Week 3 – Planting cool weather veggies and Waffle gardens

Today we didn’t have a truck at Rob’s garden due to breaking news so we gathered at the station to plant up some veggie and pansy pots.

It’s time to plant cool weather vegetables and seeds like peas, carrots, lettuce, kale and other greens, and beans.  Bak choi, parsley, cilantro, arugula, mustard greens, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts (I could do some brussel sprouts jokes but will spare all of you who love brussel sprouts).  Root crops you can plant now are carrots, radishes, beets, parsnips, onions, potatoes, and leeks.  Make sure you keep your seed beds moist while the seeds are germinating.  If you plant some plants make sure during the cold nights that you cover them with a frost blanket.  If you are starting things in pots you can bring the pot indoors when it is too cold (like tonight, 25 degrees).

We were going to get some sheep and peat and turn it into the garden and learn how to make the waffle garden.  Does everyone remember the waffle garden from last year?  We live in a semi-arid climate and we need to use our resources as wisely as possible so if we garden like the indians of the southwest we’ll do better.  Build your garden with walls (it will look like a waffle) and the rain will stay on the crop just like syrup runs into the holes on a waffle.

We talked about soil today as well.  Some garden soils have a lot of wood in them.  We don’t want to use soil with a lot of wood because the wood takes the nitrogen out of the soil that the plants should be using to grow.  Your local garden center should have some great organic garden soils with lots of nutrients.  If you have enough soil all you need is a good compost to turn into the soil as well as vegetable gardens like some sheep and peat.  The sheep fertilizes and the peat helps keep moisture in the soil. 

If you are doing the seeds and plants in pots my favorite potting soil is ROOTS Organic, Greenfields.  It is loaded with everything your plants need to grown.  The list of ingredients is amazing.  It costs a little more but is well worth it.  I said I would never use soil that costs more but after using it one year I’ve never turned back.  I did peppers and herbs in pots on the deck and they were huge and green and more beautiful than I had ever seen.  I compared this to others who have used it and everyone says the same thing.  It’s good stuff!!

Hopefully next week we’ll be in the garden and can get started on the waffle gardens and get some stuff planted.

Happy Gardening!!

Seeds today were courtesy of Botanical Interests, plants were courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.

The video is not posted on 9News yet.  As soon as it appears I will update this blog and put the link here.



About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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