Monday, May 2, 2011

About Our Giveaways

If you are one of our many new friends and potential volunteers, we are so glad you stopped by to see us and can't thank you enough for your support. We also can't respond to each of your enthusiastic emails individually until we send our favorite herd of goats home and start implementing Phase II of weed management, but we do want to respond to the inquiries about plant care and the seed giveaways so...

If you have a little jar of various seeds: They could be a mixture of flowers including but not limited to sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, baby's breath and cosmos. These seeds can be scattered/sown directly into a patch of soil this week or next. If you don't have a spot of land, a pot or container will do but be sure and thin them out as they pop up as to keep a fair amount of soil available for their growing roots. Whether in the ground or on your windowsill, be sure they have access to plenty of sunshine and water. They could also be a mixture of herbs. You may recognize the larger round seed that is tan in color because it is coriander and, once planted and nurtured, will become cilantro. The smaller seeds are a mixture of chives, basil, parsley, mint, dill and thyme. Follow the same instructions as above.

If you have a plant:
Most likely, you have small biodegradable pot with a basil or tomato plant growing vigorously. The basil will probably outgrow that little pot soon and the tomato definitely will. Biodegradable pots can go directly into the ground if you have the space or into a larger pot (along with additional soil) if you are working with a container garden or windowsill. Unfortunately we lost track of which tomato plant will produce cherry tomatoes and which will produce Roma tomatoes and so on, so... make sure you stake 'em, give 'em sunshine and water, and enjoy the element of surprise as they begin to flower in a few short weeks.

If you aren't sure what to do about soil: Stop by your local nursery or garden center and grab a bag of potting soil. Native soil, soil from say... your front yard, is not suited for potting and will not provide the nutrients, pore space and water retention that these plants require.

No matter how your new plant(s) or seeds do, remember that gardening is like yoga: You can't expect to do a headstand in your first class. Making mistakes is part of the learning process and the what really matters is that you are interested in learning and trying.

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