Tuesday, March 25, 2008

10 Things To Do in the Garden TODAY

1. Plant peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, and lettuce.

2. Trim / thin shade trees -- this means using good pruning practices and leaving NO STUBS

3. Uncover strawberries

4. Apply crabgrass control to lawns

5. Plant trees and shrubs -- don't wait until they are leafed out.

6. Sharpen the mower blade

7. Get a soil test if you haven't already

8. Start another round of tomato and pepper seeds

9. Add organic matter (about a 3" layer) to your beds -- till in when the soil dries out

10. Buy some soaker hoses for the upcoming season

Monday, March 03, 2008

Sowed some Greens

The weather was nice today, albeit windy, but I managed to get out at the office and sow some kale and bok choy. I sowed them in the beds by the Extension Office. With tonight's predicted rain, they should germinate fairly soon.

The kale is a variety called Nero Di Toscana -- reading from the seed packet 'also known as Black Palm as it does resemble a palm tree. Dark green leaves are narrow and have a blistered/crumpled texture'. It is 50 days to maturity.

The bok choy is a variety called 'Joi Choi', a fairly popular variety. It is 45 days to maturity.

Greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, carrots, and onions should be sown or transplanted this month. Don't wait too late since they will suffer with warm temperatures.