Today was my first day of planting outdoors. Some plants like cold weather and are supposed to be planted outside before the Spring last frost day. It is now 4 weeks before the last frost day in my area (always check the date for your area - you can do so at weather.com). For Chicago Illinois is April 22 - so I took April 25th as my day to be sure.
At 4 weeks you can plant the following plants outside:
- Lettuce from seed
- Peas from seed or seedling
- Spring Onions
I took this weekend to put the horse compost manure in the beds (see my post on how to get free compost). I put the compost on top of the previously turned soil and mixed it well with my spade. Then with a rake, I made sure the beds were flat and that all big chunks of soil were broken into small pieces.
I tried different ways to get my 1 feet squares. Doing a wooden grid was going to be a bit expensive so I decided to try with wool and nails ( I may regret this but I want to try anyhow). I took my measuring tape, nails, some wool and a hammer and tried to make a grid - Far too much work!!!! So I tried another way.
|Little String attached to the long one at 1 foot intervals|
I put 2 sticks alongside my bed at 1 feet from the edge and I tied 2 small strings to it - With my measuring tape I kept moving the 2 strings 1 square foot at a time so they will show me 1 square. I did my Planting there, and then move the strings to the next square and so on. I did work.
I used that technique to rejuvenate my strawberries. I took all the strawberries out and only kept the stronger plants and replanted then 4 per square.
|Peas from seedlings|
|Peas - Outdoor seeds|
I planted some lettuce from seeds - Believe or not there will be 24 lettuces in this small space - at a rate of 4 lettuces per square foot.
Some of my perennials herbs are out like my spring onions and the garlic I planted in the fall is also looking good.
I will be doing some more planting during the week.
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