|Â March 2010
|Â Dear Reader,
I hope you have visited our revitalized website.Â We are continuing to upgrade all the information and organize it so it is easy to access.Â Please let us know if you have any suggestions.Â I was recently interview by Alex Wise of Sea Change RadioÂ – the MP3 file is also available on our website.
When I was in San
Francisco doing the interview with Alex, he showed me his small back yard and patio.Â He commented that he, like a majority of city dwellers, just did not have the garden space to grow what he would like.Â This month’s article addresses this problem by offering tips on how to grow vegetables in containers.Â Everyone should have at least a few lettuces and tomatoes this summer.
On the gardening front, the weather continues very cold and snowy, and I am gradually slipping behind my ideal planting schedule.Â However, I am being diligent
with the Bountea Blog, so you can read my up-to-date postings on fava beans and oriental greens.Â You can also find my thoughts on garden ecology and some future musings on the relationship between gardening and inner growth.
March Garden Tasks
(March 15th — April 15th)March is a tricky month so use your experience to decide what, when and
how to plant.
Tip: Risk an
early planting of a portion of seeds or seedlings — save enough in case
of a killing frost.Vegetable
seeds indoors: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, basil.Â Soak peas
and germinate in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel.
Flower seeds indoors: Half Hardy
Annuals — snapdragon, begonias, aster, impatiens, lobelia, petunia,
hollyhock, alyssum, etc.Â Try germinating as above.
Roots,Vegetable seeds outdoors (temperatures
over 40 degrees): beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots,
cauliflower, chard, kohlrabi, arugula, mesclun, lettuce, onions,
parsnips, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, turnips, chives, cilantro, dill,
fennel, thyme, oregano, sage.
seeds outdoors: Hardy Annuals — sweet pea, larkspur, bachelor’s
button, calendula, violas.
tubers and plants outdoors: onion sets, seed potatoes, rhubarb
|Veggies in Containers
Most people have grown a plant in a pot.Â Growing vegetables in containers is
similar but needs a little more care and attention, particularly at the start.Â The idea is to reproduce a mini garden
ecology.Â Disregard advice that
suggests mono-crops in soilless potting mixes with chemical fertilizers.Â Think rich moist soil, mulches,
companion planting and micro-environments.Containers
Most containers need adequate drainage.Â However, lettuce and all salad greens
Make your own premium potting soils, even if that means
Garden compost, Humisoil or mushroom compost is
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