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The Ins and Outs of Seed Gardening

February 10, 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member
The Ins and Outs of Seed Gardening

Featuring: Mellissa Miller, Farm Manager, Common Good City Farm

Mellissa Miller, the farm manager for Common Good City Farm, presented a program on the ins and outs of seed starting ( )

Melissa graduated from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J., with a B.A. in English and a minor in Environmental Science. She continued her education at Georgian Court to earn a masters degree in Holistic Health, studying urban design and working with school systems to create school kitchen garden programs. Melissa has worked on farms in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico as well as having urban farming internships in New York City and Boston.

Common Good City Farm is a 501c3 educational charitable organization that operates a half acre farm in LeDroit Park to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for and with low-income DC residents. It offers hands-on farm education activities to children and adults. Since 2007 Common Good City Farm has taught over 1100 DC residents in workshops, engaged over 2100 DC school children, and hosted over 2500 volunteers. In 2013, Common Good City Farm provided over 5,200 pounds of fresh vegetables to low-income DC families.

National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc., provided grants to Common Good City Farm in its formative years and has continued to collect donations for the farm as part of National Garden Clubs world gardening initiative

Notes From The Presentation:

It's a production farm at 4th Street and B Street, NW, near Howard Hospital. Have only 2 full time staff.

There is a community drop off for composting.

She spoke on why and how to start your own seedlings and how to make the soil for the seedlings. The recipe was provided but unless you are going to have a lot of seedling, I think it's easier to buy it.

Do be careful to sterilize soil, and all equipment. Showed us how to make seedling containers out of newspaper, which can then be planted and biodegrade.
If seeds are old, test to see if they are still fertile by planting a few and see if they germinate.

Lighting: bright window. Can use aluminum foil to reflect more light. Artificial light: have about 6” from the plants.

Watering: better to underwater than over water. Water soil, not plant.

Fertilizer: none needed until plant has 2 true leaves.

Antifungal spray: use room-temp camomille tea. Spray twice daily

Hardening off: 2-3 weeks before you intend to plant them outside, put them outside in the shade for 2-3 hours to get used to the new environment. Or use a cold frame.

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