Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Do we use our seeds from last year's plants?

Each year seeds from last years plants are given a germination test to see if they are good for this year.  In the case of the lettuce pictured to the left, the seeds are planted and if 40% of the seeds sprout then those seeds are used for planting.  Interestingly, in the case of corn, H.G. will not use the seeds unless 90% of them sprout! 
Mmmmmm, can't you just taste that sweet delicious corn?

Here is this week's growth for our tomatoes...Growing up beautifully!

Monday, March 23, 2015

FREE GARDENING ADVICE from H.G.: #2 - Planting Your Tomatoes and How We Plant Ours

Plant all your tomatoes in April unprotected. Then they will probably get killed by frost and you can buy tomatoes from SIW. This will leave room in your garden for flowers!!!!


Plant 2 to 4 plants (never more than 4) every 24 days starting May 1st (covered on coldest nights) or May 15th uncovered. This will give you tomatoes from early July until frost. *Problem: If you do multiple plantings, you will be required to keep weeding your garden ALL summer vs giving up on it after you have overdosed on tomatoes in July. The later has it's advantages: You can go to the beach in August and not worry about your garden anymore AND SIW will supply all your tomato needs until frost! Hmmmm....a conundrum!"

In case you're curious, we will have 9,000 tomato plants this year.  Each row of a tray (there are 10 rows in a tray) holds 200 seeds!!!!  With the grand total of 2000 seeds per tray!  The greenhouse will be bursting out all over very soon!

Remember, if you want to watch the progression of this crop, come on over to our "crop progression" page. 

If you have any questions, please post your comments below and H.G. will get back to you ASAP!

Friday, March 20, 2015

HAPPY SPRING! - Two ways to plant seeds


For all of you who who are anxious to get started in the garden and love the nitty gritty of planting, there are two different ways to begin seedlings: "Direct Seeding" or what Marv calls "Threading." 

Direct Seeding is one seed at a time in each little container of the tray as Marv is doing here with these ZINNIA seeds.

Can't wait to see those beautiful flowers popping up!

Then there is "Threading" which is when you fill up a row in the tray with hundreds (200 to be specific) seeds...

and then scoop out several from a row. Take them apart one at a time.  The roots will look like THREADS.  

Then you poke a hole...

and "spot them" into the hole and....


VoilĂ  that seedling is happily in his home!

Hope you have a great first day of SPRING!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We LOVE Kale!

Our Kale is up and we LOVE it!

If you haven't ever enjoyed kale, there are so many wonderful ways to eat it.  Try it roasted! Message your cut up Kale with a olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper mix - this causes the Kale to break down.  Roast it for a few minutes in the oven  - add dried fruits and nuts.  Delicious and so good for you!  Or, take a look at some more recipes.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Winter and Lettuce

With the first day of spring coming this week, some of you may be curious about how the weather has effected the farm.  This is what H.G. has to say about that....

"As far as veggies go a cold winter is good because it is hard on pests. Especially without snow as an insulator. If the power goes out when things are growing in the greenhouse and it is cold, well that is a real bummer!!! Seedlings are muerto (DEAD) at 32 degrees. Pretty much all vegetables are even if they are full grown. Few exceptions such as LETTUCE!  Ice is ok in cold weather, but it is not a vegetable."

Here's the beginning of our lettuce crop...

If you need some help with different ways to protect and enjoy your lettuce, here are some helpful hints on our Pinterest site.