ORGANIC GARDENING

Organic Flowers for a Better Environment


Did you know that the average cut flower sold in America is sprayed dozens of times with chemical flowergardenbeds.jpg fungicides, chemical pesticides, growth hormones, growth regulators and chemical fertilizers? Many of the heaviest spraying occurs south of the border, in Columbia and Ecudor where environmental rules are weak. Since over 70% of flowers sold in the USA come form South America, that means that most likely your flowers have been sprayed many times. While it is better to support U.S. growers, many of domestic growers also use a tremendous amount to chemicals to participate in  the industrial production of flowers. How can you ensure that your flowers were grown in a way that is both easy the environment and minimizes the chemicals you bring into your home? Simply buy local and buy organic! We always recommend that you look to your local farmers markets for a great selection of organic flowers. We sell our flowers at the local Chico, California farmers markets and supply the market goers to a fine selection of flowers year round. When you want something special or out of season or you want to treat a friend or family member to Organic Flowers or Certified Transitional Flowers check our website for a great selection of flowers year round. Go to our 'In the Garden' section to find out what is blooming now and what will be blooming in the next few months. You can click on the bolded listings to see which flowers are available today. We grow hundreds of different varieties of flowers and our selections change weekly. Certain special flowers only bloom for a week or two all year, so check back often to make sure you don't miss special flowers like peonies and oriental trumpet lilies. And each time you support organic flower growers, you are supporting more acreage that is not being used for chemically intensive agriculture which is good you and good for the planet. www.californiaorganicflowers.com

 

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Product Review


Product Review: Unique Flowers from CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com

What perfect timing! My daughter Christine has been in the hospital for the last week, in a pretty bland, sterile and depressing room. On a day when she was feeling a little down, a beautiful and vibrant bouquet arrived from
CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com.

The fabulous bouquet consisted of various hues of reds, yellows, pinks and purples. It truly lit of the room with life. The fresh tulips, irises and freesia brought a little "spring" from the outside in and gave off such a wonderful scent. Every time a visitor walked into her room, they commented on how unique and eye-catching the flowers were.

The two dozen stem bouquet came in a glass square-shaped vase, with an assortment of organic chocolates. The vase was nice heavy glass and was not at all similar to the typical inexpensive vases that usually come with other chain floral companies, and usually get thrown out. Having the vase delivered with the flowers was a nice touch, since it made it easy to immediately display in the hospital, without scurrying around to borrow a vase. If you can afford to send flowers with the vase, I would suggest it, especially if someone is sick.

There are many other gift items to choose from which are all fresh and organically based. Check out there website the next time you are looking to send someone a unique, long lasting bouquet of flowers. Prices Vary.

CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com

Article written by: Janet Miserandino, Butyoudontlooksick.com, © 2006

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Organic Flowers Available Online

 

The Kesslers' business, originally called Terra Bella Floral Design, has been around about 3 1/2 years in Chico, California.

 

Terra Bella became CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com for the Internet, the result of help from Advantage Butte County, a county-led program for helping businesses. Relocating here from Idaho because of a friend's recommendation, as well as a longer growing season and this state's strides in organic growing, the Kesslers have a long history with organic farming for both vegetables and flowers, reports the Chicoer.com. They were among the growers in a "community supported agriculture program" in which members paid $400 a year to get fresh, organic vegetables delivered to their door. But bad weather, a new baby and short growing seasons brought doubts into their minds. A friend who had lived in Chico suggested this was the place for the Kesslers. Visiting, the Kesslers saw that Chico was saturated by vegetable growers, but there was a niche for flowers.

 

The Kesslers sell their organic flowers via internet, at local farmers' markets and to wholesalers. They design floral arrangements for weddings, special occasions and corporate gifts.

 

On the website of the Kesslers it says: "Browse our site and you will find a rainbow of fresh flowers from our own flower farm in Chico, California. Many of the varieties will be new to you because we don't believe in limiting your floral joy to just roses and carnations. Each morning we rise early to pick your flowers, ensuring that they are fresh, vibrant, fragrant and grown and harvested with the greatest care. We carefully pack our Organic Flowers and Cal-Eco Select Flowers into our beautiful gift box and deliver next day anywhere in the continental U.S.A. We also offer seasonal fruit, organic gifts and organic chocolate."

 

www.CaliforniaOrganicFlowers.com
 


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Frost Protection For Your Flowers

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Even though we are blessed with mild winters here in California, we still have to contend with frost damage to our flowers. In some ways we are very susceptible to frost because we dare to grow flowers in the winter, and because like all growers, we are tempted to grow flowers that are on the edge of our climate zone with respect to hardiness. At California Organic Flowers we have lots of experience with frost, because once upon a time we used to operate a farm at 6,300 feet in Teton Valley, Idaho. In Idaho we had only a 70 day (not necessarily consecutive) frost free growing season! A time honored tradition for farmers is to ‘make the call’ and decide whether to go out at midnight with our
headlamps and save the crop from frost! Generally this amounts to spreading row covers over tender crops in an effort to gain a few degrees protection. We have had great success with Agribon floating row covers, giving us 2 degrees protection as a single layer and up to 5 degrees protection with a double layer of fabric. Oddly, our fancy 2000 square foot greenhouse affords no more protection from frost than fabric row covers. This year we have resorted to heating our greenhouse on the coldest nights to protect our crops of lilies and freesia. If you have some important plants that must be protected from frost, a simple and effective method is to wrap them with some Christmas lights and then cover them with old blankets. The lights will provide a nice safe low wattage heat source under the blanket and protect down to about 24 degrees. Generally it is best to plant tender plants such as bougainvillea, bird of paradise or citrus next to your house, preferable on the south or west side where the heat of the house will radiate out toward the plants and protect them from frost. These techniques will work in any climate. We basically use the frost prevention techniques we learned in Idaho summers (yes, it can freeze in July in Idaho!) and use them in the winter in California. It should be noted that the best strategy is to grow plants that are hardy in your climate zone. But, if you are like us, you will always be tempted to grow something special that is a wee bit tender for your climate. I suppose tempting fate is part of the fun!


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Growning Bulb Flowers Organically

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October is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs. With the
waning of summer heat, the soil cools and is ready to welcome bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, Dutch iris, hyacinth and muscari. If you are blessed to live in warm zone 7-10 climates, you can also plant
anemone, ranunculus, freesia and tazzetta narcissus in the fall.
Growing with organic methods is easy and fun. In fact in the long run, organic methods will make your gardening easier and more successful.


Planting bulbs is really quite easy. So many bulb manuals get technical about bulb planting which is unnecessary since spring bulbs are very forgiving. Planting depth is really a function of how cold winters are in your area. Here in California, we can plant our tulips just an inch deep, but when we used to live in Idaho at 6,000 feet, we planted them 6" deep.  Most bulbs will develop roots and grow in plain water, so soil depth does not  greatly affect the vigor of the plant. You can plant each bulb in its own hole using one of those confounded bulb planter things, but I find they just give you a  badly sore wrist after about 10 bulbs.
I prefer to dig up an entire area, removing the dirt to a depth of 3-4 inches. Place the dirt in a wheelbarrow while you place the bulbs thickly in the area you just unearthed. It is OK to plant tulips, daffodils, iris and other bulbs all together in the same area. Remember depth is not that important, your bulbs will do just fine. Or if you prefer a more managed look, plant the tulips in one area and the daffodils in another.

As for fertilizer, a light sprinkling of bone meal, high phosphorous bat gauno or soft rock phosphate is all that bulbs really need. If your soil is very poor and heavy, it is a good idea to add some mature compost to soften the soil. A little organic nitrogen fertilizer won't hurt either. We like bat guano, but you can also use feather meal, blood meal, fish meal, cottonseed meal and our favorite alfalfa meal. No need to get so carried away with fertilizer in most cases, spring bulbs have plenty of energy in the bulbs to bloom just fine without much fuss. I would avoid chemical fertilizers which may give you a quick boost, but in the end will leave you with poor, hard soil that will grow nothing without the chemical cocktail that caused the problems in the first place! Chemical fertilizers are like white sugar, you may feel good for a while, but in the long term your health will pay a high price.

It is a good idea to water your bulbs after planting, even though winters are quite wet, fall weather tends to be dry and those bulbs will appreciate some water to get their roots established. Water is especially helpful if your ground freezes during the winter, the wet ground will help protect the bulbs.

After you plant your bulbs let the rains and snow fall, snuggle in your warm home knowing that deep in the dirt your spring bulbs are slowly growing and will welcome you with a rainbow of colors in the spring!


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