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Re: January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 1/30/2017, 7:47 pm

Hubby is getting me some compost from Gallo and I need to get my 55 gallon food grade drums ready for sweet potatoes, potatoes and strawberries.  As soon as it warms up more so I can work outside I have to get started.  The slips are started though, in the kitchen window.  I need to order potatoes.

Boy it comes fast all of a sudden doesn't it?!
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Re: January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  countrynaturals on 1/31/2017, 1:41 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote: My icicle radishes never sprouted, so I think they rotted in all the wetness we had last week. Sad
The planting charts in my ANSFG book (mine is edition 1) say that radishes take 29 days to germinate at 41*F and 11 days at 50*F. If more of the hours of the day during the last week and a half have been below 50*F than above, they made need some more time.
YIKES! Are you psychic, Beetles? Icicle radishes sprouted this morning. YEE-HAH!  cheers
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 2/1/2017, 4:35 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote: My icicle radishes never sprouted, so I think they rotted in all the wetness we had last week. Sad
The planting charts in my ANSFG book (mine is edition 1) say that radishes take 29 days to germinate at 41*F and 11 days at 50*F. If more of the hours of the day during the last week and a half have been below 50*F than above, they made need some more time.
YIKES! Are you psychic, Beetles? Icicle radishes sprouted this morning. YEE-HAH!  cheers
I don't think so...  The radishes just needed you to believe in them! Razz
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Re: January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  countrynaturals on 2/1/2017, 7:08 pm

I believe in them now, but they have 8 days of rain coming at them and they just barely have their heads above dirt, so fingers crossed. geek
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Re: January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  sanderson on 1/5/2018, 3:08 am

January is the peaceful month for gardeners.  Winter crops are growing and summer crops are just penciled in on plot plans.  The hardest chore for this month is deciding which seeds to order.  Seed starting and sweet potato starts will be next month.

I have to take these recommendations from Gardenate.com with a grain of salt.  With last frost dates in March, there's no need to start seeds until February.  Last winter, there was so much glorious rain that end of February was early enough in my climate to start anything.

Beetroot/Beets-   Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Broccoli-     Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Cabbage-     Plant in garden. Harvest from April
Cape Gooseberry/Golden Berry- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from May
Capsicum/Bell/Sweet/Chili peppers- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Cauliflower- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from June
Celeriac- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from May
Celery- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from June
Eggplant/Aubergine- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from May
Kale/Borecole- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Kohlrabi- Plant in garden. Harvest from April
Lettuce- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Mizuna/Japanese Greens/Mitzuna/Mibuna- Plant in garden. Harvest from March
Mustard greens/Gai choy- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from March
Onion- Plant in garden. Harvest from August
Parsley- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Parsnip- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from June
Peas- Plant in garden. Harvest from April
Potato- Plant in garden. Harvest from June
Radish- Plant in garden. Harvest from March
Rosemary- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from 12 months
Silverbeet/Swiss Chard- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Snow Peas/Sugar Peas/Mangetout/Chinese Peas-   Plant in garden. Harvest from May
Strawberries (from seeds)- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from 12 months
Tomato- Start undercover in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Harvest from April
Turnip- Plant in garden. Harvest from April

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Re: January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  countrynaturals on 1/29/2018, 12:53 am

Today I planted:

Daikon radish seeds in the BTE. They were from 2016, so I just tossed them on top of the wood chips and covered them with leaves. We'll see if the lazy way can work.

Sugar snap peas from 2017 in the front half of the ANSFG bed. I was going to use that part for root crops, but the leaves and rabbit poo haven't broken down at all so I opted to do it this way. I'll put root crops in there next fall.



Milkweed seeds -- again they're old seeds. I put some in the butterfly host garden and some inside in Jiffy Pellets.

Basil seeds from 1994 inside. Won't it be amazing if those puppies sprout?

Finally, in Jiffy Pellets on the heating pad inside, I planted, cilantro, lavender, onions, zinnias, artichoke, corn salad, kale, broccoli, jicama, kohlrabi, & celtuce. I had almost decided against fooling with broccoli, but I have plenty of room, and the tiny heads I get are delicious, so I'm going to keep going. Hopefully, my soil will keep improving and the heads will get bigger.
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