Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


October Planting Suggestions by Editor
October 5, 2009, 7:30 pm
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As is our custom, we shall use the 1994 Edition of Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds” as our guide to planting.

For October:
(All best plantings are in Caps)

BEETS, BROCCOLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE CARROTS, CELERY, CAULIFLOUR, ENDIVE, KALE, KOHL RABI, LEEK, LETTUCE, onions, MUSTARD, PARSELY, PARSNIP, PEAS, RADISH, RUTABAGA, SPINACH, SWISS CHARD, TURNIP, COLLARDS, FAVAS, WINTER ZUCCHINI.

For flower planting in October, November and December, Mr Ledgerwood recommends:

Acroclininum, Alyssum, Aquilegia, Basil, Calendula, Candytuft, Carnation, Centaurea, Clarkia, Delphinium, Dimorphotheca, Escholtzia, Foxglove, Larkspur, Linaria, Linum,
Lupin, Nemesia, Nemophila, Pansy, Phlox, Petunia, Poppies, Primula, Scabiosa, Schizanthus, Stock, Sweet peas, Verbena, Viola, Snap Dragon, Wall flower, wild flowers.

I would personally recommend basil, it can be made into pesto and frozen, poppies of all varieties, and Sweet Peas. These are all proven winners up on our hill. When Mr Ledgerwood was alive, he told us that he was able to buy color segregated flower seeds, so in the 80’s we were able to buy all purple or all white sweet peas . Seed companies (even the good ones) stopped offering single color seeds for many varieties in the early 90s. Mr Ledgerwood used to segregate his own seeds for his customers. If you grow poppies or sweet peas, you can put markers on same color or bloom type plants or for other traits you want to select.

Don’t forget to refer to Sunset’s Western Garden as a good starting point to selecting flowers and understanding water demands.

Get out and garden!

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