Category: Veggie Notes
Since we live all over the world AND never know where we’re going to settle once the dust falls after the zombie apocalypse, it’s hard to say what YOU should plant by date. Our growing season is in Colorado is much shorter than the growing season in Texas. California temperatures in March will be much different than the temperatures in Wisconsin. These things mean the difference between planting too early and killing off small plants and waiting too late into the season when the zombie hordes are fully thawed and not having enough time to spend starting the garden. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a temperature chart to help with planting rather than by planting date (as most seed packages list for you)?
We got you covered!
We found these handy charts at knowledgeweighsnothing.com that help you figure out when to plant AND how long it will take for seeds to germinate all by temperature. This way you can go look outside and realize “Today is the day!” or not, all based on your specific area.
Winter sowing is a method of starting seeds outdoors in winter. The method takes advantage of natural temperatures and letting mother nature bring up seeds as early as possible with a little extra protection from frost from us (in this case milk jug mini-greenhouses).
January just didn’t feel like gardening time for me. I know, I know, we told you January was a good time to start your winter sowing, but if you’re not feeling it, you’re not feeling it. But don’t worry, there’s still time. You can start now and into early March. The point is that you’re creating little greenhouses to let the seeds start as Mother Nature warms the soil.
I also needed Mother Nature to warm me before I could get started. So last weekend, with temperatures in the high 50s (February?! I know!) I gathered all my supplies and got to work. I’m in the process of moving some of my raised beds from the front yard garden to the “downstairs” garden/part of the goats’ pasture, so I’ve got a nice pile of good soil and a bare spot where I can put my mini-greenhouses where they’ll get some good sun.
Just a couple of tips from my experience….
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Sometimes I get tired of waiting for the snow to melt and for things to start coming out of the ground (yes, I think of spring volunteer veggies and herbs like zombies rising from graves). I’ve always been aware that one can start new house plants by taking off a chunck of existing plant and putting the cutting in water until it roots, so I started thinking there might be some store bought produce we could do that with.
Arise! Zombie Celery!!
We use a lot of celery at our house and we usually just take the stalks off and throw the base into the compost bin. I’ve decided we’ll never do that again! I started resurrecting my first celery base Dec 9th, 2012. I wish I could say it took lots of work and magic, but I just cut the stalks off the top about 2″ from the bottom and put the remaining base in a tray of water. I placed the whole thing in a south facing window and then we waited…
Within a week the center of the base had started growing little leaves and the outside layers had started turning brownish. It takes in a lot of water- approx … Read More »
Yes, it’s important to be able to feed yourself when the undead rise, society falls apart, and you can’t run to the local grocery store for fear of being eaten by the bag boy. However, we STRONGLY recommend you start your victory garden NOW, not only to hone your skills, but because it’s good to know what you’re eating. Check out this science project that explains why we really don’t know what we’re getting in our produce from the store.
If a store sweet potato looks like a real sweet potato, but has been killed with chemicals enough it can’t grow a new plant, does that make it a zombie sweet potato?
You can grow potatoes almost anywhere, and they make great container plants. This year we grew potatoes in our square foot gardens, in half barrels to decorate our driveway, in vinyl “potato tubs,” made just for potato growing, and in empty chicken feed sacks. Some folks grow them in garbage bags, and plastic or canvas shopping bags. In fact, potatoes may be the easiest thing to grow in your garden.
It’s a few months before you need to figure out which kind of container you’ll need for your potatoes. When it’s time, we’ll have a special “Quick! Plant Potatoes!” issue out to give you the simple steps you need to get started. You can sign up for our newsletter to get updates on when new issues come out.
In the meantime, here’s a song for those of us who really love eating Potatoes!
Home grown, fresh tomatoes are so much different than what you buy in the store that we should probably have a different name for them. They are sweeter and juicier, with a wide variety of flavors, colors and shapes depending on what variety you grow. Anna Bananas are yellow, heart shaped and meaty. Cherokee purples don’t quite turn purple, but they have a deeper, sweeter tone. Italian sausage tomatoes are oval and great for sauce.
If you want to eat the plastic tomatoes from the grocery store during the winter, ok. But summer time is for the real thing and we’re going to tell you how to grow them no matter where you live or how big your growing space is. Right now we’re busy at work on our next “Quick! Plant Something!” issue focusing on tomatoes. Stay tuned, or sign up for our newsletter, and you’ll be on your way to the kind of tomatoes you just can’t buy.