I prepared raised bed number one on Saturday, so on Sunday (April 7th), we were able to plant a number of things in it. In my post on planning, I called this the “everything else” bed. Bed two has legumes and herbs, bed three will have tomatoes and their relatives, and bed four will have plants from the cabbage family, so bed one takes on a variety of other vegetables.
Some chard plants were coming up from their roots in bed four, so I dug those and transplanted them into bed one. Since I don’t know how well chard might do as a second year crop, I also planted some chard seeds — four or five seeds in each of three “hills” about a foot (30 cm) apart. I always use the ‘bright lights’ variety of chard.
These are the transplanted chard plants:
Next, I planted some onion seeds. Onion ‘evergreen bunching heshiko’ should produce scallions (green onions) this fall. Onion ‘red long of tropea’ produces elongated bulbs and if they aren’t ready to harvest by fall (onions take a long time if you start them from seed) then I’ll transplant them to a new bed in the spring and let them grow until they are ready.
I planned to dig up, separate, and transplant some shallots from bed number four as I have been doing for a few years, but found that they didn’t survive the winter. Instead, I bought some yellow onion bulbs. What you get from onion bulbs depends on how you plant them. If you plant them only a half inch (12 mm) deep and three inches (75 mm) apart, they will produce large bulbs; if you do as I did and reverse those dimensions to plant them three inches deep and only a half inch apart, they will produce scallions that will be ready in a month or so.
We also planted some other seeds in rows adjacent to the onions and about a foot (12 cm) apart: carrots ‘danvers half long’ and ‘napoli’ (a nantes type), beet ‘red ace’, and a mixture of varieties of leaf lettuce. I then watered all the seeded areas and of course the transplanted chard. These seeds were all planted at the depths and spacings specified on the packages.
Here is the planted bed:
The chard plants are barely visible at the back of the bed. You can see the labels and watered areas where we planted seeds and bulbs. The dry area at the front is reserved for plants that are less cold tolerant. The weather prediction is for about a week of warm weather, so hopefully all these seeds will be able to germinate quickly. Cooler weather later shouldn’t bother the young plants.