A lot of our members work 8 - 5 shifts, Monday - Friday so no worries there. Once we get into the main garden season (April - October), when there is a lot more light in the evening, we'll offer MANY opportunities to work at night. Even our greenhouse in Holladay has lights in it, so you can work in there until 10 pm right now if we needed help. The Gardens are closed on Sunday since all of our gardens belong to private home owners and they have been very generous to let a bunch of strangers work in their gardens Monday - Saturday, so we try to give them at least one day a week without strangers in their backyard.
During the early season, here in our Holladay Garden headquarters, we are busy growing nearly all of our plants from seed, before planting them in ALL of our 14+ gardens. The work is all done here in one of our Holladay gardens.
This type of work takes a lot of attention and skill but it's so worth it. Since we have so many gardens which require a lot of planting in a few months, it will save us a ton of money and it's such a valuable skill to learn how to do. PLUS you know the entire history of this plant i.e. when the seed was planted, what it was fed, how it was cared for, where it grew, etc.
If you are interested in learning how to grow plants from seed, you should be helping me with this work.
It starts in February and lasts about 3 - 4 months.
Be sure and book a garden work session in Holladay if you want to help me with this work.
See our Garden Calendar for details
Don't bring them to me yet, but in the next few weeks I'll show you on this blog what we do with these items.
Growing plants from seed takes some skill and time. I like to think of these little seedlings as little babies. They both need constant attention but they are SO worth it when you see them start to grow and flourish!
If your family depends on you growing food, they may starve if you don't plan ahead, practice and perfect this skill.You will make mistakes in the beginning but each spring when it's time to plant, if you are consistent and keep working at it, you will become a pro at growing your own food from seed!
When laying out your garden, you should keep these types of plants together since they require similar water attention.
Learn the difference between Cool Season, Intermediate and Deep Rooted Plants and when you should plant them:
COOL season shallow roots (water twice a week)
These plants love the colder temperatures and can handle some shade better than any other group listed here.
Intermediate Root depth (water about once a week)
These plants are in between the two groups I've already mentioned.
Deep roots require infrequent watering (water every 10 – 14 days)
These plants love lots of heat and also require the most sun.
NOTE: ALL crops you grow need FULL sun but because of trees and houses, we can't always give them full sun. Cool season crops can deal with less sun much better than the deep rooted plants like tomatoes, melons, grapes and fruit trees.