Leftover broccoli plants put in the ground January 24th
While I was at the nursery, buying trees, I saw a six pack of broccoli plants which had not been bought and sitting cold and lonely until a bench. Christine the nursery owner said I could have them so I brought them home and today had time to plant them.
I have no idea if they will grow or if they will go immediately to seed. But I think it's worth a try as some critter got into the garden and ate all the winter cover crop and then ate the broccoli and kale. I finally got the fence fixed just after the artichokes had been munched down. It's so upsetting. I felt so much better when the fence was solid again(at least I hope it is). It feels so out of control to be raided at night and have your food eaten by the raider. I think it is a deer, so I"ve put up another wire and hung streamers of cloth from it. I also set the have a heart trap with dog food(ringtail cat, skunk), a carrot(rabbit, gopher), and some cheese. So far no luck with the trap, but there's also been no more damage in the garden.
So the broccoli went in today. The soil was so cold it was hard to put my hands in it to break it up. I sprinkled some compost and manure around and mulched it with straw. Because I felt so sorry for the little plants, I used warm water to soak around the plant hoping it would make them feel like they were planted in a great spot.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at January 31, 2011 7:20 AM