On The Farm: Compost Tips to Try at Home

August 28, 2014

Composting has taken the PNW by storm. We geek out on all things green so here's a breakdown to help you with basic composting in your own garden.

With Sprouting Farm now in full bloom, we're turning our sights towards weeding, which has given us an over-abundance of compostable material. Instead of leaving all of the weeds in the pathway, we've been placing them in a pile, off the field, so they can be broken down by the microbes in the soil.


To speed up the process you can 'turn' the pile, which is the non-technical term for mixing. Another technique is to add water to the pile and break the weeds into smaller pieces. Make two piles if your compost heap is split in drastically different stages of decomposition. Once it's fully broken down you can spread it in your garden for a super nutrients boost! (Kind of like cold-pressed juice… for your plants).

__TPmKYcI_81784FrziUJY70pOG5yhsZSFDgdWr5FYwUsing weeds to compost is convenient because it keeps your garden pathways clear. Plus, any weeds that grow in your garden are taking up nutrients intended for your edibles or flowers. When we remove any plant material whether it is a weed, a vegetable or a part of one of our crops, we are removing nutrients from the field. Composting allows us to recycle the nutrients rather than letting them go to waste. Any weeds or even vegetables that aren't at the peak of freshness can be added to your compost pile and eventually make their way back to the soil.

Now Open In Kirkland!

August 7, 2014

Homegrown_lunch_rush We've been busy this summer building two new sandwich shops on the Eastside. In July, we opened in Kirkland just off Kirkland Ave at 104 Lake Street across the street from Lake Washington. A big thank you to Kirkland for welcoming us into your 'hood with open arms! photo We're looking forward to the Redmond store opening in mid-August. Check out this article by King 5 with details about the restoration of the 1911 Redmond State Bank building, which will be our new home in just a few short weeks! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for scrumptious sammie pics and updates, and check out our website for a full list of locations, cool new merchandise and online ordering.

On The Farm: Trellis Styles - What's IN

June 27, 2014

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This week we're back with some additional tomato advice, Ethan, explains:

Certain plants are prone to bending or falling over so it's important to keep them supported. We use a support method called trellising, it's less time consuming and less expensive than the cages you see in home-gardens. We tie twine to posts roughly five feet apart and then weave the twine around the plants. It's quick and easy to add more twine as needed.

Sometimes tomatoes get so heavy that the plant can't support itself. Trellising tomatoes protects them from the weight of their fruit. Keeping the plants moving vertically also helps to increase airflow, and keeps them from touching one another. Increasing airflow helps to dry the plant canopy and reduce disease issues. Just like us, if one plant gets sick and touches another plant, disease can spread. This makes touching taboo. Some of the grafted tomatoes received their second level of twine which was added roughly three inches above the first level.

Stay tuned for more updates from Sprouting Farm as well as photos and other news!

On The Farm: Grafting Tomatoes Against Disease

June 19, 2014


This week our farm manager, Ethan, shares some useful information about grafting and optimizing your tomato yield, which can be tough in the Northwest:

Grafting a plant confers desirable traits from one plant to another. One good example of this can be seen in tomatoes. Tomato plants are prone to root infections so we have to aid in resistance. Unfortunately, the plants that are more resistant to diseases often don't produce desirable fruit. Horticulturists have learned to combine the rootstock of the resistant plant to the upper portion of the desirable plant. This grafting maintains the fruit flavor and avoids loss in productivity. It's like farming magic!

Stay tuned for thoughts on caging and trellising options to keep your plants standing tall.


Seasonal Sandwich: Summer

June 10, 2014

aaaand the object of your summer affection will be:   Summer BBQ Prok   made with ancho chile bbq sauce + creamy bok choy slaw - made w/nonfat greek yogurt and organic bok choy from our very own Sprouting Farm.