Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


December Planting Suggestions by Editor
December 12, 2010, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

As usual we like to remember our favorite gardener, Charles Ledgerwood and his “Reliable Seeds 1994” as our inspiration and our garden guide. It’s hard to believe he passed 12 years ago; I have such a clear image of him in my mind.

BEETS, BROCCOLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CARROTS, celery, CAULIFLOWER, COLLARDS, MUSTARD, ENDIVE, KALE, KOHL RABI, LEEK, LETTUCE, ONIONS, PARSELY, PEAS, PARSNIP, RADISH, RUTABAGA, SPINACH, SWISS CHARD, TURNIPS, FAVAS. This is pretty much the same list as November, but watch your celery.

I am going to plagiarize myself (again) with the flower on the advice of Mr. Ledgerwood.

As for the flowers, Mr. Ledgerwood was nice enough to suggest that we use the same list for November and December as we use for October.

To wit:

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.

I will repeat the following from the October 2009 post excluding the basil recommendation.  I suggest poppies of all varieties, and Sweet Peas. These are all proven winners up on our hill. When Mr. Ledgerwood was alive, he told us that he was able to buy color segregated flower seeds, so in the 80’s we were able to buy all purple or all white sweet peas. Seed companies (even the good ones) stopped offering single color seeds for many varieties in the early 90s. Mr. Ledgerwood used to segregate his own seeds for his customers. If you grow poppies or sweet peas, you can put markers on same color or bloom type plants or for other traits you want to select.

Don’t forget to refer to Sunset’s Western Garden as a good starting point to selecting flowers and understanding water demands.

 

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