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Great Oak Farm - Organic Seedlings for Sale
Last year, Carla from Great Oak Farm in Berlin, provided organic seedlings for community gardeners and others. If you would like to purchase seedlings this year, you should contact Carla directly (978-838-2097) to place your order. Orders will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis, so items may not be available if you wait too long.
See the attached list with the information regarding the types of seedlings. There are no prices, but you should expect to pay around a dollar per seedling.
Great Oak Farm is located on 227 Highland Street - just over the Bolton/Berlin line. If you ever go that way, you will know her farm by the small serve-yourself stand and the beautiful horses that adorn the landscape.
Thanks to Teresa for compiling the list of seedlings below.
Great Oak Farm
227 Highland Street
Berlin, MA 01503
Organic Seedlings available Middle to End of May 2011
Lettuce Red Grant Rapids, Firecracker MTO Leaf, 28 days
Lettuce Red Grant Rapids, New Red Fire Leaf, 55 days
Lettuce Green Grand Rapids, Tropicana Leaf, 52 days
Lettuce Green Romaine Winter Density Head, 54 days
Lettuce Butterhead, Adriana Green Head, 48 days
Lettuce Allstar Gourmet Lettuce Mix Mix, 28 days
(Green & Red Oakleaf, Green & Red Romaine, Lollo Rossa, Redleaf)
Cabbage Ganzales F1 Round mini, 66 days
Cabbage Caraflex F1 Early Green Pointed mini, 68 days
Cabbage Alcosa F1 Small crinkled leaf, 72 days
Kale Winterbor F1 2-3', blue-green, ruffly, 60 days
Swiss Chard Bright Lights, Mulitcolor Mixed colors, 28 days baby, 55 days bunching
Leeks Megaton F1 90 days
Kohlrabi Kolibri F1 Purple, 45 days
Kohlrabi Winner F1 White, 45 days
Brussel Sprouts Diablo F1 110 days
Brussel Sprouts Churchill F1 90 days
Cauliflower Snow Crown, F1 White, 50 days
Broccoli Diplomat F1 60 days
Broccoli Bay Meadows F1 68 days
Cucumber Diva Specialty (seedless) Resistant to mildew/scab, 58 days
Cucumber Harmonie, Pickling 3-5" pickling or gherkins, 47 days
Tomato Defiant PhR (Blight resistant) F1 Beefsteak, Det, Med size, rich red, 65 days
Tomato Daffel F1 Beefsteak, Indet, Med size, rich red, 68 days
Tomato Pink Beauty F1 Beefsteak, Indet, Med size, pink, 74 days
Tomato Rose (Heirloom) Beefsteak, Indet, Large, deep pink, 74 days
Tomato Magic Mountain F1 Cherry, Indet, red, sweet, 65 days
Tomato Sun Gold F1 Cherry, Indet, apricot color, 57 days
Marigold Durango Outback Mix (A) Extra large blooms, 50 days
Rudbeckia Prairie Sun (P/A) 5" blooms, Ht 28-32", green center, 120 days
Rudbeckia Goldilocks (P/A) Double 4" blooms, Ht 24-28, 100-120 days
Zinnias Oklahoma Formula Mix, Improved (A) Double & Semi double, Ht 30-40", 75-90 days
Zinnias Benary's Gaint Mix (A) Double, Ht 40-50", 75-90 days
Zinnias Zowie!, Yellow Flame (A) Semi double, Magenta and Orange, Ht 24-36"
F1 = Hybrid
A = Annual
P = Perennial
Ht = Height
Det = Determinate: (bush) may be grown with or without support, ripens within a concentrated period of time.
Indet = Indeterminate: (climbing) should be trellised, staked, or caged; ripens over an extended period of time
2010 Community Gardeners - It is time to enroll for 2011. See pamphlet and application below. You have until the end of March to enroll for 2011. If you are not planning to renew your plot in 2011, please let us know so that we can pass your plot along to someone on our waiting list.
There is currently a very short waiting list for 2011. If you would like to get on our waiting list -- don't wait - send an email to email@example.com with your desire.
Below are some helpful links and information for all gardeners in our community (and beyond):
Soil Test Information. We recommend that all gardeners get their soil tested at the beginning of each growing season. The UMass Extension will do this for you at a small cost. Instructions and order forms can be found at this link. http://www.umass.edu/soiltest/
Planting calendar. Not sure when to put your seeds in the ground or start seedlings indoors. This link will provide you with a calendar based upon your last frost date. Many of us use May 15 as the date in Bolton, but you can alter it slightly based upon your local microclimate. http://bioarray.us/Skippy%27s%20planting%20calendar.html This is what I got using May 15:
Sow onion, celery and celeriac seeds indoors (11 weeks before last frost).
Sow broccoli, kale, cool weather lettuce, escarole, eggplant and thyme seeds indoors (9 weeks before last frost).
Sow pepper seeds indoors (keep temp above 78*F for germination). Also sow indoors marigold, parsley, basil and beet seeds. (8 weeks before last frost).
Start watching the soil for the first direct planting! As soon as the soil can be worked its time to sow peas, fava beans, arugula and radish directly in the garden (up to 6 or 7 weeks before last frost). (Note: In warmer climates, where the soil doesn't freeze, this tool may not give an appropriate pea planting date. Check with local gardeners for best date.)
Sow tomato seeds indoors. Sow cabbage seeds indoors. (6 weeks before last frost).
Transplant lettuce, broccoli and kale seedlings into the garden (use row cover if necessary). Sow more cool-weather lettuce seed indoors. (4 weeks before last frost).
Sow pumpkin, cucumber and zinnia seeds indoors. (3 weeks before last frost).
Sow summer squash, watermelon and melon seeds indoors. Sow 2nd planting of peas directly in the garden. I'm going to try a 2nd tomato sowing (indoors in pots) in case the spring is very wet again. (2 weeks before last frost).
Sow 2nd cool-weather lettuce crop, more beets, spinach indoors or in garden. (1 week before last frost).
Sow directly in garden seeds for sunflowers, nasturtiums, carrots, parsnips. Plant potatoes, onions sets. Plant 2nd crop of radish. (Week of last frost).
Transplant tomatoes to garden. Plant seeds for corn, beans and soy beans directly in garden. (1 week after last frost).
Sow 3rd cool-weather lettuce crop indoors or in garden. Transplant peppers, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers and melons to the garden if the soil is well warmed. (2 weeks after last frost).
Sow warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden. Sow 2nd crop of beans, 3rd crop of radish in garden. (5 weeks after last frost).
Sow 2nd warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden (8 weeks after last frost).
Sow 3rd warm-weather lettuce crop (Summer Crisp type) indoors or in garden. Sow 3rd crop of beans, 4th crop of radish in garden. (11 weeks after last frost).
Here's is the recipe for a natural garden garlic spray that Lynda used last year and recommends: