Don’t give up in ongoing battle against bugs


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another installment in a series of columns highlighting the area’s agricultural community.

BOONVILLE — Our summer season is in full swing here at Flower Hill Farm. It won’t be long now until we are swimming in sunflowers, gladiolus, and all of our favorite summer crops. This week we are harvesting lilies, snapdragons, rudbeckia, orlaya, cosmos, phlox and more!

Believe it or not we are still planting seeds into the ground.

One of the ways we extend our season around here is by succession planting. This means we plant multiple rounds of a crop several weeks apart to make sure we have fresh blooms through the first frost. Sunflowers are one of our biggest crops, this year we are planting 15,000. We plant them weekly in order to have blooms available to customers throughout the season.

This year we are seeing bug damage and pest issues worse than ever before. We farm as naturally as possible here at the farm and it’s been a chore keeping up with the bugs. If you notice bug issues in your home garden, don’t give up. There are several natural products you can use to help out. My arsenal includes neem oil, pyrethrin, and Captain Jack’s Dead Bug formula, which is actually produced locally in Oriskany at Bonide.

Our Summer Weekly Bouquet Subscriptions kicks off in just a couple weeks. We anticipate harvesting enough to host Bouquet Bars on the porch by the end of July. This is a weekly event we have here on the farm where customers can choose stems and build their own bouquets. You can keep track of when the farm is open on our website, and on social media.

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