Lasagna Gardening 102: Spring Planting

Our homestead in Midcoast Maine is located in cold hardiness zone 5, which means it's important to get a jump on the season by planting seeds early. With Maine's unpredictable summers, it can make the difference between ripe tomatoes and green tomatoes. The old saying about corn is "knee-high by the 4th of July," and we were able to achieve this and more last year thanks to early planting.

Lasagna Gardening 102 covers the successes and challenges we had planting from seed in a greenhouse for the first time; which crops we planted directly into the garden beds; and how to transplant seedlings from the greenhouse into the lasagna garden. To our delight, we had no trouble planting directly into the lasagna garden, even though the materials did not appear to have broken down all the way.

Considering our agenda for 2020, we actually planted our seeds quite late last year. We planted seeds in the greenhouse the last week of April, and planted peas, onions, green beans, carrots, and other hardier crops directly into the soil on May 24th. It's important to keep a garden book so you can compare notes from year to year. So much happens in a garden, it's impossible to remember it all.

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