It seems as though our pallet beds might just be our biggest challenge on our little plot. While we love them and their ability to create a screen between our (currently empty) bee hive and the rest of the yard while giving us a bit of vertical growing space, they’re really not the easiest thing to deal with or plant out (you can read about last years plans and challenges, in order, here, here and here). Honestly, despite my best intentions, the pallet beds are the last thing I plant out.
So, I guess it goes without saying that, for the second year in a row, I have just planted all three pallet beds out. I know, I’m super behind. Not really sure what my problem is, but it is a problem.
So, this year, before sticking seeds into soil, I cut some strips of weed cloth and stapled them over the open space (and the drip irrigation) on each pallet. Next, I stuffed the pallets with soil and peat moss (I know, peat moss is not good for the environment, but I am hopeful it will help to keep the soil a bit moister in there). Then, I cut little slits in the weed cloth where I wanted the seeds to go, pushed toilet paper rolls (cut in fourths) into the slit (making sure the rolls were full of soil) and then gently pressed them into the soil in the middle of each roll.
Now, we wait. The blue and red pallet beds have already partially germinated, been replanted and are germinating again. The yellow pallet bed, just planted last weekend, will hopefully begin sprouting within the week! Our fingers are crossed for great germination rates, lots of growth and many harvest-able veggies in the coming months! Our fingers are also crossed for all of that ugly weed cloth to be quickly covered by beautiful greens, blossoms and food, because it really is quite ugly!
Late plantings + a short season? Let’s hope it’s not a problem!