I’ve started planting seeds in our new raised garden beds! As I mentioned in a previous post, since I live in AZ, there is no need to start everything from transplants. Many of my veggies are just going as seeds into the ground! I poked holes with my fingers according to the required “SFG” spacing, then dropped 1-2 seeds into each hole. If more than one seed sprouts, I will trim off the weakling, leaving just one sprout. For this first planting, I focused on a lot of leafy greens, since many of those are only productive in the cooler weather. Two types of lettuce, spinach, and rainbow chard. Then I added a few bonus veggies I wanted to get into rotation sooner than later. Carrots, radishes, green onions, and sugar snap peas.
My plan is to plant a few squares every weekend, rotating the varieties of leafy greens along with extra bonus veggies. This way I hope we will see a continuous harvest as plants begin to mature. Hopefully it produces enough, but not too much! However, if we end up with extra… we do have lots of friends and neighbors who will be happy to help us out 🙂
Featured Plant – Sugar Ann Snap Peas
I have to tell you, I think I am most excited for those sugar snap peas! But also a little skeptical, because according to multiple sources, these peas should be planted 9 per square in a SFG! Can you imagine how full that square will be?!? But I decided to follow the directions and just see what happens. Worst case, I will pull out a couple of plants if it is just WAY over-crowded. Better too much than not enough, right?
I planted a variety of snap pea called “Sugar Ann Snap.” It is a short, two foot tall vine that doesn’t require support. I thought that would be easier, and one less plant I need to think about supporting as they grow. Fingers crossed!
Raised Garden Bed Process
You can read the different steps of the process for getting these raised beds ready for planting seeds, in these earlier posts I wrote: