Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


April Plantings by Editor
April 9, 2009, 6:26 pm
Filed under: Cactus, Flowers, Fruits, Natives, Perinnials, Succulents, Vegetables

Late again, so much to do in the spring and I am getting ready to turn in my Canine Companion puppy in training, Dayle, so I have been very busy working with him.

As I walk my dog around Fire Mountain I am noticing more and more of our neighbors a getting into xeriscape gardening. Lots of rock and lots of low water use plantings. Portofino and the area around the intersection with FMD have some interesting examples. Since it doesn’t look like we have any more rain in the picture this year, it is probably the wave of the future for us.

However, water spent on vegetable garden is water well spent. As most of you know, this column relies on local knowledge provided by the late Charles Legderwood, a gardener, seed man and local treasure in North County. We have the following recommendations for vegetables from the 1994 edition of ‘Reliable Seeds’: (Capital indicate best plantings)

BEANS, BEETS, CARROTS, CANTALOUPE, CORN, CUCUMBER, EGGPLANT, LIMA, OKRA, parsley, Peppers, potato, PUMKIN, RADISH, N.Z. spinach, sunflower, ALL SQUASH, Swiss chard, TOMATO, JICAMA AND WATERMELON.

I went to Green Thumb, on San Marcos Blvd. last Sunday, where they had a reasonable selection of heirloom tomatoes. If you have a special place to buy starters, please share with your neighbors.

Flower planting recommendations are substantially the same as last month’s, so check out the March plantings section.

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