Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What to plant now in your garden

Harvest Most but not all Cool Season Veggies

I harvested most of my broccoli plants but left a few to flower and form seeds. The yellow flowers taste good and attract pollinators.

In the Marquez Garden we have pulled some but not all of the sugar snap pea plants. When they turn brown, it's time to do this.

Also, if your lettuce stalk becomes thick, it is bolting. The lettuce will taste bitter.  It's time to pull this plant and plant new lettuce or some of the warm season plants. We have pulled some but not all of the lettuce that was planted a few months ago.

We have harvested our beets in the school garden.  These are another cool season veggie.

Plant Warm-Weather Veggies and Herbs but Lettuce and Arugula are Still ok to Plant

Now is the time to sow or transplant vegetables and fruits that prefer very warm weather to mature. These include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes. They will do better when they have consistently warm soil and air temperatures.  There are two types of tomatoes-determinate and indeterminate. Determinate tomatoes grow to a specific height and tend to give their fruit all at one time. Indeterminate plants give fruit over a longer period of time and are not compact. If you are growing in a container you may want a determinate plant, however I've had great luck growing a Sungold (indeterminate) cherry tomato in a container. We are planting mostly cherry tomatoes at Marquez because they give fruit over a longer period of time and do well in our climate.
You can still plant lettuce and arugula.
You can also plant these herbs: basil, chives, dill, fennel, parsley, sage and thyme. We are planting basil and parsley at Marquez. We already have chives and thyme.


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