Seed Swaps

More Vegetable Beds Made

02 May 2012
Cloudy 21°C / 70°F

Another great day in the garden, today. Managed to get three more vegetable beds installed. Also planted beets, onions (Spanish and Red), kohl rabi and carrots (two kinds), as well as put in the two pots of Mesclun I bought yesterday.

All of the spinach is doing well. I noticed today that the ‘Regal’ is growing much faster than the ‘King of Denmark’. It looks as though I’ll be able to start harvesting the ‘Regal’ in about two weeks.

The asparagus is almost ready to start harvesting too.

I think I’m going to give up trying to start onions from seed. I never get any to live very long. I’m doing something wrong, but can’t be bothered to figure out what it is. I’ll just have to stick to using sets. I know I can’t get a good variety that way, but I’ll be pleased if I get lots of ‘green onions’ to use over the summer and then more full-size ones to chop and freeze for the winter.

Planted Plain Leaf Italian Parsley seeds in a flat today, as well as more zinnias in peat pots. Potted up the few lettuce seedlings in peat pots as well.

By the weekend, I’ll need to start (indoors) the pumpkins, watermelon and cucumbers so that they’re ready to go outside by the end of the month.

My husband put the top on the gazebo today. On the weekend I’ll be able to put on the screening. It will be so nice to be able to sit outside and admire my garden! :)



I’ve not had any luck starting onions from seed, either. It seems like the seed packets of the special varieties don’t say if they are long, intermediate, or short day. I’ve only had luck buying sets from reputable growers that match my area, which is short day. It may also be about timing. We plant our sets in February so I really don’t have any idea when I should start the seeds.

Posted on 03 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

@flowerweaver – glad to hear I’m not the only one !

Posted on 03 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

I did onions from seed successfully last year, but I’m not convinced they’re worth the effort. They need to be started in early January, and seem to grow at a snail’s pace. Then they’re the hardening off, and the separating and planting what seems like blades of grass individually. I have instructions for growing your own onion sets which I plan to try “someday”. You plant seeds direct in the garden, closer together and in the summer I think. That way they make baby onions by fall which you can store and plant next spring. If I have success I’ll send you some!

Posted on 04 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

@HazelJ – Thanks! The idea was that if I could grow onions from seed, I’d have a better variety to choose from. Not going to happen! I think I’ll stick with ‘white’ and ‘red’ ! :) If you are successful in your endeavour, I’d love to try some!

Posted on 04 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

Variety was why I was trying to grow from seed too. I did harvest a few heirloom ‘Ailsa Craig’ onions, but I confess that to me (apart from the sweet onions from the southern US) an onion is pretty much an onion flavour-wise. If I could grow my own sets from seed though, it seems like a bit of a way to get the best of both worlds variety & sets. My only trouble is finding a bed weed-free enough and where I’ll monitor them closely enough to actually get the seed to the set stage. I think it might be a year or two before I can really give it a good shot.

Posted on 05 May 12 (over 3 years ago)

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