As is expected of Minnesota, we have just entered our fourth winter after a teasing week of sunshine and warm temperatures. April showers have consisted of white fluff that causes mayhem on the roads and make us that much more grateful to be working in the warmth of the greenhouses, surrounded by the green growth.
We have begun planting tomatoes which is super exciting! To prevent verticillium wilt, we soaked the tomato seeds in a warm bleach water concentration for 30 minutes before planting. We had all hands on deck for the trial run to help this process run smoothly and time how long the whole ordeal takes. It wasn’t too difficult, we were able to sterilize and plant 12 varieties in just 45 minutes.
We are still growing microgreens, which is always a blast! Harvesting them can be tedious at times, but it is such pleasant and rewarding work. The microgreens are delivered to Centennial Dining Hall and 17th Ave Residence Hall as well as to the Campus Club in Coffman.
Our team of apprentices and service learning volunteers have been busy planting crops in soil blocks to eventually be transplanted once Mother Nature decides spring is really here. The photo on the left brings me so much joy, the vibrancy of the rainbow chard is absolutely brilliant. I’m looking forward to planting more and more crops.
However, the benches in our greenhouse are filling up, so we’re hoping the weather will cooperate and let us get outside soon!