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So, Um, Yeah

So, Um, Yeah

I know you’re freaking out, because I am freaking out. We’re all freaking out. A little more or less, depending on time of day, amount of media consumed, number of dependents we’re supposed to home school, percent of productivity we’re expected to be at, etc, […]

2020 Garden Plans

2020 Garden Plans

Sometimes I worry, as spring approaches, that I’ll lose interest in gardening—that there just won’t be anything new to strike my fancy. But then, the seed catalogs come. And the emails about the new seeds show up in my inbox. And I am smitten, once […]

What to Plant in September

What to Plant in September

Even as fall looms ahead of us, our warm September weather keeps the tomatoes, cucumbers, and gourds growing strong. And while the wild blackberries in full sun may have shriveled up, the ones in shady spots are just now fruiting plump, tasty berries. Here is a list of what you can plant in your Bay Area garden in September.

This list is based on my planting calendar, which is a great reference when you are choosing what to plant and what to prepare for each season. I’ve included sources for each plant and some notes to better help you in planning your garden this year.

Fava Bean

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Beet

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Broccoli

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in October in FOGGY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a FOGGY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Brussels Sprout

Plant seedlings outside. This is the last recommended month until May (FOGGY AREAS) or June to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cabbage

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in October in SUNNY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until January to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Carrot

Sow seeds outside in SUNNY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until January to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cauliflower

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in October in SUNNY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Celery

Plant seedlings outside in SUNNY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until February (SUNNY AREAS) or March to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Collards

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kale

Plant seedlings outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kohlrabi

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in October (SUNNY AREAS ONLY).
Sources: Botanical Interests

Lettuce

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Mustard

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until January to plant unless you live in a FOGGY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Parsnip

Sow seeds outside in SUNNY AREAS only.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Potato Tubers

Plant outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant.
Resources on growing Potatoes: Grow Potatoes from your Pantry
Sources: Peaceful Valley

Radish

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Spinach

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Strawberry

Plant outside.
Sources: Amazon, local nurseries

Swiss Chard

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Turnip

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Have you checked out these Naked Ladies?

Have you checked out these Naked Ladies?

Don’t worry, I’m talking about the beautiful, fragrant, and totally weird flower that pops up this time of year, right after all its foliage had died back. The Belladonna Amaryllis (AKA Belladonna Lily, AKA Resurrection Lily, AKA Naked Ladies) is ablaze just about everywhere sunny […]

Mouse Melons: The Cutest Fruit

Mouse Melons: The Cutest Fruit

There are many beautiful fruits out there, and I’m sure you’ve grown some that you thought were drop-dead gorgeous. But would you say many of them were cute? Let’s say you’ve got a plant that looks like the biggest garden fruit, i.e. watermelon, but is the […]

What to Plant in August

What to Plant in August

In the heat of the summer, spring-planted crops like tomatoes, peppers, corn, and cucumbers are going nuts. It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about fall planting! Cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale need to be planted now or in September to give you a fall harvest.

This list is based on my planting calendar, which is a great reference when you are choosing what to plant and what to prepare for each season. I’ve included sources for each plant and some notes to better help you in planning your garden this year.

Fava Bean

Sow seeds outside in FOGGY AREAS only.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Beet

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Broccoli

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in August or September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Brussels Sprout

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in August or September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cabbage

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in August or September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Carrot

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until January to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cauliflower

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in August or September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Celery

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in September in SUNNY AREAS only.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Collards

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kale

Start seeds indoors to plant outside in August or September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kohlrabi

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in September & October (SUNNY AREAS ONLY).
Sources: Botanical Interests

Lettuce

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Mustard

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Parsnip

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until February to plant unless you live in a SUNNY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Potato Tubers

Plant outside.
Resources on growing Potatoes: Grow Potatoes from your Pantry
Sources: Peaceful Valley

Radish

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Spinach

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Swiss Chard

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Turnip

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Gardening Without a Yard

Gardening Without a Yard

Space is tight in the Bay area, and many of us, even those who love gardening and growing things and all things green find that we do not have the vast open space that we would like for our gardening. We are lucky in that our […]

What to Plant in July

What to Plant in July

Depending on your microclimate, the days can get pretty hot, which some plants just love. Corn and peppers are really thriving, and you may be seeing some teeny-tiny mouse melons (also known as cucamelons) (squee!), but if you’ve got your eyes on a fall harvest, […]

What to Plant in June

What to Plant in June

Summer is here! Some of those springtime plants might be producing already, but it is still a great time to plant in the garden. It’s also not too early to start prepping for your fall garden plants.

This list is based on my planting calendar, which is a great reference when you are choosing what to plant and what to prepare for each season. I’ve included sources for each plant and some notes to better help you in planning your garden this year.

Fava Bean

Sow seeds outside in FOGGY AREAS only.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Runner Bean

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until March to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Snap Bean

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Beet

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Broccoli

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in July through September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Brussels Sprout

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in July through September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cabbage

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors and plant outside in July through September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Carrot

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until August to plant unless you like in a FOGGY AREA.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cauliflower

Plant seedlings outside (FOGGY AREAS) or start seeds indoors to plant outside in July (FOGGY AREAS), or August through September.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Celery

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in July (FOGGY AREAS) or August.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Early Corn

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Cucumber

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until March to plant.
Resources on growing Cucumbers: Bay Area Guide to Growing Cucumbers
Sources: Botanical Interests

Eggplant

Plant seedlings outside. This is the last recommended month until April to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kale

Start seeds indoors to plant outside in August.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Kohlrabi

Plant seedlings outside or start seeds indoors to plant outside in July & August or September & October (SUNNY AREAS ONLY).
Sources: Botanical Interests

Lettuce

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Mustard

Sow seeds outside in FOGGY AREAS.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Parsnip

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Pea

Sow seeds outside in FOGGY AREAS only. This is the last recommended month until August to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Pepper

Plant seedlings outside. This is the last recommended month until May to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Potato Tubers

Plant outside.
Resources on growing Potatoes: Grow Potatoes from your Pantry
Sources: Peaceful Valley

Radish

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Summer & Winter Squash (including Pumpkins)

Sow seeds outside. For Winter Squash,this is the last recommended month until April to plant. Summer Squash can still be planted in to July.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Sunflower

Sow seeds outside. This is the last recommended month until April to plant.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Swiss Chard

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

Tomato

Plant seedlings outside. This is the last recommended month until April to plant.
Resources on growing Tomatoes: Bay Area Guide to Growing Tomatoes, Review of Cuore di Bue Tomatoes
Sources: Botanical Interests

Turnip

Sow seeds outside.
Sources: Botanical Interests

What does “Hardening Off” Mean?

What does “Hardening Off” Mean?

If you are new to gardening, you probably know that getting some seeds started indoors is a great way to ensure your plants get a healthy start where disease, weather, and pests will not hinder their beginnings. While this is true, there is a real […]