A visit to the Saratoga gardening Mecca of the Otrembiak Farm.

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One of the first things that happened to me upon arrival at the Otrembiak Farm today was holding a baby duckling who immediately pooped on me.

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I got to help plant melons in the field. The black plastic blocks weeds and heats the soil underneath.

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One of the melons I planted is shown here. The shredded paper cools the plants down on the black plastic. It is also a demonstration of the Otrembiak’s philosophy to waste nothing: the paper was collected from an office building where it had been heading to the trash.

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Seedlings are sometimes in repurposed materials like plastic cups, or styrofoam ones from Dunkin’ Donuts. These pots allow much more sophisticated root development than classic 4 or 6 inch pots due to greater height.

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Of course in as beautiful of a property as this Saratoga gardening Mecca, there would be some wild Mullein! I saw lots of other habitat plants, including the biggest piece of Plaintain ever.

The Otrembiak family brings their produce and/or seedlings to the Saturday Saratoga Farmer’s Market. Everything they grow is done with thoughtfulness, care and natural methodology. Each seedling is actually watered into the ground with a seaweed powder mixture to encourage root stablization. I encourage checking out their booth at the market, they grow a wide variety of vegetables that are common or hard to find.

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