Monday, June 15, 2009

More Seed Plantings

Being a first time gardener, I made a stupid mistake early on in the season. Instead of thinly sowing fast growing crops and making a packet of seeds last the whole season, I dumped whole packets into single rows which led to pulling out most of the overcrowded sprouts and not having any to replant later on... FAIL.

So I went to Lowe's and bought some more seeds. I will plant them more carefully and smartly this time around ;D

I sowed the radish and carrot seeds right by the existing radishes and carrots. I'm hoping the current radishes will shade the new sprouts and keep them cool til they grow bigger.

I bought two different types of spinach. I'm hoping to use one for salads and the other for cooking. Since my first batch of spinach bolted really quickly AND had a bad case of the leaf miners, this time around I decided to grow them in containers.

I sowed about two dozen of my salad spinach in the left container since I plan to cut them as baby spinach fairly often.

The big cooking spinach is planted in the individual pots. One plant per pot is my plan. That way I hope I can space them apart farther when they get bigger :) Hope this works out good! I shaded them off by putting my herb pots on the top shelf, so I'm hoping this keeps them from bolting so quickly as well. The dirt I used was MiracleGro Potting Soil.


Toni said...

It's a live and learn adventure... don't be too hard on yourself!

Luckily... seeds don't cost too much!

Cynthia said...

Hehehe I guess ur right :D Thank goodness seeds are cheap! I always buy them when they're on sale haha

Sinfonian said...

Hey Cynthia. Followed you from Mountlake Terrace to Dan's blog in Mid-western Canada and back to Renton... How's that for a journey. Anyway, love your blog and am thrilled you took the plunge and started a garden this year. Let me know if I can be of any help!

By the way, I've had leaf miner problems with my spinach forever. Best bet is to pick baby spinach before the buggers get a hold of them. Otherwise I just shred the spinach by hand for salads and throw the bad stuff down the drain. No spinach goes into my compost due to the leaf miner problem. One of the few pests I have.

Stop on by if you think about it.

Enjoy your garden!