Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


Happy New Year! by thewhistlingcat
January 5, 2009, 4:31 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

January 1, 2009
What a great day to get out into the garden! Things being what they are, this is going to be a very good year to plant vegetables for the table. I started pruning my roses and stone fruits today, in between the Rose Parade and football watching breaks. The Rose Parade seemed a little flat this year, although it was nice to see and hear Stephanie Edwards back in the booth.

Just to close out the old year, my ‘official’ Fire Mountain rain gauge registered 2.8” of rain for December; this is at the top of the hill between Yucca and Bailey. The way some of the cells came through, there could be substantial variation 3 blocks away! That rain was really welcome. Unfortunately, most of us also received a letter from our beloved City Water Dept., telling us that there will be substantial rate increases and potential water cutbacks. No mention of a moratorium on building permits and water meters. We have to cut back and pay more just so there can be more new houses. Whatever your opinion, write a letter to the Water Dept and the City Council (see the links on the Friends of Fire Mountain Web page)

The January Plantings section has been updated at the top of the blog, so check it out and feel free to ask questions or comment.



January 2009 Plantings – Happy New Year! by thewhistlingcat
January 1, 2009, 4:26 am
Filed under: Cactus, Flowers, Fruits, Natives, Perinnials, Succulents, Vegetables

This is the time to start cleaning up your gardens and maybe to start to consider how you might change your plantings and water usage to cope with the possibility of less water. We have been removing about 10% of our lawns each year for the past two years, replacing the lawn with succulents and cacti. We mulch with the wood chips available almost for free at El Corazon.

Let’s not forget we have to eat, so think about planting the following (as ever the recommendations come from Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds”):
Caps denote best plants for this month
ASPARAGUS, BROCOLLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER, CARROTS, CHIVES, celery, ENDIVE, FAVAS, KALE, KOHL RABI, leek, LETTUCE, MUSTARD, ONIONS, PEAS,PARSELY, PARSNIP, RADISH, POTATOES, RUTABAGA, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH, TURNIP, winter zucchini, COLLARDS AND BEETS.

My snow peas, lettuce, beets and radishes really liked the rain last month. I finally gave up on the “winter” tomatoes, they set but never ripened. I am sure the hot spells followed by cold snaps didn’t help.

For flower planting, Mr. Ledgerwood recommended acroclinum, alyssum, aquilegia, calendula, candytuft, centaurea, clarkia, cobaea, calliopsis, delphinium, dianthus, dusty miller, escholtzia, fountain grass, godetia, larkspur, linaria,,lupin, nemesia, nemophila, poppies, schizanthus, sweet peas, snapdragons, sweet sultan, Sweet William and wildflowers.

Check Sunset Western gardens for descriptions and planting information.
Get to Work!