Last week, I turned over the cover crops in my raised vegetable beds. Having let the soil rest for a week, I am now ready to plant my first cool season crops: loose leaf lettuces, shelling peas, and sugar snap peas. I am planting all of them from seeds purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
The lettuce seeds need some light to germinate, so all you have to do is press them into the soil. The pea seeds are planted at a depth twice the length of the seed which is easy to do by simply poking your finger into the soil. From here, you don't really water them. You just mist them enough so that they stay slightly moist and don't dry out. How frequently you do this depends upon the weather.
Vegetable Gardening 101: Tips from a Beginning Heirloom Vegetable Gardener
- How to Build Raised Beds (on a Slope/Hill)
- Organically Preparing the Soil for Planting
- Farmer's Almanac Spring Planting Schedule (March/April) and Heirloom Seed Sources
- Farmer's Almanac Spring Planting Schedule (May)
- How to Make the Perfect Soil Mix for Seed Sowing
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - the best heirloom seed offerings
- How to Build a Planting Grid for Square Foot Gardening
- How to Make a Planting Square to Uniformly Space Your Seeds
- Five Tips for Growing Edibles with Children
- How to Plant Corn the Way Squanto Taught the Pilgrims
- How to Plant Potatoes and Harvesting Asparagus