Did you know there are all sorts other vegetables that you can be planting right now? While most people are putting away their gardening tools, there really is no end to the gardening season especially in Southern California. Not in sunny California? Read this great article about gardening with cold frames.
This spring, when most people are starting their gardens, we were so busy with lambing that we never did Read More
Your Desert Garden – Monthly Do List for July
- Plant your Bermuda lawns if you haven’t already.
- Fertilize Bermuda grass lawns with 1/2 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
- Apply iron to your lawn once per month.
- If it’s time to dethatch, do it during May through August. Dethatch every two or three years to rejuvenate the grass.
- Pick early-maturing deciduous fruit, which are particularly prone to bird damage. Pick before full maturity. Ripen the fruit at room temperature.
- Prune palms when flower spathes show or delay pruning until after the palm has finished flowering to prevent infestation of Palm Flower caterpillars. If palms are pruned in Read More
Most people don’t realize that gardens are a year round deal. Typically we think that we plant in the spring and then that’s it. If you miss the spring planting, you have missed the boat and have to wait until next spring for a garden.
THAT’S NOT TRUE
Gardens are year round. There is a vegetable you can plant every single month out of the year. Even in the hottest month of summer and the coldest month of winter. Especially here in the desert. As a matter of fact, some summer plants prefer the coolness of fall or winter over the blistering desert heat. And late plantings might Read More
I was watching Doomsday Prepper re-runs recently and there was a prepper who had thousands and thousands of seeds stored away in case the SHTF, TEOTWAKI or whatever other acronym you can think of for when the world goes down the toilet. I sat there listening to him proudly extol the virtues of having so many seeds and I thought-you’re going to starve to death before you ever get enough food to grow. It was just so arrogant of him to think all you have to do is put the seed in the ground and everything will just work out. Let me tell you, it won’t.
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For High Desert planters, this is what I suggest:
Bean, bush Bean, lima beet, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Chard, sweet corn, Cucumber, leaf lettuce, spring peas, Pepper, Irish seed potato, Radish, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomato plant, Turnip, Watermelon
Some of these might need some protection if a frost hits so pay attention! This would include squash, tomatoes, peppers and melons. The rest should do fine with bad weather for the most part. Some straw wouldn’t hurt and neither would some plastic, or a milk jug.
Do plants feel…? Do vegetables feel…? Do they have thoughts? Do they communicate, feel pain, detect danger, experience fear? What about… love?
It’s far easier to accept that animals have feelings. We know when they’re excited, we know when they experience pain, and anybody who has ever had pets can easily recognise their love. But plants don’t wag tails, don’t lick our faces when we’re feeling sad, don’t run, don’t cry… And yet, how can we be totally sure that they don’t feel? Well, we can’t, and furthermore, we could have already proven that they do indeed have feelings and react to their environment and to other living beings, including Read More
I am SO excited. I love summer gardening because squash and melons are so easy to plant and grow (excepting the rabbit attacks), but there is way more variety in the cooler months. Here is what we’ll be planting in the month of August:
Bean, bushBean, polebeetBroccoliBrussel SproutsCabbage seedsCarrotCeleryChardChinese CabbageCorn, sweetCucumberkaleleaf lettuceOnion, green bunchPea, fallRadishRutabagaSpinachTurnip
I decided to try something different this year with my garden. Last year I had raised beds. It worked great for having soft soil and it wasn’t too much work because I just dug out the paths and piled it onto the beds so I didn’t have to bring in soil from somewhere else. However, the point of having raised beds is also to keep the plants roots from drowning in excess water.
As you can see, the plants roots are safely away from the water with the freedom to grow down to the water as needed without the roots rotting.
However, I live in the Read More