Hold on! Before you run out and by a baby shower gift, we are not expecting a baby. We are, however, expecting over 1000 seedlings to be ready very soon. We selected our organic seeds and have started them in our newly completed grow room. Soon these youngsters will be moved to the hoop house and be well on their way to delivering their bounty.
A few things you should know about our seed starting techniques. We have selected several varieties suited for our area and climate. We have started broccoli, kale, cauliflower, kohl rabi, flower sprouts, Swiss chard, just to name a few. I am also very excited to try a new “greenhouse” tomato, named Massada.
After selecting our organic seeds, we pre-sprout most of our seeds in plastic bags wrapped in a moist paper towel. These sprouts are carefully placed in plug trays containing a soil-less, seed starting mixture. We use and recommend a mix using Coir, a byproduct of the coconut industry. These products are a better alternative to peat moss because they are renewable, and the harvesting of peat moss has a negative impact on the bog areas where it originates.
The seeds are watered and are allowed to grow in the grow room until they have at least their first set of true leaves. They are then moved to the hoop house where they get the benefit of the warmer temps and are protected from late season frosts. After our “babies” have had enough time in the cold frame, they are planted in one of your garden beds.
It wont be long until we will be waxing poetically, reminiscing about how it seemed like it was just yesterday when our grown up plants used to be just small seedlings.
To learn more or to sign up to get your own garden bed go to http://www.gigisorganic.com. We will help you through the adoption process.
By the way, if you would like to buy us a gift, we are registered at Johnny’s Seeds, Co-Op and Tractor Supply.
Plan it well! Plant it well! Planet well!!!!