It seems like we live on sea cliffs this year with the wind we’ve had to contend with. We’re an hour and a half from the ocean but not that you’d notice. I enjoy a nice breeze but there are days when it’s strong and constant. It doesn’t help us keep warm with the wind chill. I had Saturday off but the wind chill kept me in. I love gardening but not when I’m shivering and turning blue! Sunday I had to work but it was gorgeous out even with the high winds. So I was very excited when we got out early! Time to plant!
I had to pin everything down as I worked so I wouldn’t be running round the garden catching things and I had to duck my head as the dirt swirled but it was wonderful to be outside and digging in the dirt.
Every year we try to rotate the crops in our raised beds so this year the broccoli and Brussel Sprouts will be near the door.
It’s important to plant the seedlings properly so they thrive. It can be a shock being transplanted. Though these seedlings are in the hardy category it still makes sense to give them a great start. I dig a hole big enough for the seedlings and put in organic plant food and fill the hole with water.
Place the plant in the hole and fill it up. If the dirt is really dry water as you do this. This will help the plants from going into shock. Gently tamp down the dirt so the plant is in snugly. Don’t compact too much though as you don’t want to destroy the ecosystem in the soil.
Water thoroughly. In this bed I also planted my son’s cabbage from school. It’s a program for third graders to learn about gardening. I think it’s a fabulous idea for kids. In September kids can submit photos to win a contest.
I had time to plant the peas so I took advantage of the weather and got it done. I love planting peas. They are so amazing right off the vine and they are a great plant for the garden as they fix the nitrogen into the soil for the next crop.
First the seeds have to be inoculated. Looks icky but it works. I soak the seeds while I prep the bed.
The seeds need to be planted in troughs as you want to gradually add dirt to the roots as the plants come up to keep them cool. For a plant that has such delicate flowers they really love the cool weather.
We moved over the “trellis” from last year. They are getting a bit beat up so we may have to come up with a new plan next year. We’ll see how they work this year.
The seeds can be planted an inch apart down the row. They can handle being planted close together.
Water the seeds and cover with about an inch of soil and then water again.
Then keep fingers crossed that the rabbits don’t get them. We had a big problem with 3 rabbits last year. Spent quite a bit of time chasing them off. They ate a few plants so I had to plant new ones. So far no issues this week but if they do then there is a product we get for organic gardening that has dried blood. Gross but effective. Certainly gets our dogs attention.