Manitowoc, WI – April 27, 2022 – The Dramm Corporation completed the installation of 286 solar panels at the new headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The 18,000 sq. ft. ground-mount solar panels produce an annual energy savings of 161,990 kilowatts.
Organic food purchases now exceed $50 billion dollars. In 2010, organic food sales totaled almost 23 billion. Each year, organic food demand increases at an increase of 5% to 12%, with an average of 9% increase per year.* This demand has been driven by women and men shopping for clean, healthy, local food for their families.
With many of us recently inspired to grow our own vegetables, taking on varying sizes of “victory gardens,” there’s no doubt that more of us will have more to water! However, we need to remember to water wisely… water smart, Garden Smart!
Spring is here, and you wish to get a head start on your summer garden! You bought your seeds and now you need to sow them and watch them germinate. Here are a few tips on the procedures for germination and transplanting into your garden.
YOUR FIRST DECISIONS
What kind of container should I use to sow seeds? Where should I place them?
You will have the highest degree of success if you purchase a plug tray (48 or 72 plug holes) that fits into a larger tray that has no drainage holes. The plug tray may or may not already have the holes filled with a soil medium. If not, you’ll need to add a light soil mix; this may require a trip to your local garden center. Carefully soak your plug tray until the soil media is saturated. The easiest way to accomplish this is to fill your waterproof tray half-full of water and place the plug into the tray of water. The soil will absorb the water and place the plus into the tray of water. The soil will absorb the water by capillary action. Now you can sow 1 to 3 seeds per plug. Label the name of the vegetable you have sown. Cover the plug tray with plastic wrap. Ensure that there is some water in the holding tray (this will keep your soil moist for the seed to germinate).
HERE WE GROW!
You’re almost there! Now place the tray onto a radiator or on a table in front of a window. Most seeds require 70 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate. Some require light and some require darkness; check the seed packet for instructions. After 10 to 14 days, most of your seeds should have germinated.
When they have germinated, you should remove the plastic and keep some water in the holding tray to sub-irrigate your seedlings. As the weather warms, you may want to move the tray outside to a sunny location against your house.
If you live in a climate where it is still a bit chilly, you may want to angle a piece of glass or old window over the tray, resting on the house, to make your own greenhouse. Cover the end sides with a piece of wood to stop the rabbits and mice from lunching on your seedlings! By early to mid-May your seedlings should be plug bound (full of roots) and can now be popped out of the tray and into your garden or container! Congratulations!
To help save time and water when gardening, check out some of Dramm’s popular and new items for this summer. All of these products are available at your local garden center as well as online sources. Read More…
Manitowoc, WI – April 8th, 2010 – Spring has arrived and soon we will be out in the garden again with colorful vegetables growing and flowers blooming. This Spring Dramm is adding its own color to the garden with Read More…