It reached 80 degrees this week. Twice. Three times, almost!
While we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being outside all week, I know…I just know…that there will be another frost. Or two. Or three. It can snow in May here.
I REEEEAAAALLLYYYY want to plant the rest of my seeds and transplant a few potted plants, but I shall resist the urge. I shall.
This past week, I planted 6 squares of spinach, 2 squares with red cabbage, 2 squares of arugula, 2 squares of kale, 2 squares of mustard greens. I paid $2.27 for the spinach seeds…and I only used about 1/3 of the bag. (I’ll use the rest of the bag to plant another round once it starts cooling down in late summer.) These hardy green/red leafy veggies can be planted even 8-10 weeks before frost, so I’m a little late to the game…but they are in the ground, none the less!
I planted them in my “salad garden planter”…which has 2 squares still available…and I have yet to decide what will be planted there.
Masking tape. Yes, that is masking tape that you see. I used it last year…worked like a charm. So rather than go out and buy something, I’ll just be resourceful and use what I’ve got 🙂
Seeds…anxiously awaiting to be planted.
Press a few holes into the dirt…1/2 inch deep or so.
Take a few seeds into your palm (these are kale seeds)…and add 3-4 seeds into each hole. I don’t test for germination, so I compromise by adding 3-4 seeds per hole. And if they all sprout, then I take out a few sprouts, leaving just one plant in each hole/space.
Sprinkle a pinch full of vermiculite over the seeds.
Fill each hole in with the vermiculite.
It will look like this. The vermiculite provides a light covering for the seeds, making it easy for the teeny, tiny little sprouts to push their way through up to the surface, to find the sun!
Loosely spread a little dirt over and around the vermiculite and the holes.
Because I have no memory cells left in my brain. I did get my final SFG plan updated…for this planter at least!
I also prepared the space where I will grow a slew of green beans this year. It’s where I grew the squash last year. And it’s ready for seeds.
But I shall wait until the danger of frost has passed 🙂
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