Sowing in the Garden (Seed Sowing Saturday)

This week I actually found myself outdoors sowing seeds directly into the soil of my garden. Thanks to wonderful Tennessee weather, where you can count on a few days of warm even in February, we’re able to plant a few cool season crops this month.

So far in the vegetable garden I’ve planted:

  • Lettuce – two varieties Little Gem, and Tom Thumb
  • Spinach – a hybrid
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Garlic (done in the fall)
  • Cilantro (self-sows regularly in the fall)

I planted the lettuce and spinach into my circular raised bed that just recently was put together. I arranged three sticks to divide the area into six sections. Four of the sections are planted and soon I’ll fill the last two with my red lettuce. If we get some really cold weather these plants may need some covering.

I’m planting the sugar snap peas everywhere I can this year. They are delicious right out of the garden and we never seem to have enough. They rarely even make it into the house! Once they have stopped producing we’ll let the foliage die back and nourish the soil with the nitrogen it fixed while growing. Legumes are a great resource! About that time I’ll be able to plant my tomatoes in the garden in and around the fast fading peas.

To plant them I just dig a trench with a trowel about 1.5 – 2 inches deep, place my seeds, cover, and water! Now if only the deer will stay away…

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9 thoughts on “Sowing in the Garden (Seed Sowing Saturday)

  1. sarah

    That circular bed is nice! It will be gorgeous when your plants develop. I am going to have to put one of those on my to do list. How long did the compost that is on your raised beds cure? I'm wondering how long the compost needs to sit before putting it on veggies.

  2. Dave

    Me too Fer!

    Sarah,

    I initially put the compost in a couple years ago that I bought from a local bulk sales place. I didn't put additional in last year except for the stuff form my own bin so I could put it in any time. I'll supplement with some bloodmeal soon to add some additional nitrogen. If your compost came from an unknown source it is probably a mix of cattle and horse manure and may still be hot. If it's chicken manure let it compost fully because it will burn your plants. If it's from your garden compost and is mostly plant matter then you can sift it and put it on anytime. I hope that answers your question!

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