The History and Tradition Behind Field Pansies What are field pansies? They are the same pansy seed that we use for our pansies in packs, just grown out in the field compared to being grown in a greenhouse. The growing cycle for a field pansy begins quite a long time before they are ready to be sold! Timeline We seed field pansies in the summer, where they get their start in the greenhouses. Following the first frost and right before transplant, the field pansy beds are steamed. This is a tried and true method that has been done for well over a hundred years. Steaming the field pansy beds allows a chemical free method to kill weed seeds and fungus in the beds. The steam is at a certain temperature that kills undesirable soil pests but does not kill the beneficial microbes. Around mid-October the pansies’ bare root plugs are ready to be transplanted into the field hotbeds. Once in the field, they will grow all winter under glass sashes. The sashes protect the pansies as well as trapping heat and moisture, ideal growing conditions for pansies! This field method of growing gives the pansies a better formed root system, as well as making them hardier against the cold. The field pansies have bloomed by mid-winter and are ready to be dug out once the ground has thawed enough. Tradition So why does Ken’s Gardens invest so much time and labor into field pansies? Tradition! Pansies were always traditionally grown in fields. Our Smoketown location has been growing field pansies for over 100 years, as both Glick’s Plant Farms and as Ken’s Gardens (all in the same family). We really love that our customers can
Mark your calendars now! March 19th will be FIELD DUG PANSY DAY! Our SMOKETOWN location will be celebrating a family tradition of digging field pansies. Over the past 40 years, the family has planted pansies in the fall and dug these happy little faces up in the spring. During the cold months, the environment and cold weather harden off these plants for a robust cure to ill winter blues. This is a family event with coffee and light refreshments. Chubby Chix will be onsite with delicious cupcakes, topped with an edible pansy blossom. Shovels will be provided for you and your little ones to dig your pansies. Of course, we will have assistance there for anyone who prefers to leave the dirty work to the professionals. $1 off a dozen pansies and a raffle ticket is given for every dozen purchased.
Here at Ken’s Gardens we are looking ahead to 2016! We have a lot to look forward to this new year: workshops, sustainability and being able to do more for our customers. A lot of you have voted on a new logo, which will be coming out in 2016, as well as a new tagline.
Berries aren’t just for breakfast! Come bring your friends and coworkers to taste seasonal blueberry & raspberry dishes during your lunch hour as they are prepared live with cook, author and storyteller Jonathan Bardzik on Friday, May 1st from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Ken’s Gardens 2467 Old Philadelphia Pike Smoketown PA. Jonathan, a featured presenter at historic Eastern Market in Washington DC, will prepare five hot and cold berry dishes with farm-fresh ingredients and share his techniques for cooking with local food. Take home free recipe cards, tips for growing healthy and delicious berries from the BrazelBerries Collection for your patio or garden. We will also have a huge selection of pottery that will be on sale that weekend.