Happy Seeds of Wisdom Wednesday! This week we wanted to highlight a plant that often gets ignored in the garden. The wild herb plantain, which is often considered a weed, is commonly popping up around the community gardens and oftentimes taking over the pathways. It has been said that plantain was brought to Europe by Alexander the Great, and Europeans have spread it around since. Native Americans have actually referred to it as “Whiteman’s Foot” because it grew wherever white men had passed through.
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Our garden community member Steve asks:
"Have you tried underground soaker hoses?
Place the hoses 3-4 inches below the surface, before planting.
Stick twigs in the ground over the hoses and plant between the lines.
Almost no evaporation of precious water
Almost no weeds since the water is underground - no mulch [needed].
Happy plants and a happy gardener."
Check out a helpful how-to video here!
Word on the street is that there is an awesome gardening workshop this Saturday March 7th at the Grace Lutheran Church and Community Garden from 10am-Noon!
Would you like to enjoy your garden for an extra couple of months?
|Floating Row Cover Workshop at the State Street Community Garden|
|Example of metal hoops that support row covers|
|More metal hoops|
|Recyled irrigation hose|
|How to attach irrigation tubing: |
use wooden stakes, attach nail, place hose right over nail.
Are you looking for a simple way to renew your soil this winter? Plant a cover crop!
We are often asked, "How many Gardens do you have?"
|Coastal Garden Leaders at their first meeting in Janurary 2014, they graduate next month!|
|Pinoleville Youth Build Students working at Autumn Leaves|
|Vinewood Park at the Peak of the Season!|
|Village Circle Gardeners, October 2014|
|Tons of information for gardeners to see on the new boards.|
|Seed Starting and Transplanting Workshop, March 2014|
Want to know how to keep a happy compost pile this winter?
It's all about layers!
Check out this article from the Marin Master Gardener's web page for tips on sheet composting!
Wintertime is a great time to start your plants indoors to extend your growing season and beat wintertime blues!
Mother Earth News just published a great story on how to start seeds indoors, the link to the article is on our "How To: Grow Food" page. Check it out for more information on seed starting!
Some great tips from the article:
Don't start beans, peas or root crops indoors, they don't transplant well.
Use 1/3 coir 1/3 compost and 1/3 soil.
Moisten the mix before sowing your seeds, plant 2-3 seeds per cell/pot.
Cover with a plastic dome or plastic wrap until seeds sprout. After that, water only when soil is almost dry.
After 4-6 weeks, move them outside on a porch or protected area during the day, inside at night for one week, then transplant into your garden!
You might think there's no gardening you can do in January, but think again!
Now is the time to start your herbs and other plants inside for those of you who garden indoors or in a greenhouse. This site has plenty of useful information about container gardening.
Remember, most potting mix is too strong for most plants and doesn't drain well.
It's important to use a mix of 1 part potting mix to 1 part volcanic rock, like pumice (don't use vermiculite!)
Start your seeds in a flat or 1-2" pots, then each time your plants start to outgrow their containers, transplant them to a pot 2-4 time the original size. For example, if you start seeds in a flat, transplant the seedlings to a 2" pot, then transplant the established plant to a 1 gallon pot, and as it grows move up to a 5 gallon and then 15 gallon pot.
Also, check out this site for tips about small container planting using a vertical shoe rack!
If you think you don't have enough time or space for vegetable gardening indoors, try an herb garden!
This site has information about starting a basic beginner's herb garden. Just use the container gardening information above for your herb garden. This site has information specifically about growing herbs indoors.
Enjoy your mini gardens!
Remember to check our "How To" page for more gardening tips!
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