This is a great video created by the ASCFG about the local flowers movement. We have a picture of our farmer’s market booth in there, right at the beginning!
It’s not too late to start many of your garden plants for the coming summer. Plenty can still be produced easily and economically. With a little investment into a basic system, you should be able to grow oodles of seedlings for years to come. Here is a list of things you are just in time to start seeding:
Vegetables: Cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins, kale, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, etc.
Flowers: Cosmos, marigolds, celosia, zinnias, sweet peas, grasses, etc.
If you don’t have a greenhouse to move your seedlings into, that is no problem. You can move your plants in and out of the house on nights it is going to freeze or …you can “jimmy-rig” something to protect them during the cold nights….like bales of hay around them with a blanket. Yes, take the blanket off in the morning.
Now for a picture tutorial of BeeHaven’s Seeding Process:
So Let’s re-cap the seeding process:
- Fill with soil (slightly damp)
- Slightly compress soil (bang or use another tray)
- Create hole if seed is large and needs to be covered.
- Sow Seed
- Cover? – Vermiculite
- Cover with clear dome lid
- Put on warmth if it needs it or some place cool if the seed requires cool.
Finally, here is an excellent on-line seed germination database for figuring out the germination requirements of different species. – http://tomclothier.hort.net/
Good luck and have fun. Most of the joy of gardening is in watching the plant grow and mature.
Anyone need a kitten? They’ll be ready in 5 weeks ; )
Bill (husband) built this Lean-To for me last fall. I needed a place to store all of the equipment I use in the field because it was taking over his shop. He put this together in no time and with very little expense. A church was reroofing its building and Bill agreed to do the work of removing the metal sheeting in trade for getting to keep it, a good deal for both parties. The big posts were taken from our firewood pile, and our neighbor (Sean McCoy) dropped off the old carpet you see laying on the ground. The old carpet is a great idea it helps to keep the dust down and is easy to sweep out.
Last year, by the time Easter had come, we only had 3 nice days for the entire year up to that point. Sometimes you can’t wait for nice spring weather, it may not come in time. (By the time the middle of April gets here we are busy in the fields and there is no more time for Spring Cleaning and preparing.) So, my advice?……get ugly and get going! Once you get out there it feels great and one thing done is more than no thing done.