[Homestead] Seed shortages
cayadopi at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 15 21:35:23 EST 2008
Onions are put in the ground 1st week of November here. The huge onion fields around here are looking mighty pretty. Mine are coming up a bit slower, but coming up non-the-less, both indoors and out. I've read that in this area of NM if too cold the tops can brown, but they come right back in the spring... we'll see.... I have some outside, some started inside in pots and have reserved much of the seed to plant early spring. We rarely get snow, and from what I've seen my few visits here, it seems to evaporate... LOL.
This is not only my first year here, but '09 will be my first attempt ever at getting a decent sized garden planted, so much I do not know yet.
I stopped by the organic neighbors' today. They are elderly, and were both ill with the flu today. I saw that the man is working on erecting a small shade house that looks like he could use some help with, so maybe some neighborly volunteering seems to be in order in exchange for some local gardening tips. He's still got quite a bit of stuff growing, still can't quite see exactly what.
--- On Mon, 12/15/08, Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com> wrote:
From: Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Seed shortages
To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Monday, December 15, 2008, 7:59 AM
>What would you consider a "mild" winter?
I guess a mild winter has a few frosts, but no period when the ground
freezes. Many many greens would survive that. If you have enough sunlight,
you could overwinter almost anything with a little protection. Do you grow
onions through the winter in the desert? Here garlic is started in the fall,
but onions can't be put out until spring....if they are out in the winter,
they freeze then rot in the spring.
>I read somewhere not to stake tomatos in the desert so the >leaves can
>shade the flowers. And probably would have >to start them indoors to
I stake mine to keep them off the ground. It's wet here, and any fruit that
lays on the ground is likely to rot. I guess that's not a problem in the
Tioga Co. PA
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