For those not familiar with Rocky Ridge, the soil here is hard red clay. It's great for making bricks (no wonder there's a brick plant a mile away) but it's a little more challenging to grow high quality produce and flowers. Several years ago we began to build better soil by growing certified organic cover crops, turning them into the ground or letting them lay fallow and repeating the process several times a year. We have also added organic approved, plant and food waste compost. We have never used chemicals or synthetic ingredients. We also don't use animal manures. We've never applied anything to the ground that wasn't on the USDA organic, Maryland Certified Organic or OMRI list of
Today we have several growing areas of awesome, fertile dirt!
As mentioned in "Our Story", we love flowers. Happy faces are always present when people see and hold flowers!
In 2019 and 2020 we grew and tested several flower varieties. Most produced great flowers. A few were duds. Probably because we did something incorrectly. Many lessons were learned and we had a wonderful time sharing the growing,
blossoming art...the flowers!
In 2021 we are growing over
30 varieties of cut flowers.
Some of them are:
and several other varieties of
flowers, greenery and fillers.
The veggies are great! We tested several varieties in 2019 and 2020.
Most were great in both taste and production, some were not. We eliminated the mediocre varieties and focused on the best in certified organic varieties.
Growing tomatoes in high tunnel green houses in 2020 was a big success. Production was over-the-top and quality was very high! We grew mostly cherry and grape tomatoes with a few large heirlooms. Only challenge was (is) we couldn't stop picking and eating the small tomatoes while working in the fields!
We are growing great veggies in 2021!
(Several unique heirloom varieties)
Claytonia (miners lettuce)
Peppers, (several unique varieties)
And a few others.