Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


November Rant by Editor
November 6, 2010, 8:08 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Well November isn’t starting out real well for gardeners. As I write on the morning of Election Day the Santa Ana’s are starting to blow, it already feels hot and dry at 7 am!.

My rain gauge showed 2 7/8 “of rain in October and I am pretty sure that we will give most of that back in the next couple of days. As soon as I finish this I am going out to turn on the sprinklers.

I made a rookie mistake with my starters last week. I had been using a planting formula to make a starter mix, but I used a little too much fertilizer in this batch. I had hundreds of lettuce and beets shoot up to about 1” then burn up. When I sniffed the soil there was a heavy aroma of ammonia which is urea. It’s the same smell we get driving by the tomato fields in Camp Pendleton. Truly a case of too much too soon.

Other than that I have prepared my beds for the replanted beet and lettuce starters, the peas are going in the ground at one week intervals of about 15 plants each so the crop can be picked for a couple of months. Again I start my peas in a folded paper towel kept moist, and put them in the ground when they show a head and tail. .

The rain soaked my giant , the stag horn ferns that I have hanging form my trees. One of the big ones got so heavy with water that it fell and it was too heavy to move so I cut it in half, still too heavy.

If anyone wants to buy a full sized fern from me, drop me a line.

 

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November Plantings by Editor
November 3, 2010, 11:08 am
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

As ever we are beholden to Charles Ledgerwood and his “Reliable Seeds” catalog for the planting suggestions.

(All of the suggestions are ‘best’ to plant this month)

BEETS, BROCCOLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CARROTS, CELERY, CAULIFLOWER, ENDIVE, KALE, KOHL RABI, LEEK, LETTUCE, ONIONS, MUSTARD, PARSELY, PEAS, PARSNIP, RADISH, RUTABAGA, SPINACH, SWISS CHARD, TURNIPS, FAVAS.

The flower planting suggestions are as follows

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.

Look back at some of the previous year’s issues for more tips

Get that stuff in the ground!