Hey there, green thumbs and future farmers! First of all, thank you for joining us for our Fall Festival Dinner – your attendance and support means everything. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just dipping your toes into the soil for the first time, we’ve got some handy tips below to help you grow your seeds successfully.
Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Seeds
Step 1: Get Your Gear Ready
Before you dive in, make sure you have the following items:
- Seeds (of course!)
- Potting soil
- Containers or pots
- Good vibes (optional, but highly recommended – plants love them!)
Step 2: Plant Your Seeds
Fill your container with potting soil, make a small hole 1/4 inch deep, and drop in a couple of seeds. Remember, not too deep! Cover them lightly with soil and give them a gentle shower of water.
Step 3: Provide Proper Care
Keep your newly planted seeds in a warm spot with plenty of sunlight. Water regularly, but not too much! You don’t want to drown your baby plants.
Step 4: Watch Them Grow!
With a little patience and a lot of love, you’ll soon see your seeds sprouting into beautiful plants. Remember, every plant grows at its own pace, so don’t fret if yours are taking their sweet time. Here are a few special notes for each seed type that was handed out at the Fall Festival Dinner:
Begin light harvesting after plants have become established. It is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. Just before the plants start to flower, cut the entire plant 4-6″ above the ground to promote a second growth.
Benary’s Giant Zinnia
Harvest flowers by cutting at the stem before buds are completely open, and when the stem is firm from point of cut to just below the bloom.
Start seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds 1/4″ deep in individual containers, thinning to one plant per container after germination. Transplant outside after the last frost, spacing 12″ apart, in rows 18″ apart.
Sungold Cherry Tomatos
Tomatoes typically germinate in 5–7 days. About 5–6 weeks before transplanting, sow 1/4″ deep. For earliest crop, plant under cover around last frost date, but avoid exposing unprotected plants to consecutive nightly temperatures below 45°F. Plant deeply to encourage rooting!
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