Fall seedlings and gardening class -and- Survey results

Fall seedlings:
Check out our selection of crops great for your fall garden: lettuce heads, broccoli and scallions. Visit our online shop to get details and place your order. Because we’re new to offering fall seedlings, we’re taking orders for them now and will collect payment later. The seedlings will likely be ready for pick up in Glen Ellyn or Villa Park Aug. 11-15.

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Upcoming classes:
We’re partnering again with The Gardenworks Project for the FREE “Fall Gardening: Keep Your Garden Producing” class on Monday, Aug 11th at 7pm at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. Below are the topics we plan to discuss during the hour-long class:

  • crops good for planting now (either by transplant or by directly sowing seeds)
  • steps to prepare soil between crops
  • row cover – protect plants from bugs and the later season cold temps
  • ideas to prepare your garden beds for the winter
    • cover crops
    • overwintering crops: garlic and spinach

Registration for this FREE class is required. Please RSVP by emailing gardenworksproject@gmail.com.
There’s still time to register for College of DuPage‘s 8-week in-depth Organic Vegetable Production class on Fridays from August 29th – October 17th, 10 am-1:50 pm. Kim will cover home and commercial-scale organic vegetable growing practices, pest management and weeding strategies, as well as take field trips to local organic farms.

Highlights of recent feedback survey results:
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our feedback survey! Based on the input we received, we don’t plan to pursue organic certification. You overwhelmingly (91%) indicated that knowing us and our growing practices was sufficient for them. We are committed to grow organically — it’s who we are!

For folks who want to plant a fall garden, check out this link from Mother Earth News for an overview of what to plant, when and how.

Some folks requested that we offer asparagus, sweet potato slips and potatoes. We believe growers are better off buying from larger companies or directly from producers of asparagus, sweet potato starts and potatoes. (Asparagus is best planted in the spring. Check out this link to learn more about growing asparagus.) We’ve offered sweet potato slips and seed potatoes in the past, but low sales didn’t make it worthwhile to continue in the future.

We plan to offer a couple flowers (zinnias and sunflowers) in 2015.

We’re always curious to hear your input. Feel free to send us emails (via sweethomeorganics@gmail.com).

We value our customers and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Kim and Rachel

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