Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


February Updates and Info by Editor
February 17, 2010, 4:10 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Natives, Vegetables

I love the rain, the garden loves the rain, my Black Lab loves the rain! By my rain gauge we have received almost 3.75 inches of precipitation since December. Not that much but it sure helps. I hope you have been following the advice of Mr. Ledgerwood all year. If you did, you would be eating snow peas and lettuce and any of the cold season crops recommended in November.  Be patient about tomatoes, its way to early, they will grow, but will be stunted if you plant now.

A word of caution.  We can all see the Eternal Hills project moving along. One of the side effects has been the concentration of coyotes into a smaller range. I know many of us still walk our dogs over there, so be alert on the north end of the cemetery, down by the creek, there have been several attacks on dogs in the past weeks.

This is a good time to take advantage of the low cost mulch over at the green waste recycler on Oceanside Blvd. The small wood chips are great to keep weeds down and water from evaporating in beds, the humic mulch can be dug into you soil. Their usual fee is $2/pick load (they load) on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Other wise you can hand load for free.

Find out about Oceanside’s free mulch here!

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February Recommended Plantings by thewhistlingcat
February 16, 2010, 3:52 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Perinnials, Vegetables

February recommended plantings.  These are taken from the “Reliable Seeds” pamphlet of 1994 by Charles B. Ledgerwood.  This month he recommended the following vegetables: (capital letters indicate the most favored)

ASPARAGUS, beans, BEETS, BROCOLLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CARROTS,CHIVES, COLLARDS, KALE, KOHL RABI, LETTUCE, MUSTARD, ONIONS, PARSELY, PARSNIP, PEAS, POTATOES, RADISH, RUTABAGA, MARROW SQUASH, SWISS CHARD and TURNIP.

For the flowers, Mr. Ledgerwood recommends:

Acrolinum, Alyssum, Aquilegis, Armeria, Asparagus fern, Baasil, Bells, of Ireland, Calendula, Candytuft, Centauria, Clarkia, Cobea, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Cynoglosum, Dahlia, Daisies, Delphiniums,Dianthus, escholtzia, Foxglove, Didicus, Dusty Miller, Fountain Grass, Gaillardia, Gazania, Gloriosa Daisy, Geranium, Godetia, Gysophila, Hollyhock, Hunnemania, Impatiens, Larkspur, Linaria, Linum, Lobelia, Lupin, Myosotis, Nasturtium, Nemisia, Nemophila, Phlox, Petunia,, Platycodon, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Scabiosa, Statice, Schizanthus, Sweet Peas, Sweet William, Thumburgia, Torenia, Verbena, Viola, Vinca, Vendium, Virginia Stock, Wallflower and Wildflowers.

Flower descriptions and preferences can be found in Sunset’s “Western Gardens”.