Today was the first day of Spring planting at the Children’s Vegetable Garden. We really lucked out with the gorgeous weather!
We began the season by planting a few crops that can withstand any cold snaps we might have in March:
- Irish Potatoes: ‘White Kennebec’ and ‘Red Pontiac’
- Broccoli: ‘Green Magic’
- Cabbage: ‘Cheers‘ head cabbage
Planting measurements for the potatoes:
- Measure 8 inches in from the edge of your plot
- Mark out two 18 inch long trenches
- Measure to make sure they’re a foot apart
- Dig each trench 4 inches deep
We dusted our potato rows with horticultural dust, which you can see in the pictures. This helps prevent fungus in in the seed potatoes we use. After we place the potatoes in, we mound up the dirt over them, which helps us to dig them up later!
Take a look at what we planted:
After we finished planting the potatoes, we planted our cabbage and broccoli. First thing is to make sure to soak the broccoli transplants in a bucket of water, just up to the lip of their root ball, and until all the air bubbles come out.
Next, we plant! We took both our broccoli and cabbage transplants and put them in the soil just a little deeper than the soil line of their containers. Take a look at our young gardeners planting!
These are what our first planting session finished products look like!
We made sure to hand water the new transplants in very well, and watered in some liquid fertilizer (Hasta-Gro) to end our first day!
Make sure to check back next week to see whats growing!