Seed Swaps

More seed planting, a bit of a harvest

09 Apr 2011
17°C / 62°F

I planted a mess of seeds today. I was inspired by Cristyn to try a less structured approach to planting.

First, I noticed a few “volunteer” carrots (not really volunteer, they’ve likely sprouted from seeds I scattered last fall), so I sprinkled three kinds of carrots around the North bed.

Next, I sprinkled cress seeds willy-nilly around the North bed and in the tray that the pea shoots are in. Cress will sprout fast. While I was at it, I tossed a few of those into the South bed too.

Next, I planted seeds for a bunch more brassica greens. I put out markers for most of these, since all brassicas look the same as sprouts, and I want to make sure I know which are which — for example, I don’t want to harvest all the boc choi as baby greens.

Next, I harvested a handful of microgreens — a lot of orach, some corn salad leaves, and some miner’s lettuce.

Finally, I planted another tray of microgreens. Germination in the original ones is pretty uneven.

Oh, and one more thing — while I was planted the microgreens, I moved a tray and found a sprig of orach seeds. They seemed fine, so I buried them in the South bed. Later I’ll probably call them “volunteers.”




Sounds like you have enthusiastic volunteers!

Posted on 11 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7

I do — I routinely let mustards and salad greens go to seed in my garden. I get miner’s lettuce, mache and osaka purple mustard volunteers every year. Orach is new this year, as are the quasi-volunteer carrots. I love free plants!

Posted on 11 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

The problem with how active the site has gotten is that my old friends drop below the fold before I notice that they’ve posted!

Posted on 10 May 11 (over 8 years ago)


Folia Helper


I missed this too (not that I’ve been around much of late) but am so happy to see that you’re still posting!

Posted on 31 May 11 (about 8 years ago)

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