Fire Mountain Garden Exchange


January Plantings by Editor
January 3, 2011, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

(THIS IS A RE-POST FROM JANUARY 2009 – WE GENERALLY TAKE THE NEW YEAR OFF- LET’S CALL IT A CLASSIC)

This is the time to start cleaning up your gardens and maybe to start to consider how you might change your plantings and water usage to cope with the possibility of less water. We have been removing about 10% of our lawns each year for the past two years, replacing the lawn with succulents and cacti. We mulch with the wood chips available almost for free at El Corazon.

Let’s not forget we have to eat, so think about planting the following (as ever the recommendations come from Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds”):
Caps denote best plants for this month
ASPARAGUS, BROCOLLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER, CARROTS, CHIVES, celery, ENDIVE, FAVAS, KALE, KOHL RABI, leek, LETTUCE, MUSTARD, ONIONS, PEAS,PARSELY, PARSNIP, RADISH, POTATOES, RUTABAGA, SWISS CHARD, SPINACH, TURNIP, winter zucchini, COLLARDS AND BEETS.

My snow peas, lettuce, beets and radishes really liked the rain last month. I finally gave up on the “winter” tomatoes, they set but never ripened. I am sure the hot spells followed by cold snaps didn’t help.

For flower planting, Mr. Ledgerwood recommended acroclinum, alyssum, aquilegia, calendula, candytuft, centaurea, clarkia, cobaea, calliopsis, delphinium, dianthus, dusty miller, escholtzia, fountain grass, godetia, larkspur, linaria,,lupin, nemesia, nemophila, poppies, schizanthus, sweet peas, snapdragons, sweet sultan, Sweet William and wildflowers.

Check Sunset Western gardens for descriptions and planting information.
Get to Work!

 

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