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Seed Starting

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Learn to start your own seeds with Greg Martin!  There are lots of great reasons to start your own seeds.  You can save money, there's a much greater selection of plants and varieties to choose from, you can avoid the potential of bringing home plant diseases, and you can revel in the miracle of watching those first seedlings you planted poke up from the soil.  AND IT'S EASY!

We'll be covering things like:
-which plants to start inside, which to start outdoors and when to plant and transplant
-how best to start plants inside to give a good start for our short growing season
-the pluses and minuses of different indoor seed starting systems
-environmental conditions and how they effect germination and plant growth
-stratification, scarification and other potential issues for perennial seeds
-sharing problems, solutions and great places to find seeds
-storing seeds, saving your own and trying your hand at a little plant breeding (you may already be doing it without realizing it)

There will also be some hands on activities like making soil blocks and newspaper pots and we'll take a look at some setups for starting plants under fluorescent lights, and some simple ways to keep the environment right to grow some gorgeous stocky seedlings for your garden and to share with friends and family (including plants for swapping at our Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup plant swap!).

When it's cold and snowy outside there's nothing like planning a garden and starting your own plants.  Join us to share tips, seeds, some tea/coffee/snacks and the company of your fellow gardeners.

Greg Martin is a lifelong local gardener, a hobbyist plant breeder, was trained through the Master Gardener program and can't imagine not starting his own seeds, which he's been doing for decades.  He is a longtime member of the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group.

Cost: sliding scale of $10-20 payable at the class.

We won't be doing a potluck, though snacks for yourself or to share are encouraged!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss!! Have been really looking forward to this. Am worried about driving back to Portland in the snow.

    February 15, 2014

    • Amy A

      Hi Kerry, We were sorry not to see you, but it did get really snowy!!

      February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good information. Here's link to the UMaine Cooperative Extension Bulletin #2751 that includes embedded video on building seed starting light assembly.
    http://umaine.edu/publications/2751e/

    February 19, 2014

  • Wayne A.

    Very informative and worthwhile gathering of engaging individuals committed to a rewarding pursuit, glad to have been there and am looking forward to attending future meetups.

    February 17, 2014

  • Greg M.

    Couple of quick follow ups to questions that were asked that we didn't get back to:

    Dealing with vine borers....try some of the advice in this article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/squash-vine-borer-control-zw0z1304zkin.aspx
    I particularly like the advice concerning squash varieties that naturally are resistant to this insect. My personal preference is to grow resistant varieties whenever possible to save on labor. Breeding with resistant varieties when possible to strengthen varieties that we enjoy can be an enjoyable adventure if you're interested.

    Starting seedlings without artificial light...what a great task to figure out. I guess the way I see it, we grow the plants we do with lights because those plants we chose kind of need it. The lights represent a system that can help, but experimenting with shorter season varieties bred in short season areas may be a good place to start. Microclimates via rock walls and raised beds can help get an earlier start.

    February 17, 2014

  • maggie

    Thanks, Greg and Amy! I learned a lot and I'm really looking forward to the Biochar workshop!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Jack M

    Well organize and informative, thanks Amy and Greg.
    Good energy with all the attendees too.

    February 16, 2014

  • Greg M.

    You guys were a great group. Really enjoyed spending the time with you all. Good luck with those seedlings!

    February 15, 2014

  • Dan P.

    Greg did an excellent job and every one seemed to add something of value.

    February 15, 2014

  • Amy A

    Lori - there is room! Definitely bring him! See you soon...

    February 15, 2014

  • Lori C.

    Hello I am coming to this event and I am not sure if I included my husband during the rsvp will this be a problem for him to come?

    February 15, 2014

  • Amy F.

    Thanks for opening a spot for me but something came up. I'm interested in attending if you have another gathering.

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The workshop sounds quite interesting. Looking forward to learning more about growing plants from seeds.

    February 14, 2014

  • Jack M

    Glad I'll be able to join the group will bring my extra seeds.

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Chris M.

    I am sorry but it looks like this next storm will keep me plowing yet again. Really wanted to make this meetup! Hope i didn't inconvenience anyone!

    February 14, 2014

  • Jessica

    Darn, I had to remove from the waiting list because something came up for tomorrow. I'd be really interested if Greg did another session. :)

    February 14, 2014

  • Greg M.

    Also, do you have any favorite companies you like to buy seeds from? Bring some catalogs with you if you can....there are lots of great seed companies and I'd love to hear which ones you like. I'll be bringing a small stack :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Greg M.

    Hi everyone. Just wanted to mention that, among other things, I'll be bringing small envelopes and pens to aid in sharing any spare seeds any of us might have for exchange. I'll be bringing a few heirloom tomato seeds and some pole bean seeds that I've been growing and saving seeds from for the past 20 years.

    February 2, 2014

  • Laura P.

    Amy - My husband Eric will be coming this one, not me. Looks like a great one!

    January 21, 2014

    • Amy A

      Sure, that's fine, we'll be happy to have him!

      January 21, 2014

  • Debbie

    Any chance we could hold two seed starting classes? I wonder how many of us would choose to come during the week. Weekends don't work for me. I realize I may be the minority but maybe not.

    January 20, 2014

    • Amy A

      I am glad to hear from you on this Debbie... I know that Greg can't do weekdays for this one. But I'm going to keep in mind and maybe try out more weekday events. Generally people have told us it would NOT work for them, but we've had successes with weekdays now and then. So... I'll see what I can do!

      January 20, 2014

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