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Since pole types are vines, they require some type of support, such as bamboo or stick teepees or trellises. Try to avoid overhead irrigation as it can increase the incidence of powdery mildew although if we get a lot of rain Look for varieties that have resistance to powdery mildew. Additional information on peas PDF. Harvest pea pods when they are tender enough to be crushed between the fingers without separating into halves.
Harvest the edible pod types at the first sign of seed development. Since the sugar content of peas readily converts to starch after picking, cook, can, or freeze them soon after shelling. They generally have white flesh, but there are varieties that have yellow, red, or blue flesh. Potatoes average to days to mature depending on variety fingerlings require more time to mature and size uplocation, and time of planting.
Potatoes grow from seed potatoes. Seed potatoes are not seeds, but rather a piece of a potato. Do not be tempted to use grocery store potatoes or potatoes from your own garden. Soil-borne diseases, harmless to humans but potentially devastating for a potato plant, can be carried by potatoes.
Instead, buy seed potatoes from a nursery that displays a Certified Seed Potato tag or from a reputable mail-order company that certifies the seed potatoes are disease free. How Potatoes Grow click to enlarge If the seed potatoes are not already cut, cut the tubers into pieces that are about the size of a small chicken egg.
You do not need to cut small egg-size seed potatoes.
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Make sure each piece has at least one eye small depression where sprouts will form. Store freshly cut pieces at room temperature for 1 to 3 days before planting. This allows the cut surfaces to dry and form a callus, which decreases rotting. In the Sacramento area this is usually late February to early March. A late frost may damage the plants and set them back but is unlikely to kill them. Provide protection for the plants to avoid significant damage.
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Potatoes need well-drained sandy to loam soil; they do not grow well in heavy soils, so they are a good candidate for growing in raised beds. They do best if grown in full sun. Cultivate the soil well, making sure that it is in a loose, friable crumbly condition before planting. To plant, drop the seed pieces into furrows 3 inches deep with the pieces spaced 6 to 12 inches apart. Closer spacing gives more but smaller potatoes at harvest. Fill in the furrow to ground level.
Three weeks later hill again. This will make furrows between the rows that are at least 6 inches deep. You can also plant the seed pieces in raised beds: Apply nitrogen fertilizer at planting time. Potatoes can also be grown in half wine barrels.
Fill the barrel halfway with potting soil do not use garden soil. Add three seed potatoes, evenly spaced, and cover with about 3 inches of potting soil. As the foliage emerges, fill the barrel with more soil to cover most of the leaves.
Continue adding potting soil as the potatoes grow until the level of the soil is about 2 inches below the rim of the barrel. Mulch the top of the soil with organic mulch straw, shredded leaves, compost ; water and fertilize regularly. Harvest as indicated below by dumping out the barrel, or if it is too heavy, carefully reaching in with your hands to collect the potatoes. Potatoes are shallow-rooted and need constant soil moisture.
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If soil dries after tubers have formed, a second growth will start when soil gets moist. This will cause knobby, cracked, or odd-shaped potatoes. Alternate wet and dry conditions can also cause cavities near the center of the potato. Cultivate carefully to remove weeds, taking care not to injure roots and tubers near ground surface. Blossoming potato plants are sometimes an indication that new potatoes are ready to harvest; however, not all potato plants blossom.
About 7 to 8 weeks after the plants emerge from the soil, you can gently use your hands to uncover the sides of the soil mound to harvest small immature tubers--new potatoes, which are extra sweet because their sugar has not yet converted to starch. Take care not to disturb the roots and remaining tubers on the plant. Then carefully pack the soil back around the roots and water the plant well. Be sure that all developing tubers are completely covered by soil.
Long exposure to light can cause the skin to turn green. A poisonous alkaloid makes green potatoes taste bitter and should not be consumed. Remove vines before digging the tubers.
Dig the potatoes when the ground is dry; dig carefully, making sure you do not injure or bruise the potatoes. Click pictures to enlarge: March Cover crop click enlarge Cut down cover crops Cover crops planted last fall should be ready to cut down this month. Because the cover crop residue needs to decompose for 3 to 6 weeks before you plant your summer vegetables, count back from your planting date to determine when to cut it down.
Start tomato seeds If you did not start tomato seeds last month, you can do so this month for transplanting into the garden in late April or early May. Use a good seed-starting soilless mix in six-packs or other containers. After sowing the seeds, place planted containers on a seedling heat mat or in a warm place in your house.
Bottom heat encourages seed germination. After the seeds germinate, remove them from the heat mat if used and place the seedlings in a brightly-lit window or beneath florescent lights. Fertilize the plants with half-strength fertilizer kelp, seaweed, or fish emulsion are good choices every 2 weeks. For detailed information about starting seeds indoors and acclimating them to outdoor conditions hardening offsee Vegetable Gardening PDF EHN Check it out to get some ideas.
Also see pictures of our favorite varieties PDF 2. They are biennial, which means they germinate and grow in one season, survive the winter, and then flower and set seeds the next season.
They thrive in well-composted, well-drained, fertile soil. Plant in the garden when plants are about 8 to 12 inches tall and slightly thinner than a pencil ideally, but a little thinner is okayaround June or July.
Class generally covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. He also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes.5 Super-Early Vegetables to Start in Winter
Bring your own plant questions for discussion. From creating natural raised beds just outside your door, to covering the back forty, sheet mulching will bring to life extremely beautiful, low-maintenance, low-cost gardens. Using what you have on hand or can source locally is true sustainable gardening. We will have a visual presentation and a hands-on activity where you will actually help us to transform inactive ground into fertile, resilient soil, for planting this fall.
You can also utilize this method with your own green waste to build fertile productive soil. In addition, this is a fabulous method for removing your lawn and reducing the weed load as you transition into a water wise landscape.
Bring gloves, a hat, water and wear closed toe shoes. This will be a fun party-like community garden activity unlike those you have experienced before so invite your friends too!