Newsletter No. 5

Hello from Vibrant Valley Farm !

This week we're still rearranging from the weekend's summer solstice party (thank you to all who came and made it awesome), harvesting the first of our dahlias and summer squash and getting ready to plant in our recently finished and third hoop house.

This hoop house will hold 47 different types of chrysanthemums. Mums originated in China and have been in cultivation for over 2,000 years. They are very important to Chinese culture and can be seen in traditional artwork, made into tea and thought of as the meditation flower. They were brought to Japan in 386 A.D. and labeled kiku. It is Japan's national flower. The chrysanthemum made it to Holland in 1689 and the U.S. in 1798.

Under natural conditions (not reducing daylight through covering) mums bloom in the fall. When mums are seedlings, like ours, they should be pinched (like many other flowers we grow). Pinching has many benefits like more blooms and branching, controlled timing of blooms and larger blooms. Pinching is simply removing the tip
of the main stem to stop upward growth. We hope to pinch and plant this week.

We are excited to be experimenting with many types of mums like spider types (spikey looking) and football types (large heads). Stay tuned for more news on our mums !


  • Cress pods
  • Safflower
  • Yarrow
  • Sweet peas
  • Nigella
  • Snap dragons
  • Delphinium
  • Clarkia
  • Acroclinium
  • Liatris spicata
  • Lupine
  • Dusty Miller
  • Lamb's ear
  • Sunflower
  • Cosmos
  • Mignonette
  • Agrostemma
  • Statice
  • Saliva
  • Globe thistle
  • Cynoglossum


  • Summer squash
  • Broccoli
  • Silly salad
  • Garlic
  • Epazote
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radicchio
  • Kale