What are you planting now?
pam at twinoaks.org
pam at twinoaks.org
Thu Jul 18 22:57:40 EDT 2002
What aren't we planting! We're in central Virginia, zone 6b, first
frost could be October 14th-20th. We're just about to plant our 7th
and last sweet corn patch. We just planted our 5th of 7 plantings of
cucumber, yellow squash and zucchini, and our 5th of 6 plantings of
bush beans. I reckon it's OK here to plant beans and corn up until
We plant out 100 lettuce a week. We just planted a few broccoli,
many more to follow in the next week or so. Also cabbage (regular,
red and storage types as well as savoys), cauliflowers, Napa type
Chinese cabbage, Pak Choy, Mizuna, Tat Soi, Giant Red Mustard.
We're about to sow radishes, arugula, turnips, rutabagas. We just
sowed a bed of carrots, and at the beginning of August we'll do a
big carrot planting (Danvers 126 and Bolero) for winter storage.
We just belatedly finished transplanting leeks, a task I usually hope
to have done in mid-June.
We'll have collards to plant out in a couple of weeks. And we'll be
sowing beets then too, and thinking about kale. Another little task I
do at the beginning of August is to sow a few cucmbers in pots to
plant into the greenhouse later, for a late fall crop, growing up
strings at the back of the beds.
A funny thing happened last week: We'd run out of buckwheat
and soybeans, our usual summer cover crops, so I suggested
sowing a mixture of old vegetable seeds instead. It makes havoc
of crop rotations, but still.... A large percentage of the seeds was
spinach, because I overbought a few years ago, after resowing in
late summer several times the year before, and running out of
seed. Well, you couldn't get spinach to germinate here in July if
you tried - but that's what came up! We had a sudden cool spell,
and some rain, and now we have two beds of broadcast spinach
This year, prompted by reminders here, I'm going to plant winter-
hardy scallions in the fall.
Pam DAwling, Twin Oaks Community, Louisa, Virginia
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