Written by Noah Evans, Food Systems Educator

Volunteers at the February Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula work day transplanted many tomato seedling blocks – over 100 – to larger pots where they will continue to grow in the BGCP greenhouse. These seedlings were started using a method called soil blocking, in which seeds are started and grown in cubes of soil before being transplanted. These tomatoes will be grown as part of this year’s Seedling Giveaway hosted by Each Green Corner. Our volunteers used this same method of soil blocking to start a new batch of squash and cucumber seeds.  

Volunteers making blocks of squash and cucumber seedlings. (February 17th, 2024. Photo taken by EGC Fellow Noah Evans) 

In addition, volunteers added additional lines of irrigation into the raised beds throughout the garden. This style of automatic irrigation directs water directly into the soil, feeding it straight to the roots of the plants where it is needed. This method not only more efficiently distributes water, but also saves on water by reducing evaporation and water loss.

Volunteers adding tubing to irrigation system in raised bed. (February 17th, 2024. Photo taken by EGC volunteer Noah Evans)


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