Saturday, May 12, 2012

Best Thing Ever: Pelleted Carrot Seeds

To you, these are little white dots in the dirt. The fact that you can even see them makes them the best thing ever! I discovered pelleted carrot seeds from Johnny's last year, and I'll never plant carrots any other way. Yes, they are a little more expensive, but in the end, I swear it's cheaper.

To plant three rows, I used about 1/2 a packet of seeds. If they were regular seeds, I would have used the whole pack but I would have ended up with the same amount of carrots in the end. Why? Because unpelleted carrot seeds are sooooo tiny, you can't see them much less spread them sparingly. So instead, gardeners toss them in a line, wait for the plants to sprout, then go through the daunting and backbreaking task of thinning.

With these little beauties, I plant exactly what I need and let them go. The only danger I have is the neighborhood cats, but that's another post for another day. ;-D

First of the Summer Plantings

This weekend marked the time to get the summer plantings going. In went my tomato starts, zucchini and butternut squash, and (see next post) carrots.

I'm also giving herbs in the barrel another try. They didn't do well here last year, but the weather was much different and I've added some different dirt. Logically, this should be the most ideal place to plant herbs. Logically.

Spring Harvest

Pulled in the first of the broccoli this morning.  Since I don't have any spring plantings that need to go in their spot, I can leave the broccoli for as long as it will produce side shoots for me.  Would be nice to have broccoli all summer long.