I haven’t had much time to write lately. Planting season has begun! We still have a ton of work to do in the garden, but so far I have four 17’x4′ raised beds planted. I’m loosely using the square foot gardening method.
Here are my onions. A dear friend blessed me with her leftover onion sets, which were more than enough to fill my raised bed. Half are white onions, half are yellow. Onion sets are easy to plant (so much easier than tiny onion plants raised from seed). You just push them into the soil enough to get them just below or right at the soil line, and keep watered. Don’t bother covering them back over with dirt. I planted 16 onions per square foot.
Here’s my cabbage bed. I planted one plant per square foot. I ended up having to plant a flat (24 ct) of cabbage seedlings from a local nursery since I didn’t have enough homegrown plants. My mother-in-law blessed us with these. I’d thank her publicly, but she insists that we musn’t ever thank somebody for a plant or it’ll die, so I thank her for thinking of us instead.
There are several different varieties in there. My red cabbage grown from seed did not do well at all. I think there were two or three that made it to transplanting. Hopefully I’ll be able to fend off the cabbage moths, and keep the worms to a minimum this year.
This is my broccoli bed. I had to get nursery plants because I managed to kill every single one of my beautiful broccoli seedlings. I’d watered them one evening, and left them outside to continue hardening off. Well, the temperature dipped below freezing overnight, and since the soil was wet, it froze, which in turn froze the roots of my plants. By the next morning, all of them were shriveled up and limp. I hoped they might rebound, but they all turned brown and dried up. Note to self- don’t water potted seedlings before a cold night. Again, I planted one per square foot.
In this bed I’ve planted peas and carrots. On the right side of the trellis I planted pea seeds- sugar snap, purple podded, and Lincoln peas. My mother-in-law gave me some pea plants, so I stuck them in the bed as well.
I also sprinkled lots of different carrot seeds in the bed. I didn’t even bother spacing them, I just broadcast them as evenly as possible in their different sections. I’ll thin them as they grow. I planted: Purple carrots, Little Finger, Atomic Red, and Tendersweet. I also scattered Parsnip seeds on the far end of the bed.
Everything is pretty much still germinating in the pea and carrot bed.
Inside the house I still have three grow lights packed with little seedlings growing steadily. Mostly warm weather plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Plus the celery I’m still hardening off, and a few other different things. Lots going on!!
That’s what the garden looks like so far. Have you been able to plant anything yet?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.