, Newburyport, MA

February 25, 2013

It's all about the seeds at the library

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group will focus on seeds when it meets tomorrow from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library Program Room, 94 State St.

Starting and growing one’s own seedlings allows people to choose from an almost unlimited number of varieties of their favorite vegetables, ones that they would never find for sale at the big box stores or even local garden centers. The group will talk about what kinds of vegetables actually benefit from being started from seed indoors and then transplanted; what basic equipment is needed, with an emphasis on re-purposing or recycling common household items; how to time activities to New England weather, and then what to do as plants grow but before they are ready to be planted outside.

Dawn Vallejo, co-chairwoman of the group, has been starting her own tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, onions, herbs and flowers from seed for many years and will be sharing her experiences and mistakes. This will be a roundtable discussion, with input from others who start their own seedlings and questions from those who haven’t tried yet encouraged. Bring along any seeds for sharing or swapping.

The Edible Garden Group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably grown local food. For more information, contact Deb Carey at or 978-388-5629.