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Growing Practices

herb seedlings

We grow sturdy, healthy seedlings by adhering to growing practices we consider good for the earth.  We are certified organic.  Visitors to our urban farm often see our work in progress, and we can actually show them the high quality products and processes we use to grow our plants.  Healthy plants resist pests and disease.   We know it for a fact!

Healthy seedlings start from high quality seed.  We obtain our organic seed from many places, but they are all from reputable seed houses that we know and trust.  Our seed sources include:

High Mowing Organic Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Fedco Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Seeds of Change

Seed Savers Exchange

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Fruition Seeds

Sand Hill Preservation Society

 

For our Seedlings we use:

- High quality potting mix that contains natural, rock-based fertilizers

- Beneficial mycorrhizal fungi inoculation of our plants' roots

- Pest management based on using natural predator insects (beneficial insects) only.  We work hard to provide food, water and shelter for this ecosystem of critters with specific flowers that bloom spring, summer, and fall and little drinking water dishes filled with pebbles so our small friends don't drown.  We used to order these small predators from reputable companies, but now find that the local populations are strong enough that ordering bugs is unnecessary.

 

In the Garden we use...

- Compost, Compost, Compost!  And lucky for you, we sell this "black gold" by the bagful.  Organic matter helps keep our soils awesome.

- Foliar sprays of liquid seaweed, effective microbes and and cold processed, high quality liquid fish (Neptune's Harvest uses human grade scraps from seafood processing) keep our plants healthy.  We try to never over fertilize

 - We don't till our beds but we use a broadfork once a year to loosen our soil.  This protects our soil structure and the organisms living there.

 - We protect our soil from leaching and compaction in the fall and winter with cover crops

 - To conserve water we use soaker hose irrigation and a thick layer of leaf mulch year round

 

If you have gardening questions about plants you have purchased from us, don't hesitate to send them our way!

Elderberry Syrup Making Class on 8/12/2017July 24th, 2017

Elderberries are starting to ripen! It’s the perfect time to learn all about this trusted traditional remedy for keeping you and your family healthy. We will be in the garden with the elderberri

FREE Lead Soil Screenings and Community Garden Event on 8/19/2017July 24th, 2017

Join Garden Dreams, Grow Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Conservation District, Steel City Soils and partners on August 19th to learn why soil lead contamination is a serious problem in our communiti

Intro to Ecotherapy on 5/24/2017April 15th, 2017

Disconnection from our ecosystems creates depression, stress, anxiety, as we are genetically and fundamentally in relationship with our environment. Ecotherapy offers guided support to deepen the bond

Have a Question?

Contact Us Online or Call 412-638-3333

The nursery is CLOSED for the season but will remain open for educational workshops and events.

Phone: 412-501-FARM (3276)              Email: info @ mygardendreams dot com

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