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Hardy crops like cabbage, collards, and kale will usually continue to produce through December. Order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting.
If you want to start your own transplants of these crops, sow them in an unheated cold frame in January and February. Potatoes and garden peas, along with their close relatives snow peas and sugar snaps, should be planted in the ground around mid-February mid-March in the mountains. Stake or cage Tomatoes Determinate tomatoes are the compact plants that fruit all at once, while indeterminate plants produce all summer.
Keep faded flowers pinched off bedding plants to promote further flowering and improve plant appearance. If weather turns dry, keep newly established plants well-watered. Transplants of onions, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and collards can be set out during this time as well. You don't have to be a bird watcher to enjoy the feeling that you get when you know that you've helped out God's critters.
Since planting dates vary across the state, check with your local Cooperative Extension office to find out recommended dates for your location. Knowing when to plant different crops allows gardeners to develop a planting calendar for year-round harvest. Harvest sweet corn when kernels are plump and ooze a milky juice when punctured with your fingernail. Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and cabbage. These include green beans, sweet corn, squash and zucchini, which can be sown in the garden a few weeks before the last expected frost.
Both crops will grow through winter and be ready to harvest in late spring. Be sure to follow package directions. For only a few dollars you can feed an enormous number of birds. Carrots, parsnip, lettuce, spinach, mustard, rutabaga, radish, and turnip seed can be sown directly into the garden from mid-February to early April. Indeterminate plants sprawl and require support.
Winter Gardening, Frost, Ice and Snow We had a few warm days recently, and some of my bulbs got the foolish idea that spring was near. Begin seeding new lawns or bare spots in established lawns in mid-August through mid-September.
In raised beds, use a row cover or shade cloth to protect veggies from the intense Southern California sun. This includes filling in depressions in the ground that fill when it rains and drain slowly. Rosie Lerner, rosie purdue. Give your vegetable garden a good start with frequent waterings, or use a soaker hose attached to a digital timer to give your garden what it needs.
It grew out of her own interest in kitchen gardens and foraging, something she does a lot of in her garden and neighborhood of Ein Kerem. In the event of snow, be sure to shake or brush off the white stuff from the branches of your evergreens and shrubs.
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