KNOW YOUR GROW
Spring is officially here in Sacramento, and that means it’s time to start planning your garden! If you’re anything like me, you’re already looking forward to backyard barbecues with fresh summer vegetables coming off the grill.
My name is Nick Anicich, and I’m the school garden coordinator at Sacramento Charter High School. As part of the Midtown Farmers Market “Know Your Grow” campaign, I’ll be writing a series of articles about gardening, and hosting educational demonstrations with Sac High students at the market every fourth Saturday.
I run a program called Edible Sac High, and in our 1/3 acre school garden, we engage students in all aspects of farm to fork living. One of the most important lessons we teach in the garden is how to start plants from seed. Not only is it cheaper than buying plants from the store, it is also an easy way to grow unique and delicious varieties of vegetables.
Although it might seem intimidating to grow from seed, if you keep it simple, and if you tend your seeds with care and faith, you will have success.
Here are the basics, broken down into four simple steps:
In the Edible Sac High garden, we use organic, heirloom seeds. You can find seeds at your local nursery, or at the library. Our local branch, the Colonial Heights Library, has a “Seed Library” with huge variety of seeds to choose from.
In order for your seeds to germinate, you want to use a special seed starting soil mix. A good mix will hold moisture and air, allowing your plant to grow naturally when the temperature, light, and water are right. You can make your own mix following these directions, or you can look at the nursery for an organic starting mix.
Starting Your Seeds
Starting your seeds is the easiest, and most fun part of the process. Simply follow the directions for “planting depth” on the seed packet, and make sure to label the plant type and date planted to keep track of progress.
Once the seeds are in the soil, you need to set a daily watering schedule. Seeds need consistent moisture if you want them to do the best, so set a schedule and stick to it.
If you want to learn more about starting your plants from seed, come visit us at the Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday, the 23rd at 10:30am! By the end of the lesson, you’ll have everything you need to start your own garden from seed.