Nicole’s Report from the GreenhouseNicole seeds gardens manager

I hope January has been treating you well. Here’s what’s been happening down at the SEEDS Greenhouse at Lakeside Park…

 

Our former SEEDS Board President Jim is was busy at work planting salad greens.
We have three different types of lettuce, spinach and herbs germinating for the aeroponics system.

We get the seeds for our salad greens from Johnny’s Selected Seeds out of Maine. Why Johnny’s? Nette, the previous greenhouse manager, trusts the seed quality and the salad varieties are exceptional. We also buy from West Coast Seeds for the other veggies we grow. Going forward we would like to source our seeds locally to cut on costs and support our local farmers/seed producers. Having a seed that is already acclimatised to the area will ensure optimal growth.

I want to thank all of the volunteers that have been coming in and helping out, their time, effort and company is so appreciated!

Want to join us? Our volunteer hours are 

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-Noon 
We’d love to see you!

 

seeds mixed greens Jan 2017
Three worm bins are flourishing and working well. We had a fungus gnat issue for a while but have overcome this problem with a number of tactics. The limited amount of sunlight has inhibited the growth of plants so harvesting is much less frequent and plant growth is slow. 

 

radishes and wigglers at seeds greenhouse

fungus gnat at seeds nelson

How did we get rid of the
fungus gnats you ask?

 

The fungus gnat outbreak was due to too wet of conditions so we tried a number of pest management techniques.  A mixture of diatomaceous earth, neem cake and peat moss was applied as a top dressing.  This is meant to injure the bugs and keep the top of the soil dry.

The gnats lay eggs in the first 2 inches of the soil so by keeping it dry they are less likely to lay eggs. The larvae eat the small feeder roots of plants thus killing the plant. We lost a LOT of our salad greens to the fungus gnats and are busy trying to replenish what was lost.

Neem oil was applied as a foliar spray and neem cake was added to the worm bins and to the soil mixture. Neem messes with the minds of the bugs.  It interrupts the breeding, feeding and moulting processes.

Neem cake is the by-product obtained in the process of cold pressing neem tree fruits and kernels from which the oil is made from. We get it at Ellisons Market.  The neem cake acts as a mild fertiliser as well as insect-repellent in the garden.  A great product that does double duty!



 

 SEEDY Saturday 2017 call for vendors

March 18th, 2017
is the official date of

SEEDY SATURDAY! The event will be held at the wonderful space in Railtown at the

Nelson Chamber of Commerce again this year.

Now we need to fill the space with excellent vendors and speakers.

If your organisation would like to be a part of this years event please
contact Stephanie at SEEDS  – 
click here.