Sunday, January 1, 2012

January Garden Guide

According to Walter Reeves, this is what should be done in Georgia gardens this week:

Prepare beds for bare-root roses that will soon arrive in nurseries. Dig an area four feet wide and twelve inches deep for each plant, adding plenty of soil conditioner to the soil. see Rose Buying and Planting

• Water poinsettias only as needed – when the top inch of the soil becomes dry to the touch. Keep them in bright light but cool temperatures. Do not fertilize until March. see Poinsettia Care After Winter

• Now is a great time to drain and replace the oil in your mower and to have the blade sharpened or to replace it completely. see How to Maintain Your Mower

• It is easy to see the limb structure of trees now. Tie ribbon around the ones you think should be removed then step back for another look before cutting them off. see Tree Pruning

• If the ground is dry, till the soil in your vegetable garden. You’ll eliminate lots of insects, weeds and nematodes.

Your Southern Garden has a more extensive list.

And from UGA:

Make a garden plan. Plan the garden to include
various vitamin groups.

Consider planting a few new varieties along with
the old favorites. 

Plant the amount of each vegetable to be planted,
including enough to can and freeze. Allow about
1/10 acre of garden space for each member of the

Buy enough quality seed for two or three plantings
to lengthen the season of production.

Take soil samples if you have not already done so,
and take them to your county extension office for

Apply manure or compost and plow it under if you
did not do so in the fall.

Apply lime, sulfur and fertilizer according to the
soil-test results and vegetable requirements. Buy
100 pounds of fertilize for each 1/10 acre to be
planted (if manure is not available, buy at least half
again more). Use 5-10-10 or 6-12-12 analysis,
depending on soil test and vegetable requirements.

Get plant beds or seed boxes ready for growing
plants such as tomato, pepper and eggplant. Have
beds ready for planting in early February.

Check on your compost pile and make sure it is
ready for use in the spring.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Seed Inventory

Vegetable                                                        Start Date

Beans, Bush Blue Lake 156,274                      May-June
Beans, Kentucky Wonder (Pole)                      May-June
Beans, Tendergreen Improved (Bush)               May-June
Broccoli                                                           March-April 
Carrot, Danvers #126                                      April-July
Carrots, Red Cored Chantenay 7317B             April-July
Collards                                                           March-April
Corn                                                                May-July
Cucumber, Muncher                                        Late April-July
Cucumber, Straight Eight                                  Late April-July
Eggplant, Black Beauty                                    April-May
Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson                       April-June
Lettuce, Grand Rapids  (Leaf)                          April-June
Lettuce, Romaine
Mesclun, Sweet Salad Mix                             
Okra, Clemson Spineless                                 May-June
Okra, Jade                                                      May-June
Onion, White Lisbon Bunching                         April-June
Peas, Alaska (Wilt resistant)                             Feb-April
Peas, Melting Sugar (Snow Peas)                     Feb-April
Pepper, California Wonder                              March-May
Pepper, Sweet Banana                                    March-May
Pumpkin, Jack-o-Lantern                               
Radish, Cherry Belle                                       
Radish, Early Scarlet Globe                              April-June
Radish, Sparkler                                               May
Spinach, Long Standing                                    Mar-Apr
Spinach, Teton Hybrid                                     Mar-Apr
Sunflower, Mammoth                                       April-June
Swiss Chard                                                    April-July
Tomato, Brandywine                                        April-June
Tomato, Large Red Cherry                              April-June
Tomato, Roma                                                 April-June
Yellow Summer Crookneck Squash                 May-July
Zucchini, Black Beauty                                     May-July
Zucchini, Elite Hybrid                                       May-July

Herb                                                              Spring Start date

Basil, Lettuce Leaf                                           April-July
Basil, Sweet                                                    April-June
Chives                                                             April-August
Parsley, Extra Triple Curled                             April-June
Parsley, Moss Curled                                      April-June