Although spring is still a few months away, gardeners are already getting a jump on the season by starting seeds indoors. The Comox Valley growers and Seed Savers will be hosting a talk on “Seed Starting 101” on Thursday, February 7th at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert. The talk will be led by local Agrologist, Arzeena Hamir, with tips for both new and experienced gardeners.
Although most seeds can wait until springtime to be started, leeks, onions, peppers and tomatoes need to be started indoors, in order for them to mature in time. Arzeena will cover low-cost methods of getting seed started as well as how to avoid common issues such as damping off and fungus gnats.
Moss Dance, owner and farmer at Ripple Farm in Merville, will also be giving a brief presentation on her visit to Fraser Common Farm , a co-operatively-owned farm in Aldergrove. Co-operative farms are one way in which multiple owners can help save farmland and make it available for new farms. Although there are a number of co-operatively-owned farms in the Lower Mainland, there are none in the Comox Valley.
As always, light refreshments will also be served at the meeting. Participants are asked to bring a pair of slippers, if possible. To reach Creekside, take Cumberland Road, turn left on Arden, and the first left on Morello. Follow to the end, Lambert, and park on the street.
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