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Starting Sage & Lavender Indoors – Gary Pilarchik
Do both! Seeds and transplants! Here’s why and when!
If you are late planting seeds, it’s off to the nursery for transplants!
Some plants just don’t come in six packs, like radish. Seeds it is.
Watching seeds sprout and seedlings unfurl and grow is divine! It’s a miracle! Many have just never done it and find, to their delight, how easy and inspiring it is! Seeds can be started indoors at home or right where you want them, in the garden!
- The beauty of seeds is you can select plants your nursery doesn’t carry!
- You can start them indoors 6 weeks earlier than you can plant seeds in the ground!
- If you planted it right in the ground, you have saved yourself the step of transplanting!
- Some plants just don’t like to be transplanted! Annuals, plants with large seeds, plants that require weathering, plants with fragile root systems and root crops – beets, carrots. Like snapdragons, nasturtiums, spinach, and peas.
- Root crops like carrots need depth. If their tap root comes in contact with the bottom of a container it will fork or bend. Better to sow directly in your soil.
- Plants that are quick to germinate, get up and get strong, are great to start from seed, like radishes, beans, peas, beets, and turnips.
- If you are growing a lot or in succession, seeds are the most inexpensive way to grow your garden. Save seeds from your best veggies, flowers and herbs each year and you won’t need to buy any more! Plus they will be adapted to you and your soil!
- Be prepared to thin your seedlings, which means pulling out a few plants so your crop is spaced apart enough. Beet seedlings need 2-4 inches apart, but the seed grows in fours, so each plant needs room to make a normal-sized beet. Crowded plants compete for light, water, and nutrients. Also, lack of airflow will encourage diseases. The pro here is those young tender seedlings are perfect in salads!
- Seedlings thinned from over-crowded areas may be moved to fill in bare spots.
- Growing seeds for transplants indoors are protected from the elements and garden pests while you can also control soil, moisture, fertility and heat.
- You can select only the strongest seedlings to transplant.
- All your plants are up when you plant them – no germination failures, empty spaces, no wondering, no replanting necessary, no lost time.
- If you complete the circle by continually keeping the seeds from open-pollinated plants in your garden, you’ll create a vegetable strain (AKA: landrace) that thrives in your particular environment.
- There is well deserved pride in growing your veggies from seed-to-plate!
Veggie Seeds Soil Planting Temps!
Seed Soaking/Presprouting Tips & Ideas!
Soil for Seed Starting! DIY, Pre-made
- Seed germination in the ground isn’t guaranteed. You wait to find out and if it doesn’t start, you lose time, possibly it gets beyond the planting window and it was not a plant your nursery carries. Starting a few seeds indoors as backup is wise.
- The number of days to germinate in your garden could be very different than those given on a seed packet due to soil conditions, weather, whereas with a transplant, there’s no guessing.
- Extra tender care and time is needed as seedlings germinate and get going. Transplants are sure, up and ready! All you have to do is go get them…
- Seedlings need to be weeded so they aren’t overgrown.
- Sometimes seedlings need protection from birds, pests – especially slugs, and freezes or hot sun.
- Right watering must be done, you can’t miss.
- Tomatoes like moving air to development well, if starting indoors you may need a fan.
- Yes, there is a learning curve with seeds. Research is important so you can choose the best for your climate, soil and light conditions, the season – first and last frosts.
- You’ll need a seed germinating space. Regular shop lights are fine for germinating seeds, but there usually is an initial investment of some kind, like maybe that fan!
Super healthy homegrown Pepper seedlings at New Life on a Homestead
Oh it’s so much fun to select transplants! It gives you the option of trying new plants, varieties, sometimes getting another one if one has failed. While you are shopping, there are marvelous other gardening tools, amendments, flowers you can get! Who knows what you will come back with?! And you can plant in the garden the same day!
From the Nursery Pros:
- Nursery transplants take a whole lot less time! You just go get them.
- If you don’t have a place to grow seeds, transplants from the nursery are terrific. You can ask, they may be able to get special varieties you would like.
- Some plants are just plum hard to get started from seed. A transplant is perfect, thanks.
- Starts are especially perfect for beginning gardeners who would like to skip the part that includes vulnerable, infant plants. Starting and babying tiny plants may not be your cup of tea either! Let the experts do it!
- With transplants the seed is germinated, it’s showing vigor and chances for a successful garden are more likely from the outset. This is particularly important when you have a limited number of warm summer days or you are planting late!
- On average, transplants give you a SIX WEEKS jump start on the season, because they will mature sooner and give you an earlier harvest. Transplants give higher early yields, and, one gardener says, in the case of watermelons, give larger fruits.
- Transplants can give you a great boost with succession planting, which means planting the same thing several times per season to ensure continuous harvest. For great results with lettuce, for example, you can start your first succession via transplants, and then follow every 2-3 weeks with lettuce seeds sown directly into your garden.
- If your seeds have failed, you can get transplants at the nursery!
- Transplants can be more resistant to insect pests, because they are more mature and stronger when you first put them into your garden. Many insect pests, like slugs, just love teeny tiny seedlings. Put down Sluggo or something like it even before you transplant, but definitely at the same time you install your plants. An overnight slug fest can remove an entire plant!
- Planting transplants gives you immediate satisfaction. Who doesn’t love starting their garden and seeing all those baby plants?
- Buying transplants can be more cost effective, and provides you with a great way to support local farmers and garden centers.
- Conscientious local nurseries carry starts that are grown specifically for your area. So you don’t have to worry about planting a variety that doesn’t do well in your zone. Box stores are less likely to be region specific.
- Having strong, young plants gives you some leeway per correct planting times. Transplants can be put in the ground earlier than seeds can be planted! If you miss a planting window, go get transplants from the nursery and you are back on time!
From Your Nursery at Home Pros:
- Start 6 weeks before safe outdoor soil planting temps. Head start!
- Sow seeds indoors during cool weather, harden off, then move outdoors, when weather warms up, not before.
- Since the seedbed produces many more plants than needed, choose only the very best plants!
- Reduce loss. The disease and pest free, precise environment of indoor planting is more protected than seeds germinated and seedling growth in the ground.
- You can plant exactly as many as you need.
- You know they are organic all the way, seed and soil, feeds.
Importantly, if you are growing your own transplants indoors, harden them off well. Expose them to slightly cooler temps and some dryer conditions before putting them out. Most transplants have been raised in warm, favorable temperatures, spoiled with plenty of water. They may suffer transplant shock from suddenly changing those conditions. They may wilt or even die with cooler night temperatures, lots of temperature fluctuation, or drier conditions.
How to Transplant for Super Successful Returns!
- Starts from the nursery are the most expensive way to plant a garden. Prices can vary drastically depending on where you shop.
- There is a carbon footprint. Yes, most do use plastic containers and you usually drive to the nursery.
- Your variety choices are limited to the plants the nursery or garden center selects from their grower, which may be local or not. Box stores often carry out of season veggies for your locality.
- You have to buy more than you need, they only come in four or six packs.
- The nursery runs out or doesn’t have as many as you need or the plants aren’t in good condition.
- Consider that transplants can introduce weeds, pests and diseases into your garden. Most producers of transplants are very careful about this, especially with respect to diseases, but it is not uncommon to get a little grass or other weed seed into your transplant pack now and then. Carefully check for pests, the undersides of leaves.
- Transplants you start yourself are time and labor intensive, and sometimes the whole batch fails. For more assurance, plant backup seeds every few days. If you end up with too many, share them with other gardeners who will be so grateful!
Veggies easy to direct seed – that’s right in the ground!
- Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi
- Melons, Watermelon
- Root crops – beets, carrots, garlic, onion, radish, turnips
- Tomato grows rampantly from seed!
Veggies to transplant or start in trays or get at the nursery!
- Tomatoes are fun to get at the nursery because there are often so many exotic varieties! In Santa Barbara, that nursery is La Sumida!
Know that different gardeners do better with one plant than another! Their peppers always do well, they never get eggplant! Their onions never get big, but they get super big juicy celery stalks!
Garden Magic! Self-sowers & Volunteers
I have a soft spot for volunteers! I love the variety, surprises the birds bring already fertilized and ready to grow! Plants that self seed are a gift! They know where to grow and come up at the perfect time. Let your plants live out their life cycle, make flowers for the bees, butterflies and beneficial insects, seeds for the birds, before cleaning up. Leave a few of your very best tomatoes and cucumbers to decompose in the garden. Let sunflowers, calendula, violas and other annuals drop their seeds and make pretty next year. These plants will have natural vigor. Transplant them to your convenience if you must, but let them grow as they naturally are whenever possible.
Experienced gardeners do a little seed planting in the ground, some grow their own transplants indoors, and at times buy transplants for various reasons! Maybe the nursery got a new plant and you gotta try it!
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The Green Bean Connection started as correspondence for SoCal Santa Barbara CA USA Pilgrim Terrace Community Garden. All three of Santa Barbara’s community gardens are very coastal. During late spring/summer we are often in a fog belt/marine layer most years, locally referred to as the May grays, June glooms and August fogusts. Keep that in mind compared to the microclimate niche where your veggie garden is. Bless you for being such a wonderful Earth Steward!
Love your Mother! Plant bird & bee food! Think grey water! Grow organic!
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BLACK FRIDAY GARDEN GIFTS! Gifts to Give, Gifts to Get!
Pour a little garden love into your loved one’s life this holiday season!
Lovely Fitz and Floyd Vegetable Garden 8" Pitcher seen on eBay at BlueHowMuch! $29.95
Make Organic, Sustainable Holiday Gifts! This is the prime time to start winter gift plantings for holiday giving! Start a salad bowl, make some pesto ice cubes – harvest before your basil freezes, collect basil seeds while you are at it! Gather seeds to put in pretty little jars – label and tie with a bright festive bow. Some of those seeds can be used for seasoning, some for planting! Dry and powder some herbs for teas, pillows, sachets! Make scented candles or creams, soaps or shampoos! Sage darkens your hair, chamomile lightens. Make an herb wreath, or classic orange pomander balls. Herbed vinegars & oils are simple to make, and beautiful! In white wine or rice vinegars:
- Lavender is rose red
- Nasturtium flowers release neon orange
- Sage in flower & purple basil are magenta!
Likewise, be thinking of what you can give your loved one or good friend in the way of gardening items! Buy local! How about that special tool, a new shovel? Some seeds? A container or garden decoration they have been longing for, a beauteous trellis. Oh, some of those fancy flowered rain boots?! YES! Gloves – those old ones are worn out, you know. Supplies like special potting mixes, fertilizers. Books on the topic dearest their heart – Recipes, garden specialities, California Master Gardener Handbook! Sponsor them for the class they would like to take but didn’t have the dough. Garden plates and mugs. That catalog and a gift certificate to go with it! Local services, like an hour of time on something that takes a little more doing than one person would like to do alone, or a consult with your local sustainable landscaper! Hey, it’s a win/win! It’s sustainable and makes you both happy! Trifecta!
Oh, and don’t forget to leave your own garden shopping list lying about the house…if someone tries to discourage you from buying something on the list, let them. Who knows what will show up with a bow on it?!
Next week: A Little About Onions, a LOT About GARLIC!
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In Santa Barbara area, today, this weekend, is the time to plant your bareroot strawberries you have had chilling in the fridge! If you just can’t do it now, do it before the 10th at the latest! If you miss this window, wait until next spring, then plant transplants.
8 medium-sized strawberries contain 140% of the U.S. RDA for Vitamin C. Bet our fresh organic ones have more!
Here is what some people think about bare root: Bare root in simple terms, means a savings to the consumer of 40 to 60 percent, and in many cases a more vigorous specimen. With bare root planting, roots grow directly into native soil – the same soil they will remain in during the plant’s life-span. Hence, no transition, and no dissimilar soils. Containerized soil is sometimes too adverse for its to-be-planted environment. Roots may refuse to absorb moisture from surrounding soil. These adversities can cause death or slow root growth. And they don’t use a plastic container.
However, most of the commercial literature online leans toward planting from ‘plugs.’ Advantages of plugs: not exposed to plant pathogens, earlier fruits, need less water to get started, it’s not critical to get your plants in the ground the same day or ASAP.
It’s best to buy varieties that are known to do well here locally. Our local nurseries carry those. Planting time is critical. Studies by UC Ag Extension paid for by growers, have proved that berries planted between Nov 1 to 10 get winter chill at the precise moment in their growing schedule to trigger fruit production rather than foliage. When planted at the wrong time, they put out runners but little if any fruit. Our local (Santa Barbara) growers plant Nov 1 – 5. If that changes due to weather patterns, plant when they plant.
3 Types of Strawberries
Deciding on whether to plant June Bearing, Everbearing, or Day Neutral strawberries depends on your available space, size of preferred strawberries and how much work you want to put into the strawberries.
- Everbearing (spring, summer, fall) and Day Neutral (unaffected by day length and will fruit whenever temperatures are high enough to maintain growth) are sweet. They will not need much space and both are great for plant hangers. If you choose to plant them in the garden, be prepared to spend time weeding and fertilizing the plants. Everbearing: Sequoia, medium, heavy producer Day Neutral/Everbearing: Seascape, large
- June Bearing, mid June, strawberries produce a nice, large and sweet berry. Because they only produce for 2 to 3 weeks, there is not so much work to take care of them. You do, however, need space because of the many runners they produce. They are classified into early, mid-season and late varieties. Chandler, large, high yield, large quantities of small fruit later in season. Short day, Camarosa is large. It can be picked when fully red though it isn’t ripe yet – good for commercial shipping, and still have a ‘long shelf life.’ This variety represents almost half of California’s current commercial acreage. Short day, Oso Grande is a firm, large berry, with a steadier production period than Chandler.
Do not plant strawberries where tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant have been grown in the past four years, because these crops carry the root rot fungus Verticillium which also attacks strawberries.
Pine needles are perfect mulch for strawberries, since they like their soil slightly acidic. The short needle type is easier to place among your plants if you didn’t lay it on before you planted.
Though strawberries like well manured and composted soil, no overfeeding! You will get magnificent leaves, lots of runners, less or no fruit. If you unknowingly make that mistake, water like crazy, maybe a good 45 minutes, 2, 3 times over the period of a week. Rain and watering leach Nitrogen from the soil.
It is said to get the most berries, remove the flowers the first year, letting the plants get established. The second year plants produce the most, third year production tapers off. I don’t know anyone who removes the first year flowers! It is just too tempting to simply eat the berries! Commercial growers replace their plants each year.
And how many seeds does the average strawberry have? 200! And can you plant them? You betcha! Strawberries are kinda like natural seedballs. The easiest way to plant them is to just throw the bug-eaten or overripe ones where you think you would like a plant to grow and let them lay right there on the ground. Nature takes over. One day when you have forgotten all about it, there’s a strawberry plant!
Next week: Herbs and Your Winter Veggies
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- Strawberries are in the Rose family.
- The average berry has 200 seeds, the only fruit whose seeds are on its exterior surface! The seeds are really the fruit!
- Usually grown from runner daughters, they will grow from seed. Just throw down caps you bit the berry from. Sooner or later, you will have a plant you didn’t ‘plant.’ Strawberry seed saving is simple.
- Eight out of 10 strawberries grown in the U.S. are grown in California!
- Strawberries came in second to blueberries in the USDA’s analysis of antioxidant capacity of 40 fruits and vegetables. They are also rich in dietary fiber and manganese, and contain more vitamin C than any other berry.
Image courtesy of StrawberryPlants.org
When do I plant strawberries? Not now, NOVEMBER 1 to 10! Yes, it’s that specific for winter chill at the perfect time! They start producing runners now, but cut them off until early July! Then let them grow, and cut off the new baby plants mid October for November planting. Or, just let them grow to fill spots where, for one reason or another, a plant has gone missing, needs replacing, and/or another could fit in. When those needs are taken care of, cut off the rest of the runners. These runner plant babies will grow so fast you will be getting berries from them late summer and fall if you have everbearers/day neutral types!!
My plant isn’t producing….
Variety – If it is an everbearer, day neutral, variety it will produce almost all year. June/spring bearers put out a prolific batch in June, then it’s over. No amount of care or feeding is going to make that plant have berries after June. Sorry. Best to get the varieties your local nursery carries. Or talk with them about special ordering well in advance, so they can get the ones you want.
Temps – cold weather slows down pollinators.
Shaded – believe me, strawberries like all-day sun! If you are going to tuck them in among other plants, be sure to put them on the sunny side!
Hungry – think about it! A strawberry plant is often pumping out several berries at a time! They are using up soil nutrition, so feed them! Try a light solution of fish emulsion/kelp every other week over some sprinkled seabird guano or a well aged manure. Give your strawberries a little fertilizer in the 0-10-10 proportions; that’s lots of phosphorus and potassium for strong roots and uptake of nutrients, blooms and fruits!
Water – don’t let them dry out, they will stop producing. This month they tend to grow more leaves, send out runners. Clip off the runners for now, so they don’t take your plant’s energy away from producing berries, unless you want more plants right away.
Mulching is good. They love pine needle mulch, if you have some about, because they prefer slightly acidic soil. Drape your berries over pine cones to keep them off the ground, out of the slug zone.
Age – First year plants and 3rd year plants don’t produce as well.
My berries are really tiny! Strawberry varieties vary from mammoth chocolatiers, to midget but mighty tasty alpines. If it isn’t a variety issue, it may be diseased. See below please.
Misshapen berries or split in two sections with a hole in the center
Irregular watering Your berry grows fast when it has water, then is restricted when it doesn’t….
Western Tarnished Plant Bugs, feed on the flowers and developing surface seeds that stimulate growth causing misshapen berries, hard clusters of yellow seeds on the tip of the fruit. Clean up debris. Once you see this, you are too late to prevent it any further. Bummer. UC Davis IPM Integrated Pest Management on Lygus Hesperus. Image of typical cat-faced berries.
Pollination Strawberry flowers are usually open and attractive to bees only a day or less. Temperatures below 60F, low night temperatures, & high humidity result in inadequate pollination, low yields of small or misshapen fruit. Strawberries require multiple pollination for perfect fruit formation. Generally, as the number of pollinator visits increases, there will be an increase in fruit set, number of seed per fruit, fruit shape, and fruit weight. ABOUT BEES: per NCSU ‘Bees rarely fly when the temperature is below 55°F. Flights seldom intensify until the temperature reaches 70°F. Wind speed beyond 15 miles per hour seriously slows bee activity. Cool, cloudy weather and threatening storms greatly reduce bee flights. In poor weather, bees foraging at more distant locations will remain in the hive, and only those that have been foraging nearby will be active. Pumpkin, squash, and watermelon flowers normally open around daybreak and close by noon; whereas, cucumbers, strawberries, and muskmelons generally remain open the entire day.’ So if the weather isn’t right THE DAY OR MORNING your flower opens…..
Whole plant has yellow leaves. The most common cause is nutrient deficiencies due to overwatering. Overwatering causes poor root growth making it difficult to move enough water to the leaves during hot weather. Lay back on watering; give your babies some Nitrogen –fish emulsion/kelp.
Pecked If birds are pecking your berries, put bird netting or a wire dome over them.
Rebecca & David Barker, Pilgrim Terrace Community Garden, Plot 41, staked the chicken wire in place, push it up to harvest, down to just the right height when done!
Holes in them, Chewed Silvery slime trails are the giveaway! Use the pine cones to drape your berries over to keep them off the ground. Put down some Sluggo or the like, to kill off night-time nibblers, slugs, snails. Harvest regularly before the berry gets soft and smelly, just before the buglets are attracted! Those little black pointy worms? I’m trying to find out what they are. If you know, let me know, ok?!
Uprooted Sad to say, that sounds like ‘possums, raccoon, or skunk. They are looking for your earth worms or grubs. Just like bunnies, these critters won’t jump a low barrier. They just go around it. So install a foot tall perimeter of wire pieces, black plastic plant flats, old trellis parts, whatever you have around, or go get something that looks good to you so you will be happy. Relocating the critters is a good choice because, they do have children, that have children, that…
Strawberry Diseases StrawberryPlants.org for full list of diseases. Here’s a link to the 3 Most common leaf diseases with images.
Angular Leaf Spot – exactly that. Spotted leaves. A cosmetic problem until it isn’t. Your plant will produce, but it won’t thrive. Spread by water, harvest before you water, water under the leaves, remove badly spotted leaves, don’t use them as mulch, wash your hands before going on to another plant.
Strawberry Blight – the fungus is often confused with angular leaf spot, overwinters in old leaves, remove them. Remove old leaves from runner plants before setting. All day sun, well-drained soil, in an area with circulation, equals less fungus. For good air circulation, plant far enough apart, remove weeds, remove, replant and/or give away runner baby sets. Plant resistant varieties for your area of your state. Discussion of SoCal varieties. When you buy new plants be sure they are certified from a disease-free nursery. If you use a fungicide, spray the underside of leaves as well as the tops.
Successful SoCal varieties!
Chandler is the most widely commercially grown strawberry in California. High yield, early producer, large southern berry. It’s a June bearer, so if you want year round supply, this is not your berry.
Seascape is an ever-bearing, big day neutral, all year strawberry, harvests are more abundant in late spring. High yield, resistant to most diseases except leaf spot. Reliable producer in fall, performs well in hot, dry climates. Berry is bright red inside and out!
Oso Grande Another June bearer, high yield big berry, good in warm climates.
Eat your red plump strawberries! Fresh from your garden, strawberry Sundae, strawberry sauce, strawberry pie, cake, bread, strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, yoghurt, cream cheese, cheesecake, strawberry shake, chocolate dipped, strawberry lemonade, strawberry Syrah, and, as always, the traditional, Strawberry Shortcake!!
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Posted in Community Garden, Event!, tagged bike, CA, class, conference, Container, convergence, De La Vina, event, Fairview, foundation, G3, gardening, Gardens, gathering, Green Gardens Group, harvest, homesteading, install, International, IPC10, Jordan, June, local, Louise Lowry Davis, maintenance, Mesa Harmony, ocean, Permaculture, pick, Plant, premier, preserve, program, ride, Santa Barbara, Saturday, September, series, shovel, small, space, Surfrider, system, urban, volunteer, walk, Water, wheel barrow, workshop on May 31, 2011|
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Local and One International Event!
Mesa Harmony Garden Volunteer Planting & Maintenance, Install Water System
First Saturday of every month between 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 4
Bring shovels, wheel barrows, picks, etc. and a friend!
Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Series, Basics Class
Saturday, June 11th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St
Basics Class: review the process of creating and maintaining an Ocean Friendly Garden and steps necessary to complete the work yourself. Led by G3, the Green Gardens Group (flier attached). RSVP To: email@example.com
Soon to follow in the Series: Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop, Workday and Walk!
Fairview Gardens, Urban Homesteading Sign up in advance
June 4 & 5 Introduction to Permaculture: 2 Day program Two full days $195
June 18 Container Gardening – Gardening for small spaces, 9 am to 12 pm $40
July 23 Preserving the Harvest #1 9 am to 12 pm $40
August 20 Preserving the Harvest #2 9 am to 12 pm $40
September 17 Preserving the Harvest #3 9 am to 12 pm $40
International Permaculture Conference and Convergence, IPC10, will be held in Jordan across September 2011.
The theme is “Plan Jordan ~ Water”. http://www.ipcon.org/ The biennial International Permaculture Conference is the world’s premier permaculture gathering. Don’t miss it!
Enjoy! Ride your bike or walk to these events when you can!
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