This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, February 27, 2015

sowing

IMG_0354 - Copy Tonight I planted broccoli, cabbage, eggplant and radicchio. Varieties are here.

I'm experimenting with different seed cell sizes. I put the eggplants in larger cells (I sowed 2 seeds per cell and will thin to 1 per cell) as they need to grow 'til the soil warms and will be pretty large before planting out. The cabbage goes out sooner (the middle of April, but only if I can get at the garden through the snow!), so I put them in smaller cells. In the past, I've planted 4 or more broccoli seedlings in single larger cells, but want to see if they do better if I don't rip the roots apart to separate plants at transplant time.

Note added: see comments. I accidentally planted the broccoli 2 weeks too soon. Oops.

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Blogger Angie said...

I've been on the fence about starting my broccoli. It is 10 weeks to average last frost date this coming week. But last year - being a bit behind on things - I started them first week of April (a whole month later); and they were a fair size when I transplanted late May - and I harvested first week of July. I don't want it to be *too* mature before setting out...

February 28, 2015 7:06 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Yes, it is too early. ##**$%# I made a mistake. Its 9 weeks til my last frost now. I should be waiting til 7 weeks. Ooops. At 9 weeks I should be planting cabbage, endive, escarole, kale, leek, parsley and thyme.

I'll have to transplant the broccoli to bigger pots probably, before setting them out. Extra work, but I'll get a nice early crop.

And I have been working on a calendar app that tells me when to plant. I should have had the app open next to me as I planted.

The app is coming along great. It will go out to beta-testers within the next day or two. Then will be released for sale at the Apple store by Friday, March 6. Only $1.99

March 01, 2015 11:30 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

BTW, broccoli are very cold hardy and can be transplanted out in the garden 2 weeks before your last frost.

March 01, 2015 11:33 AM

 
Blogger Echo Wu said...

I see that you have planted eggplants already. I thought that eggplant is heat loving vegetable. Is this a bit early to start seeding eggplant?

March 04, 2015 10:45 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

I have always planted them at 9 weeks before my last frost. They grow fairly slowly. The recommendation from Johnny's are to plant 8-10 weeks before planting out and to plant out 2-3 weeks after last frost, so sow seeds 5-8 before last frost. I suppose I'm pushing the date, but I've done this for years. It's worked out for me, likely helped as last frost dates have been creeping earlier.

Nevertheless, I think its a good idea to push this date back a week in our new calendar app. Thanks.

March 04, 2015 6:16 PM

 

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