The first steps towards Spring

After a brief hiatus, City Farm Steward Rich Pederson has returned to the farm!  One might spot him in the greenhouse seeding trays of herbs and vegetables, or over by the garden beds turning over the leaf mulch. Rich is also taking advantage of City Farm’s beautiful habitat for birds and doing some bird watching for Cornell University’s Great Backyard Bird Count. So far he’s counted 3 bluejays, 2 cardinals, 4 black-capped chicadees, 2 downy woodpeckers, 12 juncos, 15 starlings, 1 red-tail hawk and many more bird species! While lunching, SCLT staff spotted a red-tail hawk right outside our door, probably scouting the side-yard garden for squirrels or other rodents.

Credit: allaboutbirds.org

This week, Rich is jumping right into Plant Sale preparations. The 18,000+ veggies, herbs, flowers, and fruits he’s starting now will be ready for the event on May 19-20th. 2012 marks the 20th year of the Plant Sale! In this commemorative year, Rich is cultivating 20 years of favorites from Plant Sale volunteers and friends of SCLT. Already, Rich has started trays full of rosemary cuttings and a few types of thyme. Did you know that Rich uses the biodynamic method of planting according to the phases of the moon? “We want to grow the best quality plants at the farm and Plant Sale. I’ve found that the plants have done really well since I first gave this planting method a try about 8 years ago. I’ve been doing it that way ever since and have been getting really successful results.” Stay tune for more updates about what’s growing on at City Farm and other exciting preparations for the Plant Sale!

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One Comment to “The first steps towards Spring”

  1. I would love to see a workshop on using the biodynamic calendar for planting.

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