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.
I met with Cara and Sarah today at lunch. We’ve decided to create a gardening committee. It’ll be nice to have extra helping hands. Cara suggested directly sowing the radishes but starting squash indoors soon.
It’s okay to ask others for help! I’ve found that even buying gardening books or reading articles online that talking to actual people that have gardening experience far outweighs these other sources of information.
Most of my little flats have sprouted (except for peppers, spinach, and onions). I realized I didn’t plan for enough flats for radishes or tomatoes. I’ll work on this.
Once again, I can’t stress those math skills that seemed useless in school. Pre-planning takes a lot of the stress and anxiety out of starting your own seeds.
In my excitement, I somehow also forgot to purchase green beans (my second favorite veggie to beets). Once again, pre-planning is key.
I suggest keeping a list from year to year what you plant (and what you actually eat).