…because they grow crazy fast. I was worried if I sowed my pea and edamame seeds directly in the ground, slugs or other insects would find a way to kill the newly sprouted seedlings. I thought starting them inside would be a good idea so that by the time I transplanted them, they’d be able to tolerate insect damage a little better. Last week we went to Illinois for a few days (and got back last night) and when we left, the edamame plants were about two inches high. And now they’re about a foot tall! I had no success growing edamame last summer, so I hope this means that I’ll get a big harvest this year.
Before leaving for Illinois, my husband put together the second raised bed that I wanted to add this year. It was the last one left at Home Depot, so it was definitely meant to be. Because this bed gets more sun, I planted the hardened off cruciferous veggies in it. I figured that the greens would do okay in the shadier bed (although my eventual plan is to move both beds to the other side of the yard once we get a fence, where they’ll both get plenty of sun).
As I was cleaning out the existing bed to get ready for spring, I noticed that the cabbage from the fall (!) was finally starting to look like actual cabbage. I’m not sure why it took so long, but I decided to leave it, along with the other cabbage plant and the Brussels sprouts from last fall. Why is everything I grow so slooooow? Really, if you have any ideas, please let me know–that’s a serious question. Our last frost date is in mid-April and I’m concerned that my spring plants aren’t going to be ready to harvest by the time I have to plant the summer veggies.
I’m doing some container gardening in the porch again this spring too. On the left is a pot of peas and on the right is dwarf bok choy. I planted the bok choy in the garden bed and in a container last fall and the ones in the garden went to seed almost immediately, when the leaves were still about half an inch long–I think it’s better suited to growing in a container, at least for me.
What plants are you growing this spring? Do you grow anything in containers?