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Setting out the first seedlings | CoMo Homestead
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Watering the garlic and green onions planted in the holes in the blocks. And yes, I have weird green Crocs that I wear in the garden. If you see me in them elsewhere, send me home.Watering the garlic and green onions planted in the holes in the blocks. And yes, I have weird green Crocs that I wear in the garden. If you see me in them elsewhere, send me home.
Bed #2 planted with 60 more heads of garlic and the cold frames we only got halfway builtBed #2 planted with 60 more heads of garlic and the cold frames we only got halfway built
Garlic,  Swiss chard, tomato cages planted with sugar snap peas in the other end of bed #3Garlic, Swiss chard, tomato cages planted with sugar snap peas in the other end of bed #3
Leeks, onions and a few scattered carrots and beets in bed #3Leeks, onions and a few scattered carrots and beets in bed #3
  • Watering the garlic and green onions planted in the holes in the blocks. And yes, I have weird green Crocs that I wear in the garden. If you see me in them elsewhere, send me home.
  • Bed #2 planted with 60 more heads of garlic and the cold frames we only got halfway built
  • Garlic,  Swiss chard, tomato cages planted with sugar snap peas in the other end of bed #3
  • Leeks, onions and a few scattered carrots and beets in bed #3

I’m really excited about my seedlings this year. For the most part, they’ve germinated well, survived growing inside in our unheated basement under lights for 4-7 weeks and avoided the dreaded “dampening off.”

About a week ago I started hardening most of them off – all except the tomatoes and other warm-weather crops. The weather has been amazing for the past couple weeks, so it was perfect timing.

Yesterday after I got back from work it was 80 degrees outside, so I set out to get some of the seedlings in the beds. I ended up planting all of the leeks, red onions, green onions and Swiss chard, plus I direct-seeded sugar snap peas.

There were some stowaway carrots and beets still in the bed that wintered over successfully without any protection, and while I was happy to see that they survived, their placement in the bed severely cramped my style. They made it hard to plant with efficient spacing because I had to plant around them, so the onions ended up taking up twice the space they were supposed to.

I was determined to be flexible and not let this get my panties in a bunch, and I ended up being able to still get everything in despite having less space than I anticipated. Success!

The weather’s looking good for the foreseeable future, so I’m not too concerned about them getting hit by frost. If a cold snap does come in, I can cover our make-shift low tunnel with plastic and they should be fine. For now I have the low tunnel over the seedlings with netting over top to keep squirrels and curious creatures from tearing up the seedlings while they get established.

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