Gardening in March

The Planting Guide for Gardening in March

March is finally here, and the 15th is the last average frost date in Zone 9! That means gardening in March can begin in earnest! You can now start planting seeds in the ground, instead of indoors under grow lights. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. Transplants Whatever you have still growing indoors[…]

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2017 March Garden

State of the March Garden

My 2017 March garden is different than any one I have done before. This year, I am working with plant families and planning on crop rotation in future years. Last year, I learned about companion plants and beneficial insects. This year in the March garden I will put my knowledge into practice. The Garden Layout This year’s garden layout is similar to last year‘s, in that I have small plots dedicated to certain crops. It is different in that I have planned for better water retention, and better use of vertical spaces. This is the plot plan for my 2017[…]

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A Quick Guide to Growing Cantaloupes

A Quick Guide to Growing Cantaloupe

You can grow sweet and juicy cantaloupe easily with the right combination of sun, soil and water. With just a little care and attention, and following this guide to growing cantaloupe, you can have the sweetest-tasting cantaloupe fresh from garden to table! * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase things through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys and gals. Preparing the soil The soil[…]

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Tips for Growing the Best Carrots

Growing the Best Carrots

Photo attribute: www.pexels.com Carrots are another easy crop to grow, but they require soil preparation for best results. They come in many varieties and colors. To find the best carrots for your area, you can ask other gardeners or the County Extension Agent, or experiment by growing several varieties yourself. I have found by experimentation that Danvers Half Long grows best in the ground in my garden. I have not tried container growing yet. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you[…]

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8 Things to do in the February Garden

8 Things to do in the February Garden

February is the month when things start going into the ground in Zone 9. While other areas are still under a snow blanket, Zone 9 can be in the 70-80 degree temperature range. But don’t let the balmy weather fool you-there can still be a cold snap until next month. Follow this guide of 8 things to do in the February garden to get your garden off to a great start. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support[…]

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February Garden - Under construction

The February Garden – Under Construction

The February garden in Zone 9 is under construction, in transition from winter to spring. Many crops are still to be planted, but some others are already in the ground and growing. The last frost free date is still ahead in March, so February gardening is about frost-tolerant vegetables. * Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. You don’t have to purchase them through my links, but if you do, you will help support StraightWay, Inc. (www.straightway.org), a non-profit rehabilitation program that works with whole families as well as single moms and dads, and single guys[…]

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