Friends of THE DIRT - Field Trip to the Farm

October 31, 2009 by Rick

Penny and Kim, The Dirt girls, organized a trip to see Riverview Flower Farm in operation today as we planted and packed orders to go to 144 of The Home Depot stores throughout most of Florida. All of our plants go to Home Depot and we couldn't sell any at the farm even though many folks asked.

Penny and Rick get 190 Friends of the Dirt Field-trippers organized in groups for the tours.

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Enthusiastic FODies learned how we grow Florida Friendly Plants using a blend of local yard waste compost and drip irrigation to use the least amount of water and fertilizer while growing the best plants. This cuts waste and eliminates irrigation runoff and reduces the need to spray because the leaves and flowers stay dry.

They also learned how to save the most amount of water and fertilizer while maximizing growth and health of their own plants in their home gardens by using the Pot-in-Pot method.

 

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The succulents FODies saw today can be identified using these links:

Virtual Plant Tags        The Cactus Collection     Cactus & Succulent Id

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Succulent Names 

Hawaiian Portulaca         Portulaca in Maui              A new species 1987

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A field of blooming Muhly Grass and another of Butterfly Cassia about to explode were also highlights as well as detailed information about new and existing varieties of Florida Friendly Plants.

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FODies learned how to recycle The Tampa Tribune by making paper pots and planting milkweed and sunflower seeds. Paper Pots are a big part of growing better starter plants and the method is very sustainable.

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This is a great idea and a fun way for introducing children to gardening as we did last week at A Kids Place in Brandon.

PaperPot Making Kids 

From all of us at Riverview Flower Farm, thank you Penny and Kim and we hope you plan another field trip to our farm next year.

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Ornamental Grass - Putting on a Show

October 25, 2009 by Rick

Muhly Grass is a Florida Friendly native grass that is a spectacular fall bloomer.

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This grass is widely adaptable to wet and dry areas throughout Florida

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Look for them now in most Florida Home Depot stores.

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Red Fountain Grass is the most popular ornamental grass. Use ornamental grass as a substitute for thirsty turf areas where you don't want to irrigate as much.

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Ornamental Grass adds accent structure and height to a garden.

Fountain Grasses work well in containers. Be sure you cut back the old foliage and flowers in February to 4 inches above the soil line so all new foliage and flowers resprout to repeat the spectacular show again each year.

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Movement is another design element that adds interest and is most easily attained with ornamental grasses sited to sway in the breeze.

 

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Discover Florida Wildflowers

October 13, 2009 by Rick

Why we created a Florida Friendly Plant blog

January 22, 2009 by Rick

For the last 30 years we’ve gained quite a bit of experience and have learned some design principles from working with the plants we grow. We’ll add tips and ideas here in the blog to supplement the plant facts in our web site database. The placement of plants offers many possibilities for gardening enjoyment. We hope you find something interesting here and come back from time to time to see how we’re doing. We want to be a ‘good news’ source of information without a lot of advertising. Gardening and decorating are good for you and hopefully you’ll find something here to complement your lifestyle. We’ll share posts and links to ideas that inform you about successful gardening, using colors in a pleasing way and getting the most from your efforts. It’s our hope that the plants we grow and the information we share will add lasting beauty and value to your home.

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