* March planting

Posted on March 8th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Uncategorized.

We filled up the raised bed this weekend, and I planted my first seeds.  Thanks for the helpful comments on dirt mixes.  We ended up going with the hedged bet 2-bags-of-everything-from-Lowe’s approach, which included steer manure compost, chicken manure compost, top soil, a planting mix for good measure, plus a bale of sphagnum moss.  I should’ve read a little more before hand, since apparently the moss is frequently harvested in a not very sustainable way.  At least it was just one bale.  Next time I’ll use coir.  Also, on Karen‘s advice, we dug up the sod before filling.  Good thing, too, because the sod turns out to be filled with horrible plastic netting.

Here are my favorite sources for month-by-month Seattle gardening advice:

Ecoyards Seattle Gardening Blog: Cool season crops has March planting recs

my Perpetual Northwest Gardening Calendar from Krank Press

Watching for activity at the P-patch across the street.

Maritime Northwest Garden Guide from Seattle Tilth.  I mail-ordered it, but I’ve since noticed it at local bookstores, sometimes with the magazines.  I really like Seattle Tilth.  One of these days I want to take their urban chickens class, and I’m definitely going to go to their plant sale later this month.


I also like You Grow Girl, both the book and the site.  The book is at exactly the right level for a newbie like me, and it’s the only gardening book I’ve actually bought.  Well, that’s not entirely true; her new book, Grow Great Grub, should be in my mailbox any minute now.

Finally, I call my mother and ask her for advice.

On my collected advice, I planted beets (2 types! I am lately obsessed with beet salads after having a delightful one at Avila the other day), lettuce mix, peas, and fennel.  I’m also trying little pickling cucumbers and okra that claim on the seed packet that they are early.  Since I have no idea what I’m doing, and also to spread the theoretical harvest out, I’m using advice from the Seattle Tilth guide and sowing a little bit every two weeks aka “planting in succession.”

We also went on a weed-pulling rampage this weekend.  I used to like dandelions, too.  A nettle of some sort gave me a really nasty sting (we started calling it a chupa-plant after my bitey jerkface cat).  Horsetails I still like because they look so prehistoric, but they are going a little too crazy so they had to go too.  I did keep a little horsetail zone along the stone wall since I want to keep some of them around.

4 Responses to “March planting”

  1. ariel Says:

    I listen to You Bet Your Garden on npr sometimes. I haven’t even thought about what to do in our yard yet.

  2. Karen Says:

    Way to go! The Tilth Guide is practically all you need, the other stuff is just for fun. I consult my mom all the time too, she is the real gardener in the family. I’m glad the sod-digging idea was useful. I really don’t know what I’m doing, and always learn by trial and error. That’s half the fun! Do your peas have something to climb on? They will need a trellis or teepee – you can just make one out of branches and twine if need be. I would nix the horsetails as much as you can – they will never go away and will spread into places you want gardens… just sayin’. If you like them, you could save a few for a very mod-looking pot and keep an eye on them.

  3. Karen Says:

    Oh, Willi Galloway of the blog Diggin Food (and also on KUOW) has a ton of great Seattle-specific veggie gardening info, and Lorene Edwards Forkner has put out some good books and has a blog called Planted at Home. Sorry I don’t have the URLs handy. Have you been to the Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture? They are open to the public and you can even borrow books! It’s a pretty amazing resource if you are ever over that way (near UW campus).

  4. Lorene Says:

    Hello, I can’t help myself. Thanks for the kudos Karen. Here’s a link to my website/blog and specifically an article about putting weeds to work for YOU! http://plantedathome.com/in-print/first-article-will-go-here/weeds-a-gardeners-bane-or-benefit/ Look under recipes for a delicious (if I can so so myself) nettle soup concoction that will have you looking differently at that painful pesky weed. If you can’t beat ’em – eat ’em!!!
    Cheers, Lorene


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