A quick guide to growing donated seedlings and garlic

Garlic is fun to grow, but can be a bit tricky, particularly in regards to rust. Here are some tips from Slow Farm's Phil Stevens to help control this:

 1) Rotate beds and don't plant alliums (garlic, onions) where they grew last season (you should do this with just about everything)
2) Add lots of aged manure or compost to the bed for planting. I don't dig in but just top-dress.
3) Don't plant them too close together. I go for a 10 cm minimum spacing.
4) Mulch well and don't let weeds smother them.
5) Sprinkle with dilute compost or manure tea weekly beginning in Sept. The bacterial activity in these liquids helps to inhibit fungal growth and could prevent a rust outbreak. Add some soap or detergent to the solution to help it spread on the foliage.
6) If you see rust (most likely around October) you can carefully pick off the affected leaves and destroy them, then spray the plants with a stronger compost or manure tea.
7) Try spraying with potassium bicarbonate or equisetum for rust prevention and control.

Seedlings you will find a combination of in your donations:

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage ( Brassicas)

  • Prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
  • Wait until they have 2-4 leaves and are at least 10cm tall.
  • Plant 45-60cm apart ( they get leafy)
  • Appreciate good compost.

Tat Soi- fast growing Asian greens.(brassica)

  • Likes cooler temperatures which makes it a good winter vegetable.
  • Grows wide rather than high. An inch high but sometimes a foot wide!
  • Instructions as for other brassicas ( see above)

Mustard Greens

  • Plant seedlings 3-5 inches apart
  • Like full sun but will tolerate shade
  • Young leaves are best, and tender to eat
  • Keep well watered.

Silverbeet

  • Prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
  • Wait until they have 2-4 leaves and are at least 10cm tall.
  • Plant 20-30cm apart ( they get leafy)
  • Appreciate good compost.

Kale

  • Prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
  • Wait until they have 2-4 leaves and are at least 10cm tall.
  • Plant 45-60cm apart ( they get leafy)
  • Appreciate good compost.

Lettuce

  • Likes wet cool conditions. The variety you have been given is winter tolerant.
  • Plant seedlings 12 inches apart 
  • Sun or partial shade.