Hey all, I took a break yesterday for my birthday. I changed the About Me to update my age and that of my kids. That means another year has come and gone, and I'm no longer a new gardener. I still have a ton to learn, but I've found that I know enough to pass the veggie test for the Master Gardener certification. Hehe, funny what a year of research can do to teach you what you can learn from a 2 hour course. hehe.
I'm strongly leaning towards taking the courses this summer. Not because I feel I need a piece of paper, or want to learn about flowers particularly, but as you may have figured out, I love to help people. And that's what Master Gardeners do, help people get the most out of their gardens. That's what I do. So for that reason, it's not looking like a bad idea after all.
This weekend I've got to get some gardening done. Mostly I have to plant more broccoli. One of my two soil blocks of broccoli that I started a few weeks ago has died. No clue why, the other one has two in it, and I can't quite figure out how to transplant one of them into the other soil block. Don't think it's possible, but when I thin it I will try to transplant it. Regardless, I should start more broccoli. I want to do some succession planting. And considering all the germination time and indoor growth, this weekend is a good time to start more.
Another reason for starting more seeds this weekend is that I made a decision. Our preschool is having it's second annual auction. Last year I had considered auctioning off a "share" of my garden, CSA style. CSA's, in case you're not aware, stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Essentially they are private co-op farms that sell shares of their harvest to people. They're normally organic farms. So why not mine? It's organic, and without doing corn, I can definitely plant enough to share.
Doing some quick research into CSAs in the local Seattle area, I found some shocking information. Seems full season subscriptions to CSAs run $600!!! Wow. /cough
Actually, the more I think about it, what does a family spend on produce in a year? Yeah, $600 sounds about right. Maybe even a good deal. So, what do you think a "share" of my garden is worth? Of course, I don't grow all vegetables and don't have nearly the amount of produce that a farm has. However, I need to figure out what the suggested value of my share would be. $400? $500? Not sure. What I do know is that last year had better not be a fluke, hehe. I hope to have as good or better production. If so, there will be plenty to share.
It's pretty exciting. I had been thinking about this since last year, and when I mentioned it to my wife this year, she mentioned it to some parents at school. Apparently they are all interested in bidding on it. If we can get a few hundred for it, that would be very cool.
More to come on this, for sure, but one thing is for sure, I need to start more vegetables. My succession plantings need to be bigger. So more broccoli and cauliflower.
A comment on my cauliflower. I pre-sprouted it in the coffee filters a month ago, then planted the sprouted seeds in soil blocks. Those blocks have not sprouted cauliflower at all. It's really odd. I will not be pre-sprouting them again. Like Granny said, it's not terribly faster and I'll just do the direct sowing into soil blocks that can be transplanted as-is into the garden.
I'll aso be planting carrots, radishes, peas and checking my spinach.
Lastly, I'll share a great shot of my tomatoes. The first sowings that I did for myself are doing very well. I will have to replant the three that didn't germinate for our teacher, but hopefully they won't be too far behind the rest.
I snapped this in the morning when I went to check on them. I also upped the hours of light from 12 to 15. I read somewhere that 12-16 hours is good for plants. They seem to be responding. This is fun, can't you tell? hehe.
Enjoy your garden!