Planting Your Summer Garden

Have you planted your summer garden yet? If not, there is still time to get it planted and make the most out of your own fruits and vegetables. Summer is such a fun time for fruit and vegetables, from strawberries, and melons, to zucchini, corn and beans. Some crops you plant now will yield a harvest in the fall or winter, while others are ready more rapidly. I have found a couple of different websites to help figure out what you can grow, and when you should plant. Here is one site called Urban Farmer another from the University of California, and last, the National Gardening Association allows you to look things up by zip code, to get very specific! Whatever you use, just remember to have fun with it, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Let’s Get Planting

Today is “Plant a Flower Day”!  The weather is spectacular.  Spring in the Central Valley of California begs for planting.  My dog, Melky, loves the outdoors so we oblige with some gardening.  Some things we’re considering this season:

Rhodendron/Azaleas – they’re hearty, colorful and there are literally hundreds of varieties, colors and types.  We’re looking at the small leaf, deep colors in a shady spot in the garden.  Plus, we’ll be able to snip the flowers and float them in a wide bowl on the patio this summer.  Gorgeous! rhodendron

Culinary herbs– What’s better than grabbing some fresh basil from the garden for that marinara or cilantro for my favorite salsa?  A sprig of mint for the julep that 80 degree weather dictates.  But I digress.  Spring is a great time of year to plant a nice culinary herb garden in the yard.  And we don’t have to worry about Melky getting anything but a nose full of delicious smelling herbs.  What’s on our list to plant?  Basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, mint, dill, chives.  Just a couple of things to note:  Herbs don’t mind heat, so Spring is a great time to plant.  Once the temperatures get over 85-90 degrees, herbs need to have morning sun and then shade.  We’re considering an area under one of our big trees that faces the sun in the morning and has shade in the afternoon.  culinary herbs

Fertilizer – We’ve had a nice wet winter, but after years of drought our yard definitely needs some fertilizer.  Considering Melky, our dog, we want to be more than careful about what we use.  Composting is a great way to get some healthy nitrogen into the ground.  But our compost pile isn’t very big.  We’ll probably be alright for the garden short to fertilize the rest of the yard.  So we’re considering a fertilizer with a seaweed base for the lawn.