Campbell Garden Weekly Digest Issue #1

Let's get ready to garden!

June 3, 2016
Grow bags 2015
by Marina De Luca-Howard
It is time once again to think about the garden: our grow bags and our front garden, as well as the mulched patch just to the left of the grow bags.
Jutta Mason has generously donated some organic bean seeds. She’s joked they are Jack and the Beanstalk type beans, promising the quick results, will delight our junior gardeners.
Here is the plan for this season:
Companion Planting
Three types of plants per grow bag:
Beans, carrots, squash
Lettuces, herbs
Cucumbers, beets, bell peppers

Our box will host: Tomatoes, basil, onions, radishes and the mint that won’t quit. Yes, mint tea will be served!
While waiting for the tomatoes to grow we can harvest carrots, radishes and lettuce and keep planting.
Rotating crops and recycling of space is known as "succession planting." In our small spaces this means we can keep planting and have a quick turnaround for our little gardeners. the them including. Lettuce, peas, spinach, kale, cilantro and arugula can be planted in July and early August for harvest from September through November.
Child-friendly gardening is perfect on a Friday evening.

Planting Depth Tips to keep in mind!
Here are the minimum soil depths for healthy growth.
4-5 inches: chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander
6-7 inches: bush beans, , kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme
8-9 inches: pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary
10-12 inches: beets, broccoli, potatoes, summer squash, dill,