Dahlia Field Work

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Hard to imagine this field filled with thick, green plants and the spectacular colors of dahlia flowers, but that’s what we’re working on now. Last fall, Stacy “lifted” the tubers, cleaned ’em up and stored them on the ping pong table. The picture above is from a couple weeks ago, before we started prep work.

With help from Gordy and Christine Wilson (former owners of the farm), we pulled out the irrigation system and stakes, tilled up the ground and got the support wire grid laid out again. So now it looks like this. Still hard to picture it filled with dahlias, but at least it’s an improvement.

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After three days of sorting tubers, Stacy is planting our favorites from last season, along with some hot new varieties from dahlia legend, Lou Eckhoff. If all goes well, the field will be filled again with the colors we love in July and August. Come by and pick some this summer. I’ve found that having dahlias around just makes you feel good.

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Dormant Summer

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Any guesses about what these are? Anybody? Here’s a hint: They aren’t sweet potatoes, and in fact, aren’t for eating at all. Figure it out?

Well, underneath ’em lies our ping-pong table, which has become the primary storage facility for…dahlia tubers. Stacy pulled, washed, dried, sorted and hauled this giant pile–hundreds, if not thousands–from the dahlia field up at the farm last month by herself while I was on the road promoting Closer to the Ground. Huge job and impressive results. Now they lie in wait for replanting or sale in the spring.

Hard to believe these homely little critters will blossom into spectacular flowers next summer. But I’m already looking forward to watching them grow and the beauty they bring to the farm when they bloom.