Cros-B-Crest Farm specializes in wholesale greenhouse production, but that's not all. We are also invested in poultry and grain production enterprises.
This blog will share updates about the greenhouse business and also exciting news and happenings about all of Cros-B-Crest Farm's enterprises.
|Posted by CBC Farm on June 12, 2015 at 12:40 AM||comments (7)|
- The most critical watering is the one immediately after planting, and then two days later. When planting be certain to apply two to three inches of mulch to help retain moisture.
- Water early in the day so that evaporation is minimized. Try to avoid watering in the evening to prevent black spot, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases, but it's better to water in the evening than not at all.
- If you are planting during the summer you should water every other day for the first couple weeks, then you should be able to back off to twice a week until temperatures cool off and soaking rains return.
- Thunderstorms often drop a lot of rain in a short period, and most runs off and does not seep into the ground. Do not depend on brief heavy showers to water your plants.
- Hydrangeas and newly planted perennials will often wilt in the heat of the day if the ground is not sufficiently moist. If not watered that day permanent damage could result.
- Mature trees and shrubs, and most plants installed prior to this spring should be able to survive without much supplemental watering. Newly installed plants, trees, shrubs, or perennials will need additional water through the summer.
- Watering twice a week, but deeply, so that water seeps into the ground, is more beneficial than more frequent, shallow watering. For lawns, it is recommended to provide an inch of water each week. The simplest way to measure is to set out a coffee can, or similar container to capture water from the sprinkler. If you don't water your lawn during the summer it is likely that it will go dormant and turn brown, but it should green up with more regular rains and cooler temperatures in September. Plants are less forgiving. If showing signs of stress they could be within a day or two of dying, and must be watered immediately.
- Watering is most efficient with soaker hoses or drip irrigation. Watering plant to plant with a hose is efficient, but the tendency is to move too quickly and under water. Newly planted trees are best watered with a hose, and just a trickle of water for half an hour to an hour so that water soaks in and doesn't run off. As an alternative use a GatorBag, or a similar watering container that slowly releases water over many hours.
- Lawns, and large landscape bed areas can be watered with a sprinkler, but try not to water in the afternoon when more water is lost to evaporation. Impact sprinklers that break droplets into a fine mist will lose more water to evaporation than those with larger droplets.
|Posted by CBC Farm on May 29, 2015 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
June is upon us which brings with it the first official day of summer (even though the weather has been summer-like for awhile now)! A few years ago we implemented a “Summer Program” into our seasonal plant offering to better serve our customer's needs. Our Summer Program consists of 6” potted annuals of our most popular spring annual varieties. See pictures below of some of this year’s crop. We have steadily grown our plant selection over the years and we want to continue to provide a fresh supply of annuals to our customers through June and July. Naturally, this desire leads us to ask, which 6” summer annuals would our customers like to be able to purchase for their retail summer supply or landscaping needs. We want your input!
Please take a moment and email [email protected] with the following:
Summer Annual Plant Requests:
Click here to see our current Summer Program offering.
|Posted by CBC Farm on May 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
Did you know... nearly 2 billion dollars are spent on flowers for Mother's Day gifts!
According to ftd.com, their data shows that over three quarters of moms want flowers for Mother’s Day. "It’s all about expressing a simple, beautiful thank you – and flowers remain the most popular way. Following shortly behind are plants, with jewelry and candy taking up the final spots."
So, what are you waiting for?!! Head to your local garden center or greenhouse nursery and pick up a beautiful basket or combo planter and say THANK YOU MOM!!
|Posted by CBC Farm on April 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
At Cros-B-Crest Farm, it is our policy to provide our customers with top quality plant material and excellent service. It brings us great joy to receive testimonials from our customers sharing their experience working with us.
Below, Sarah DeSimone, of Sneed's Nursery and Garden Center located in Richmond, VA, shared these kind words.... "Cros-B-Crest has provided Sneed's with exceptional plants year after year. Their high quality of plant material and reliable customer service have made loyal customers out of us! Cros-B-Crest is one of our favorite suppliers of annuals."
|Posted by CBC Farm on February 20, 2015 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
It's that time of year... spring annual production time! Even though spring doesn't feel like it's anywhere close (especially with all the snow and arctic temperatures we're experiencing), it's actually right around the corner and that means we are back in the greenhouses transplanting all your favorite spring gardening flowers!
With the help of our seasonal team, we are quickly filling up our greenhouses. Below are a few pictures from one of our hoop houses. Stay tuned for more pictures as our plants continue to grow and bloom.
|Posted by CBC Farm on February 2, 2015 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Our solar project progressed quickly after the first blog post. In what seemed like a blink of an eye the installation team mounted the solar panels and electrical technicians finalized the wiring. The image below shows the completed project with 16 mounted solar arrays.
Our solar arrays feature seasonally adjustable tilt racking to capture more of the suns energy throughout the whole year. We will be adjusting the tilt every season, four times a year. For more information on this process, visit www.solarpaneltilt.com. In the image below, you will notice the tilt adjustment already made after installation was complete.
Installation: Integrated Power Sources of VA
|Posted by CBC Farm on January 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
At Cros-B-Crest Farm we strive to be energy efficient in all farming enterprises including the greenhouses, poultry, and grain operations. Organizations and individuals alike make resolutions to improve upon their fitness in the new year and a popular resolution over the past few years (and bound to continue gaining popularity) is going green. We spent 2014 investigating opportunities to invest in renewable energy sources that would benefit our business and the environment.
In this new year, we are excited to announce the results of our efforts with the construction of our 50kw Solar Array Project!
As we mentioned, this project has been in the works for over a year and ground has finally been broken with construction now underway! We began this process by researching the benefits, costs, and ROI, as well as talking with fellow farmers who have recently installed solar panels of their own. Our next step was deciding what our desired project size would be followed by selecting a knowledgeable, experienced contractor to install the system. Integrated Power Sources of VA, Inc., from Richmond, was chosen and assisted us with our grant application. USDA Rural Development offers several energy programs which have funds available to assist in the development of various renewable energy projects. The program that fit our solar project is REAP, Rural Energy of America Program.
“The Rural Energy for America Program provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects, including renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy development assistance and energy audits. Read more here.”
Once our grant application was submitted and deemed complete, we were able to begin work on-site. While we wait to find out if we are selected as grant recipients by the USDA (to be announced this spring), it has been an exciting first few weeks of January as we have watched our solar project take shape. Below are a few photos of the progress made thus far and we will continue to post images and news as the solar arrays are installed.
As you will see in the photos, the solar arrays are being constructed on the hill nearest our silo and will help to offset the energy usage of our poultry and grain facilities. We are excited for the completion of this project and to see our “going green” initiative take life!
|Posted by CBC Farm on December 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Cros-B-Crest Farm has been featured as the "Dixie Customer Spotlight" of this December's Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation Newsletter.
"Ever wonder who actually grows those beautiful flowers sold at garden centers? There’s a good chance they were grown here locally at Cros-B-Crest Farm. Located just west of Staunton, Virginia, Cros-B-Crest Farm grows annuals and assorted plant varieties that are wholesaled to local and regional retailers, nurseries and landscapers – year round. With fall pansies already shipped, the Farm is now concentrating on meeting the seasonal demand for Christmas poinsettias, with spring annual production soon to follow...."
Read the full spotlight below!
To read Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation's full "Fuel for Thought" Newsletter click here.