The time has come! We can take a weeding hiatus and focus on making little plant babies! First on the seed starting list? Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, collards, kale, lettuce, and peas. My garden idol Gayla Trail (yes, that is a half-sleeve tattoo of a tomato vine and yes, I am envious) has some great seed starting resources and how-to’s that have helped me enter the growing season with confidence.
The seed starting process requires quite a bit of foresight and planning. While purchasing seeds may be intimidating at first, there are far too many really cool seed companies and varieties to settle with the Burpee section of Walmart. Here’s two we’ll be using in our garden this year:
-Sow True Seed is based out of Asheville, NC and prides itself on selling “open-pollinated, non-hybrid and untreated seeds featuring heirloom, organic, & traditional varieties.” In the past, Sow True has allowed UNCA students to volunteer in return for seeds for the campus garden. Nothing like a good old fashioned work exchange to build community!
-Happy Cat Organics is a farm/seed company based out of south eastern Pennsylvania and owned by my friends Tim and Amy. They view seed saving as a way to preserve a region’s unique cultural history. “We touch seeds everyday in our practice of seed to table farming. They teach us patience and bring ritual to our lives, things that modern life is so void of.” Their seeds will produce the most delicious and gorgeous tomatoes you’ll ever eat. See: Tim’s Black Ruffles.
If you would like to help us start some seeds, come to the campus garden (behind the cafeteria) on Thursday (2/23) from 1:30 to 3:00 !