Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
Potatoes can be planted when the forsythia bushes flower. This is an example of phenology applied to gardening. Phenology is the study of the timing of biological events. For more about phenology, check out this document.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The salt and the sharp edges of dried seaweed repel slugs.
The seaweed also forms a barrier to prevent loss of water by evaporation from the soil, sealing the moisture into the soil.
It blocks weeds.
Seaweed supplies mineral nutrients in an easily absorbed chelated form to the plants
Low in fiber, seaweed breaks down quickly to add organic matter to the soil, loosening compacted soil
Luckily, the Sprout garden is located conveniently close to the shore, so we have access to an ample supply of this beneficial mulch. At our last workday, a group of students went to the beach to gather seaweed and brought back many bags of it to the garden. If you are not near the coast, concentrated kelp emulsions are available in most home gardening stores, so that you too can benefit from applying seaweed to your garden.
Learn more about seaweed for gardening at Eartheasy Blog.
I hope all of you located in New England have been enjoying the beautiful and unusually warm March weather. Here at the Sprout garden, we have been taking advantage of the warm weather by cleaning out our garden and preparing it for spring plantings.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. Sprout has begun preparations for the 2012 growing season. We cleared out the garden, which still has abundant kale, due to the hardiness of this crop and an exceptionally mild winter (for Connecticut). We turned over our compost pile and found it nicely decomposed.
At our most recent meeting we ordered seeds for the garden. We also have some seeds saved from the past growing season. We ordered the Snowdown collection from horizon herbs, a collection of crops selected for their ability to withstand the cold. Planted in late summer, the crops will continue to produce through the winter with heavy mulching and protection from a cold frame or hoop house.
Sprout is also beginning the planning and implementation of a relocation of the garden. The new area will provide us with more space, and convenient location near the new sustainability center on campus. More details to come in blog post soon!
Below is the list of crops we will grow in 2012:
Rosemary – we already have in the garden
Peppermint – we already have in the garden
Tomatoes (for fresh eating)
Paste tomatoes for tomato sauce
Cucumbers – from saved seeds, also bought a packet
Five kinds of hot peppers
Sugar snap peas
Green beans – from saved seeds
Hard shell gourds - from saved seeds
Green Leafy Vegetables:
mixed salad greens
Soup beans – from saved seeds
Pumpkins (the kind grown for the seeds, not the flesh)
Anasazi sweet corn
Snowdown, a collection of seeds for the fall/winter:
Beet, Touchstone Gold
Broccoli, Green Sprouting
Cabbage, Chirimen Hakusai
Carrots, Scarlet Nantes
Greens, Collard, Champion
Greans, Creasy (Winter Cress)
Lettuce, Winter Density
Peas, Snow (Mammoth Melting)
Radish, Daikon, Miyashige White