Maeve had been trying to start some seeds out in the raised vegetable beds we built (in the loosest sense of the word) a few weeks ago, but nothing seemed to be really taking. In characteristic interest of efficiency (read: laziness), I decided to get some starts instead. Brett was also convinced that the soil we had delivered wasn’t all that great and we needed some compost.
So Saturday morning I headed out to Home Depot and came home with four bags of compost and a variety of veggie starts. After mixing in the compost (nothing like running your hands through old cow poop), I started planting.
Heavy on the tomatoes because I love them! I planted four different kinds (Roma, Grape, Purple Cherokee and Black Zebra) in one box. I also dedicated one box to herbs: a few sweet basil plants, a few cilantro (which I find so hard to grow), flat leaf parsley, greek oregano and onion chives. The third box was dedicated to spinach and loads of swiss chard, a favorite around here. And the final box, lots and lots of broccoli, Japanese cucumbers, zucchini and green beans.
I really enjoyed doing it because I planted everything in these nice neat rows and I just like looking at them. That was until I opened a post from the blog Matter Observed to see that I had pretty much done it wrong. I should have mixed up the plants more, larger with smaller instead of planting by kind. I think that I will go get some kale and carrot seeds since I forgot those favorites and plant them between the tomatoes and maybe the cukes and zucchini. Who knows what will happen. I’ll keep you posted on the great experiment. In the meantime, check out the infographic from Matter Observed and get started the right way!