Sunday, 18 March 2012

So soon!?!

Not that I have been doing this all that long - but I think this year will have to go on record as being the earliest I've ever planted anything in a garden...

We had beautiful, record breaking weather here in MN over the last week (we even hit 80 degrees once or twice), so I spent the weekend working in the garden.

Vegetable Garden:  Post-Expansion
I expanded the existing vegetable garden - straightening it out to make it easier to fence in (pesky rabbits) and added the remaining portion between the garden and our shed.  It's now about 16' x 37'.  We still need to move the compost bin and dig up the sod, but hopefully we'll get that finished up this week.

Lettuce Bed - First Planting
As for planting, I used a broadfork on a 4'x8' section on the East side of the garden.  I run it in both directions at about 3" intervals.  My dirt is nice and moist and crumbly this year, with lots of organic material left from the leaf cover we use over the winter.

Here I planted my lettuces, radishes, and beets in 4' rows, from front to back as follows:
  • Spinach
  • Arugala
  • Green Romaine
  • Red Romaine
  • Green Butterhead
  • Red Grand Rapids Lettuce
  • Green Grand Rapids Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Beets
The Red Romaine seeds were pelleted and SUPER easy to seed.  If they germinate well, we will definitely consider more pelleted seeds in the future.  Still to plant while the ground is cool:  the onions, carrots, kohlrabi and peas.  The soil is already at 60 degrees, so we want to get these guys in the ground soon.

We hope to have sprouting seeds in 3-5 days.  More to come!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like your biggest fan was helping. What a cutie. Garden looks great