Thursday, March 1, 2012

What Does the Organic Garden Team Do During the "Off" Season?

So winter decided it would pay us a visit this year, Spring is a few weeks off, Summer even farther. What does the SMC Organic Garden Team do during the “off season”? For one thing, we don’t consider there to be an off season.
There’s always work to be done: we reflect on the previous season’s successes and mishaps, start planning and mapping for next season, dream up what to plant for the campus community and place an order early (to get the varieties we want before they go out of stock), think about our garlic already in the soil and when we’ll see it above ground, etc.

For the past 2 years, we’ve been very grateful to have the wonderful folks in the Biology Department support the program and let us start our own seeds in one of their Greenhouses attached to Cheray. In 2 weeks we’ll be starting some of our seeds again for a third season! If you are looking for a good guide on when you should start your own seeds indoors, Johnny’s Seeds has a great calculator to use: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/e-PDGSeedStart.aspx?source=GrowersLibrary


Growing Season 2011 was a great season, with about 65 different varieties of veggies, flowers and herbs. Growing Season 2012 is already shaping up to be even better with over 80 varieties of veggies, flowers and herbs plotted out on the map. To all the gardeners out there, here’s to a great season ahead. To those wanting to get involved with Saint Michael’s Organic Garden, be on the lookout for e-mails in the upcoming months on different opportunities.


During the growing season, be sure to check out our Garden Blog updated weekly: http://smcvtfarm.blogspot.com/