Yippee! Planting day!

Today, I woke up to blue sky and a perfect day for planting!! Fueled by the promise of fresh vegetables and over-caffeination, I raced around this morning gathering seeds that need planting, moving flats of seedlings outside to harden off and found the best ground ready for planting!

We started with potatoes! Dad and I took turns using the wheel hoe to dig a furrow for the potatoes…so much easier on your back than digging with a shovel!

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Once the furrow was deep enough and all the big rocks removed, in went the potatoes! Here are the Rose Golds:

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We also planted Huckleberry Gold, Yukon Gold and German Butterballs!

Next, we planted half a bed of carrots, an orange and a yellow variety. The very delicious Carrot is a diva that will grow into funny shapes without a nice fluffy, rock and clump free bed. The carrot is worth the extra effort, so we dug out the paths, adding a little extra depth to the bed and went through by hand to remove rocks and clumps and roots left behind by the cover crop. The second half of the bed will be planted in a week or two.

We finished the day transplanting three varieties of kale and one variety of cauliflower. This bed did not get the same attention to detail that the carrot bed enjoyed. It was measured, the path walked out and we raked it once to get out the really big rocks (There is quite the rock pile growing, I wonder if the Whidbey fighter jets that fly over can see it yet).

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Tomorrow, if it stays dry, we will plant more outside (chard, spinach, radishes)! If it rains and storms as predicted, there is another bed that is waiting to be planted inside the hoop house and more flats to be seeded!

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2015 Vegetable Challenge!

I was recently told that there are over 200 produce items available at the grocery store, but the average person only eats about 15 of them. Next time I am at the grocery store, I plan to count everything in the produce section or perhaps I will start with asking someone who works in the produce section.

Anyway, it got me thinking! I looked at my seed list and I have everything divided into 39 categories (these are not official categories, just my categories) with 155 different varieties!! The 2015 Vegetable Challenge is to pay attention to how many different things you eat from the produce section or buy from a local farmer and then see how many you can eat in 2015! I would love to hear about new favorites and good recipes!

Today, we planted two beds in the hoop house! The tiny white tags tell you that we planted 2 varieties of lettuce plus a lettuce mix, 2 varieties of radish, 3 varieties of mustard greens and 1 variety each of spinach and arugula!

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If you are interested, here is my list of categories and the number of varieties per category…

  • Basil: 1
  • Bush Beans: 5
  • Fava Beans: 1
  • Garbanzo Beans: 1
  • Beets: 5
  • Broccoli: 5
  • Brussels Sprouts: 4
  • Cabbage: 8
  • Carrots: 8
  • Cauliflower: 3
  • Celery: 1
  • Chard: 1
  • Chives: 1
  • Cilantro: 2
  • Dill: 1
  • Popcorn: 1
  • Cucumber: 7
  • Eggplant: 1
  • Fennel: 2
  • Kale: 3
  • Leeks: 3
  • Lettuce: 11
  • Melons: 5
  • Mustard Greens: 7
  • Onions: 3
  • Peas: 1
  • Peppers, Hot: 2
  • Peppers, Sweet: 5
  • Potato: 4
  • Pumpkins: 1 baking; 3 jack-o-lantern
  • Radicchio: 1
  • Radish: 3
  • Rutabaga: 1
  • Shallot: 2
  • Spinach: 3
  • Summer Squash: 10
  • Winter Squash: 9
  • Tomato: 22
  • Turnip: 1