It is both exciting and daunting to be farming in a slightly different climate. We went up one zone and added at least a month to our growing season. I am attempting Brussels sprouts, artichokes, and sweet potatoes with my new found month. It is quite hot here in the summer though so this is really all a big learning curve. As soon as I thought I was pretty dang good at gardening, the new landscape will again be a firm teacher.
I have been farming according to the Farmer’s Almanac and have been very intrigued by my findings. As the moon is waxing the above ground crops are put in. Promptly following the recommended days of planting were three days of rain. As the moon was waning we planted our potatoes dutifully on the days specified and it was followed by rain. The statistics and patterns of the earth’s cycles recorded for so very long make it pretty accurate to tell the weather and the best time to plant. It is a nice way to up our odds in the garden.
I started seeds in the special little plugs but ran out of money to get one size bigger and the plants were suffocating in their cramped quarters. When I was speaking at the Sustainability Fair a few weeks ago a woman mentioned that she puts her tomato and pepper plants under canning jars for two weeks and that they do amazing. “They don’t burn up?” I asked. She was surprised herself. She first put the seedlings under the canning jar cloches and forgot them. When she came back from vacation two weeks later expecting the worst, they were blooming frantically and joyfully under their inexpensive greenhouses. So, here I am with Brussels and artichokes and a bit early yet to actually put them out but this is all a lovely experiment anyways with these vegetables so let us try it. Under the free cloches they went and I shall keep you posted on the findings!