Posted on May 11th, 2015
Our members' garden has been producing successfully now for 3 summers. It has been enlarged twice to meet the increased demand for space. The staff prepares the soil and does a great job of keeping it watered for us. We are fortunate to have this benefit available. There are assigned spaces for the gardeners. Each space is maintained by the gardener as far as weeding and harvesting. If additional fertilizer is needed, organic is recommended and available at the local nurseries. Most vegetables do well without anything additional.
Planting suggestions for our short growing season are based on what has been successful to date. Share your successes with others and add to our list. . So far we have had zucchini, summer squash, beets, chard, tomatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach and kale, We recommend planting what you like to eat. Zucchini is easy to grow, but remember that you might get 40+ lbs from one plant and it needs extra space while growing. I have lots of recipes if you need them. Salad tomatoes such as pear, cherry, or plum are the most successful. Cherry and plum do well in containers and can be taken to Tucson or Phoenix for the winter. The indeterminate variety will do well if kept from freezing and prefer temperatures over 50. I had a red plum that lasted 3 years in a small container and produced for salads all year long. We need recommendations for a slicing tomato so let us hear from you.
Starter plants are available at the local nursery and big box stores or you can start from seed ahead of our outdoor planting date of around Memorial Day. The soil needs to be warmed up to a constant nighttime temperature of around 50 for best results before transplanting and this varies with the weather of course, but end of May is usually safe.
Have a great season and enjoy your healthy and delicious fresh vegetables. If you will be out of town for long periods, please ask a fellow gardener to watch your plants and/or harvest for you later in the summer. Julie and I will also be available for help if you need it.
Sandra Gaskill, MS