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April 23, 2014

Kate's Korner - April 2014

Tomatoes, peppers, and soil - oh my! 

This month has been a whirlwind in preparation for Green Acres' 2nd annual Garden Day. While pleading with Mother Nature and the deities of seed germination, a cadre of garden staff and volunteers seeded 700 pepper plants over two months ago hoping they would grow into gorgeous seedlings by Garden Day -- and they have! We have about 700 seedlings of various hot and sweet varieties to hand out to attendees. We were also thankful to get a sponsorship from local nursery Green Acres. They have generously donated 300 tomato seedlings. Along with space limitations, in the last couple weeks I was battling the well-known Sacramento phenomenon – HEAT. Armed with my water hose I spent many afternoons battling evaporation and wilting tomato leaves on the 400 seedlings currently housed outside the greenhouse. The generous application of water at crucial times means more tomatoes to share with everyone on Garden Day!

In addition to our plant giveaways, we have invited a number of local gardening and community organizations that will offer information and resources for community members. There are live cooking demos scheduled, as well as some short workshops about solar cooking, vermicomposting and seed starting! Not to mention Turtle Foods has donated Tofurky deli meat and the fantastic volunteers will be whipping up sandwiches all afternoon. 

It’s going to be quite an event and I hope to see you there!

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