Dear Gardeners, don’t be fooled by the supposed rain we have been having.  Remember the rule, a rain event is only a good soaking rain for your garden if the area underneath parked cars is getting wet.

If it stays dry underneath, that rain has been “a drop on a hot stone” as they say and you will have to water the garden beds.  Think of the beds the same way you would a potted plant on your deck.  The wood sides cause water evaporation and the fact that the plants are not directly connected to the earth means that they have shallower roots and can only draw moisture from the garden bed.

Seeds and transplants that have just been planted need consistent amounts of water in order to establish and thrive.  Once they have the impulse to grow which happens after the first watering, they need water every single day for the first week.

It is too early to plant tomatoes, peppers or cucumbers.  It is time to plant potatoes, cabbage and spring greens.

The maturing time is as follows:

Potatoes                             100 days

Cabbage                             60-80 days

Spring Greens                   30-40 days

potato with eyes

If you would like to do a fun activity in your home garden to get a head start on your potato planting, you can do potato “chitting”.  Place the potatoes in an unheated building (not a greenhouse) with a lot of windows, such as a garden shed, and let the eyes develop rosettes.  After two weeks in the unheated building, you can divide one potato into several seed pieces by quartering the potatoes around the eyes.

These are then planted in rows spaced 30 inches apart, with 12 inches between the plants.  Make a 3 inch trench, place the seed piece with the rosette facing up and then cover by forming a gentle hill of soil over the piece of potato.  Potatoes like to be in deeply loosened soil so they may form tubers inside the hill.  One potato seed piece can produce 6-10 potatoes.

Enjoy the day!


Please contact Lauren Blood with any questions. 610.321.9876×107 or