Sustainable Business Center Ready for Spring Gardening

The first day of spring brought warm weather and vibrant spring flowers to Galesburg. For many the warm weather and blooming plants signaled that gardens would be planted soon.

At the Sustainable Business Center we spent the winter picking out seeds and new gardening methods to try. Our garden plot is tilled and ready for planting in April once the tilled earth has warmed up. Many gardeners in the area started growing their seeds inside and will being planting earlier. Starting plants from seed indoors requires an area that receives a lot of sunlight and is warm. At the Sustainable Business Center it was decided to plant the seeds directly and will begin planting early spring crops around Good Friday.

Over the course of the spring and summer our garden will be providing lots of fresh produce to be used in en season café. Early spring crops will include radishes, spinach, chives, lettuce, green onion and kale. In early may after the last frost date has passed we will put in carrots, zucchini, purple bush beans, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, lima beans, and pumpkins. New trellising techniques will be used on the tomatoes and zucchinis to maximize garden space and support the plants as they grow.

Edible herb landscaping will be planted near the café entrance. Creating edible landscapes is easy, just plant your favorite herbs in clay pots and then bury the pots in place of ornamental shrubs or flowers. The clay pots prevent the herbs from spreading so you can create a delicious landscape arrangement in an area not normally used to grow food. At the Sustainable Business Center herbs from our edible landscaping in addition to herbs from the garden will be used to flavor the spring and summer dishes served up at en season.

En season’s lunch offerings will feature produce from the garden as it becomes available. As the growing season picks up en season also plans to take advantage of the abundance of fresh produce to open for brunch on Saturdays from 9am-2pm in May. Make sure to check out the En season kitchen facebook page to find out the first Saturday brunch date and see their daily specials.

For an inside view of En Season, see below:

For more information about the Sustainable Business Center, please visit us at www.sustainablebusinesscenter.com or call us at (309) 343-1191.

For more information regarding local food and agriculture, contact Lorelei Ullrich at lorelei@sustainablebusinesscenter.com.

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