Some people start plants indoors from seeds-bless their hearts. It involves dirt, trays, heating pads, special lights, lots of room, patience and cooperative kids & pets. I didn’t go that route; I don’t have any of those qualifiers and I just couldn’t picture my husband agreeing to let me convert our dining room into a greenhouse!
For the majority of us, our best option is an instant garden provided by the garden centre, which just happens to be one of my favourite places! I took my eldest and we went a little over board.
I prefer to lay everything out before I start digging to avoid having to transplant if (okay, when) I change my mind and need to adjust spacing.
Ok, so here’s what we’re looking at below. Starting from the top and going horizontally we have: top two rows-17 Kale & 6 Red Russian Kale. Next two rows: 18 Buttercrunch lettuce. Fifth row: 11 Swiss Chard. Last row just above the plank: 3 small Red Swiss Chard on the left and then 9 spinach-Noble Giant.
And on the other side, starting on the top left and moving horizontally: 6 green onions, 6 leeks, 6 walla walla onions. The next two rows have 25 beets (one disappeared overnight, I kid you not). The fourth row has 12 broccoli plants. The fifth and sixth row are lettuces planted in clumps; on the left we have Romaine, then Ruby Red in the middle, then Head Lettuce on the Right. The final row alongside the plank has 6 spinach starting from the left and then 3 Red Swiss Chard down on the right.
If you’re wondering if perhaps I’ve over planted, I think it’s safe to say the answer would be a resounding “yes!”.