Salad Garden

March 19th, 2012

I planted kale and beet seeds! This is a container garden I tried last year and had good luck with kale so thought I would add some beets to see what happens.  I also sprinkled some mixed greens seed so I think I will call it my salad garden! All of these are cool season crops meaning they prefer cooler (but not freezing) temperatures to germinate.  Just right for this early spring. I will keep you posted on their progress.  Just in case, I plan to start some indoors, too.

I sent a soil sample from my garden into Iowa State’s soil lab to see what it needs this year.  http://www.agron.iastate.edu/soiltesting/ST11WEB.pdf  It came back showing I had extreme levels of K and P (not the same as K.P. kitchen patrol).   P is phosphorus, which is important for fruits and flowers, and K is potassium or potash which is necessary for good root growth.  Looks like there are plenty of nutrients for this years garden crop! I guess that’s because I put the garden waste and compost back into the soil each year.  No fertilizer, but the natural kind here.  I’m hoping for another productive and low maintenance garden year!

For more information about gardening check out the resources available at Iowa State http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/gardening

What are you planting this year?

Kristi Cooper

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