Asides

Planting calendar: July


What to Plant Now

For “foggy” areas from roots/tubers/starts:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

For “foggy” Areas from seeds:

  • Beans: fava & snap
  • Beet
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Corn**
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Squash, summer
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip

For “sunny” areas from roots/tubers/starts:

  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Collards
  • Corn, early
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce (I just put in a couple of six packs of lettuce, and will try to add a few more toward the end of July to provide a staggered harvest.)
  • Potato
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

For “sunny” areas from seeds:

  • Beans: snap
  • Beet
  • Collards
  • Corn, early
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnip
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Squash, summer
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnip
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January Review


This month I saw the first bloom of the new year! I’ve also been reflecting on the importance of starting small. I debuted  a Planting Calendar specifically for neighbors in zones 15 and 17 along the south coast. For more detail on the specifics of choosing seeds and plants for the south coast, read my post on Seed Selection. I also posted a summary of my favorite catalogs and online resources for edible plants that do well in this area.

Planting Calendar: January


“To make full use of our mild climate, you must break out of the spring-to-fall gardening pattern and begin to see the year as continuous, overlapping seasons.”

Pam Pierce, Golden Gate Gardening

Cabbage in January (I use row covers, the white material you see in back, to extend the range of what I can plant.)
Cabbage in January (I use row covers, the white material you see in back, to extend the range of what I can plant.)

What to Plant Now

I’m constantly running experiments in my garden to see what works and what fails, because every garden’s microclimate is affected by so many factors. If you’re ready to do some gardening but you’re not sure where to start, I’ve culled these suggestions for coast side gardeners from the charts in my well-thumbed copy of Golden Gate Gardening.

“Foggy” areas are directly exposed to coastal fog frequently, with few or no intervening hills. “Sunny” areas are closer to Skyline, with hills or directional sun exposure that moderate the fog, but more frequent exposure to freezing temps.

Artichoke

Cabbage starts (“sunny”)

Collards

Garlic (“sunny”)

Kohlrabi (“foggy”)

Leek (“foggy”)

Lettuce (“sunny”)

Mustard

Onion (seeds or bulbs)

Radish (“sunny”)

Rhubarb

Shallots (“sunny”)

Sunchoke (“sunny”)

Turnip

Corral your gadgets with style


Etsy genius: a train case converted into iPhone charging station.

I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life and reduce clutter. Cords and gadgets especially seem to multiply when I’m not looking. One of my favorite blogs, Cool Mom Tech, featured this awesome upcycled train case this morning. These ladies convert vintage train cases into charging stations with some pegboard and a power strip.  In my case I’d probably prefer to do it with an old fruit crate or something that could also serve as a bedside table, but how cool is that idea? And someone is thinking over at Logitech, where they’ve created a WASHABLE keyboard. And by that I don’t mean the old keyboard out in the playhouse the kids like to spray with the hose. This one actually works AFTER sticky children touch it. Or you spill your coffee on it. Ahem.

Winter Weed Nature Study


I can’t wait until Helen’s old enough to start a nature study journal–this Handbook of Nature Study entry reminded me of the encounter we had with the little milkmaid by the side of the road the other day. The process of drawing a plant is really the best way to remember it, and to capture a memory of a moment in time in the life of a child at the same time. What unique keepsakes these journals must be!