Spring Planting Right Around The Corner in Washington

As the second northernmost state in the country, Washington has a pretty long time to go from one dahlia growing season to the next, and when it does roll around, it sure seems to fly by!  Well, we have waited and waited (well, that’s not nearly all we did between October and April, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just say we waited) and the time has finally arrived for us to be able to plant our dahlia tubers at Lynch Creek Farm.  Although we do not ship out dahlia tubers to our customers in the northern half of the country until April 15th in order to prevent in-transit premature sprouting and ensure growing success, here at the farm we are able to keep our tubers in a climate-controlled environment so we took the opportunity to do some indoor “pre-planting”.  

This pre-planting process involves putting the tubers in planting trays filled with dirt and setting the trays in a temperate, well-ventilated room with bright lighting, essentially simulating a favorable outdoor environment for growing.  Although we typically wait until the end of April to do any sort of tuber planting, we decided that we want to get a jump on the season in order to be able to provide our local customers with cut flowers for as much of the summer as possible.  Pre-planting large quantities of dahlia tubers has its limitations without the utilization of highly sophisticated and expensive lighting and growing equipment that is usually reserved for growing a different kind of plant that we won’t discuss in our blog (you will have to read Willie Nelson’s blog for that info), so we cannot actually get to the point of producing blooms while growing indoors, but it is a fantastic way to get a jump on the growing season while we are still having to worry about last frost or late snowfall.  This is an experimental year for us as far as pre-planting goes but we are encouraged by the results so far!

As beneficial as indoor pre-planting is, we are still increasingly looking forward to getting out in the sunlight and doing real hands-in-the-earth gardening.  We are currently amending our soil for proper micronutrient and pH levels, but once that is complete, the real fun begins at the farm.  We will keep you updated!

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Perfect First Weekend at Olympia Farmers Market

The world’s favorite bunny made his rounds on Sunday, our staff gathered with friends and family to celebrate, and Lynch Creek Farm was once again present at the Olympia Farmers Market where we have been a spring and summer staple since 1980, making it a wonderful Easter weekend as far as we are concerned!  The newest perennial member of the team and author of this blog post (hi, ma!) Kevin took notes from two of the farm’s dahlia experts and well-known faces at the market, Brigida and Evé, to learn the intricacies of setting up the market booth, operating its equipment and answering booth guests’ farm and market- related questions, and got his feet wet on Saturday and Sunday.  Despite the April rain showers putting a bit of a damper on market guests’ enthusiasm for immediate gardening, the booth was still buzzing with dahlia devotees and neophytes inquiring about proper growing techniques, best varieties (our general answer: they are all fantastic, it just depends on what you are using them for) and more information on the farm itself.  It was a pleasure to answer these questions and interesting to hear various people discuss their passion for the plant and gardening in general.  

We will be participating in the Olympia Farmers Market through the end of dahlia tuber planting season, which is essentially a week after Mother’s Day.  Brigida, Evé, Kevin and LCF owner Andy would love to meet you there!

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Evé setting up LCF’s booth for a busy day at the farmers market

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Back To Work at The Farmers Market

Ah, springtime is here and it feels so good!  Although we love the colder months for the excitement and rush of work they bring Lynch Creek Farm in the form of sending out elegant holiday wreaths, centerpieces, tabletop trees and other evergreen creations, there is certainly something special about spring: the warming weather, baby animals, renewed plant growth, and of course, the beginning of dahlia season!  After sending out tubers to our customers who have been ordering from our website over the last 9 months (that’s right, some LCF customers ordered their 2014 dahlias before they ordered their 2013 wreaths!), we are now back for another year at Olympia Farmers Market, offering our selection of dahlia tubers to our fellow western Washingtonians in person.  

Lynch Creek Farm has been a vendor at Olympia Farmers Market since the Hunter family founded the farm in 1980.  Starting with dahlia tubers in the spring, the farm continues to attend the market as a vendor of cut flowers in the late summer and wreaths during the holiday season.  In addition to Lynch Creek Farm’s wonderful dahlias and evergreen creations, you can also find homemade crafts, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and artisanal food products at the Olympia Farmers Market. We hope to see you there!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Hippies love a good wreath!

Hippies love a good wreath!

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Wrens love a good wreath!

Wrens love a good wreath!

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This cartoon lion loves a good wreath!

This cartoon lion loves a good wreath!

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Dorothy’s 75th Birthday

Dorothy, one of our wonderful customer service representatives, turned 75 years young today. Of course, the rest of the LCF team wanted to celebrate with her! Dorothy’s genuine kindness is matched only by her wit, and we are honored to get to work with her to help spread holiday cheer.

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