Late November, Sequim, Washington — planning my raised bed vegetable garden including best varieties, planting times, and small space recommendations.
Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening shaped this plan. This year I promise that I’d try to keep my planting in square foot sections. I often slip in plants to any available space. This makes planting mid-season and later difficult.
If you live in a climate similar to the Maritime Northwest, Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide is invaluable. Be sure you get the second edition 2014.
My seeds are a mix of those I bought three years ago and new seeds for this year. (Stored in a cool, dry location, seeds remain viable for years.)
Pinetree is my first choice. Lower prices and shipping costs than many.
Park Seeds for pelleted seeds and seed tape. Reasonable prices and shipping.
Territorial Seeds for Laika parsley seed disks.
This years plan (2018) for one raised bed. Another bed has a vertical gardening trellis — cucumbers, pole beans, and tomatoes. There is room for a few more cruciferous vegetables plus a half bed of Mara Des Bois strawberries. I will write more in another post.
Unless noted, plant seed into the raised bed. For a head start, germinate and grow you seedlings in a warm bright space. (I do that.)
1, Detroit Beet — (63 Days, Germ 5-10 Days) I’ve grown other beet varieties such as Bulls Blood for greens. I prefer Detroit for excellent early greens and tasty full size beets later in the year. I don’t use Detroit’s excellent freezing qualities. With my small beds there is no extra to keep.
Plant seeds 1/2” deep 1-2” apart with soil temperatures at 50 degrees. Soaking seed overnight aids germination. You can sow more seeds 1” apart and thin to nine per square. Eat the tender greens you thinned.
As with all seeds if they fail to germinate replant. Cool wet weather slows germination.
2, 3, 6, 7, Soloist Cabbage — (49 Days, Germ 7-12 Days) A first time planting, I chose it for compact size and Chinese style. resistant to downey mildew
4, 8, Rainbow Chard — (50 days, Germ 5-10 Days) Pick early eat raw and later steam larger stems. The colored stems make a handsome display. I will get Bright Lights Chard too.
5, New Red Fire Lettuce — (45 Days, Germ 4-10 Days) This lettuce is slow to turn bitter in hot weather. (Not that we have much.) Produces abundantly with a mild fresh flavor. It will regrow if leaves are cut high 1.5 – 2” as will many other greens — cut and come again technique.
9, Pelleted City Garden — (35 days, Germ 4-10 Days) Park seeds says, “mix of the 5 greens in this exciting mix! City Garden brings you baby lettuces of red, bronze, and green, with varying shapes, sizes, and leaf textures to create delicious salads every day.” I agree. There are 10 pellets sealed in a plastic tube. I used the cut and come again strategy.
Read the planting instructions and just press pellet into soil. Cover. The instructions work; doing it my way didn’t.
10, Wild Arugula — (30-40 days, Germ 2-15 Days) These are old seeds I saved from a Territorial order. This arugula tastes peppery good in salad or lightly steam for a different presentation.
11, 12, Warrior Onion (60 Days, Germ 5-10 Day)
A recent 2016 All American Selection award winner that is ready 60 days from direct seeding and just 30 days after transplanting into the garden. We observed that it was more robust and earlier than our others onions, growing seed,, and held up well as we continued picking themit,. Uniform, slender stems are perfect for harvesting at ½”. — Pinetree Seeds
I direct sow these seeds late April. Transplant mid May. For early onions start inside February or Mach. Then transplant.
13, 14, Pelleted Simply Salad Wonder Wok Mix — (35 Days Germ 4 to 10 Days) A blend of baby pak choi, kale, and mustard greens — we eat raw but stir fry the bulk.
Read the planting instructions and just press pellet into soil. Cover. The instructions work; doing it my way didn’t. Source Park Seeds.
15,16, Cutting Celery —
AFINA CUTTING CELERY (63 DAYS)
First year experiment. Looks interesting.Text from Pine Tree catalogue. I’ll start my celery indoors. I’m looking for crunchy in dishes.
This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews. Grows about 18 inches tall. Both stocks and leaves are cut at a younger, more tender stage than regular celery. 50 seeds
Indoors- 10-12 weeks before last frost, soak seeds 24 hours, plant 1/4” deep. Keep soil at 70-75 degrees and moist. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant after last frost 8-12” apart.
Harvest- The stalks over 8-10”, from outside in. Entire plant late summer through the fall.
Tips- A heavy feeder. Add compost to planting area then fertilize regularly, mulch and keep moist.
17, Radish Cherry Belle — (21 Days, Germ 5 Days) Mild radish with flavor I sometimes interplant with slow germinating carrots. Often I place a scrap of floating row cover over them to keep pests away. Harvest early for best flavor.
18, 19, Red Cored Chantenay Carrot — (75 Days, Germ 6-14 days) Quality choices include Mokum 54 days and Little Finger 60 days. I’m trying Chantenay this year.
20, 24, Chives — (60 days, Germ 2-3 Weeks) Perennial — Start seeds in early spring . When harvesting cut to 2″ of the soil. If they blossom eat the flowers in salad. I pick them before the seeds form. If starting from seed, give them a chance to establish themselves — pick 3 times.
We eat chives and parsley by the cupful in salads. Our chives have a mild onion flavor but you can start garlic flavored ones too.
21, Pelleted Alfresco — (35 Days, Germ 5-10 Days) The mix brings you baby lettuces of red and green, plus arugula, endive, and radicchio in multi-seed pellets. Each pellet contains 5 seeds of different varieties yielding at least 3 seedlings.1 Great for lettuce themed Greek salad. Park seeds sourced.
Read the planting instructions and just press pellet into soil. Do not bury. The instructions work; doing it my way didn’t. Plant only 4X width of the seed.
Cut and come again works with these. This is now my preference for most of this harvest. Experimented last year to confirm it works when I cut plants back 2” above soil.
22, 23, Cabbage Red Express — I wanted to try Kalibos, but it sold out. (Buy starts from a local nursery. Try to pick a variety that will flourish in a square foot. ) I will start Red Express myself. If I dig the variety, the seed keeps for years.
25 Nasturtium Empress of India — ( 40 Days, Germ 10-12 Days) A more compact variety grown for flowers and leaves to eat in salads — colorful and peppery. If you like other varieties pick a non rambling type. Don’t fertilize.
26 Detroit Beet Second Planting — See above
27, 28, Laika Parsley (70 Days Germ 10-15 Days) I use seed disks from Territorial Seeds. Expensive if this is the only seed you get. But Catharine and I like the flavor and production of this flat leaf variety. If you buy soak it overnight before planting. The disks don’t survive soaking just keep the soil moist. Or buy plants from nursery…
We are not a sprig of parsley garnishers. But chop cupfuls for use in salads and other dishes. both enjoy Chef Buck’s Cauliflower Parsley Salad.
Green Wave Mustard — ranges from mild to pure fire depending on its maturity
Kentucky Bean — A Cross of Blue Lake and Kentucky Wonder
Aspabroc Broccoli — (haven’t tried this yet but will fit in a corner of my vertical garden)
Cherry Bomb Tomatoes — on the trellis in the vertical bed, I will grow the plants to transplant.
Rattle Snake Pole Beans — on the trellis
Suyo Long Cucumber — grown vertical — burpless, slice and eat or combine with vinegar and onion, it’s claimed they are less convoluted on a trellis, no matter a favorite.
Mara Des Bois Ever-bearing Strawberry — Fine flavor, texture, and aroma but not huge berries. Replaced Tri-Star and Seascape varieties in my garden.
I’ll do a more detailed vertical gardening post later this season. You will see most of the above varieties featured in the bed.
Planting Depth For Vegetable Seeds
Rule of thumb: plant seeds at a depth 2 ‐ 4 times the width of the seed. Small seeded crops such as lettuce or carrots should be planted no more than ¼” deep. Larger seeds such as beans, peas, squash or sweet corn should be about 1” ‐ 2” deep. Note: press soil down, but, but seed,over seeds for good seed to soil contact! Water — .
- According to Park and my experience with them ↩