“Days to maturity” is an important concept when you’re planning your vegetable garden. You want to know when things will first be ready to harvest, as well as when that space will be free to grow something else. Here’s what days to maturity means for roots, greens and fruits.
Something I forgot to mention in the video is that those little baby lettuce seeds that were direct seeded outdoors… they are growing unusually slow because of low temperatures and only 4 hours of sunlight. Did you know that lettuce seeds will germinate in just 2-3 days at 75 F, but 7-10 days at 50 F (on average). That’s a big difference, right?! So you could speed up the process by covering your vegetable garden with plastic. Plastic could warm up the soil a good 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Doesn’t have to be fancy, you could re-cycle a clear plastic jar or tub you have lying around.
Depending on where you live, some herbs are perrenial and will grow back each year. Even in Brooklyn, sage, thyme, lavendar, mint and oregano would grow back each year. But rosemary never really made it. And softer plants like basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, had shorter life cycles so I planted lots of seeds.
I have to say… It was frustrating to NOT have rosemary in the spring. I liked a lot of it, and it could be expensive buying a dozen mature transplants. So about this time of year, I would start creating my own rosemary plants. Not from seed, though, because like I mentioned, that takes FOREVER!
Some plants are so easy: Hot or cold doesn’t matter. Pests aren’t interested. They are flavorful as babies or more mature. And they just keep growing and growing.
I get asked all the time about garden fertilizers. I have an unusual answer and video for you today. This is not your typical How To Video. And I mention this project in the video: TheYouthFarm.org Every day is a good day to give. Donate and support teens growing thousands of pounds of fresh food for their community.
How to protect your vegetable crops and garden from pests and diseases. Tracking pest populations this growing season can help you get ahead of the life cycle of insects next year. For more info go to http://www.bkfarmyards.com/pestfree
I know how every square inch in my garden contributes to more food on my plate. Because I run calculations like “How much is that empty 6″ space in my garden worth in groceries?” Turns out it’s quite a bit. If you’re looking for the Register button mentioned at the end of the video… here’s that link: https://growyourownvegetables.org/cro…
I have a trick that helps me get the most out of my garden… more harvest, less work. Most planting schedules are too simple to get the best results. I guarantee if you create a roadmap for the whole season (a crop plan), you will increase your harvest and reduce your efforts. Here’s 3 tips for how to focus your garden efforts. I mention registration for class at the end of this video… here’s that link! — http://members.growyourownvegetables.org/crop…