The weather is cooling, and that means it is time to plant your Springtime bulbs, whether they are flowers, garlic, or onions. These hardy plants will set their roots during Winter and then burst forward in the Spring bringing your garden an abundance of Spring blooms or hearty onions and garlic. The basic rule for bulb planting is to plant them in the ground twice their height. For instance, if you have a small garlic clove, you will only be planting this about two inches deep in the ground, but if you have a large daffodil bulb about three inches high, you will be planting that daffodil bulb six inches deep. Bulbs do not require fertilization, but a nice healthy soil full of humus will help them spread their roots and reward you in the Spring.
At Moonstruck Farms, we are scrambling to preserve summer’s bounty still, including packaging our fresh, dried herbs and flowers, which you will find at the market starting this week, including herbal teas, dried culinary herbs, and floral sea salt bath soak combinations. In addition, we finally have received a bulk order of jars and can start pulling some fruit out of the freezer and continue to stock our shelves for our holiday sales of jams, mustards, and jellies. The Paperwhite bulbs will be arriving this month, and we will sprout them in our hydroponic trays providing beautiful aromatic flowering gift baskets for all your holiday occasions. Right behind the Paperwhite bulbs will be our tulip bulbs, which will go both in the ground in the field and into crates into the cool room with the hope that we will succeed in our first large tulip forcing crop here on the farm.
Your local Farmers Markets are now on Winter hours and set up with the Phelan Farmers Market inside the Phelan Community Center and outside 2pm to 5pm at 4128 Warbler Road in Phelan. The Phelan Market is open through Thanksgiving but will close on December 27, 2021, and January 3, 2022, allowing our vendors and farmers a break to enjoy the holidays with their families. The Wrightwood Farmers Market is now open from 3pm to 6 pm and will continue outside for the duration of the Winter. The Wrightwood Farmers Market will close the Friday of Thanksgiving week, and December 24, 2021, and December 31, 2021, honoring the Christmas and New Years Holidays. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and thank you for all your support and our great blessings here in our beautiful High Desert home.