Seeds in the ground!

Finally, I have some seeds in the ground.  As can be seen in the previous post, the beds have finally been topped off with new topsoil.  Ordered 4 cu yds of soil from Mr. Mulch.  Cost with delivery was $181.  In the end, 4 yards was a bit too much.  Two yards would have been enough for the vegetable beds.  We put the rest around the house in the flower beds.  The soil arrived Thursday April 29th and I moved some of the dirt that night and finished the rest last night.  Both Karen and I are feeling under the weather so it wasn’t much fun, but rain and storms are on the way today so it had to be done.

Now, as for planting.  This morning I planted carrots, radish, lettuce, spinach and snow peas.  All but the peas were planted in the Northeast bed.  I have room in that bed for one more double row of lettuce which I will plan in 10 days.  The peas were planted in the Southwest bed.

Based on germination days, here is the order in which some things should start to appear.

  1. Radish and Lettuce have a germination of 4 – 10 days.  Should see them from May 5th to 11th
  2. Spinach and snow peas will most likely be next with a germination of 6 – 10 days.  Should see them from May 7th to 11th.
  3. Carrots seem to take a while.  They are 6 to 21 days.  Should see signs of them from May 7th through the 22nd.

For days to harvest…

  1. Can’t beat radish, 25 days.  If all goes well, should have one from the garden by the end of May.
  2. Lettuce and spinach will be next with 40 days.  Will look for some around June 10th.
  3. Snow peas take a bit longer with 68 days to maturity.  Looks like early July for fresh peas.

With rain forecast for today and tomorrow, I’ll let mother nature handle the watering.

Next things to work on… finding a deer and rabbit barrier for this year as well as getting ready to buy plants.  Purchased plants will be tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers.  Maybe I’ll try to do a pepper plant or two as well.  I also need to hurry up and decide if I am going to try to do any potatoes in a bag/box.  I’d like to give it a try but need to be deciding.

I think that is all for now…


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