Potato flowers are a lovely pop of color in the summer garden.
Our certified organic seed potatoes arrived!
We’re offering Seed Savers Exchange USDA Certified Seed Potatoes that have passed repeated inspections through out the growing season and post-harvest.
Regular potatoes will plant 10 row feet per pound. Fingerlings will plant 20+ row feet per pound. Our varieties and prices are:
- All Blue – $4.25/lb
- Yukon Gold – $4.25/lb
- LaRatte Fingerling – $5.75/lb
Each package of potatoes contains a detailed planting guide. Our tips include:
For best potato growth, plant in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil as soon as soil can be worked, which happens to be now in central Ohio. Potatoes can be planted in large containers or tubs provided the drainage is sufficient.
Allow the plants to grow tall, hilling up around the base of the plant once or twice in the growing season. When the plants flower, you can choose to pick off the flowers so that the plant sends more energy to the tubers.
Once the plants die back in late summer or early fall, use a hand cultivator to gently work the soil and remove the potatoes. Or, if you planted in a container, simply dump it and look for the tubers. Dry them in a single layer for a day and wipe off the excess soil. Then store in a cool dark place in a well aerated container, such as a wicker basket.
Fresh, homegrown potatoes taste like nothing you can buy in the store. Plant some this year and find out how earthy and tender taters can truly be!
Why not add a touch of the garden to an Easter basket this year? Bird houses, seeds, and tools from City Folk’s will outlast the candy and make memories throughout the year. Here are some ideas:
Let’s start with the basket itself. City Folk’s has a variety of brightly colored, sustainably-made pots that would make a fun basket.
Inside the green pot above, you’ll see SeedBallz. These egg-shaped balls are filled with seeds in an organic starter compound that make planting easy for even the smallest child. Better still is the story behind Seedballz – they are hand-rolled by people with disabilities. Purchasing Seedballz supports meaningful work for those who need it.
Little kids, and maybe their parents, will find humor in cow pots and worm castings – garden enrichment from composted poop. The soil will love the nutrients!
Of course City Folk’s has organic seeds of every variety. Choose a few new seed packets that reflect the interests of the basket recipient – maybe a scented flower for the girl who loves perfume or peas for the active child who would love to see something grow taller than him.
Many a customer has been drawn to these ovular bird houses. Available in every color, they enhance the yard and provide important songbird habitat.
Whether you are filling an Easter basket this year or not, we wish you a happy growing spring!
Thanks to supporters, new friends, and walk in traffic, our first day was a huge success!
Store keeper Shawn was busy showing off the products and services City Folk’s offers all day. “We welcomed people in the store all day long from lots of different neighborhoods,” she said.
Customers picked up cold-hardy seeds like radishes, lettuces, and greens, hand forged tools, and worm castings to start gardens. Others bought homesteading supplies to make their own laundry detergent and cheese. Still more are making plans based on City Folk’s offerings to come to a class soon.
Opening week continues through Sunday. Shop Wednesday and Friday from 10-6, Thursday 10-7, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 12-4.
Gerry and Shawn are busy receiving products, painting, building, and organizing City Folk’s Farm Shop for a soft opening on March 20.
On a late afternoon walk-through recently, one could see:
a seed rack, stack of pots and the new window sign,
bulk and bagged soil,
and the large garage rear door for easy loading.