It is finally fall!! And, while we are still taking a beating from the Texas heat at the farm, we all hope for cooler weather soon! So many exciting things have been happening over the last few weeks, and I am enjoying every minute of it. A lot of plants have been in and out of the greenhouse lately and I am so amazed and thrilled at how quickly we are seeing things grow.
I also learned a new technique for germinating seeds in the greenhouse! Some seeds actually require light in order to germinate and can often be difficult to grow. Different lettuces actually require their seeds to receive light before they will germinate. So, in order for us to have a successful germination rate of our varieties of lettuces we actually just sprinkle the seeds over wet vermiculite. We do not cover the seeds up, and then just wait for germination. The picture below shows one of our trays of vermiculite. Slowly the seeds have started to germinate, and currently the romaine lettuce has the best and quickest rate. Hopefully the leeks and shallots just need a little more time before they also germinate. Once all the little seedlings get a little bigger, they will be transplanted into seedling trays so they can be easily fertilized and watered in the greenhouse. Eventually the plants will be transplanted into the ground to produce delicious crops for us!