Even more seeds – outdoors

We’re so close to our average last frost date I felt brave enough to plant seeds in the ground with no covering today. There have been a few frosty mornings lately, but we’re near the end of that and these are all cool-season crops. They are in a little bed that’s facing North and East, so it doesn’t get quite as much light as it could, but I had okay luck with greens there last year. Slugs were an issue, but this year I prepared the bed by mixing in the roots of the cover crops that overwintered there and added lots of compost. That should make the tilth and drainage better which deters slugs.






Originally uploaded by mulysa_may

Baby Bok choy ‘China Baby’ (Brassica rapa)

Broccoli ‘Early Dividend’ (Brassica oleracea)

Radish ‘Cherry Belle’ (Raphanus sativus)

Curled Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) I didn’t know that I liked this herb until I got a free packet of salad mix with a copy of BBC Gardens Illustrated. It had arugula, red Russian kale, chervil and a couple other things. Delish.

Lettuce ‘Farwest Blend’ (Lactuca sativa) by Territorial Seed Company. This was a favorite last year of both the people and the rabbits in my household.

Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) A vegetable is so pretty it can be grown in a flower bed or container and double as an ornamental. This variety is a mix with six different colors of stems.


About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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