Amongst the rare times when the rain stops, we have been able to run outside quickly to plant a few things. We filled our newest raised bed chalk full of spring goodness, daikons, butterhead lettuce, gai choy mustard, brussel sprouts, beets and cilantro. That was on February 18th that we were able to do that and already everything is coming up:
We also started some summer seeds this past weekend which we are keeping warm in our makeshift greenhouse…more on that later…
Onions also got put into the ground a few weeks ago. They were a couple of weeks later going in than last year, but I don’t think they’ll mind too much. We planted copious amounts of onions last winter and enjoyed them all the way through this winter. After we pulled them last summer and let them dry a bit we stored them in our laundry room which goes unheated and they kept there well until the first rains came, October I think. When we started to notice a bit of mold growing on them we quickly cut them all up and froze them to use all winter long. We hope this next year is just as productive for this round. This year we chose Red Tropea Torpedo Onions and First Edition Onions both from Sonoma Mission Gardens. If you are new to growing onions, please read Onions: All You Need to Know for a primer.

Have you put any new seeds in the ground lately?


Filed under Onions, Seeds

10 responses to “Planted

  1. No way – it’s still too cold for a while in Denver. I did start my first ever seeds inside though. I am proud to say that a few broccoli seeds have germinated, but I haven’t seen any action on the onions.

  2. Beautiful. I need to get something into my raised beds. Or maybe I will just go to the farmer’s mkt each week, by vegies, and then drink some wine with my friends. Oh dear, what to do….. 🙂

  3. Funny I was just waiting for pictures of my seedlings to load up while I surfed around 🙂 I have a few things started and will do another tray next week. I just found the FIST tomato seedling volunteer, that’s usually my tip-off to get busy 🙂

  4. Today I planted a flat of Cilantro that needs some loving care (it was gifted by some farmer friends) and moved assorted babies from the kiddy pool nursery into the big kid garden. Thank you for your beautiful, educational blog. Love it!

  5. Liz

    Hi! We still have a foot of snow on the ground…. sunny today and lots of melting….
    I’m in the mood to plant!
    Love your blog btw… I’ve added you to the links on my blog 🙂

  6. I was tempted to start my tomatoes outside but the heartache of having pill bugs mow the seedlings down isn’t worth the risk. Tomatoes and peppers are being started indoors.

    What tomatoes grow best in Sonoma?

    • asonomagarden

      Hi Maybelline, You know we’ve had good luck with all sorts of tomatoes and each year we change things up, however the one tomato that unfortunately we can’t keep healthy are San Marzanos. Each and every year, no matter how much calcium we give them, they get blossom end rot. We’ve heard from other people around here that they have the same problem, so we just gave up on them. Too bad because they are great for canning.

  7. we’ve got onions and garlic already sprouting. We sowed a couple rows of lettuce and arugula, some carrots and just got in our favas (which I know are late – but we’ll try it). We are looking for a 6 foot galvanized stock tank to add to the front yard for another raised planter – which I would like to do potatoes in and some other things. After this weekend I’m so jazzed for some fresh produce from the garden. We are not short of swiss chard – always got an abundance of that – it’s just coming up with lots of different recipes for it. I have a project for the kids at school – we got some old tires (which I’m not totally sure about planting in – but I read this article about planting potatoes in old tires and as the plant grows and you mound the soil – you add another tire and you keep adding more tires until you’re ready to start harvesting and as you harvest you remove a tire and harvest what is in that tire. Sounds like fun – we’ll try it out. Partly our gardening is experimentation with the kids – mainly it’s to get them out there and thinking about it – if we produce something edible – thats a bonus 🙂

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