Now that the soil is warmed up and the beds are all ready to plant, we get to do the fun part! Putting the seeds in the soil! Come see what we’re planting, and what those mystery rows are that you see below.
Those are Territorial Seed’s Avalanche Snow Peas you see above. We’re looking forward to running them up the trellis. We planted these in a big silver feed bin, which is great for helping keep the soil warm and makes weeding the beds very easy. These peas will be ready in 61 days, and are supposed to be a vibrant dark green. We had great success with last year’s Super Sugar Snap peas, also from Territorial, so we’re excited to give these a shot too.
Of course, every project needs a manager, and Francis Pickle has been overseeing our gardening for as long as we’ve had dirt to plunge our paws in. She was recently elected Pontiff, but she still makes managing us, Walnut and her three cats her top priority. Pope Francis is a busy woman. We’d be lost without her.
This is a new one for us, this year – Broccoli Raab. This is from Kitazawa Seed Co down in Oakland, CA. (According to their website, they’re the oldest seed company specializing in Asian seeds in the U.S. Interesting.) We’re looking forward to giving their seeds a try. These will be ready in 45 days, which we’re looking forward to! For those not familiar with broccoli raab, this vegetable is great eaten in stir fry, with udon noodles, steamed with soy sauce… you get the idea.
These darling little Pac Chois are from Rent’s Due Ranch. We didn’t grow them from seed (obviously), but bought them in a six pack from Sky Nursery. We’re hoping to eat these for a good period of time, and they’ll go great in stir fries with the broccoli raab.
We didn’t plant these, but they’re a bonus find! The parsley had grown into a massive bush, and after I trimmed it back, I was surprised and delighted to find a fair number of strawberry plants. We’ll see how they do, now that they’ve been rescued.
Here’s a treat for the cat friends. They sit in the window admiring our gardening skills. Or more likely, admiring the birds. Either way, they deserve a little treat. So we’re experimenting with this kitty seed grass from Renee’s Garden. It’s called (inexplicably?) Kitty Queen, which sounds grand, and like something that Pope Francis would approve of.
Finally, this year we’re putting a cloche on the upper bed. This should help raise the soil’s temperature, protect the fresh little crops, and bring us a bumper harvest over the next few weeks. We’ll see how those dreams pan out. Stay tuned!
What are YOU planting right now?
- March Gardening in Seattle – Getting Ready to Plant (seattlefoodshed.wordpress.com)
- Seattle Tilth
- April Planting in Seattle: Garlic, Peas, Arugula and Potatoes