Today we chopped at the clover more, trying to kill it for good, and then tried to plant among the stringy roots that were left. What a pain in the *ss. We dug a foot of path out about 2 inches down and threw the soil over the beds. Over the entire area we were going to plant (about 120 square feet) we spread about half an inch of compost, 5 lbs of fertilizer (4-6-2), and a couple pints of mixed agricultural lime and dolomite lime (heavy granules vs. powder). [Turns out this is not the difference; dolomite lime has more magnesium and according to the woman at Walt's Organic Fertilizer Co., should only be applied once evey four years.] Over the area that we direct-seeded carrots and beets, we spread 1 or 2 inches of compost to plant the seeds in, then covered them with sifted compost in little trenches. What we planted today:
Broccoli: 4 DiCiccio transplants that I started under lights several weeks ago and have kept out on the deck the last week after hardening off for a week. They were transplanted into potting soil at the same time the lettuce was transplanted into the ground. Today we transplanted them from 2' or 3" pots, having mixed a couple tablespoons of fertilizer into the dirt below their holes. They were planted 2 plants per row, rows 2 feet apart (24 inches on center).
Raab: 4 Sorrento transplants, same story as above.
Mesclun mix: about 8 square feet, direct seeded, scatter-sown.
Carrots: several kinds, several rows, direct seeded. Rows about a foot apart (for all seeded crops).
Beets: Bull's Blood, Early Wonder Tall Top, several rows, direct seeded.
Kale: Russian Red, 3 plants per row, two rows, direct seeded.
Radishes: A long sloppy line poked into the ground at the last moment perpendicular to the lettuce.
We seeded about 10-15 seeds/inch, an accident. Needless to say, we should get a decent number of sprouts despite the tough seeding situation.