Would you like to grow gorgeous snapdragons and scabiosa and enjoy their beautiful blooms even earlier next spring? Today, Layne is joined by Jonathan Leiss of Spring Forth Farm to discuss the seven cool-season annual crops his farm will be growing next year and the advantages of growing these flowers in tunnels. Today’s episode (part 1) features an introduction to Jonathan, tips for growing in tunnels, and two of the seven crops – snapdragons and scabiosa ‘Fama’. First, Layne and Jonathan discuss his farm’s unique spring-focused business model, why tunnels are so critical to the farm’s operation, the difference between various types of structures, and special considerations when growing in tunnels. Next, Layne and Jonathan cover each crop’s significance, favorite varieties, differences growing in tunnels versus the field, plant spacing, succession planting, general bloom time, the expected number of stems per plant, harvesting tips, and more. Listen to the podcast and learn how to grow and harvest these two beautiful cool flowers, whether you grow in tunnels or in the field!
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The “Seed Talk with Lisa & Layne” podcast is produced by The Gardener’s Workshop and co-hosted by Lisa Mason Ziegler and Layne Angelo. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, where Layne works as Seed Manager. Lisa is the award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers and the publisher of Flower Farming School Online, Farmer-Florist School Online, and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa’s Story and connect with her on social media. Layne is an avid gardener, seed starter, and engineer who loves learning and applying her technical knowledge to all areas of life, including gardening and growing flowers. Thanks for joining us!