Start more seeds inside. Top off raise beds. Stir raised bed top layers.
New starts include Aspabrocolli1, kale, arugula, and nasturtiums…
More information — My minimal seed starting system
Green things: lettuce, kale, mustards, arugula…
Brassica: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower
Nightshade: tomato, peppers
Small Garden Consideration
Seeds are expensive. Buying plants from your local nursery can be an effective low cost strategy. But seed catalogs offer that special variety.
- Clean Beds
- Prepare Soil
- Beginning in Mid-March I plant outside in our raised beds. I plant only a few seeds in these early plantings. (Try to reserve space for a second or third plantings.) Nasty weather lurks in March. …slowing or stopping germination. Good bets for direct planting outside.
- Peas (edible pod)
- Onion Sets
- Swiss Chard
- February’s hardened off 2 seed starts (cold tolerant like greens)
- Divide perennials (chives)
- Trap, pick, squish, and/or relocate slugs — start before planting and continue
All depends on what’s happening in your beds.
New empty bed see below3 for the top layer. Got deep beds fill the bottom with less expensive soil. Avoid blends with saw dust. They break down quickly lowering soil levels.
- 1/3 Peat Moss—Available at any garden center or supermarket
- 1/3 Vermiculite—Buy the coarse grade in large 4-cubic-foot bags at any garden center or home improvement store. (check for size in stock)
- 1/3 Blended Compost—If you don’t have your own compost operation
…buy bags of compost at the garden center to get started. Then, start your own compost pile as soon as possible. I’ll explain some simple steps for foolproof composting later in the book. However, one word of caution here: You must have a blended compost, so don’t buy all the same kind. Pick out one bag of this and one bag of that.5Mel recommends a 5″ deep top layer6Book Recommendation
The New Western Garden Book by Sunset Magazine focuses on the West Coast including Alaska and the Desert Southwest.
A useful encyclopedic guide to plants and planting. Not oriented toward vegetable gardening but the thousand concise words in the tomato entry is to the point. It gives excellent information about different types and varieties of tomatoes and many other edibles.
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- From SuperSeeds.comCapture the savory taste of broccoli and asparagus in one plant. Entire plant is edible with extremely tender, long slender stems with asparagus like texture and florets that have a sweet, milder flavor with a slight peppery undertone. Performs well with little space in a spring or fall planting. Harvest the small 3-4” main stalk head first, smaller florets will continue for over a month. A hybrid of broccoli and Kai Lan -chinese broccoli, developed in the early 1990’s, it has gained popularity over the last 20 years. 30 seeds ↩
- >1. Harden off gradually, so that seedlings become accustomed to strong sunlight, cool nights and less-frequent watering over a 7-10 day period.>2. On a mild day, start with 2-3 hours of sun in a sheltered location.>3. Protect seedlings from strong sun, wind, hard rain and cool temperatures.>4. Increase exposure to sunlight a few additional hours at a time and gradually reduce frequency of watering, but do not allow seedlings to wilt. Avoid fertilizing.>5. Keep an eye on the weather and listen to the low temperature prediction. If temperatures below the crop’s minimum are forecast, bring the plants indoors or close the cold frame and cover it with a blanket or other insulation.>6. Know the relative hardiness of various crops. Onions and brassicas are hardy and can take temperatures in the 40’s. After they are well hardened off, light frosts won’t hurt them. Warm-season crops such as eggplants, melons and cucumbers prefer warm nights, at least 60° F. They can’t stand below-freezing temperatures, even after hardening off.>7. Gradually increase exposure to cold.>8. After transplanting to the garden, use a weak fertilizer solution to get transplants growing again and to help avoid transplant shock. Be sure to water plants after hardening them off.https://gg.memberclicks.net/hardening-off-plant-starts↩
- I added this to the top layer of my bed 3 years ago. Added some lime and ↩
- Place coffee grounds in clumps to feed red wiggler worms…. This is an experiment! More conventional worm composting see Worms Eat My Garbage↩
- Include chicken manure and the like ↩
- Experiment Center For Urban Horticulture U of W. Forty years old memory — Raised beds — four different mixtures of Cedar Grove Compost — bed growing the most vegetables by weight had a 9” layer on top. ↩