Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vegetable Seed Planting and a Fun Surprise!

Hi all!

We're back with an update from our new vegetable gardens!

This past weekend Tom (one of our designers) was able to take some time to plant seeds in one of our new vegetable garden beds!

He planted some Mesclun mix, radishes, beets, cilantro, spinach, and some broccoli plugs.

Because it's a week or so earlier than recommended planting time for these veggies, we are experimenting with the black plastic mulching. We hope that it warms the soil and retains moisture without heating the plants too much or rotting their roots with too much water. We'll let you know what we find out on that front!

Anyway, after planting the one bed, Tom spent some time spreading a rich mushroom compost on some of the other beds.

Let me tell you, that stuff is stinky! It smelled very much like a regular farm over here while Tom was spreading that compost! Now that it's down, though, the odor is not very noticeable and the compost should provide a nutrient-rich growing environment for our vegetables. All in the name of healthy veggies, right?!

This morning we came into work to a wonderful surprise: our radishes and mesclun mix have started to sprout!

Here are the radishes:

and here are the mesclun mix sprouts:

Aren't they cute?

The weather here has been absolutely beautiful and we've had a few light rains since Tom planted on Saturday; this week has been the perfect growing environment for our little seeds! We'll keep you posted on their growth progress!

Is anyone else out there planting their early spring seeds already? What are you planting? Have you seen the quick growth that we have!?