What else can we grow?
Tomatoes are an obvious choice to sell as plants at the summer and possibly the spring Farmers Markets. There are so many varieties to grow and germination usually very good. It is more difficult for the school to grow tomatoes to gather as most tend to ripen in August, and require daily inspection, watering and gathering, including weekends and holidays. Depending on variety and the weather, tomatoes can be started in February to sell as small plants in March or started in March to May to sell in July. As with all seeds make sure they are labelled tomato seedlings are impossible to tell apart and buyers will want to know what type of tomato they are buying.
Chillies and Peppers
As exotic plants chillies and peppers like heat to get started. If it is a cold spring, delay planting and germinate in the classroom where it is warmer. Follow the instructions on the packet and if growing more than one variety, keep them well labelled. Plants should be ready for the summer market.
Herbs and edible flowers
In the garden there are perennial herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and Lemon Balm. These are pretty hardy and look after themselves. However, it is possible to take cuttings from these plants to grow on and sell at either the spring or summer market. Please refer to the resources blog to find links to other sites that give more information on taking cuttings. If you want the original plant to survive, leave ½ to ¾ of the new growth on the original plant.
Annual herbs such as parsley, coriander, basil and edible flowers such as marigold, nasturtium and sweet violet can be grown as an additional item for a class growing one of the other families of plants. Check the cultivation instructions on the seed packets for planting times and grow in pots in the poly tunnel.
See here also for links to other online resources