After what felt like an endless wait, this week was the week that my garden finally started! I have had seedlings growing on my patio for weeks under cover from the intense South Florida sun and I have been eagerly waiting for the time when the heat would break and the seedlings could be transplanted without fear of spontaneously combusting from either the scorching sun or the baking soil.
I finally could wait no longer after suffering some serious destruction at the beaks of the family of cardinals that uses our patio as home base. I transplanted all of the remaining seedlings that were strong enough and then created a makeshift “spinning scarecrow” by tying streamers to the blades of the fan so that they would slowly spin in the wind and create a “no-fly zone” for the hungry birds.
Once I had the seedlings in, I decided I would go ahead with some of the seed sowing as well so I planted seeds for the radishes, beets, kale, spinach, cauliflower, 3 types of carrots, pak choi, cabbage, chard, collards and bibb lettuce. I am currently using only some of the 64 squares in my Square Foot Garden and I have plans for another round of sowing this weekend. I am planning on holding 16 squares empty for now so that I can use them in my planned succession sowing.
Basically I will be starting seeds in pots every 2 – 3 weeks and then transplanting them into the available squares as needed. By keeping some of the squares open, I always have a spot for the next crop if I haven’t finished harvesting the original square.
Now that the raised bed has been started, I am eager to get to my 3 other, smaller plots where I like to put in the veggies that take a lot of space like tomato, pumpkin, squash, okra, etc. I will try to maximize the use of those spaces as well by using a staking method I learned about online. Once I have the stake poles installed and the plants have grown enough, I will write a post about the staking method.
For now, I am thrilled to already see the tiny leaves of the seeds I planted pushing through the soil. I am always amazed at the transformation from tiny seed to tiny leaf to huge bushy plant. I am looking forward to watering and caring for my plants and then the thrill of harvesting and eating the veggies.
Because of where I live, I am gardening in opposite seasons to most of the country. What, if anything, is going on in your garden this month? Are any of you in USDA Zone 10 like me? If so, do you have any advice or comments? I would love to hear from you.