BOONVILLE — The seasons are shifting here at Flower Hill Farm.
This has been our most productive summer yet, and we are even more excited for 2022. We were able to hold some photo sessions while the farm was in full bloom, and we captured some amazing sunsets over the flower field.
We will continue harvesting fresh flowers until the first frost, but our focus is now on next spring.
We are beginning the process of cleaning out the fields and turning them over, adding compost to the soil. Many of the flowers that we grow are heavy feeders, so it’s important that we test the soil and add the necessary nutrients every year. The Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Oriskany offers soil testing services which is very helpful to both farmers and home gardeners.
The next big job will come mid-October when our bulb shipment arrives. Every fall we plant thousands of tulips and daffodils for spring blooms. We focus on specialty tulips, the unusual and the double varieties- including the ice cream tulips that most people don’t think are real! They are — and they are gorgeous!
This fall we will also be building a new addition on the farm, a high tunnel. This is basically an unheated greenhouse which will extend our season a month in both directions. This will help us be able to harvest flowers earlier in the season, and it will offer frost protection later in the fall.
Our 2022 CSA memberships will go on sale for the holidays. This year we will be offering a pickup location in Rome.