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How We Live Green

Our farm practices sustainable agriculture. We grow and produce as much of our own food as possible, and we encourage our friends and neighbors to do the same.

We recycle all of our usable organic materials (and donations) so excellent compost is always on hand. Rain gardens, roof gardens, and cover crops help protect from run off, and also provide food and cover for birds and wildlife. And our butterfly, hummingbird, and insectary gardens keep plenty of welcomed beneficials and pollinators right where we need them :)

Active planting beds are mulched with our own organic materials which replenish the soil, and also hold in moisture so less watering has to be done in the dry periods. We lasagna compost in-sito right in the beds, in established year round active composting bins, and we experiment in various methods of vermicomposting .. which has been a lot of fun :)

We reuse and recycle as much as possible. Recycled newspaper is used for packaging. Recyclable pots are used over and over again until spent to be then taken to our local recycling center.

Each season we take produce to our local food pantry so those who cannot garden can share in the taste of fresh home grown. If you have extra produce from your gardens in summer, consider your local pantry or food bank for what you don't use, and pass it out yourself, if possible. It will do you good to share what you have grown and to know how much it is appreciated. :)

In 2004 we started our local regional Freecycle group. In the same year, we also began co-moderating our County Freecycle group .. both part of www.freecycle.org Look for a group near you or start one if there is none. 'Freecycle' what you no longer use, and also ask for what you might need. It's a great way to help a neighbor, yourself, save money, and to keep usable items out of landfills. It is true that one man's "junk" is another man's treasure :)







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Cannas
Canna "Pink Perfection"
Canna "Pink Perfection"
Karchesky Canna Blog

This blog features over 155 of our Cannas and consists of both heirloom varieties, as well as a large number of our own beautiful cannas.

Each variety posted is accompanied by a photo, brief description of unique morphological features, height, and breeder.

Enjoy!
Brugmansias
Brugmansia "Herbstzauber"
Brugmansia "Herbstzauber"
Beautiful Brugmansias Blog

"Beautiful Brugmansias" features over 119 different brugmansias - including Dorthea Langenberg, Gisela Kuhn, Herta Blin, and Emma Neu hybrids - as well as many of our own spectacular hybrids.

Each variety posted is accompanied by a photo, brief description of unique morphological features, height, and breeder.

Enjoy!

Canna Seeds
Canna Seedlings
Canna Seedlings
Growing Cannas from Seed Blog

Growing Cannas from seed can be rewarding and lots of fun, too!

This blog features step-by-step instructions on how we at Karchesky Canna grow our canna seeds and how you can too!

Enjoy!

Miss Autumn's Heirloom Tomatoes
Tomato "Violet Jasper"
Tomato "Violet Jasper"
Miss Autumn's Heirloom Tomatoes Blog

Miss Autumn's Heirlooms offers over 200 varieties of unique heirloom tomatoes ranging both in size and colour.

This blog remains a work in progress, but currently features some of our favorite varieties.

Enjoy!
Scented Geraniums
Scented Geranium "Lemonaire"
Scented Geranium "Lemonaire"
Scented Geraniums Blog

This blog takes you through a tour of the many varieties of Scented Geraniums that we carry.

From Lemonaire (featured to the left) to beautiful geraniums smelling of "Celery," "Pineapple," and "French Vanilla," there is a lot to experience. Many of these scented geraniums are also used in herbal therapy.

Enjoy!