By Laurel Blomquist | Greetings, all. Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was looking for someone to build the potting table of my dreams? Well, I found someone, and last week, they delivered it. Mike Iverson listened to all of my needs and desires and put it together in a table that four people can use to plant at the same time. It helps that he once worked in a greenhouse and understood what it is I was looking for.
The cedar and aluminum table is big enough to hold about 20 cubic feet of potting soil, and the top slides open and shut so that the soil doesn’t dry out. When open, the top is strong enough to work on. The table even has a clean-out opening so you can get every last crumb of soil at the end of the season.
The first week in the greenhouse, I planted alliums. That includes sweet onions, cippolini onions, scallions, shallots, and storage onions. Planting alliums from seed takes time, so they are always the first thing on the list.
I also started the first broccoli planting. Broccoli gets planted in succession, meaning every two weeks for just about the entire summer, so I had to get the first planting in last week or all further successions would be behind. These trays got the royal treatment–I placed them on our new heat mats, and put covers over each of the trays to keep the humidity high. Two days later, they germinated. And we’re off!
I love planting in the greenhouse while it’s still cold outside–even on a 30 degree day, it’s a toasty 70 degrees in the greenhouse.
Have you started any plants for your home garden yet this season?