We are in the middle of winter term. It’s rainy, cold, overcast, and we all want spring to be here already. Well, its good that you’re thinking about it. In fact, it’s crucial that you do. If you want to get a head start on the growing season, now is the time to prepare your supplies.
Don’t head off to the nursery to buy those rootbound starts held in cheap plastic containers! This year we are making Slow Food Seedlings. Slow Foodies chose a variety of vegetable seeds that grow well in the area and planted them inside pots made of recycled materials (milk cartons, egg cartons, tuna or salmon tins, Jello and pudding cups, bottoms of plastic soda bottles, yogurt containers). We will spend six to eight weeks loving and nurturing these seeds through their delicate infancy and then sell them through the spring.
Some helpful tips for getting successful starts:
- Keep the air temperature at an average 70 degrees
- Sow seeds 2 inches apart
- Aerate the soil to keep moist.
- Poke holes in the bottom of container
Stay posted for information about planting work parties; we will need volunteers for this fundraiser! And of course, check out our Facebook page for updates. For more on planting seedlings—including detailed planting instructions and the right growing temperatures for different veggies and annuals—check out this article.