planting fall seedlings!

Starting Seeds

I’m planting fall seedlings now for me, my mom, and my community garden.

Our community garden is big: 137 plots on 2 acres. We’re selling seedlings $1 a pot to benefit the gardens. We’ve gotten orders for about 125 pots of seedlings so far. Plus, we want to have extra plants available for those who didn’t order and will want to buy some on our distribution day. We’re offering most as 4-seedlings per pot. Larger plants (like broccoli) will be 4-packs with 1 plant per cell. It’s a big job to grow all of these and I’m really excited to start on it!

My husband helped me set up a big outdoor plant table in my home garden and I plan to add another table soon. Im covering all the trays with row fabric to protect against chipmunks and cabbage beetles. Here’s what I’ve planted so far. I’ll update here as I plant more.

July 28 (54 days to frost)

Lettuce, Ridgeline (3 small packs), 56 days to harvest
Cilantro, Calypso (3 small packs), 55 days to harvest
Beets, Touchstone Gold (3 small packs), 55 days to harvest
Bok Choi, Win-Win (3 small packs) 52 days to harvest
Lettuce, Edox (3 small packs), 50 days to harvest
Beets, Red Ace (3 small packs), 50 days to harvest
Escarole, Natacha (3 small packs), 50 days to harvest
Lettuce, Cherokee (3 small packs), 48 days to harvest
Lettuce, Rhazes (3 small packs), 42 days to harvest
Mustard, Ruby Streaks (3 small packs), 40 days to harvest
Spinach, Kookaburra (3 small packs), 37 days to harvest
Lettuce, Red Sails (3 small packs), 27 days to harvest

August 2 (59 days to frost)

Red cabbage, Super Red 80 (3 small packs), 85 days to harvest
Broccoli, Arcadia (3 small packs), 63 days to harvest
Swiss chard, Peppermint (3 small packs), 60 days to harvest
Lettuce, Cherokee (3 small packs), 48 days to harvest

August 6 (63 days to frost)
Broccoli, Bay Meadows (12 four-packs), 60 days to harvest
Kale, Nash’s Green (4 four-packs, 3 small packs), 60 days to harvest
Cilantro, Calypso (14 small packs), 55 days to harvest
Calendula, Mix (12 small packs), 55 days to flower
Escarole, Natacha (14 small packs), 50 days to harvest

August 13 (57 days frost)

August 20 (50 days frost)

Our plan is to deliver seedlings to gardeners for transplanting to their plots the week of September 4. That’s 36 weeks to our first fall frost, which is usually on October 10.

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