghetti, Acorn, Zucchini, Pie Pumpkins, Jack o’Lanterns, Patty Pans, Crooknecks, and Sweet Dumplings are all Pepos. Not to … More Meet The Motley Pepo Squash Crew
Are you still afraid of saving seeds? Of all that crossing that comes with bees and pollinators and wind in your seed crops? Let us review #seedsavingformarketgrowers so far. Two crops will only cross if they are the same species. If a crop is a SELFER (predominantly self pollinating) – there is very little crossing … More Saving The Seed Of The Dreaded Cucurbit
Saving onion seeds is as EASY as popping those sprouting onions into the ground and letting them put on green leaves that turn into flowers, which in turn become seeds. And saving onion seed is as HARD as the amount of rain you get. All that moisture and maybe hail and harsh winds can spread … More The EASY and HARD of Saving Onion Seed
Beets is chard and chard is beets. That’s right, they are both the same species Beta vulgaris. And that means they will cross up if you let them. My favourite thing about growing beet/chard seed is the elongated stems of the flowering plants with their defined edges and stripes that offset the vivid colours. My … More Beets is chard and chard is beets.
You need some good SKUs!!! A SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit. It’s a code you can use across all your farm management systems to clearly identify a product. You can use them in your online store your bookkeeping software your spreadsheets anywhere you want Your SKUs should be made up of a Parent SKU … More FSA Tip #33 Use SKUs To Manage Your Farm Store Products
Should you save carrot seed? To answer that, start off by thinking about the carrots you grow. Are any of your carrot varieties open pollinated? Or are they all F1 hybrids like Napoli, Yaya, or Miami? If you’re only growing F1s and you don’t want to trial any OPs, then carrot seed saving is not … More Should you save carrot seed?
There are things you know a lot about and things you don’t know as much about. I know a lot about Brassicas seeds and Brassica cross pollination. But now that we’ve ran out of seed Brassicas to talk about, it’s time to move on to other crossers on #seedsavingformarketgrowers. And next up are some storage … More My Seed Saving Zone Of Discomfort
The easiest way to manage a lot of products in your online store is to import them with a CSV file. But that CSV file usually has a ridiculous amount of rows. It can be a hassle to keep them all synced up. The spreadsheet from the Farm Spreadsheet Tip shows you how to manage … More FSA Tip #32 Tools To Create Product CSV Files For Your Online Farm Store