From Gardener to Farmer: A Story for Seedling Season



My daughter helping me label plants for last year’s plant sale at Over the Fence Urban Farm (Columbus, OH)  

Seedlings for Self-Sufficiency and Community

It’s seedling season in Central Ohio! Last week I purchased a pallet of potting soil with a few farmer friends and we’re off to the races. It wasn’t long ago that the notion of buying 60 bags of growing medium in one pop would have seemed like a far out idea. It wasn’t that long ago that I was buying all my seedlings at other people’s plant sales. This year I’ll be hosting my 4th Annual Pollinator Lover’s Plant Sale, aimed at getting more people to plant native perennials to provide habitat for bees and other pollen movers. (As an aside, 2020 marks the first  Ohio Native Plant Month, brought about through OH HB 59, signed July 2019).

I remember when, as a still relatively novice gardener and younger mother interested in showing my kids where our food comes from, I tried to grow my own seedlings. I laugh now at the single spinach plants I housed in four-inch pots and the leggy tomatoes I grew on the floor of our three-season porch. We learned so much. And, I had so much more to learn.

Early seedling experiments.

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