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Starting Vegetables from Seed


Row of Seeded Redwood Flats

Every week we seed one or two redwood flats with a seasonal variety of vegetables. We use compost for our flat soil. This time of year we are starting seeds of Winter wheat, lettuce, chamomile, spinach, green onions, escarole, radicchio, and parsley. Because the days are shorter and the nights cooler, it might take up to six weeks until the seedlings are sized up and ready to transplant into the vegetable beds.


Other seeds that can be directly sown into our prepared vegetable beds now include fenugreek, fava beans, radishes, and peas. Because we have such a mild Winter climate we are able to seed our vegetables outdoors, rather than in a greenhouse, and we harvest Winter vegetables right through the cold season.

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