Houle Flower Farm

Small flower farm in upstate New York that specializes in fresh local cut flowers

One seed at a time ...

Tabitha Houle

Wow the past 2 weeks have been so exciting, I’ve finally been able to start sowing seeds.  Since our last frost date is somewhere’ s around May 10th - 15th I’m limited as to what I can start planting.  Here in NY we still have about 12” of snow on the ground and in some spots where it’s drifted, like out my back door, we still have a good 4’ but that has not stopped me because I know SPRING is right around the corner.  Or least that’s what I keep telling myself. 

It’s amazing how much I’ve learned …. like you must start with good soil, airflow is critical and bottom watering is the way to go.  I have treated these trays like they are my new born baby.  Nurturing them, keeping them warm and watching them grow into beautiful little sprouts (fingers crossed).  I’ve already made a few mistakes but honestly that’s how I’m learning.  The kids have also taken part in the excitement…I love that my little boy is just as eager to help mix soil and fill trays as I am.  Ok I know what your thinking, what 2 year old doesn’t love to play in dirt and water!  

A few things I’ve started already are snapdragons (boy are these seeds tiny), sweet peas, carnations, dusty miller, dianthus, foxglove, lisianthus and eucalyptus. My sweet peas are doing amazing, take a look below. Oh, and some other news that I almost forgot to share, we added to our family. His name is Charlie, expect to see more of this cute love bug as he will be my right-hand guy on the farm this year.

Charlie our 9 week old “Goldador”

Charlie our 9 week old “Goldador”

Soon it begins...

Tabitha Houle

Yay! It’s really happening :)

I can’t begin to tell you how excited and nervous I am to start the 2019 growing season as a “real” flower farmer. I’ve been reading and doing research like crazy over the last 6 months. I’m nearly finished with my 6 week intensive workshop hosted by Floret Farms and really cant wait to dig in! Being able to take all that I’ve learned and actually put it into practice by sowing my first tray of seeds will be so rewarding. John and I are busy assembling racks, grow lights and ordering soil before it all begins on February 24th. Stay tuned for pictures and feedback on how it all went in the next few weeks.