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Getting ready to plant-HELP!

Post  neddleman on 4/22/2010, 12:45 pm

This is my third year with SFG, but last year I was pregnant and not too mobile and din't take care of my garden like I should have. My box is on my lawn (my only spot for it) and I put weed cloth down to prevent the grass from coming through. That didn't work so well...I have lots of grass that has come through and I just finished weeding it and I must have removed half of my mel's mix trying to get all of the grass and roots out!!! How should I replace what I removed? Should I just add a blended compost at this point? Please help!

Also, I am in Herriman...is it too late to plant the cooler crops (I've only ever done summer ones)? And are they typically done by the time it is time to plant tomatos and squash or do I need to build more boxes to do those when the time comes?

Also--I have only ever planted seedlings. I've always thought seeds were too much work. Any advice? Thanks in advance!

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Post  camprn on 5/2/2010, 7:30 am

By all means add that compost! I do not know where Herriman is so I cannot answer about the cold crops. Cold crops generally require longer growing time to harvest than tomatoes and squash. Using starter seedlings is perfectly fine, especially if your time is otherwise used up, and toddlers take lots of time! Do some research on how to grow veggies from seed, it's not for everyone. If time/things don't work out this year, there's always the next season. Cheers. Very Happy
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Post  Kabaju42 on 5/22/2010, 10:35 am

Sorry I'm late in replying, but maybe I can still help anyway. At least we can compare notes to might help for next year. I'm really in Midvale, so I'm not that far from you.

I planted a lot of cold weather crop seeds directly in the end of March, but I think it might have been a bit too early. It took them longer then normal to sprout so I'm guessing they just waited to sprout until it was warmer. Now my peas, broccoli, lettuce, and onions aren't even close to being ready to harvest. I did plant spinach as seedlings at the end of March, still a little early I think, but I've been harvesting it and I'm about ready to change that square.

So you probably could have planted lettuce and spinach seedlings at the end of April and harvested them before the summer plants were ready to go in, but if you had gone with seeds then I think you'd need more boxes for the summer plants. Also I thought planting the cold weather plants directly in the garden wasn't any harder than seedlings, it just takes longer. I'm still buying tomatoes and peppers as plants though.

I'd like to know what you wound up doing.
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