Fire Mountain Garden Exchange

Shippers react to closure of Oceanside Pole Tomato by Editor
May 31, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Vegetables

Seems like this would be the year to plant tomatoes if you haven’t already!

California tomato grower-shippers were ruing the April closure of Oceanside Pole Tomato Sales Inc. and its growing operation, Harry Singh & Sons, Oceanside, Calif., but it was unclear what effect the shutdown would have on the state’s tomato deal this summer.

Follow the jump for the rest of the story Here.


June Plantings by Editor
May 31, 2011, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables

There is still time to rotate in summer vegetables that can be consumed in August and September.  Our source is as always the “Reliable Seeds 1994” pamphlet by Charles Ledgerwood.

Recommendations for the month of June are:

BEANS, beets, carrots, CANTALOUPE, CORN , CUCUMBER, LIMAS, OKRA, parsley, PEPPERS, PUMPKINS, radishes, N.Z. SPINACH, SQUASH, Swiss chard, tomato, jicama, watermelon, egg plant and sunflower.

Don’t forget to move your plantings around in your garden, change the rows you plant your tomatoes in, even spread vegetables around in your regular landscape. Egg plants are beautiful in bloom and fruiting as is chard.

For the flowers we have:

Asters, Balsam, Candytuft, Carnation, Celosia, Centaurea, Cobaea, Convolvulus, Calliopsis, Cosmos, Cynogiosum, Dianthus, Daisies, Dismorphotheca, Dusty, Miller, Fountain grasses, Gloriosa Daisies, Gourds, Gypsophilia, Helichrysum, Ipomea, Larkspur, Lavendaer, Lunaria, Marigold, Nasturtium, Phlox, Portulaca, Rudbeckia, Salpiglossis, Scabiosa, Salvia, Statice, Tithonia, Sunflowers and Zinnias.

Last Season’s Crop by Editor
May 9, 2011, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized, Vegetables

I’m a newbian as far as gardening goes. When we decided to plant our garden, I knew my green thumb consisted only of keeping succulents and cactus alive, which means zero to very little maintenance. But we had this completely useless side yard that only produced junk piles, so, we had to do something!

Right out of the gate I planted Basil, mint, squash, cucumbers and corn.

Of course the squash, mint, and basil did fantastic!

But the corn- well, apparently you need a lot of room and lots of plants to make corn grow.

Here’s a nice web site about the perils of corn growing (having grown up in Indiana, you’d think I would have known some of this, right?).

Anyway, we had a lot of great pesto with the basil and lots of yummy yellow squash in just about everything.

One side note- including my 4 year old son on the planting, watering and picking  made him excited to eat some of the veggies! Reminding him it’s the squash he grew in our very own garden prompted at least a extra tiny niblle – always a bonus.

Oh- I also realized that the cucumber and corn seeds I used were from 1982 or some ridiculous year, so always check the package or get new fresh seeds. Either way, it looked productive, but what a waste of space.

Learning curve in effect.

May Rant by Editor
May 2, 2011, 9:24 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I hope everyone had a chance to drop by the plant sale on May 1st – which benefited SPOT (Saving Pets One at a Time) at Discount Tire. It was great opportunity to get inexpensive and great garden additions while benefiting an organization that has placed over 150 dogs that were slated to be euthanized. There was a great turn out of our friends from Fire Mountain too and my wife would like to thank all of you again. A special thanks to Discount Tire, they are really nice to make their space available to many charity organizations.

You may have noticed it’s hot and windy again which will be a big evaporator of soil and leaf moisture. This is a great time to add mulch around the wells of your trees and shrubs and to place in your veggie garden. The humic mulch from El Corazon has been great for this for me.

I ‘discovered’ a mushroom nursery in NE Escondido that gives away mushroom compost. You have to hand load it or pay $25 to have the loader dump a scoop in your truck. The compost has a horse manure component so I am testing it in a small part of the garden. A fellow who was loading while we were said he leaches his with water for a week but that seems to defeat the purpose. I will try it and see then make a recommendation.

When I was ready to plant my tomatoes I found out that my favorite nursery in San Marcos, Green Thumb was down on inventory so I went to Grangetto’s in Fallbrook.They have a killer supply of heirlooms that are doing very well and a good selection of other veggies too. I also went to their Escondido store, which didn’t have much inventory. The manager there said it was just too hot to maintain the plants there.

Looks like I am putting my water in the veg garden this again year!


May Plantings by Editor
May 2, 2011, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Here are the recommendations from Charles Ledgerwood’s “Reliable Seeds 1994”:

Caps indicate best plantings for the month.


For flowers, this is a big month:
Alyssum, Ageratum, Asters, Asparagus fern, Balsam, Basil, Bells of Ireland, Candytuft,  Carnation, Celosia, Centaurea, Cobaea, Convolvulus, Calliopsis, Cynoglosum, Cosmos, Dahlia, Daisies, Delphiniums, Dianthus, Didiscus, Dimorphotheca, Dusty Miller, Fountain Grass, Gazania, Gloriosa Daisy, Geranium, Gourds, Gypsophilia, Helichrysum, Impatiens, Ipomoea, Larkspur, Lavender, Marigold, Nasturtium, Passiflora, Phlox, Petunia, Platycondon, Portucula, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Salpaglossis, Scabiosa, Statica, Sweet Sultan, Tithonia, Thumbergia, Torenia, Sunflower and Zinnia.

Remember this list is from 1994, please check Sunset Western Gardens for more information on plant names and more importantly for drought tolerance.  I am putting my water in the veg garden this again year!