8th annual seedy saturday, march 24, at turtle tree

THE 8TH ANNUAL Seedy Saturday, celebrating the coming of spring, will be welcomed back on March 24 to Turtle Tree Seed in Copake, New York, for talks and all-new demos, followed by hands-on sowing in the greenhouses. Learn in half-day workshops to start seeds like a pro, and go home with a flat full of ones you sowed yourself.

Join me and my beloved neighbors and friends from Turtle Tree, the nation’s leading biodynamic seed company, for this special opportunity to visit their charming and inspiring headquarters at Camphill Village and learn by watching, then doing. Proceeds from Seedy Saturday benefit nonprofit Turtle Tree, part of Camphill Village is a community of people, some with special needs, who live and work together caring for each other and the Earth, following practices inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

Every time I visit Camphill and Turtle Tree, I don’t just learn something new about gardening–but I go away feeling inspired and hopeful that such a place exists in this mad, mad world. You will, too.

You’ll also have a chance to shop from all 350 Turtle Tree seed varieties with your “personal shoppers” and TTS co-managers Ian Robb and Lia Babitch alongside to help make tough choices (unless you have room for all 350 in your garden!).

Margaret, Ian and Lia will each showcase their unique, must-have varieties from among the embarrasment of great choices to help you grow some extra-special things this garden season.

In your choice of two half-day sections (choose morning or afternoon when ordering a ticket), we’ll split our time between some classroom, some demos, and then apply it all in greenhouse by “doing.” Each attendee will go home with a flat of sown seeds from among a wide selection appropriate for March sowing. Just some of what we will cover:

  • Why use local and organic seeds, anyway?
  • How to do a germination test with leftover seed
  • When to sow what (using the Stella Natura calendar or other calculating tactics)
  • What to direct-sow instead
  • The ideal soil medium
  • Proper tenhnique for moisture and watering
  • Seed depths
  • Succession-sowing schedules for continuous supply
  • How to fill and start flats
  • Transplanting and aftercare
  • Special tips for trickier seed

In the middle: a refreshment break, with goodies from the famous Camphill Bakery, including cookies, rolls & spreads plus coffee or tea.

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