Sunday, January 26, 2014

germinating in winter

All year we plant and grow food.  In the cold of winter many greens will grow: leaf lettuce, kale, spinach, collards. And there is something to the exposure to the cold that makes them taste even more delicious.

Cold temperatures can be a challenge for germination. Vegetable seeds like sunshine and a little warmth and moisture to crack open and send out a shoot.

Using materials left over from other projects Homer built this in about 10 minutes.

Over a planted bed inside the hoophouse it will help seeds germinate quicker. 

And the box behind is made from salvaged pallet wood. Flowers go in there. That provides the pollinators a spot to visit. And those parasitic wasps too, our favorite bugs of all.

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