The Door County Seed Library is looking for at least 25 seed stewards to participate in the 2023 Seed Steward Program to help them preserve Ken Paschke beans. In this program, volunteers will grow out these seeds, save them, and donate a portion back to the seed library. This program helps the seed library to maintain the Ken Paschke bean variety, which is a Door County original.
Ongoing through June 1.
Saturday, April 22
10 am – 4 pm
Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor
Stop by our table to learn beginning and advanced seed saving techniques. You can also pick up free seed packets for your garden!
Sunday, April 23, 1 -3 PM
Stop by our table at the Earth Day Festival to pick up free native seed packets. The festival also features wetland walks, tree planting with The Big Plant, demonstrations, citizen science, and other family-fun activities.
Saturday, April 29
11 am – noon
Crossroads at Big Creek
Door County Master Gardener Dora Leonardson will explain how to grow herbs, veggies, and flowers in a straw bale! Straw bale gardens are inexpensive to set up and suited for locations with limited space or poor soil.
Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
Crossroads at Big Creek
Presented in collaboration with the Door County Master Gardeners Association and Crossroads at Big Creek
Proper garden planning in the spring means a successful seed harvest in the fall! Learn how to properly plant your seed garden with author and seed saver Bevin Cohen. Bevin will cover important topics such as spacing and isolation distances to ensure varietal purity, flower structure, pollination and basic seed saving equipment and techniques. Bevin will also share some of his favorite varieties for beginning seed savers, some interesting and different crops to try and information about pollinator partner plants. Copies of Bevin’s books, including his latest, Grow Great Vegetables, will be available for purchase after his talk.
Bevin Cohen is an award-winning author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm in Michigan. He offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food. Bevin is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Mother Earth News, Modern Farmer Magazine and The Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. He’s the author or editor of more than ten books, including Saving Our Seeds, The Artisan Herbalist and his latest, Grow Great Vegetables in Wisconsin. Learn more about Bevin’s work at www.bevincohen.com.
Hard to believe it is now 5 weeks past our last frost free date and 6 weeks since my last post. It’s
almost time to start the count of weeks before first frost to plan fall and cold crop planting. Golly. I haven’t even started picking tomatoes yet!
That being said, I already harvested all my Pac Choi, Kohlrabi and I am harvesting loads of Snap, Snow and English Peas, Arugula, Kale and Swiss Chard. One of my zucchini plants has 4” zucchinis on it that I can harvest soon and the broccoli is close to harvest time. Yea!
2/3 weeks BLF date and I’m feeling hopeful. Temperature in the 60’s is being promised for the weekend! Oh yay. I really believe no one appreciates Spring and warmer temperatures more than we do in Door County!
Technically our zone 5 has May 16 as the last frost date despite the National Weather Bureau reporting a 30 -40% chance of frost for that date and less than 20% chance for May 31. Which would you choose?
I was told this week by a Door County man who hails from a long line of farmers that the family vegetable gardens were always planted on Memorial weekend. That’s good sound experience advice I can relate to.
Have you finished all your early cool season crop seeds and are looking for something to do? Now would be a good time to finish pruning the non flowering shrubs, cutting new edges to the flower and shrub beds, amend soil if you haven’t yet and…. Yes, I’m going to say the W word, weed.