For several days now, my broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower plants have been living outside. I put them on the top shelf of my little unfinished greenhouse, protected with some floating row cover. I've seen a couple of little white butterflies in the yard, and I don't want them setting up nurseries in my veggies.

covered plants on stand

Not pretty, but it did the job.

Today, my little plants got to move from the shelf to the garden bed. While I was planting, I saw that some of my cabbages didn't have root systems that were as strong as other cabbages. I'll just have to keep my eye on them. I've got six broccoli, 6 cabbage, and four cauliflower plants.

plants in the garden bed

Look how big my peas are! (Left side, the length of the bed)

I covered the plants the best I could, but I need smaller hoops, so that it doesn't take two pieces to go over the plants. Hopefully, the cabbage butterflies won't find their way in before I can fix it up a bit better. I haven't decided if I'm going to cut my PVC to make smaller hoops or rig up something else.

garden bed with floating row cover

One more bit of news from today is that my spinach is sprouting. Of the four peat pods that I seeded with spinach, only one came up, and that happened weeks after the rest of the plants. So, when I sowed some spinach seeds directly in the garden, I put quite a few into each hole. That worked out well, and they came up much quicker this time.

spinach seedlings