Well we had a storm scare but the garden is officially up and running! Our hearty Spring vegetables have been planted marking this the official start of the gardening season!
On April 1 we planted all of our broccoli, cauliflower, pak choi, onion, kale and lettuce seedlings which just sprinkled the empty garden with green! I love this time of the year where you watch the empty garden transition into a green wonderland, cheering on every single seedling to grow big and strong! When we transition the seedlings into Spring we always spend a few days to harden them off, and then we spend one long afternoon planting everyone in their new home.
With your instructions for how to build a container and how to plant a raised bed garden box all read already (I hope!), alongside your seeds you’ve been growing for months (you have been, right?) then we’re ready to push the garden into Spring and wait for baskets full of harvest!
First let’s say hello to our baby garden beauties (aka the seedlings).
Now let’s take a look at each as we plant…
Hi broccoli. Are you as amazed as I am to know a little seed turns into this which turns into a full plant producing a giant head of broccoli? I’m like a broken record about this but it’s just really special to think about this and watch them grow.
In the first few weeks when we’re unsure of the nights might get too cold we’ll keep them under the greenhouse. We always put filled water bottles inside the greenhouse. The water bottles will warm up with the sun during the day, keeping the warmth to last through the night heating up the seedlings.
The kale was planted next to it’s 6 older brother kale plants. We found that the kale grows much better in this long wooden container than in a plastic container so we’re going back to that this year. This box is located in front of a big wall so it helps keeping them in shadow during the Summer, keeping the roots cooler.
The onions are always crazy looking. Each long green piece is a onion, so we have to separate them all to grow individually. To do this you just carefully shake them out, while gently (!) pulling it away. After a while you’ll get quick with this, it’s a technique you’ll learn to love!
Have you planted your seedlings yet?