I'm getting a jump start on the kitchen garden this year
I have learned so much the last two years about what works for me and what doesn't
and how long it takes for certain veggies to mature.
I learned too, about the growing habits of certain vegetables and how to manage them so you don't end up with vegetables and vines growing totally out of control...
like Jack and the Beanstalk out of control!
This year I am caging my cucumbers and using a pickling variety
instead of the seedless cukes
I pruned all of the fruit trees a bit too...both the apples and the peaches
and all of the citrus trees
Some of the vegetables do just" OK" when they are sown directly in the soil and others seem to do better when they are planted from a 6 pack
These are chives
and they are a rapid grower
anyway you plant them
New this year are turnips
I have really gotten lazy with my plant markers! I know!
Bed preparation has been key to the health of the veggies too,
and I now have a pretty easy system after each harvest is done.
I add 1 large bag of GreenAll and one large bag of Farmers seed cover then I work the soil really well. After you direct sow your seeds,
water gently then sprinkle a top layer of the seed cover
and water again.
It usually takes about a week to see the the new sprouts pop up.
Tomatoes are in the nursery already and I love Early Girl!
I get more great tomatoes from this variety.
I'm triple staking my tomatoes again
because this worked really well last year
I will plant some heirloom varieties
as soon as I see them in the Nursery
The tutuers are planted with Asian peas
and the rest of the bed has celery, parsley and beets
This bed is all direct sow seeds...mesclun, spinach and basil
Behind the cages are fennel, which was sown direcly into the soil and then heavily thinned out. That too has done really well so I will probably do some more this summer.
I did some broccoli direct sow about a month ago and it seems to be doing pretty well too...but these are little babies right now!
If you aren't sure what you should direct sow, most of the seed companies
have guides just for that purpose or you can read some good gardening books about just that.
The New Organic Grower
by Eliot Coleman
This book is written with large scale vegetable gardening in mind,
but it is full of really useful tools and techniques
for the home gardener too.
I love the vegetable garden.
I never thought I would like it this much,
but it is so much fun and not all that much work really.
Thank you for all of the great comments on my last few posts! I am so sorry for not getting emails out to everyone and answering questions.
I will do my best!