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I planted seedlings outdoors today.

Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2011, 11:53 pm

I'm thrilled! I finally planted some of my seedlings outdoors today and will plant more tomorrow. They are all cool-season crops here in Maine.

In this bed I have a couple of Broccoli, a DiCicco and a Munchkin. Don't worry about the grass. That's the winter rye I planted last fall to improve my soil and I've chopped it up. As the squares are planted, the grass will be buried in the soil to feed it.

In this bed are Parel and Super Red 80 (mini) cabbages and a DiCicco Broccoli.

Here are 2 Cheddar Cauliflowers. I also have seeds sown in 3 of the other blocks, Spinach, carrots and turnips.
Its so nice to feel spring in the air.
I've got the others in the A-frame for the nite so they can be transplanted tomorrow. I have a specific plan on where to put the different crops so they are rotated and happy with their neighbors.
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Post  scubadoo on 4/19/2011, 12:07 am

Do you have any suggestions for companion planting? I hear of some from a few of my friends on FB, but they are not really mentioned in Mel's book, and being that I am totally new on SFG I am open for suggestions. I have already planted all my squares for summer crops (HOT down here already!), but can use this info for future plantings... Smile
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Post  quiltbea on 4/19/2011, 12:41 am

In regard to companion planting.......These are just generalities made by different gardeners but may not have any scientific fact.

I made a list when I was reading different books, some of which included that info.
There are too many to mention here, but here's a few of what is suggested you can grow next to each other to keep them happy and what they don't like near them at all:

Broccoli likes bush beans, carrots, cukes, dill, lettuce, mint, onion family, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes. Doesn't like pole and snap beans and strawberries.

Cabbage likes bush beans, carrots, cukes, lettuce, onion family, spinach. Doesn't like pole beans, tomatoes, strawberries.

Carrots likes beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leaf lettuce, leeks, onion family, peas, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, tomatoes. Doesn't like celery, dill, parsnips

Cauliflower likes bush beans, carrots, cukes, onion family, peas, potatoes, spinach. Doesn't like pole beans, strawberries.

Eggplant likes bush beans, peas, peppers, potatoes. Doesn't like fennel.

Peppers likes carrots, onions, parsnips, peas. Doesn't like fennel, kohlrabi.

Radishes are happy being interplanted with lettuce, beans, carrots, nasturtiums, parsnips, peas and spinach. Doen't like fennel

Spinach likes cabbage family, celery, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, strawberries. Doesn't like potatoes

Tomatoes likes asparagus, bush beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, cukes, garlic, head lettuce, onions, peppers. Doesn't like pole beans, dill, fennel, potatoes

In my garden I just try not to have two that don't like each other side by side if I can help it. Whether the crops would be really affected or not is unknown to me but I do it as a fun thing.
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Post  shannon1 on 4/19/2011, 1:23 am

Spring is such an exciting time of year. It never loses it's magic for me, summer on the other hand is quite hard for me at times the heat, humidity, and bugs Evil or Very Mad .
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Post  cachecrashers4 on 4/19/2011, 7:15 am

Awesome! bounce Now I have to get off my butt and get my boxes filled. Hopefully it doesn't rain or snow tonight.
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