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Starting seedlings on the porch

Brussels sprout transplantNow that we have a porch, starting fall seedlings "inside" is much less fiddly than previously.  I set the flats of broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts on the edge of the porch where they'd get plenty of light, so I didn't have to worry about legginess and hardening off to the scorching summer sun.  And since the flats were right next door to the hose and the floor is water resistant, I could just sprinkle them lightly whenever I thought about it.

Having transplants makes it even easier to fill gaps in the summer garden with fall crops.  After using up the spots that had been home to problematic tomatoes with broccoli and cabbage, I had enough seedlings leftover to devote half a dozen more beds to fall crucifers.  I'm hoping for bountiful late fall harvests to tide us over on fresh produce further into the cold season.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I starten chinese cabbage, carrots and spinash in the middle of July. I put them under a shade tree and they are all doing so well.

I want to try making Kimche this fall with the cabbage.

Comment by Mona Mon Aug 6 13:22:16 2012
Mona --- Under a shade tree sounds relatively equivalent to starting the seedlings on the porch --- good idea!
Comment by anna Mon Aug 6 16:58:08 2012

I want your proffesional opinion, because I feel like you are, on how you planned your garden. I know you have no till with grass inbetween the spaces. Would you ever put a barrier in so the dirt was raised? Do you like having grass in between, do you own a rotto tiller? (I like no-till but it seems like years before mulching will turn my clay into workable soil.) Maybe I need to go back through your arcives for more help. Do you get rid of rocks? Just a few questions.

Comment by Kathleen Olsen Tue Aug 7 08:58:57 2012
Kathleen --- Thanks for the thought-provoking questions! I started to answer here, but my reply got so long it's going to turn into tomorrow morning's post instead. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Aug 7 18:27:55 2012

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