My planting dates

Vegetable Start plants this long before planting date Planting date 98294 area code Distance
between rowsc
Distance apart
in the row
Artichokes (globe) Crown pieces Aug.-Nov.
48-60″ 48-60″
Asparagus 1 year Feb.-March 60″ 12″
Beans (lima) not suitable May-June 12-24″ 4-6″ bush
12-24″ pole
Beans (snap) not suitable May-July 12-24″ 2-6″ bush
12-24″ pole
Beets not suitable March-June 12″ 1-2″
Broccoli 6 weeks Jan-July March-Aug. 12-24″ 12-24″
Brussels sprouts 6 weeks Mar.-June May-July 24″ 24″
Cabbage 6 weeks Mar.-May April-June 24″ 24″
Cantaloupes 4 weeks April May 48″ 48″
Carrots not suitable March-July 15 12″ 2″
Cauliflower 6 weeks Mar.-June 1 April-July 15 24″ 24″
Celery 9 weeks Jan. – May March-July 24″ 5″
Chard not suitable April-July 24″ 12 inches
Chinese cabbage 4 weeks July August 30″ 6″
Chives 6 weeks Feb.1 – April. 15 March-May Needs 4 sq ft Scatter
Corn (sweet) not suitable April-June 36″ 15″
Cucumbers (slicing) 4 weeks April-May May-June 48″ 24″
4 weeks May-June 48″ 6-12″
Dill not suitable May 24″ 6-9″
Eggplants 9 weeks March May 24″ 24″
Endive 6 weeks Feb. -July 1 April-Aug. 15 12″ 10″
Garlic not suitable Sept.-Feb. 18″ 3″
Kale not suitable May-July 24″ 24″
Kohlrabi not suitable April-Aug. 15 24″ 3″
Leeks 4 weeks Feb. – April March-May 24″ 2″
Lettuce (head) 5 weeks Mar. – June April-July 12″ 12″
Lettuce (leaf) 5 weeks Mar. -June April-Aug. 12″ 6″
Okra 8 weeks not suitable 24″ 18″
Onions 10 weeks Jan.-Mar. Mar.-May 12″ 3″
Parsley 10 weeks Jan.-May Mar.-June 12″ 8″
Parsnips not suitable April-May 24″ 3″
Peas not suitable Feb.-May 36″ bush
48″ vine
Peppers 10 weeks Mar.1-Apr.1 May-June 24″ 12-18″
Potatoes (sweet) 6 weeks not suitable 48″ 12″
Potatoes (white) not suitable April-June 30″ 12″
Pumpkins 4 weeks May May 72″ 48″
Radish not suitable March-Sept. 12″ 1″
Rhubarb Crown pieces March-April 48″ 36″
Rutabagas not suitable June-July 24″ 3″
Spinach not suitable April & Sept. 12″ 3″
Squash (summer) 4 weeks Apr.-May May-June 48″ 24″
Squash (winter) 4 weeks Apr. May 72″ 48″
Tomatoes 8 weeks Mar.- May 36-48″,
closer if
Turnips not suitable Apr.-Sept. 24″ 2″
Watermelons 4 weeks Apr. May 72″ 60″

Sowing a row in the field of free speech

I hope you are following the news about the misguided US judge who is attempting to censor a Swedish website that posts leaked internal government and company documents concerning behavior that may be considered illegal or immoral. The judge caused the domain name of the web site to be revoked by the domain name registrar. Too bad for the judge that he has no power to kill the ip address of the website in Sweden, so the web site is still accessible via its ip address

How to make a tunnel cloche

You can add a month on either end of your growing season with a tunnel cloche.
The cloche uses hoops made of 1/2″ EMT steel electrical conduit pipe. You can buy this in 10′ pieces at Home Depot for about $2.00 each.
Using a conduit pipe bender make 60 degree bends in the middle of the pipe, and at 30″ on either side of the middle, creating a hoop that looks like this. Push the ends of the hoops into the earth, at 4′ intervals.

Cover the hoops with 10′ wide 4 mil polyethylene film. Attach the film to the end hoops with clips. You can purchase these, but they are expensive. I make my own, by cutting 5″ sections from old worn out 3/4″ graden hose, and cutting along the length of the hose to open it up.

To hold the film in place, bury the film in the dirt along one side, and weigh down the other side with rocks. The film can be turned up on the ‘rock’ side in order to weed or water. The ends of the cloche can be left open for ventilation when the weather is sunny, or covered up with salvaged window glass or plywood at night or when the weather is cloudy. Your total investment to cover 4’x30′ will be about $16 for the conduit and $10 for the plastic film. The conduit hoops last nearly forever (mine are 3 years old and show no sign of rust) and the PE film will last for 2 or 3 seasons.

How to make cheap permanent plant markers

Plastic labels for vegetables grown in pots or flats are not cheap – for example 6″ x 1/2″ labels are $.03 each at I make my own by cutting up aluminum beverage cans with a sturdy pair of scissors (poultry shears are ideal).

  1. Cut off the two ends of the can.
  2. Cut down the side to open up the can.
  3. Trim off the ragged edges.
  4. Cut into strips, 1/4″ wide.
  5. Label with permanent marker pen, like these.
  6. Or affix labels printed on your laser printer, on weatherproof, self-adhesive label stock, like these.

Sowed last tomato varieties (first planting)

Sowed these varieties into flats:

Ille’s Yellow Latvian
Lahman Pink
Russian Big Roma
Beam’s Yellow Pear
Camp Joy
Fred Limbauch Potato Top

I have now finished the small first sowing of all tomato varieties. All will be sowed again, around March 1.

More tomatoes sowed

Sowed the following varieties (8 cells ea., 1 seed per cell).
Italian Tree
Neves Azorean Red
Eva Purple Ball
Martino’s Roma
Cosoluto Fiorentino
Anna Russian
Tommy Toe
Saint Pierre
Amish Paste
Red Siberian
Old Brooks

For more info about these varieties, see Garden Spot Wiki.