Week 1: Planting Our First Test Beds

Date: February 23, 2016
Temperature: High 50F, Low 30F

We are planting already! In the hopes of getting a jump on the school garden season, we planted two beds with our spring salad garden seed kit. We will be planting more beds for the next couple weeks to see what timing works best and hopefully see what our school garden teachers are seeing in time to offer some guidance!

The first task was weeding. I wanted a workable soil bed to plant in and I encountered a sizable crop of ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), which is in the mint family and thrives in partially shaded, moist soils. I pulled and cut, but I’m sure I will need to keep it in check throughout the season. In the long term, as always we will need to continue adding organic matter to improve drainage.

Although the weather was beautiful, the temperature has still been fluctuating quite a bit, and there was a crust of frozen soil that I had to break up in some areas. Then, following my planting plan, I marked out my areas, planted, and marked each section with a labeled popsicle stick.

After planting, it is important to keep the seedbed consistently nice and moist, but not waterlogged. The weather has done a good job of that this week, and we will see how germination is going over the next week.

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