Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

Gardening by the light of the Moon by Editor
October 26, 2010, 3:34 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

My 80-year-old aunt just told me how they planted “back in the day” — by the phases of the moon. Centuries old,yet not scientifically proven,

The concept is to promote by using the benefits of the various lunar phases.


It’s fun if nothing else! Studies found maximum germination on the days before the full moon, reported by weight.


For the Newbies – Watch Your Garden Grow by Editor
October 17, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Fruits, Uncategorized, Vegetables

As a regular editor of the Friends of Fire Mountain web site, with a full-time job, a 3-year-old, and a vast repertoire of cactus and succulents, but nothing more – I’ve been struggling to get my garden rolling. First I planted seeds that I later realized were about 10 years old (yes they expire), then some creature broke into my garden and dug up the seeds I planted (could have been my own dog – but might have been a racoon). So now I finally have a prolific amount of things growing and no idea what to do. So other than consulting Jay, the head of the garden exchange, I’ve been scouring web sites. So, as I find  them, I’ll share with you  and hope you’ll do the same!

Here is the most recent- from the University of Illinois: Watch Your Garden Grow

October 2010 by Editor
October 12, 2010, 1:26 am
Filed under: Fruits, Vegetables

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)


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.


October Rant by Editor
October 12, 2010, 1:25 am
Filed under: Fruits, Vegetables

Well you may have noticed we missed last month sorry, the planting info is the same but I just didn’t have the time to update the local stuff. What a weird local weather season.  We have gone from dying from heat with fans on all day to turning the heater on for the first time this season!

Imagine what if feels like to be a plant. We have fellow Fire Mountain residents that had passion fruits falling off the vine in the heat wave and friends in Morrow Heights losing loads of avocados and new fresh growth from the heat only to have rain about an inch in the next few days. Climate change, who knows, volatility for sure. Last month was great for tomatoes, mine (all heirlooms) are sadly done, egg plants which were late performers but great and green beans and particularly cucumbers of all sorts , we have had a plethora. The weird weather allowed us to have fresh lettuce all year long. Not having a crystal ball, I have no idea what the next weather year may bring, but it appears that we might be able to plant crops in summer that we couldn’t have planted 10 years ago. Experiment and let us know.  Please read the comments from the last two years and send us your feed back.

This is a great time to get humic mulch from El Corazon and prep your beds for peas, beets and lettuce. Don’t forget to plant sweet peas now and give them lots of nitrogen.

Dig it