Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

Palmquist Garden Is Alive! by auntkristy
October 3, 2008, 3:48 am
Filed under: Fruits

This morning I spent a few lovely hours in the garden at Palmquist Elementary School,  with parents, teachers and administrators from the school. We all our gardening gloves on, tools in hand, and by the end of the session, slightly sore muscles and a feeling of community. The garden is a labor of love for Mark, the fourth grade teacher who also is the Organic Garden Guru–and if the kids who worked there today are typical of those who will work the plots during the year, they’ll have fun and learn about where food comes from, plus get to eat some the of the bounty right on site.

I’ll take photos next time–and we can watch the garden grow!

Kris Nelson


Vegetables to Plant in October by Editor
October 3, 2008, 3:33 am
Filed under: Fruits, Natives, Perinnials, Vegetables

October is THE month for planting for your winter vegetable garden. We have been gardening on Fire Mountain since 1985 and can sincerely say that we owe most of our success to Charles Ledgerwood. For those of you who have been around the area for awhile, you will remember Mr. Ledgerwood as the seed man of Carlsbad. He had a seed store next to his house across from Tamarack Beach. He had been farming and gardening locally for over 60 years when we met him. He was full of knowledge, friendly, yet serious about gardening. Best of all he was free with his advice and shared his years of experience with any who asked. He also committed his thoughts to paper in a booklet called “Gardening Grows on You”.  We are lucky enough to have a signed copy. Charles Ledgerwood is no longer with us, but he has truly left a legacy for us in this booklet. We will be sharing portions of the booklet with you on a regular basis.

Each month we will post his recommendations for planting vegetables and plants. Please share your experiences with us as well, that’s what this web site is for

For October(the best choices are capitalized):


Flower lovers–good news,  I found my 1994 copy of Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds”, which has his recommendations for BOTH vegetables and flowers. His suggestions for October, November and December are as follows:

Acroclinnum, Alyssum, Aquilegia, Basil (not too sure about this, as I usually plant in the spring), Calendula, Candyfruit, Carnations, Centtaurea, Clarkia, Delphinium, Dianthus, Dimorphotheca, Escholitzia, Foxglove, Larkspur, Linaria, Linum, Lupin, Nemesia, Nemophilia, Pansy, Phlox, Petunia, Poppies, Primula, Scabiosa, Schinzanthus, Stock, Sweetpeas, Verbena, Violas, Snapdragon, Wallflower and most wildflower mixes.

Please send us your favorites and we will post them

Get to planting!!