2020 Garlic Variety List

We are expecting our garlic order to arrive mid-September.  Get a sneak peak at the varieties that will be in store soon! HARDNECKS Chesnok Red This purple-stripe garlic is a perennial favorite among DTE employees. Chesnok Red originally hails from Shvelisi in the Republic of Georgia. It boasts great flavor, good size, & beautiful coloration.…

August in the Garden

Planting – Now is a great time to plant for fall harvesting!  Come visit our nursery soon to see our selection of fall veggies, herbs, and greens.  It’s also the right time for mid-summer pea planting! – If you have empty space in the garden that you won’t be filling with plants, consider protecting your…

August in the Home

It’s canning time! Abundance is overflowing from the garden, neighbors are doing zucchini stealth drops, farmer’s markets are lush, and farm stands have a lot of organic produce to offer. What to do with all the excess bounty ripening on the vine? Check out our Canning 101 blog to brush up on waterbath canning basics…

What to Plant in July

Wondering what you can put in the ground right now?  Reference this handy list for the month of July for what to plant by seed and by start!  Items in bold indicate a fall harvest. Seed Outdoors: Arugula Asian Greens Basil Beets Broccoli Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Cilantro Collards Fennel Green Onions Kale Kohlrabi Lettuce Parsley…

Stay Home Coffee Treats

While we are all at home social distancing, we couldn’t resist the allure of creating a novelty coffee drink (easily) in our own homes.  Not being able to go out and procure a locally crafted latte to help us get through our day means that we must come up with creative ways to enjoy a…

Acid Mix 4-3-6

Down To Earth’s Acid Mix 4-3-6 is a fertilizer specially formulated for plants that thrive in a low pH soil like blueberries, raspberries, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, evergreen trees, and shrubs. To encourage lush flowers and fruit, apply Acid Mix in early spring for vegetative growth and again when blooms appear.  Fall applications promote root growth…

Tree and Shrub 4-2-4 Fertilizer

It is now the time of year during our dormant winter season when bare root fruit trees become available.  You can add fruit trees to plant for your own edible garden to enjoy in the years to come.  Our Tree & Shrub 4-2-4 mix is specially formulated for transplanting bare root trees, ball and burlap…

What’s in a Candle?

Candles.  Nothing adds warmth and gentle ambiance to a space like a flickering flame over a candle.  Whether you want to be festive, relax, or set a mood, your well-placed choice of candle can accomplish just that.  There are a myriad of different fragrances available, ranging from subtle to powerful.  There are also a lot…

The Magic of the Victorio Steam Juicer

The apple trees branches are bending with heavy fruit, pears and apples are falling off the trees, and grapes are threatening to take over the yard.  What to do with all of the excess?  You can only dehydrate and can so much fruit.  The next best option is juice! Photo courtesy of our housewares supervisor,…

Beneficial Bugs as Pest Control

Integrated Pest Management is the practice of using biological, cultural, mechanical, physical and ‘chemical’ interventions as a preventative or corrective control for plant health. Using larval and adult predatory and parasitic insects to target unwanted pests is recommended within IPM. Encouraging Predatory Insects- Bring All The Bugs To Your Yard If you have pests present…