Gathering Summary: Getting Ready to Grow Stuff, March 21, 2012

Don Bates makes a point

by Catherine Haug, April 6, 2012

(photo, left, by E. Blackler)

This was a fun and inspiring evening with MonaRae Tuhy and Don Bates, on seed starting and related topics. And Stephanie offered a great dessert: Berry Crisp with Whipped Cream.

This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Getting Ready to Grow Stuff, March 21, 2012, and in the handouts. Read on for handouts, presentation topics, and references & resources.

Seedlings in various stages


(photo, right, by D. Bates)

For MonaRae’s presentation:

For Don’s presentation:

In addition, MonaRae filled a table with MontGuides from MSU Extension service, and another table with seed catalogues. Both Don and MonaRae brought props to illustrate parts of their presentations.

Presentation Topics

(photo, right, by S. Janover)

  • Apple demonstration of the earth’s potable water
  • Why start seeds?
  • When to start
  • What not to start in pots
  • Containers and trays
  • Potting mix vs soil
  • Soil additives
  • Fertilization
  • Where to buy seeds
  • Storage of seeds
  • Hybrid vs open pollinators
  • Sowing seeds
  • Heat& light
  • Transplanting & Up-potting
  • Hardening off

Resources & References


Summaries of ESP events on gardening

Other ESP articles

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