Week 2: Planting the cold-hardies out

This has been a busy week of digging up garden beds, adding manure and compost, and finally planting out the first plantlets into the garden! First to go out are all the cold-hardy plants, which usually should be planted outside into the garden up to 6 weeks before the “last frost date”…. here in Pellston MI our last frost date is actually early June, so definitely a short growing season up here! Just in time for students to arrive, we’ve planted out the cabbage, broccoli, radishes, lettuce, mizuna, tatsoi, and kale.

Other less cold-hardy plants are still growing and gaining strength in the greenhouse. These include the tomatoes, cucumbers, nasturtium, basil, and dill.’

Thanks to the maintenance crew for building me some lovely cedar Raised Beds to plant deeper rooted plants in. Also thanks to everyone who helped out this week with digging beds, watering, sowing, and transplanting. Anyone interested in helping out, please come see me and let me know when you’re available to help out, keep an eye on the white-board at the bottom of the dining hall, or just come up to visit me in the garden or the greenhouse after dinner!


About umbsgarden2011

The U of M Biological Station is running a kitchen garden for the second year in a row! I am the new garden gal, trying to fill the big shoes of Nate Lada. Stay tuned to hear how the garden fares this year.
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2 Responses to Week 2: Planting the cold-hardies out

  1. Drew Robison says:

    Sweet garden! The hard work that has already been put in is obvious. Can’t wait to chow down on some organic veggies grown next door. I think all the garden needs now is the tender touch of Spring Term students and turnips!

  2. paulrink says:

    Don’t forget to check out the whiteboard by the stairs to the cafeteria! Can you figure out which fruit/vegetable drawn on the board will not be found in the UMBS Garden at any point during the summer (except for in the compost)?

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