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Keith Farrand

Want to keep up on the latest things that are growing on at Farrand Farms? The man with the greenest thumb in Kansas City will help you with all his latest tips and share insight and info right here at Farrand's Notes. If you have some special questions or would like to suggest ideas for Keith to address just send him an email on the link under his picture.


Fun and Excitement for Fall

Keith @ Monday, August 24, 2009

I can't believe how wonderful the August weather has been - what a relief from normal.

Fall mums are looking great! We have over 20 varieties ready to go. They will help freshen any tired looking garden by mixing them with asters and pansies. And,
Farrand Farms is one of the few growers offering the increasingly popular Montauck Daisy - it is very hardy and easy to grow - something new to experiment with! Fresh fall bulbs will be arriving very soon as well as all of your other fall favorites: pumpkins, cornstalks, straw, etc.

Now is the time to renew your lawn. For a healthy lawn next spring, fertilize the lawn 3 times this fall: Use Hummert Longlasting now through Sept 30. Apply Winterizer in late Oct. and again in late November.

Don't forget that we are growing 13,000 poinsettias for the holiday season. Bring the kids so they can see what they look like early in the production cycle. You are always welcome to visit Farrand Farms for an educational walk through. We are still working to improve our new perennial area and while we are at it, you can still purchase any of our perennials at 50% off regular price.

Lots of fun things are going on this fall here at Farrand Farms. Relieve the stress by visiting Farrand Farms and celebrating the opportunity given us to work along with Mother Nature. Fall is one of her most rewarding seasons.


Late Summer Gardening

Keith @ Monday, August 3, 2009

August 3rd...already? I hope you all enjoyed visiting with Jasper Mirabile, Larry Moore and Toby Tobin at our Farrand Farms' Tomato Fair this past Sat. I think Jasper inspired us all with his Mozzarella Cheese demonstration. Larry Moore shares such a great passion for gardening and tomatoes in general. Thanks to all! Always feel free to come anytime and visit our tomato trial field. We like to share.

Most flowers and vegetables are looking great this year. The cooler July temperatures have allowed the flowers to maintain a high sugar content and thus, a more intense color. The downside to the cooler night temperatures is that the tomatoes are slow to ripen. Don't give up! You will soon be harvesting many.

Now is the time to fertilize strawberries and other spring blooming perennials and fruits. Treat them well now an they'll be happy to return the favor next spring. Also, keep feeding those pots and baskets for great blooms right up until frost.
Don't forget mums, asters and montauk daisies, they will be ready around Sept. 1. Iris divisions arrive in mid-August and fall bulbs arrive the second week of Sept.
Great things to look forward to!
Many of you have asked what is going on out in front of Farrand Farms. We are remodeling our perennial area. We've already completed new water lines and drains and will soon begin laying new side walks. Please keep an eye out for our windmill too! Change is good!
Got to go - believe it or not, it is time to plant our Christmas poinsettias. We start tomorrow by planting 13,000 of them! Please remember us when you are planning a holiday event or decorating your church.
See you in a couple of weeks.