Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

August Planting Suggestions by Editor
August 5, 2009, 3:52 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

If you have been planting, July was a great payoff month for all your efforts, onions, green beans, beets, and particularly tomatoes. What a great time of year.
So as is our custom, we refer once again to the 1994 “Reliable Seeds” catalogue from our inspiration Charles Ledgerwood, if this is your first visit to our site, please look back on the previous issues to find out more about Mr. Ledgerwood.

For the month of August he recommends”
(Caps indicate best plantings for the month)

BEANS, beets, carrots, CELERY, CORN, CUCUMBER, leek, LIMAS, okra, , NZ spinach, Swiss chard and marrow squashes. You can keep planting bunching onions and radishes of all sorts all summer long to spice up your salads.

This is the time to start staging you garden and growing space to prepare for the September to December planting season, arguably the best time to grow things in SoCal. Look at you lawn and think how much water you put on it and think how much lettuce, arugula and spinach you might be able to grow if you just give up a small part of it. Start preparing extra space for fall crops and watch this blog for the fall planting tips.


On the flower side of the path, this month you can plant:

Centurea, Cineraria, Cosmos, Gypsophilia, Hollyhock, Pansy, Lunaria, Marigold, Nasturtium, Phlox, Salipiglossis, Snapdragon, Stock. Sweet Peas, Verbena, Viola and Zinnia.

The sweet peas and the zinnias are particularly rewarding here. As a suggestion you can mark the blooms of both the zinnias and the sweat peas so you can collect seeds of the same color. When we first were buying seed from Mr. Ledgerwood in 1985, we used to be able to get color segregated sweet peas and the same from his zinnias. The seed companies gave up color separation in both types in the early 80s but Charles did all the work for his customers in Carlsbad.

If anyone has seeds from the offspring of Mr. Ledgerwood’s giant zinnias, we would love to get some seed.