Today I’ve been finishing my last 2 beds. I left them for last because I usually only plant flowers in them, so they’re for aesthetics, but this time, I’ve planted some cantaloupe seeds in one of them for kicks. It’s always an experiment with me…
Before I share the videos I made on what to do if you run out of weed fabric and need a barrier (besides using cardboard or newspaper, without the waxy ads of course), or if you run out of broken down compost, here’s a picture of what I saw at local hardward store, in the nursery section today.
I think you already know what I’m gonna say before I turn red with an annoyed vein throbbing on the side of my temple.
Wrong, wrong, wrong! Just plain wrong. You can’t plant any of those right now. You would’ve had to plant all of these in January, and you’d be harvesting them next month. With the exception of the garlic–that gets planted in October. The onions as well, but you could plant it now, just don’t expect to get a big onion bulb. Won’t happen. To get a large bulb you can cut and put on a sandwich or burger, you plant it in October and harvest it in June. It takes a really long time to mature.
So, why would they put out potatoe seeds, bare root asparagus and bare root strawberries now? Because they have to go by what the rest of the country does in their chain stores. They don’t cater to us Phoenicians based on correct plant timing. I wish they would. This is one of the reasons I plant almost everything from seed and keep my seeds in the fridge. That way I can plant at the correct time without waiting for the plant nurseries to catch up. They’re usually at the tail end of when you can plant your garden.
How do I know this? Today was a perfect example. At the nursery, they had these for transplants: tomatoes, peppers, tons of herbs and strawberries. But did they have any melons, cucumbers or squash? Nope. This is nearing the end of planting season for melons. You plants them in March. All these plants need a good 2 months to develop a good strong root system before the heat hits in May if they’re going to survive our brutal summers.
Seriously wanted to ask who I needed to smack, for them to have my transplants of Armenian cucumbers so I could buy a few in case my seeds decide not to be friendly with me.
All right. Enough ranting disguised as tips. Enjoy the videos…
Once I plant my celosia today and put some compost around them, then my garden beds being planted will officially be complete for the season. Always have mixed emotions about that. And, yes, my compost pile is completely barren–used every last leaf and grass cutting.