While we’re experiencing a few heated days, we made our way Upstate to start the 2017 garden year and get our veggies planted. This year we decided to hold off planting a couple weeks due to us having a few scary nights of dropping temperatures last year, but I think we’re in the clear now… and the veggies were ready to move out of Brooklyn and into their new garden home!
A quick recap, here’s what we planted for our Spring garden and here are the dates that we started the seeds indoors and then moved them outside.
Onions | March 18 | May 17
Kale | March 26 | May 17
Cabbage | March 26 | May 17
Brussels Sprouts | March 26 | May 17
Collards | March 26 | May 17
Bok Choy | March 26 | May 17
Cauliflower | March 26 | May 17
Broccoli | March 26 | May 17
Celery | March 26 | May 17
Lettuce | April 22 | TBA
Carrots | May 17 (directly in soil)
Sugar Snap Peas | May 17 (directly in soil)
As you can see from last year’s Spring veggies, not too much has changed. We have our usual cast of characters, with one new addition. This year we’re going to try to grow celery for the first time! Honestly, the seeds were kind of jerks and really hard to germinate so we had to plant them twice. Even then, the seedlings looked pretty pathetic and weren’t up to par with their plant siblings. At the very last minute I found this pack of 6 celery plants for $2 on our way Upstate so I got them. We grow all of our veggies from seeds, but this year the celery just wasn’t happening so I had to give in and buy a pack. Looks like I have to investigate more into these fussy, hard to germinate seeds for next year!
Here’s a cart filled of plants ready to move in. We use Johnny’s Seeds for pretty much everything, grow them indoors with our DIY grow lights setup and nurture them until they’re ready to move outside.
Last year I went crazy with bok choy plants and planted close to 100 of them – it was a bit overkill. This year we are growing a few less plants and I’m going to pick them earlier as I think baby bok choy tastes so much better!
Lately we’re kale obsessed and eat at least 3 bunches a week. I hope we planted enough to hold us over for the Summer!
Usually we split a bag of sugar snap peas up for Spring and Summer but Matthew was complaining that there wasn’t enough sugar snap peas last year so I just went ahead and planted the entire bag – which is 250 plants worth! If they all come up, we’re going to have so many sugar snap peas Matthew won’t be able to eat anything else! I presprouted them at home a few days before planting – this works great and I highly recommend doing this if you’re planting sugar snap peas!
Plenty of onions and carrots planted too. Last year we grew some monster onions so we hope to repeat again this year, we planted about 50 this year. Onions last a while so they’re a great plant to grow a lot of, plus you can dry them or make slow cooker caramelized onions to freeze
Here’s some of the greens. Broccoli, cauliflower, collards, cabbage and Brussels Sprouts…. !
Have you started your garden? What are you growing this season – anything new? Let me know in the comments!