Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

Happy July! by Editor
July 5, 2010, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Perinnials, Vegetables

I hope everyone had a safe and good 4th. I am sorry to report that some of our neighbors on Fire Mountain don’t seen to understand the concept of fire hazards and insisted on setting off their own fire works.  Try to reach out to your neighbors to educate them; I for one would prefer not to have my trees and home burn.

Enough of that, let’s talk about the weather, which appears to be June gloom to the end of time. This cool weather is making it tough on tomatoes. I have wonderful sets on all my plants and have already harvested some great heirloom Druzbas (purple black and sweet) but the main body of tomatoes are staying green. We can only hope. Cukes are doing very well, once again like the tomatoes taking a long time to get rolling after transplant. Onions and green beans are doing well and with shade cloth my lettuce continues to thrive and we have new crops in the ground.  This has been a good time to second crop tomatoes.
Its time to weed between the veggies to cut out competition and to provide air circulation. I have been very happy with the results of thinning sun leaves on my tomatoes, particularly the lower ones. It really helps the plants stay disease free.

Check out the cactus and succulent nursery just east of the corner of Laurel and Ivy on the way toTrader Joe’s (the drive is dangerous to exit). The place is a little rough and disorganized and a lot of the plants need work, but the owner, Dan is a very nice guy and he has a great selection


July Planting Suggestions by Editor
July 5, 2010, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables
Thanks once again to the Reliable Seed Catalogue of 1994 and our on going respect for Charles Ledgerwood for the planting information he provided us.
For the Vegetables we have:
BEANS, beets, carrots, cantaloupe, celery, CORN, CUKES, LIMAS, okra, SQUASH, NZ SPINACH and Swiss chard.
For flowers:
Cinerarea, Centaurea, Cosmos, Dusty Miller, Fountain Grasses, Gypsophilia, Lunaria, Nasturtium, Pansy, Phlox, Salpiglossis, Snap Dragon, Verbena, Viola and Zinnia.