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Seeds and Seedlings

seedlingsblog copySince the plants in my raised garden bed are coming up nicely, I am turning my attention to the seedlings I planted a couple of days after I made the raised garden bed.

Most of the seeds I planted take about a week to 10 tens days to sprout up. The ones in the photo are Marigolds in the back and a Cherry Tomato plant in the front.  The Marigolds took about 3 days to show up, the Tomato 7 days. They are not ready to be transferred into the garden just yet. The leaves showing are called the first leaves, and it is best to wait until you have the true leaves, that will be fuller and come on soon.

Starting the seedlings indoors weeks ahead before the last frost up North is a great way to get a head start on your garden. In Florida however, I think we had two cold nights in February, well probably cold for Floridians, and one of those nights that took the digits down to a whopping 35 degrees… If you are from any biting cold, wind chill dropping, snowy part of the country, go ahead and laugh, I understand, its ok.

The spring already here by the first week of March, I started my seedlings on the back porch. They have an adaption already to the temperature and some sunshine in the morning, versus bringing them outside from an indoor climate. See Secrets To Transplanting Seedlings: 3 Tips To Success for more information.

My son told me what plants will help the soil and grow well together.  I happened to be on Facebook, and saw that a company I am following bbbseed.com was having a sale and offering free shipping. Heirloom, Organic seeds were just what I was looking for and this was perfect timing. The site offers great information and companion planting advice for each type of seed. (The links below are not affiliate or a paid endorsement)

Here is the what I have so far:

Green Beans in the garden bed
Sugar Pod Peas in the garden bed
Organic Rainbow Blend Carrots – looking forward to these! More on how I planted them later.
Cherry Tomato’s Seedling
Basil Seedling
Cilantro Seedling
Sage Seedling
Four O’clock Flowers Seedling
Sunflower Giant – Next to my Tropical Guild Garden. Grew one of these before, they are amazing!
Marigold Flowers Seedling and in the garden bed.

My son also recommended LocalHarvest.org  which is a great site for finding local plants, seeds and more from farmers in your area. He planted very tasty Everglade Tomato’s in his food forest and they did well being a local plant, so I am going to do the same. In the search bar I choose seeds, added my zip code and then choose vegetables and tomatoes. Pages and pages were available for all kinds of tomatoes for my area. If you are interested in purchasing these seeds, they are from Southern J Ranch.

While I was researching seedlings, I came across an article by DIY With Kathy for Garden Planning Online. She provides links with great information for making a Raised Garden Bed and what to plant in it. Thank you Kathy.

More on Transplanting the Seedlings when they are ready.

Happy Gardening :}

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My Garden – Preparing the Garden Bed

ID-10062334Last weekend we came into the month of March, which means that Spring is here and time to plant seeds in my garden. I am preparing the garden using the Permaculture method. (See Green Thumb Gardening – Discover Permaculture for more information on that.)
My son has been a great inspiration for this and helping me along the way. I have purchased my seeds and will be doing companion planting, plants that go well together and compliment the nutrients each offers to the garden. My daughter who does not really like gardening, came over to help out and did a great job :}

This type raised garden bed is considered a lasagna, layered, no-dig, no-till, square foot, type of gardening, mainly because you are not digging or tilling the soil, you are layering it like you would lasagna.

 

 

 

firstlayercardboard copyMy first layer my son tells me, is to lay down cardboard. I was concerned about the writing on some of the pieces, so I tore that off. The cardboard will offer carbon to the garden and as it deteriorates. Laying out the cardboard also gave me an idea of how big I wanted this garden bed to be and it is 5″ x 10″.

 

 

 

 

 

Secondlayersoil copyThe second layer is good natural black dirt mixed with mushroom compost 50/50. I do not want any pesticides or non organic fertilizes, I want the plants to grow as nature intends. That will be a journey of research in itself, but I am off to a good start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourthlayerclippings copyThe third layer should be natural mulch from your yard, dried leaves, grass clippings, scraps of vegetables, fruits that you would put in the garbage anyway. I did not have much around the yard, but I gathered what I could and took a bit from my other garden, a tropical guild I started last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourthlayermulch copyThe fourth layer is 1″ high of all natural Cypress mulch. I put this on to make up for the lack of clippings.

 

 

 

 

 

Fifthlayersoil copyThe Fifth layer is adding the natural black dirt mixed with the mushroom compost again, adding a thick layer this time of 3″ high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixthlayermulch copyThe final layer is adding the cypress wood mulch to top off the garden. This is also put on thick to about 3″ high.

Starting with the cardboard, each layer was watered down before the next layer was added, ending with watering the top layer.

 

 

 

Now that the garden bed is ready, this will be where I am going to plant my peas, green beans and flowers to start and then the Rainbow carrots, that I am really looking forward to growing.

Next post – Seeds Are Sprouting in the Raised Garden Bed

If you would like to take the journey with me, like this post and follow my blog.

Happy Gardening :}

 

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