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Salad Kit

May 15, 2024

Kit Contents and Resources

Lettuce: Aniibiishens(an)

Cucumber: Bipakoombens(an)

Cherry tomato: Gichi-ogin(iin)

Carrot: Okaadaak(oon)

Bell Pepper: Gaa-wiisagang-goodotaagan(an)

Tips and Tricks

  • One way to think about these plants is in terms of cool season and warm season. Some plants we grow in our gardens prefer warmer temperatures and warmer soil to grow. Peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers are examples of warm season plants, which is one of the reasons why they are often started indoors late in the winter to get a jump start on the season and avoid any frost outdoors. 
  • Cucumbers do best planted in 6-inch mounds with 3-4 seeds buried 1-inch deep.  
    • Keep your seeds moist until germination. 
    • Once the seeds germinate and you notice sprouts, cucumber plants do well with a 3-inch layer of organic mulch, like shredded leaves, to help cut down on weeds and reduce the evaporation of water.
  • Lettuce and carrots are examples of cool season plants, which means you can grow them as early as you can outdoors to get them comfortable in the soil as it naturally warms with the season. 
    • These seeds are very small, and can be more successfully and evenly spread when mixed with sand. 
    • Since the seeds are so small, you only want to cover them with less than a 1/4 inch of soil.
    • Moisten seeds and make sure to keep them moist. 
    • One option for carrots could be to cover the seeds with a light board, which helps create shade and keep the small seeds moist; frequently check for germination. Once they have germinated, you can remove the board.

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