Gardening Tips and Tricks

Vegetable Seedlings in Spring!

Snap Peas in the garden

Snap Peas in the gardenSpring is here, and I am so excited to finally see my seedlings emerging from the soil, I worked so hard to prepare.  Every spring I spend hours getting my raised gardening beds ready for a new garden season.

This year however, I was more ahead then usual.  In the fall after pulling out the weeds I put down layers of straw to protect my soil from heavy rain that leaches vital nutrients.  Straw also inhibits weeds from getting out of control and I think we can all use a little help with that.

Here is my little routine I do every spring before I plant one single seed.

  1. Remove all weeds in the beds and start a new compost pile.
  2. Dig in the soil to check and see if you have earthworms. (if not add tons of compost and mix well)
  3. Take last years compost and spread it 2-3 inches on top of the beds.
  4. Spread a organic granular fertilizer all over the beds.
  5. Now it’s time to plant your seeds or seedlings.

Once your seedlings sprout make sure you check on them regularly.  Seedlings are the most vulnerable to drought and pests.  Especially slugs, snails and puppy dog tails (or paws.)  A healthy vegetable seedling should be a green short fat little guy.  If he looks yellow or tall and scrawny you probably have a deficiency of some kind.

Water your plants only when you can feel the soil is dry over watering can do as much damage as under watering.  In the northwest we get plenty of water in early spring so be careful.  I water to a depth of 4-6 inches once a week if need be, and that seems sufficient. It is always better to give plants a deep watering as it encourages the roots to spread down deep.

Here are a couple of vegetable seedlings that are doing great in the garden.

Lettuce seedling in the garden

Happy Planting!

Corinne

 

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