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Tiller Time, Digging Trenches, & Potato Tips

Written by : Posted on April 29, 2017 : Comments Off on Tiller Time, Digging Trenches, & Potato Tips

Tiller Time

For Day One of planting our new garden, it was time to plant the potatoes, onions, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Rainbow Blend Carrots, Easter Egg Radishes, Cherry Belle Radishes, Red & Golden Beets, and the KCCG 30th Anniversary Blend Lettuce.

It was too early for the Diva Cucumbers, Dragon Tongue Beans, and the flowers (Autumn Beauty Sunflower, Whirlybird Mix Nasturtium, Benary’s Giant Zinnias).

However, first things first…we needed to till our garden area.

Our area was overrun by clovers and grass so we bought an electric tiller by Greenworks for around $200. It doesn’t provide the same power as a gas-powered tiller but it got the job done after going over the same stretch a few times. If you don’t want to spend money on a tiller, you can rent tillers from most home improvement stores.

We have a lot of tilling to be done and decided to bite the bullet and buy our own so we didn’t have to feel we had to get it done in a 3 or 4 hour window. The trick to tilling is making sure the soil is dry enough to till. You do not want to till muddy soil. If you till soil that is too wet, you create boulders in your garden and will ruin your soil.

To figure out if your soil is dry enough, do the “Chocolate Cake Test”. Have your kids scoop up a handful of your soil in their hands. If it sticks together like a lump of clay, your soil is too wet to till. If your soil crumbles like a piece of chocolate cake then you can till.

My son and gardening partner, Eli, is only 6 years old so he is too young to run the tiller so in order to include him in the process, I had him rake the tilled weeds away while I did the tilling.

Digging Trenches

It wasn’t hard to convince Eli to dig trenches for the seeds.

One of his favorite things to do is digging holes in the backyard with his toy construction trucks so he was more than willing to grab a hand shovel and a spade to help out with the trenches.

For the potatoes, we dug a trenches about 6 inches deep and for the onions, we dug trenches about one inch deep.

For the Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Rainbow Blend Carrots, Easter Egg Radishes, Cherry Belle Radishes, Red & Golden Beets, and the KCCG 30th Anniversary Blend Lettuce, we dug trenches ranging from a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch.

Quick Potato Tips

If you plan on growing potatoes, you should cut up your potatoes in halves or thirds so that each wedge has 2-3 sprouts. Let them dry for at least one day before putting them into the ground.

This allows the potatoes to dry and develop a protective scab layer that prevents rot and disease transmission. We cut up our potatoes and let them dry on a newspaper on our counter for 3 days before planting.

Seed Spacing

Once we dug our trenches, it was time to plant the seeds!

For the potatoes, we planted each potato seed about a foot apart in rows that were about two feet apart with the sprouts facing up and covered them in dirt. Once the potato plants sprout out of the ground and grow to about 6 inches, we’ll start piling more dirt on them to eventually form small mounds around each plant until it’s time to harvest.

For the onions, we planted each onion seed about 6 inches apart in rows that are one foot apart. You’ll want to plant onions about 1 inch deep so that their roots are well covered with soil but the top of the plant’s neck is not buried too deeply. Onion bulbs naturally push towards the surface as they grow and it’s good to have the top of the bulbs exposed to the sun.

I planted the carrots, beets, radishes, and lettuce in their own rows and we spaced them according to the instructions on the pack label. These seeds are small so it was a bit of a challenge to pick out each seed and get it spaced perfectly but you can always thin out the seedlings that clump together when they sprout out of the ground.

Once the seeds were all planted on day one, I had Eli write the varieties on the markers and place them by their rows.

Next up, we’ll plant the flowers, cucumbers, and we’ll use peat pellets to start our Dragon Tongue Beans!

Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit

Written by : Posted on March 21, 2016 : Comments Off on Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit

Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit

One of the best ways to get your kids interested in gardening is to make it fun and a little mysterious. The children who tour our Beanstalk Children’s Garden in Kansas City are always attracted to the most colorful plants growing in the garden.

Children also love discovering the different veggie colors when they dig them up, like the purple, pink and white radishes in our ‘Easter Egg’ Radish seeds or the yellow, white and purple carrots in our ‘Rainbow Blend’ Carrot seeds.

We’ve put together a Plant A Rainbow Garden Kit that combines fun with mystery and makes your children’s garden a colorful patch of veggies and flowers.

Here’s what you get in the Plant A Rainbow kit:

Swiss Chard - Bright Lights Seeds

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Brighten up your garden with this stunning chard variety. It’s deep green leaves make a beautiful contrast to it’s pink, gold, and crimson stems. Eat these greens young in yummy salads or let them mature a little longer and add them to soups, stir frys, or use them for wraps.

Radish - Easter Egg Seeds

Easter Egg Radish

The ‘Easter Egg’ Radish is fun for kids and adults alike to grow. The seeds produce a beautiful variety of colors, including red, white, pink, and purple all in the same pack! You won’t know which color the radish will be though, until you uncover the soil for the first time to take a peek.

Carrot - Rainbow Blend Seeds

Rainbow Blend Carrots

This rainbow carrot blend is fun to grow and even more fun to harvest. When you dig up this carrot patch you will find vibrant red, purple, yellow, orange and white carrots hiding below their green tops. These carrots make and fun and delicious snack for young gardeners!

Dragon Tongue Bean

Dragon Tongue Bean

Kids will love eating these cream and violet 6” stringless striped beans raw from the garden. They can also be pickled, stir-fried or steamed. Its unique color makes this bean an attractive side dish and an interesting conversation piece when served to curious guests.

Beet - Red and Golden Seeds

Red & Golden Beets

A beautiful contrasted mix of gold, red and red and white striped, these beets are fun to grow and delicious to eat. Enjoy both the tops and the bottoms of this earthy tasting plant by sautéing or roasting or eat raw for use in a delicious salad.

Zinnias

Benary’s Giant Zinnias

This variety of zinnia holds longer in a vase than your standard zinnia and is less susceptible to powdery mildew. Cut often to stimulate new blooms and to provide lovely fresh bouquets for yourself or a friend!

Nasturtium - Whirlybird Mix Seeds

Whirlybird Mix Nasturium

These wonderful upward facing flowers with their lily pad-shaped leaves will make a great addition to any garden or patio container. They’re not just a pretty flower face though. As an added bonus, both the flower and the leaves are edible! They’ll give a great peppery kick to any salad or sandwich. These semi-dwarf plants boast large, bright flowers in yellow, orange and red. ‘Whirlybird’ tolerates more heat than standard varieties.

Sunflower - Autumn Beauty Seeds

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

If you love the beautiful warm colors of Fall, then this sunflower is for you! Brilliant 6-8 inch diameter flowers of red, gold, yellow, rust and burgundy stand tall at 5-7 feet! These wonderful sunflowers make beautiful bouquet arrangements and will bloom for most of the summer and into fall. They’re not just for looks though. Try the flowers in a salad or stir fry!

Plant these seeds in your children’s garden and let your kids enjoy the fun of planting, growing and harvesting a variety of rainbow colored vegetables and flowers!

Click here to add the Plant A Rainbow kit to your cart.