Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


June Rant -It’s gloomy folks. by Editor
June 16, 2010, 4:06 am
Filed under: Vegetables

June gloom is upon us, but it does haves its benefits for the garden. A lot of our plantings don’t need a full day of sun. I have been having great success with all season lettuce this year, using 50 % shade cloth to protect the plants. It is so nice to be able to pull a fresh head out of the garden every night for salad. Lettuce is water intensive, but if you have ever seen shows about how the packaged lettuce we get at Stater Brothers or Trader Joe’s is produced and cleaned, you will agree that putting the water in your yard is a much more efficient use of the resource.  We should be ready to harvest our first tomatoes in a couple of weeks. The plants seem to be setting fruit much better now that the nights have warmed up. I will be planting more tomatoes this week to ensure that we have fruit well into October. Don’t forget to continue planting your salad onions and radishes. I think radishes are often overlooked; they are so easy to grow.  If you go to http://www.burpee.com/category/vegetables/radishes.do, you will find 27 different varieties!

Don’t forget to mulch around all your plantings. You can get cheap or free mulch over at El Corizon from the recycling folks. The mulch will help save water and keep the weeds down. Last year I suggested that you put newsprint around the base of your plants then cover that with straw or mulch. It really works on weeds. I use the LA Times because it has a   soy based ink. If you want to try this, check with your paper of choice as to the composition of their inks.

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