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.

What have you been planting?

3 Responses to “Setting out the first seedlings”

  1. Christian
    24 March 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I did a fair bit of seed planting back on the 18th — some peas, bush beans, carrots, beets, and an early lettuce — as well as a couple of chard plants. I’ve just put down some clear plastic (well, city yard waste bags, duct taped together) over the top of my box. Fingers crossed for the weekend!

    I’m a little torn, though. I’ve got a pint of onion starts, some seed potatoes, and some rhubarb. Part of me wants to get it all in the ground and see what happens, but I’m a little nervous about whether that’ll be bad choices. Crazy mid-Missouri weather!

  2. CoMo Homestead
    24 March 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    It is so hard to know! I actually wrote this a couple days ago, and ever since then I’ve been hearing rumours of several inches of snow. Baaaah.

  3. Christian
    24 March 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I think several inches is probably pushing it, but they’re calling for some wintry mix on Saturday, with nights in the 30s more or less until Wednesday.

    I can’t decide if I should water my plastic-covered raised bed between now and then or not.

    Gardening! Why is it so complicated!