triangle to show you how closely to plant, so today we are going to plant spinach (yum, yum!) in a 4" spacing. Here is a picture of my high tech way of making a triangle using a file folder.
I'm only going to plant 4 feet of spinach today, then I will plant more every 2 weeks. That way, I can have yummy baby spinach longer. Use your triangle to see how far apart to make your rows. Draw a line in the soil with a pointed tool. (I use a cobra weeder.) Then use your triangle to place 2 seeds per corner. When they come up, you will mercilessly decapitate one of the seedlings with a pair of kid scissors. Why? #1 - Planting 2 seeds pretty much guarantees that at least one will come up and you won't have open spots. #2 - Leaving both can create crowding and weaken your plants. #3 - The kid scissors are because I'm not so coordinated.
Here are some options of things that can be directly sown in your garden:
- spinach - 4" spacing - August and September
- lettuce - 12" spacing - continually as you use it
- pac choi or joi choi - 12" spacing - September
- carrots & radishes - 4" spacing - August
- turnips - 6" spacing - July or August
- kale - 18" spacing - September
- swiss chard - 12" - September
- winter squash - 6 feet apart - August
- climbing peas - 2" apart on a trellis - September
Come back later! There's a whole lot more!