Cornell has a big field they till, disc, and install water lines every 50 feet or so. Then they mark off 25’x25′ plots and rent them out to students, post-docs, or anyone interested in planting their own plants. They also provide compost/manure for fertilizer free of charge. And this whole thing only costs about $20 a year. Last year I split my plot with Porkslap and Ham Chowder and we definitely enjoyed the fruits of our labor.
This year we plan to do it again, but in order to get a headstart on some of our plants (and then hopefully start eating the vegetables earlier) we decided to start the plants indoors before the field is ready. Chels and I picked up a mini-greenhouse full of pete discs. These little things are like the bathtub dinosaurs, just add water and they grow 5 times their size. Once these discs absorbed enough water to be 1 1/4” pellets we could then put our seeds in them.
We started a handful of vegetables, and since we got 72 discs for $5 she decided to start some flowers in the remaining pellets. We put the lid on and it turned into an instant greenhouse.
Now we just have to wait for them to become seedlings, keep them watered and then hopefully the weather outside will cooperate so we can plant them in a month or so. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the garden happenings since I am very proud that I was able to grow stuff last year without killing too much.
Shoot me a message if you want to know more about the garden plots here at Cornell, they really are a good deal.