12 Apr

How are your seedlings doing?

Hello students and fellow gardeners!

I thought I would check in to see how your seedlings are doing since our class! The weather has certainly been lovely, and the sun has been shining bright so your babies should have started to grow. If you planted large seeds like cucumbers, they should have popped up in 7 to 10 days. Smaller seeds like tomatoes and peppers always take a little longer, and herbs are typically very slow. Watering is always a challenge depending on the air temperature and whether they are in direct sun or under lights. You don’t want them to dry out, but you also don’t want them to drown. Once up, you can begin fertilizing with a weak dose of fish emulsion. I use 1 tbsp per gallon of water every week until transplanting out into your pots or garden. You can either water into the soil or spray onto the plant (foliar feeding).

I am planning on offering another class on transplanting and direct seeding into your garden sometime in the latter part of May, but will wait to see what the weather is going to do to confirm dates. Let me know If you think that would be of interest and helpful to you.

Have you started any new seeds? This is a photo of peppers that I started on March 9th. By early June they should bed ready to be transplanted out. Now is a good time to start cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, chard and kale. All of these can be transplanted out into the gardens when it is still cool, as long as it doesn’t freeze. It’s also not too late to plant potatoes. Seed potatoes are available now at all of the garden centers. You don’t have to grow them in the ground if you don’t want to. They grow great in large whiskey barrels or wire cages.

I would love to hear from you regarding your seedlings; I want you to really fall in love with gardening and growing good food! That means you must have fun and be successful in your process. I am here to help, so call or email with your questions.

Some of you may not have the time or space to grow enough food for you and your family or may only want to grow a few tomatoes and herbs. That is just fine, too! Just being outside playing in the dirt and watching the magic happen can be such a joy. It’s the ultimate stress buster!

Don’t forget that you can always sign up for my CSA to supplement what you are already growing for this summer season. I am taking applications now and still have plenty of room for new subscribers. You can visit my website to see the information on how it works and also the registration form. I would also appreciate any referrals that you can send my way. I have a passion for educating others on the importance of sustainability in building strong communities. I can only continue my work with your help and support.

Please drop me an email or give me a call to let me know how you are progressing with your garden planning and your veggie starts. I would love to hear from you and offer help whenever you need it.