Seeds of time...
Spring is off to a wonderful start with a little rain and some glorious sunshine, perfect conditions for us to start planting new seeds for all the many varieties of vegetables that we will be growing this season.
Seeds are natures little presents, with everything needed to start a new plant contained within, just waiting for the right conditions so they can unwrap themselves and begin bringing to us the wonders they have held securely for so long.
Here's what we are doing to make our seed raising as smooth as possible, perhaps they might be helpful for you too;
- Using a fine seed raising mix (home made from our own secret recipe), one that drains well while keeping moist, with some nutrient but not too much.
- Keeping the mixture a dark colour, and using our darker wooden seedling trays in the greenhouse so that the sunlight we catch warms the soil to a temperature that the seeds are happy with.
- Planting the seeds at the correct depth, any seed that is planted too deep will struggle right from the start.
- Keeping the seed and soil moist, usually a morning water is all that is needed at this time of year, but as the days get warmer and longer a mid afternoon sprinkle might be required.
Then we sit back and wait, impatiently, like waiting for Christmas to arrive, as the first specks of green appear on the black soil and the new plant grabs it's first rays of sun and begins to photosynthesise, making itself bigger and stronger each day.
Of course it's one for the seeds this week:
Don't over-fertilise your seed raising mix, seeds contain enough nutrients (if they're planted at the correct depth) to get to the surface of the soil with no extra help, in fact, too much fertiliser can be harmful to the new roots and cause them to wither and die. Once the new plant has it's first true leaves set (we'll talk about this next week) you can begin to introduce fertiliser, but in very small amounts.
A HUGE thank you to the newest shareholders in BurraBee Farm's Spring Harvest CSA. We love your enthusiasm, your eagerness and your general awesomeness. You are going to make this seasons produce the best yet. For those of you wanting to get in on this little bit of awesome, head over to our orders page and grab yourself a share, but be quick we only have a few spots left!!!