Meet our new intern: Marissa!
Marissa discovered her passion for sustainable food while taking an English class on Food Rhetoric her freshman year of college. The class introduced her to the food issues of sustainability and accessibility.
Yesterday in Annapolis, the Chesapeake Executive Council held its annual meeting to set goals for the Chesapeake Bay Program, which gives policy direction for the restoration and protection of the Bay.
According to the USDA, it is estimated that half of all current US farmers will retire in the next ten years. Combined with high unemployment rates and limited farmable land, this presents an exciting opportunity for young new farmers looking to use cutting-edge sustainable methods to revolutionize our food system.
Now for the fun part! To seed, or to plant your seeds, you want to fill your seed tray with your potting soil. If you have a size 50 through 128-tray size, you are going to want to fill your tray all the way to the rim with soil. If you are just planting one plant in a pot, like a tomato, then leave an inch or two of space below the rim of the seed container. This will allow for the water to sink in slowly, as all you will need to do is fill the pot with water and let it drain.
Pay close attention to the date on your seed packet, and to the germination rate (which will be a % out of 100). You want to plant seeds that are no older than two years old, and with a germination rate between 75% and 100%. Another thing to consider is buying organic seeds. Organic seeds are going to respond better to natural fertilizers such as composts, and will tend to grow longer roots because they have to dig deeper to find nutrients in the soil.
The winter is a time of rest for farmers, but with spring approaching, there are lots of behind the scenes jobs to be done! Crop planning, ordering seeds, and starting seedlings in a greenhouse, or in a south-facing window, are January, February and March activities! Some people ask “Why do you plant seeds so early inside?”
I'm going to answer this question as well as walk you through a few step by step processes for how to do this in your house for your own garden or raised bed. Today's topic, why plant early?