First SUMMER PLANTING, First Week of MARCH!
Ground temp at Pilgrim Terrace Community Garden is now 60+ degrees! Perfect for planting ASAP!
Poke beans under finishing peas on trellises, plant tomatoes in cages with wilt resistant basil, Nufar! Colonies of corn, New Zealand spinach with the lettuces, cucumbers on trellises with dill at each end, super summer squash! Grow your squash up through a strong tomato cage, then lay the vine over the tops of other cages If you have room and want to. All that room underneath is ripe for planting additional plants! Magnificent monster artichokes from transplants! Well cared for, they live 9 to 10 years! Winter squash NOW, so it will have a long enough season to harden for harvest.
Plant last rounds of cool-season favorites like broccoli (with cilantro & lettuce), cabbage, kales, potatoes. Add more year-rounds, beets, carrots, chard – Fordhook Giants for huge return! Radish, turnips. Remember to leave space for your succession plantings!
Special note on selecting your tomatoes! Heirlooms are particularly susceptible to the wilts, Fusarium and Verticillium. Instead, get varieties that have VFN or VF on the tag at the nursery. The V is for Verticillium, the F Fusarium wilt, N nematodes. Ace, Early Girl, Champion, Celebrity, and some that are wilt resistant/tolerant. Ask a knowledgeable person if the tom doesn’t have a designation, or check online.
Wait until April to plant your true heat lovers – eggplant, limas, melons, okra and peppers, pumpkins. Many wait until April to plant tomatoes. That means if you haven’t already, get those babies started in the ‘greenhouse,’ indoors, to get a head start! Don’t forget to feed the little ones with a half strength fish emulsion/kelp mix once they get their 3rd leaf. Make up a big batch for the babies, when they have enough, give the rest to other in-the-ground plants. If you live in the hotter foothills and have a bright south-facing wall, start a little early.
Border or accent your area with herbs! That’s quick & easy access for fresh herbs for your table or cook pot. Basil with your tomatoes, dill with your cucs, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, thyme wherever there is a nook or cranny!
This is the time to put your mycorrhiza fungi to work! One of the great things mycorrhiza does is assist Phosphorus uptake. Of the N-P-K on fertilizers, P is Phosphorus that helps roots and flowers grow and develop. Sprinkle it right on the roots when you plant your transplants. Get it bulk at Island Seed & Feed – ask them to measure some out for you, it’s not in the bins.
How is your compost doing? Have you turned it lately? If you started it on time, it is close to finishing now. Excellent. If you didn’t, keep going, or start some. It can always be used – summer production plants are hungry!
Mother’s Day gifts! Plant flowers, chamomile for tea, poppy for seeds, veggie starts (hot peppers, her favorite)! Mother’s Day is only 8 weeks from now. Plant a little extra all the time for ready gifts for any occasion!