Now that the garden is going full-speed ahead, I've decided to do a 'Lessons Learned' post about winter-sowing, planning, planting, and all the other various tid-bits that I don't want to forget when it comes time for future gardens.
As you know, I winter-sowed a ton of plants. Some results were better than others:
The Echinacea is finally taking off. Took long enough!!!
The broccoli is doing really well. We'll be eating it pretty soon! Definitely plan to winter sow more of them next year!
The cabbage is also flourishing (as are the cabbage moths!). I have been dusting with Diamotaceous Earth but just can't get over the number of moths I see laying eggs on my poor plants! I also like that the peas I planted near the broccoli are much easier to pick, because the broccoli serve as supports. Definitely need to keep that in mind for the future.
I also need to remember to plant more beneficials, like zinnias and marigold, nasturtiums and Calendula. The garden is looking VERY green but it would be nice to have some beautiful colors in there. Not to mention that Calendula is so useful for its medicinal properties.
I am realizing that I did not plant nearly enough carrots. I will probably triple the amount in the fall. I planted 2 squares every 2 weeks. Next spring I need to do at least 4 squares every 2 weeks. Most of the ones I planted were Chantenay Red Core and Danvers Half Long. The white ones I planted didn't do too well.
I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of tomato and pepper plants at the Master Gardener Sale. Lots of Heirlooms. Plus, they were only $2 each. So I won't even bother trying to grow them myself anymore.
I think I planted a good amount of lettuce, as it'll last us for a couple of weeks until it starts getting too hot and then it'll bolt. Next year, I plant it even earlier.
I guess a general rule of thumb is that if I only need one plant, just buy it. If I'm going to plant a bunch of them, winter-sow them.