And We're Off!

The 2012 Growing Season Garden Crew (Karri Makinen '12 and Jerry Carter '13) started on Monday and we are off to an AMAZING start!    It has been quite the week in the garden with lots and lots accomplished.  Each season when the garden crew starts, we focus on getting all the seeds and transplants in the soil.  How do we prioritize and decide what goes in when?

A few things we use to guide us are (1) the weather, (2) any indication of frost still making an appearance, and most importantly (3) the soil temperature.  Each vegetable seed has a specific optimal soil germination temperature.  At the beginning of the week, our soil's temp was 60 and by today it was 70.  So we focused on getting all the cooler season crops in.  One exception was that we did put all our tomatoes in as we have black row covers over their beds that raised the soil temps 10 degrees.
So here is what we have in the soil right now: Spinach, mesclun, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, bak choi, kohlrabi, snap peas, scallions, onions, radishes, beets, carrots, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, all of our herbs (basil, cilantro, thyme, parsley, chives, chamomile, oregano) and flowers.

In addition to doing all the planting above, we've put up our trellis system for the tomatoes as well as beginning "construction" on our tomato hoop house experimentation (stay tuned for a future blog post on these 2 projects), put up extra deer protection on our fence and weeded the garlic bed.

It's been quite a busy week and we've got another one next week with the second push of planting (all the warmer soil temp seeds).


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