Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

Nigella Seeds–Come and get ’em! by auntkristy
June 26, 2009, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Nigella flower

Nigella aka Love-in-a-mist is an annual sown or planted in early Spring in a sunny location.  I just let my seed heads dry up in place so mine is self sowing or you can plant where you want them in Spring.   I have a zillion plants in the Spring as I like the mass plantings.   If too many come you can transplant to other parts of garden or give away.

Nigella makes a soft statement in bouquets.

Just give me a call to arrange a time to share my free seeds.  If you happen to have white or pink Nigella seeds, let’s trade!  Esther Bandy 760-757-5434


June Planting Suggestions by Editor
June 5, 2009, 3:44 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Perinnials, Vegetables

We should be all be enjoying the fruits of our labors by now, early tomatoes, beans, beets and all the good stuff we planted in March and April.

There is still time to rotate in summer vegetables that can be consumed in August and September.  Our source is as always the “Reliable Seeds 1994” pamphlet by Charles Ledgerwood.

Recommendations for the month of June are:

BEANS, beets, carrots, CANTALOUPE, CORN , CUCUMBER, LIMAS, OKRA, parsley, PEPPERS, PUMPKINS, radishes, N.Z. SPINACH, SQUASH, Swiss chard, tomato, jicama, watermelon, egg plant and sunflower.

Don’t forget to move your plantings around in your garden, change the rows you plant your tomatoes in, even spread vegetables around in your regular landscape. Egg plants are beautiful in bloom and fruiting as is chard.

For the flowers we have:

Asters, Balsam, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Centaurea, Cobaea, Convolvulus, Calliopsis, Cosmos, Cynogiosum, Dianthus, Daisies, Dismorphotheca, Dusty, Miller, Fountain grasses, Gloriosa Daisies, Gourds, Gypsophilia, Helichrysum, Ipomea, Larkspur, Lavendaer, Lunaria, Marigold, Nasturtium, Phlox, Portulaca, Rudbeckia, Salpiglossis, Scabiosa, Salvia, Statice, Tithonia, Sunflowers and Zinnias.

You can find plant descriptions and planting information in Sunset’s “Western Gardens”. Check for drought tolerance, which will be very important this year.

You can also start thinking about succulents and cacti. Both are quite expensive in nurseries and stores so consider asking friends and neighbor’s for cuttings, set aside a little area for pots and by this time next year you will have plants ready to go into the ground!