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Type of garden work to do in January and February

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In our INSIDE Holladay Garden Greenhouse (approx. 5000 So. 3000 E., Holladay UT  84117)

  • Seed swap - Have any extra seeds you want to donate?  We appreciate ANY donations!  Currently, we especially need more peas.
  • Make small organic containers (we need approx. 1200 of these made.  You can make these at home once you know how we do this.)  Older children are really good at helping with this project.
  • Plant seeds indoors in our organic containers i.e lettuce, spinach, broccoli, Swiss Chard, etc.  We need members who are willing to keep a tray of seedlings in a warm place i.e on top of a freezer, etc. for about 1 week.  They needed to be sprayed with water daily to keep them warm and moist.  No sunlight is necessary for about 1 week until they sprout.  Kids love being involved with this project since it's a GREAT science experiment!
  • Grow seeds indoors before putting them outside in the gardens - We need members who have grow lights inside their home OR have SOUTH FACING windows so they can get sunlight for approx. 2 - 4 weeks.  They needed to be sprayed with water daily to keep them moist.  Kids love being involved with this project since it's a GREAT science experiment!

In our OUTSIDE Holladay Garden, up the street from the greenhouse (approx. 5000 So. 3000 E., Holladay UT  84117)

  • Cleaning up and preparing for our largest spring crop:  Peas!  We call it the "Pea Plantations"!  We start with our Holladay Garden first, which all of our other gardens are patterned after. Those working outside during January/February should prepare for mud!  The work includes cleaning up and straightening our plots and vertical fences, getting rid of leftover winter debris, etc.  Small troughs need to be made close to the fences, for the peas, which will be planted by mid February.  In our gardens that don't currently  have vertical fences for peas to climb on, we'll demo how to create simple organic vertical fences.  Peas love to climb so our early spring gardens are very VERTICAL! 

TOOLS needed:

Bring a rake, spade, small shovel, bucket, gloves, grocery bags to put muddy shoes in OR put bags over your shoes before entering a muddy garden area.  Dress in layers.  Bring a water bottle and snack whenever you come.  No worries if you don't have tools or gloves, we have extra.

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