The bed I planted out in early January is growing well now. Luckily I have all the varieties written down even though I can’t remember what order they went in. This bed is yet more evidence of my new, ordered approach to planting. Not only did I plant in neat little rows, I have also thinned the seedlings already. I might be moving more towards the Steven Solomon school of planting, though no doubt he would have been horrified to see how close together I put the rows, as well as the actual seeds. This was not entirely my fault – I was using for the first time a seed dispenser given to me by my Dad – turns out for the fine seeds you still really need to mix them with sand.
So I took the plunge and thinned out seedlings early, something I usually fail to do. I feel so sorry for those poor little seedlings that are growing so strongly, their only fault the fact I put them too close to their neighbour. Usually I leave this stage until it is too late and too tricky to disentangle them. So we will see how this lot grow. I haven’t thinned the lettuce, spinach and silverbeet as I figure I can be eating those as baby leaves once the seedlings get a tiny bit bigger.
- Carrot – Amsterdam Forcing (Southern Harvest)
- Swede – Laurentian Yellow (Golden Valley Farm)
- Turnip – Hakurei F1 GVF
- Parsnip – Melbourne Whiteskin
- Beetroot – Early Wonder GVF
- Lettuce – Salad Mix GVF
- Lettuce – Oak Leaf Read SH
- Spring Onion straight leaf GVF
- Spinach – Steadfast SH
- Silverbeet – Fordhook Giant SH (I think)
- Zucchini – Costata Romanesco (SH) just two plants right at the end.
Yes a lot of different varieties, planted in very short rows across the width of the bed. I will be doing some succession planting of many of these but wanted to give them all a try, and only this bed was ready at the time! I also planted in punnets a load more of the Silverbeet, some Kale (Toscano/Cavolo nero – SH) and Broccoli di cicco (SH). I love my greens! You can never have too much spinach or silverbeet in my book. They still need to grow on a bit, which is good as I have run out of space again!