Yesterday afternoon Cara, Sarah, and I planted our little veggie seedlings in the teaching garden. We ended up with 10 rows of veggies altogether. Some we directly sowed and did not start from seeds. These tend to do better when direct sowed (ds).
From left to right we planted in rows
1) carrots & radish (ds)
2) mesculin, white chard, & arugula (all ds)
3) kale & red chard (ds)
8) (sickly, sad looking) lettuce
Things we learned
· Plant half as many seedlings of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumber. We had about half a flat of each of these leftover. We’re keeping some on reserve in case some of our seedlings don’t make it. Otherwise, we will be donating them to our staff garden near our kitchen on our property.
· Trying to start onions from seed is extremely difficult. We had to scrap all of our “seedling onions.” The onions we planted are the ones that were rescued from our garden earlier this spring (which were planted last fall).
· Egg cartons are great for starting seeds but you can’t keep them in the carton for very long. We lost of all our cute little squash plants because we didn’t bump them up to a bigger pot fast enough. We will be directly sowing the rest of our squash seedlings next week in hopes of having some squash plants (for Cara and Sarah to eat).
· Starting lettuce from seed also did not seem to go very well. I couldn’t give up on them so I planted them in one of our open/unused rows. I also seem to have misplaced the other lettuce seeds I thought we had so if these little guys don’t take, I will have to go buy some more.
Today I planted and capped all the flats with Espoma Organic Seed Start Premium Potting Mix. I planted one seed per space in the 72 count trays/flats (except for the carrots & a couple of others, they were just too dang small). Anyway, here is what was planted.
Now some of these I purchased new. Others I found in a pile of seeds from previous years of gardening. They were what I like to call my gamble. I wanted to see if they would work and it may save me $1.78 in not buying seeds.