Garden Planning: It’s All About When

| 5/5/2009 2:31:06 PM

Tags: garden planning, timing,

garden planningMany lawn and garden plants are pretty resilient, so maybe you don't worry too much about knowing the exact right time to take care of each and every garden task. But you will undoubtedly achieve the best results, the biggest harvest, the prettiest flowers, the least disease problems (you see where I’m going…) by paying attention to timing. Knowing when to plant, water, weed, fertilize, mulch and harvest can get pretty overwhelming when the season’s in full swing, so here are a few resources to help with garden planning. Now, go out and grow your best garden ever!

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Barbara Pleasant_3
7/15/2011 7:44:04 AM

Sandy, you can grow cilantro in spring and fall. It's a come-and-go plant in spring, staying in perfect condition for only a few days before bolting. In fall it bolts much slower, if at all. Another tip is to keep sowing, a few seeds each week, so you always have young cilantro plants coming on. The flowers attract beneficials, so I let it bloom and shed seeds. It's naturalized in my garden now, hope you get to that point someday, too.

Sandy Starbuck
7/8/2011 10:17:51 AM

I live in a wooded area and maintain a 4 foot compost bin that provides me with rich compost. I successfully grow vegetables, flowers and herbs (which I also dry and enjoy all winter). But cilantro continues to baffle me. I realize our brutal midwest summers are quickly too hot for cilantro leaves to survive, but a sunny indoor window (in an air conditioned room) didn't work either. I may add sand to the soil and give it another try both indoors and outdoors with afternoon shade. Any other ideas? How can I successfully grow cilantro leaves in the midwest?

2/26/2010 7:35:46 PM

TA - you said it all! My mom raised two boys pretty much alone. My brother and I had the job of taking care of the garden. But, as with you, I did not appreciate a garden until I grew up and had my own experiences with the savings, quality food and therapy. I now tend a garden that is 140 ft. wide by over 200 ft. long and have learned how to can. The feeling one gets at the end of a season when looking at all those jars of can goods sitting on their shelves and knowing that you yourself grew, harvested and preserved it is totally indescribable.

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