I'm doing lots of talks in January about how to make organic vegetable gardening so easy that anyone can do it. If you're interested, perhaps I can set up a talk for SFC members, or I can just post all the talks I'm doing here and invite you to attend.
Susanne, perhaps we can join efforts in gathering a group for Don to speak to. (I took a cooking class of yours at Cooking Uptown, and I believe you know my friend, Michelle Thompson.) We are starting a community garden in plaza-midwood, and would like to get Don to speak to us. It would be good to get some more people to attend. Let me know if you are interested. I would love to hear what your garden plan is. Thanks, Susan
We planted transplants of cabbage and broccoli and they have hardly grown at all since the first week of march, and some of the broccoli has died.
From seed, we planted carrots, radishes, brussel sprouts, parsnips, turnips, lettuces, beets. They have sprouted, but that's about it, they aren't hardly growing since being planted on 3/20. The sprouts are about 1/2 inch high. We planted peas from seeds and they are growing well (sugar snaps, snow peas).
Since nothing has hardly grown, we are now worried about not being able to plant our summer crops for some time, unless we pull everything up. Some of the seeds we used were older. How many seasons can you keep seeds around before they are no longer good? Should we be fertilizing the little sprouts? Should we mulch?
The beds get great sunlight, so that's not a problem.
Plants don't grow in 100% compost. It doesn't have the proper structure - it isn't a soil. I use a blend of 75% compost and 25% river sand. I suggest you add some sand and see what happens. You could add some organic fertilizer such as Plant-Tone or worm castings, too. There's also a bio-activator I can recommend, depending on which side of town you live on.