Week 6: Waiting is the Hardest Part
This Week, it's time to harden-off seedlings in preparation for transplanting. Also, what to do with pot-bound seedlings and choosing the right watering system for your garden!
First, let's take a look at...
What Should I Plant This Week?
Many plants like the cool weather, but if you haven’t had a chance to get your seeds for cool-season crops don’t panic. You'll have another opportunity to start things like beets, broccoli, kale, peas and spinach, indoors in mid-summer for transplant in early September to take advantage of the cool fall weather. The chart below shows the basic timeline to follow.
Also, some crops mature quickly and fade as the weather gets hot. That's why we have successional or staggered planting of some crops so we can have a fresh crop coming every few weeks. Lettuce, arugula, cilantro and radish are a few that can be seeded on this schedule. Pull out the old crop once it’s past. If you have had an insect or disease issue, move that crop to a new location, so you don’t repeat the issue.
We will be starting some cucurbits indoors this week. Cucumbers, squash, melon and watermelons are what we're referring to. It's too early to put them outside but we can get some seeds starting inside.
BECAUSE WE JUST CAN’T WAIT!
We want to be ready for our May 15-ish goal for hardening-off and planting these crops soon after that. They can get large fast so we don’t start too early or we have big plants and no indoor space for them.