Sowing Seeds for the Growing Season

Tomato plants grafted with Estamino rootstock.

It may still be snowing, but spring is officially here! Before you can start planting, you’ll need to wait until the snow melts and the ground thaws. In the meantime, there’s actually a fair amount of work for you to do: pruning trees, sowing slow-growing flowers, and covering or tamping down perennials that have heaved out of the ground. (Get more March Gardening tips from UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science here.)


Cedar Circle Farm is abuzz with activity – we’re getting ready for Opening Day on Saturday, April 27th, making sure the greenhouses, farmstand, and Hello Café are in tip top shape. Our farmers have also been diligently seeding flowers and vegetable starts in the greenhouses, so we can start planting as soon as it’s warm enough.


Just last week we were able to graft hundreds of tomato plants that will eventually produce our early season tomatoes in June. Grafting is the process of splicing two different plant varieties and joining them together to grow as one, more disease resistant and prolific plant. You can almost taste the delicious, organic red slicer tomatoes now.


While you wait for fresh summer tomatoes, try making this winter chili recipe with your preserved (or canned!) tomatoes.


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