Thursday, February 16, 2012

You've Asked, I've Answered-What Happens in Seed Starting Class

You've asked, and I've answered!

Many of you have asked what the seed starting class is like, so I decided I would note down the curriculum in a blog post.

First and foremost, we have a great time! As much as people learn from me, I always learn from them.  In my last class, a woman gave everyone a great tip about how to protect cabbages and broccoli from the dreaded white moth.  Since these are cool season veggies you probably aren't using your tomato cages.  She puts a cage on each plant and then covers with mesh, and holding it together using clothes pins.  Bugs stay out and the plant gets an optimal growing environment.

Here is a general overview:

Scientific 'Stuff'
We discuss the scientific stuff first-we discuss cotyledons (seed leaves) and the type of environment required to grow different types of seeds.

Seed Depth 
We learn how to recognize different seed types and what their general planting depth should be and why planting depth is important.  It's a great thing to know in case you lose the seed packet or inherit seeds from someone.

Beneficials / Attractors / Detractors
We learn what types of plants are considered beneficials, what types of plant attract nasty bugs and what kind of plants nasty bugs do not like and how to use all three types in your vegetable plan.

Square Foot Gardening
We review the basics of square foot gardening-the grid, how to determine how many to plant

We talk extensively about each of the plant they are planting seeds from, review home care and planting instructions and then go on our merry way!

It is a TON of info :)  Hope to see you in the next class!

My next seed starting classes are: 
Sat, Feb 18 9:00 AM  
Sat, Feb 18 11:00 AM     
Sat, Mar 10 9:00 AM      
Sat, Mar 10 11:00 AM      
Sat, Apr 14 9:00 AM      
Sat, Apr 14 11:00 AM  

To register, call Dragonfly Shops & Gardens at 
260 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 289-4689 

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