A Nursery Bed

Twenty six varieties in one bed.

Twenty six varieties in one bed.

I had a frustrating time with seeds already this season.  There is a limited time when I can use my greenhouse (which doesn’t have all the frills such as fans, automated watering and window-opening) because the weather here becomes warm very quickly.  I planted six flats of six six-packs each of various seeds.  Many were coming up when a mouse tunneled underneath and not only ate all the larger seeds but dug into most of the rest of the cups, tossing or burying the small seed.  I tried again, but the little guy found another way in.  It is difficult to plant seeds around the property due to not having overhead watering, and having such a healthy insect habitat.  So instead I’ve turned one of my raised beds into a nursery bed.  I planted 26 types of veggies in good garden soil.  They’ll come up and grow good tap roots, then be ready to transplant out to wherever I want them.  Some will stay in this bed, and some will be given to friends because, after all, there are only so many tomato plants I can have.

Nursery bed behind mixed greens.

Nursery bed behind mixed greens.

The bed in front of the nursery bed is the one where I scattered mixed seeds a while back, and now have a healthy crop of collards, broccoli rabe, celery, parsnips, carrots, kale, garlic, leeks, lettuce, arugula, peas and others. Mixing seeds helps confuse predators and keeps the plants healthier.

So many veg in one bed!

So many veg in one bed!

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