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What I’m Planting This Weekend


On Sunday I’m planning on planting a whole bunch of vegetables, including ‘Ruby Streaks’ mustard greens (my full planting list is at the bottom of this post). But before the gardening commences, I’m going to be talking about gardening and shopping for plants. Starting things off at 9:30 on Saturday morning I will be at Molbak’s nursery in Woodinville sharing my plan for a super salad season. I’m going to discuss how to prepare the soil for salad crops, the basics behind succession planting, and information about some of my favorite salad greens. Then, I’m off to University Village in Seattle for the Village Green Event, where I will be talking about how to grow and cook with spring herbs. This super fun talk will include demonstrations on drying and freezing herbs and making compound butter and vinaigrette, plus information on sowing and growing cilantro, chives, parsley, dill, and chervil. You can find all the details for both these events, including directions, on my Events page.


Seattle Tilth is also hosting their first annual Cool Season Crops Plant Sale (their regular plant sale will also be held the first weekend in May). I’m shopping the pre-sale on Friday and am planning on buying seedlings of ‘Green Sprouting Calabrese’ broccoli, ‘Early Snowball’ cauliflower, ‘Perfection’ fennel, savoy cabbage, ‘Giant Musselburg’ leeks, ‘Wong Bok’ Napa Cabbage, ‘Tatsoi’, and ‘Prize Choy’ pak choy.

I also have a ton of seed and will be sowing the following crops this weekend.

Root Crops

‘Easter Egg II’ and ‘French Breakfast’ radish

‘Bulls Blood’, ‘Chioggia’, and ‘Golden’ beets

‘Red Samurai’, ‘Bolero’ and ‘Yellowstone’ carrots


‘Walla Walla’ sweet onions

‘Ozette potatoes’


‘Golden Edible Podded’ peas

‘Super Sugar Snap’ peas

‘Tom Thumb’ dwarf snap pea (in containers)

‘Wando’ English peas

‘Broad Windsor’ fava beans


‘Sylvetta’ arugula

‘Olympia’ spinach

‘Flashy Trout’s Back’ lettuce

Bibb lettuce

‘Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed’ lettuce (yes, that is really its name)


‘Fernleaf’ Dill

‘Santo’ Cilantro

‘Survivor’ Parsley

I’m also going to (hopefully!) get some strawberries and raspberries into the ground. Hooray! Let the weekend begin.

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6 Responses to “What I’m Planting This Weekend”

  1. 1
    amanda Says:

    Happy sunny weekend ahead! I took Friday off just to get one more day in the garden! What a good idea fava beans are! I bet they’re great fresh.
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..Side by Side Seed Tray Experiment =-.

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    gardenmentor Says:

    You are one ambitious and talented lady, Willi! I have a feeling somebody named that drunken lady frizzy headed lettuce after they saw me working in the garden one day ;)

    Here’s to 60F sunshine to get all of our seeding and weeding and start-planting rolling!
    .-= gardenmentor´s last blog ..Mason Bee Alarm Clock =-.

  3. 3
    Grace Says:

    Hi Willi,

    Are you doing lettuce starts, or from seed? Mine from seed are only at the two-leaf stage. Too early to prick out, let alone harden off. Just wondering how far along you were …

    P.S. I found my Makah Ozette potatoes at Sky Nursery! Can’t find them anywhere else, even online. I’m so excited!

  4. 4
    Rebecca Says:

    Ah, Spring in Wyoming, 21 degrees, snowing, and blowing. I guess I will have to garden vicariously through you and your blog. Sounds like you will have a busy weekend.

  5. 5
    Susan Says:

    I’m planning on going to your salad talk at Molbak’s. Listening to talks like yours always get me motivated. Can I ask you a planting related question? How do you know what the last frost day is? So many of my seeds use that as a reference date and I don’t know how to figure it out. Thanks!

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    Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    May you have a sunny and productive weekend.
    I’ve been reading your site through the winter and can’t wait to follow along as you plant a for a new year. Thanks for all the information and cool ideas.

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