2015 Real Veggies Farm

Monday, February 1, 2016

Seed Starting

This is a post that I did in 2010 and I copied it from my old blog.  Just figured since it is going to be seed starting time, I would refresh this post for anyone who many be learning how to start their own seeds.

So here is how I start all my seeds. I pretty much start all my seeds the same way. The only exceptions would be things like vines which I start in pots instead of flats, certain types of seeds that do not need to be covered with dirt, and a few other exceptions.

Below is a list of some things you may need:
Seed Starting Dirt
Warm Water
Popsicle Sticks - for marking
Gloves (if you don't want to get your hands dirty, I don't use gloves for anything but that's just me.)
Container to plant in - I use flats, but you can use just about anything, just poke some holes in the bottom for drainage.
Seeds (of coarse!)
Spray bottle
Sphagnum Moss
Cling Wrap
Tiny hair clips (come in handy for keeping the cling wrap from touching the dirt.)

1. First thing I do is wet my dirt, before planting, with warm water. Just be sure not to get too wet.

2. Once dirt is wet I transfer the dirt into the flat I will be planting in, you can use whatever you wish to plant in some people use styrofoam cups, any kind of used food containers, you can use your imagination. I am not a fan of peat pots or pellets, to me they seem to be difficult to keep from getting too wet and too dry. If you do use peat pots or pellets be sure to tear off some of the pot or netting before planting because you could end up with a problem like this.

3. Then I pat down the dirt.

4. I use popsicle sticks to mark my rows and varieties planted.

5. After I place the popsicle sticks where my rows will be, I use another popsicle stick to make my rows. For seeds that do not need to be covered, I sometimes just scatter the seeds in their area without making rows, and mark the section with a popsicle stick in the dirt as a divider.

6. Place the seeds in the rows.

7. Cover the seeds, by pushing extra dirt on sides of rows over seeds. If you are unsure of how much to cover the seeds it is always better to not over cover the seeds. For most of my seeds I either just barely cover (1/4" on package) or do not cover at all (1/8" on package). If the package states to cover with a 1/8" of dirt I do not cover with dirt at all and just cover with sphagnum moss. If it states to not cover at all I do not cover with dirt or sphagnum moss.

8. Pat down the dirt after covering the seeds.

9. Once I have all my seeds planted, I then cover with a layer of sphagnum moss.

10. Spray with a spray bottle to wet sphagnum moss, spray slowly at first the sphagnum moss will fly everywhere if you don't.

11. I then cover with cling wrap, and use tiny hair clips to keep the cling wrap form touching the dirt. Check every day some seeds will come up within a couple of days. When the seedlings begin to pop up I remove the cling wrap. If some varieties come up and others have not I will sometimes put a plastic dome on the flat for a couple of days to give the unsprouted seeds some more time with extra warmth. You do not want the seedlings to be touching the plastic, so remove once they get to tall.

I place my flats under lights right away. Most seeds do not need light to sprout but the lights give them extra warmth that can greatly speed up the germination process. If the instructions on the package say do not cover the seeds chances are those seeds need light to germinate.

The seeds that I planted in the above flat were cherry tomato seeds. I will be sure to post a picture once they have sprouted and as they grow.

There are so many different methods to start seeds. Everyone has there own way that works best for them. If you are going to be starting seeds of your own, happy seed starting!
Now back to work, planting more seeds.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

What We Grow

I finally just completed the page on my website with a list of the vegetables and fruits that we grow.  I still have to add more vegetable varieties to the list but it is a start.  I have not gotten my seed orders completely in yet, once I get all of my seeds orders in I will be able to update the list with everything that I will be growing for 2016. 
You can check it out HERE or click on the what we sell tab at the top of the page, and then on vegetables and fruits button.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Crazy Weather

Yesterday I picked almost a whole row of young cabbage, that filled up one and a half giant coolers.  I would not have picked it but since we have been getting so much rain lately I was afraid if I did not pick it I would soon loose it because of all the water that is sitting in between the rows.  Normally at this time of the year all my vegetables would be done for the year, due to the cold weather.  Not this year, this year in January instead of loosing everything to the freezing cold, I will most likely end up loosing everything to the excessive rain.  You never know what the weather may bring.

 Lots of Water
but I still have turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, pac choi, kale, and scallions
and at home I have lettuce, arugula, romaine, mustard greens, collards, and more kale.
I look at this picture and it reminds me more of spring more than winter.

Here is a picture of the same area without all the water, taken about a month ago.

One cooler full of young cabbage, that I will be making into sauerkraut today.
This will be my first time making sauerkraut, I will have to do a post if it comes out good.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!

I just wanted to wish everyone 
A Very Merry Christmas!!
from everyone at Real Veggies Farm!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Upcoming event- Saturday December 19th

Our last show of 2015 will be this weekend at:

Avant-Garde Art & Crafts Show Fairlawn
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333
Saturday, December 19, 2015
10am- 5pm

Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas in the Valley

Yesterday we had lots of fun at Christmas in the Valley in Valley City!  It was great to be selling back in Valley City again after going all over the place to craft shows.  It was so nice to see so many customers and fellow vendors again that we know from the farmers markets.

To kick off the day they started with a small parade with the Buckeye High School Marching Band and Santa on a horse drawn carriage.  The parade started off at Samoskys and ended at the Depot.

A view form our the window where we were set up inside Samosky's Pizzeria.
Santa making his way to the Depot, where he stayed from 1pm- 5pm for pictures.  There were also cookies and punch available at the Depot.

 Our tables at Samosky's Pizzeria.  
We had our pasta, jams, jellies, bread, gift baskets, personalized Christmas ornaments, and veggies (spicy salad mix, lettuce and greens salad mix, lettuce and romaine salad mix, kale, mixed greens, carrots, turnips, radishes, pac choi, mustard greens, and arugula).
Samosky's had cookie decorating for the kids, and pizza by the slice and bakery available for everyone!

Horse drawn carriage rides around the town were available, 
donations for the ride went to support a local animal sanctuary.

So if you missed the fun this year, you will have to mark your calendars for next year, same time, same week, same location, Christmas in the Valley at Valley City.

Merry Christmas!
From everyone at Real Veggies Farm:
April, Frank, Ed, and Sandy

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Upcoming Events - December 12th and 13th

So excited for this weekend on Sunday December 13th I am going to be back in Valley City selling at Christmas in the Valley.  I have been selling all over the place and it is going to be so nice to be back in Valley City.  I am also really excited that I will be able to bring along some veggies to sell.  It has been a really warm November and December and I still have a lot of cold crops growing, such as lettuce, kale, turnips, pac choi, scallions and hopefully some others.

So stop by this weekend and see us at:

"Tis The Season"
VFW Hall
Saturday, December 12, 2015
9am- 3pm
25742 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station, Ohio 44028

Christmas in the Valley
Vendors will be set up throughout the city in different business locations, we will be at:
Samosky's Pizzeria
6738 Center Road, Valley City, Ohio
Sunday, December 13, 2015
1pm- 5pm

Friday, December 4, 2015

Upcoming Event - December 5th and 6th

This weekend we will be selling at:

St. Julie Billiart Parish Craft Show
5500 Lear Nagle Road
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039

Saturday, December 5, 2015
9am- 5pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015
10am- 3pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ladies Night Out!

Tomorrow you can come and see us at Bullfrog's Sports Cafe for a ladies night out!
We will have our usual pasta, jams, jellies, and bread.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Here are some pictures from our Real Veggies Farm Thanksgiving.

While cooking was going on in the kitchen, we started out with some live entertainment, and even some dancing.

Not the clearest pic, but you get the idea.

And here are this years Thanksgiving food pictures:

Our Thanksgiving Turkey

Scalloped Carrots 
(unfortunately in this picture you can not see the beautiful colors of the carrots, yellow, white, orange, purple, and red)

Macaroni Salad 
(with of course our pasta)

Creamed Corn

Beans with Basil Butter

Pan Fried Turnips, Potatoes, and Radishes

Garlic Bread
(The only thing I actually messed up, everyone is aloud to mess up every now and then right.  Lesson learned from this one do not use the broiler on hi, always use the low setting.  Believe it or not they still did not taste bad, just look a little burned.  I also manged to forget the Parmesan cheese, oh well, but it was still good.)

 Stuffing made out of my Onion Bread

Garlicky Beets

My plate served with some of our friends homemade wine.

Of course like always I forgot to take a picture of the pumpkin pie, maybe some year I will remember.

Like every year everything that we ate was either grown by us or from our friends.  That is what makes Thanksgiving so special to us here at Real Veggies Farm!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Upcoming Events - November 21st and 22nd

This weekend we will be attending the following shows:
(We will have our pasta, bread, jams, jellies, gift baskets and some veggies.)

North Royalton High School PTA Craft Show
Saturday, November 21, 2015
9am- 3pm
6579 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio 44133

Skypark's Craft Show/Open House
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Noon- 5pm
Skypark Airport
3071 Greenwich Rd. Wadsworth, Ohio 44281