by Carol Kagan, Master Gardener
|Peppers begin their journey to seedling then plant|
What better sign of the first day spring than the Master Gardener greenhouse up and running? With the Annual Plant Sale just eight weeks away, the cycle of life begins for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, flowers and herbs.
Heavy fleece jackets and sweat shirts came off as greenhouse team members generated their own heat in the controlled warmth of the greenhouse on March 20. Lead by Juanita Kauffman, title yet undecided, everyone was busy beginning with the quick review of the day’s activities.
|Barb Petrucci searches for Garden Peach tomato labels|
|Tom Reeder refills the planting mix as Diane Keeney plants|
|Jane Birt & Ruth Young seeding a tray|
The seeds were carefully matched to their labels and were dropped into the trays.
|Bill Dorman and Diane Keeney match seeds to labels|
|Don Knode covers seed with planning mix|
|Juanita Kauffman places trays on heating pads|
This year’s sale promises a wide variety of plants started in the greenhouse. Many are unusual or heirloom varieties not typically found in local garden centers or nurseries. Another unique feature of the Plant Sale is the locally grown plants donated from Master Gardener landscapes.
Not all of the greenhouse team is shown here. After last week's clean-up and today's planting, their work is only starting - daily watering, transplanting and nurturing this year's crops.