Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Want a quick and
cheap inexpensive way to make tags for your plants?
Don’t throw away your old mini blinds. They make the perfect plant marker!
Cut them to the desired length.
Cut a little pointed end to go into the ground easier.
For ours Troy designed sticky labels to put on each tag. That way our customers know the facts about the plants.
You can use a marker and just write on each tag. Very simple, easy and you can get as many tags as you need from something that was going to be thrown away.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wednesdays from 3-7pm you will find us at the Wayne Farmer’s Market. It is in a new location this year, Goudy park.
The location is beautiful!
Lots of fun vendors are there.
It’s a really lovely place to bring the family. Enjoy the market
Then have a picnic in the park.
And the kids can play and have lots of fun!
And this time of the year it is simply beautiful!
We hope to see you there on Wednesdays!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
This week we will be adding another Farmer’s Market to our schedule!
NEW FARMER’S MARKET FOR US!!
On Tuesday from 2:00 – 6:00 we will be at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s market (at Ferris and Hamilton) . This will be our first time at this location so, we are pretty excited! We hope to see you there!
On Wednesday we will be back at the Wayne Farmer’s Market from 3:00 – 7:00 at the new location in Goudy Park!
On Saturday we will be at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Market from 9:00 – 1:00.
Sunday we will be at Lincoln Park from 11:00 – 4:00
We hope to see you at one of the Markets!
Friday, May 10, 2013
Earlier this week we had our last presentation of the Spring series at the Michigan State University, Macomb County Extension Campus. It was also our big herb plant sale.
We brought about 1,000 potted herbs for the sale.
Good thing we had pulled the preorders for the folks in the evening class!
We had a full house! The subject of this class was “When Space is an Issue”. We talked about different container gardening and small space ideas.
We want to take a moment to thank our hostess Sandra, the Macomb County Master Gardener Coordinator, for all her help! (pictured above)
By the end of the first class, this is all the extra plants we had left!
This class was particularly fun for me since I had the opportunity to actually be there! I met so many fun people. I have to say, the folks at Macomb really are awesome!
It was kind of sad that this is the last class until Fall. We are just so swamped from now until September-ish with all the Farmer’s Markets. But, we are already working on and putting together the Fall series and possibly winter classes!
I had the chance to talk to a few of you who were at this class and ran by some ideas for upcoming classes. I think our Fall series is going to be a blast!
We want to thank all of you at MSU Macomb Extension for attending and participating in the Spring series! We can’t wait to see you in the Fall!
And just a reminder, we will be at the Redford Library tomorrow morning (Saturday May 11) for a presentation and fun activity for kids!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
It is so great to be back at the Farmer’s Markets! It has felt like we have been in hibernation all winter. I think this is going to be a busy crazy season but, also a lot of fun!
Today, Sunday 5/5 we are at the Lincoln Park opening Farmer’s Market day!
Tuesday 5/7 we will be at the Macomb County Extension Office giving a presentation on “Container Gardening”. There will be an afternoon class and an evening class.
Also on Tuesday at Macomb, is our big kick off “Plant Sale”! Stop by and pick up some of your favorite herb plants!
Wednesday we will be at the Wayne, MI Farmer’s Market.
On Saturday we will be at the Redford Library doing a presentation and an herb craft with kids! This is going to be a fun event. It is a special day just for kids to make Mother’s Day hanging herb planters for their mom!
Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. for ages 4-11
Troy Huffaker from DTL Herbs, will explain what plants need to grow well. We will make a special gift from recycled materials. Everyone age 4-11 is invited to join, but must bring an adult friend to share the fun. Registration REQUIRED.
Although we probably won’t be able to make it, the News Herald Free Plant Exchange is also on Saturday 5/11. This is such a fun event so, if you want to swap out some of your plants, check it out! For more info on the plant exchange click here!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Last night we attended the Black Tie Gala for the opening night of the Business and Lifestyle Expo. We were happy to be a sponsor and to be involved with some of the vignettes and décor for the event.
We had a “Farm to Fork” display set up.
The main theme in the foyer was to show that Urban Farming is a viable business. DTL Herbs is classified with the State of Michigan as an Urban Farming business. So, naturally we were thrilled to be part of this.
Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, and horticulture. These activities also occur in peri-urban areas as well.
Urban farming is generally practiced for income-earning or food-producing activities, though in some communities the main impetus is recreation and relaxation. Urban agriculture contributes to food security and food safety in two ways: first, it increases the amount of food available to people living in cities, and second, it allows fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products to be made available to urban consumers. It decreases food deserts. A common and efficient form of urban agriculture is the biointensive method. Because urban agriculture promotes energy-saving local food production, urban and peri-urban agriculture are generally seen as sustainable agriculture.
Anyone can create a full garden in a small place.
This produce bed was created from scratch on site. It is very easy to take a small part of your yard and grow a decent amount of fresh produce.
Another area create was a Aquaponic lettuce garden.
Aquaponics or pisciponics, is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are broken down by nitrogen fixing bacteria, then filtered out by the plants as nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals.
As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponics systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponics system can vary as much as any system found in either distinct farming discipline.
And of course a fresh flower bed.
Here are some pictures of other vignettes using live plants. These are displays created by the students of the Roosevelt High School Agriculture program. Items were donated or loaned.
We had a fun evening and heard lots of wonderful feedback on the foyer displays. Everyone involved did a fantastic job!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
We are soooo ready for the market season to start! We have spent these past months getting ready for a busy Farmer Market season!
We have a couple of new products to add to this year’s lineup as well.
For example, we will now be offering a “Reduced Salt” version of our number one seller, Chive and Dip Vegi dip.
We plan to be at 7 to possibly 10 Farmer’s Markets a week this year! It is going to be a busy, busy, busy season!
And Tomorrow, Sunday April 14 we will be at the Kickoff for the Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market!
Here is the info:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Park Restaurant Hall, 1681 Fort St
We hope to see you locals there!
Friday, March 22, 2013
We have a show this weekend and have some 2 year old rosemary plants ready to be sold. I just wanted to Easter them up a bit.
Glued some foil wrapped chocolate bunnies to floral picks.
Grab a few other little things.
Just some fun Easter Rosemary plants.
We are at the: