May Garden Calendar

Flower Gardening, Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
Wow... May already. Where did the time go? The gardening calendar for May provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. As I mentioned in the last calendar update, April and May, about growing organic food, more people garden in April and May than any other time of the year. Winter is over, the hot months of July and August are not pounding you.... it is just a fabulous time to be outside. The date of last expected frost has come and gone (for most). Consult the growing zone maps to determine your garden's date of expected last frost. Okay, okay, I said all that last month, I realize, but if you are far north, you are still waiting.... I realize.  So you northerners (I'm in zone…
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April Gardening Calendar

Flower Gardening, Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
The gardening calendar for April provides a list of recommended food growing tips and <sigh>gardening chores. If you haven't started your organic gardening adventure yet, it is HIGH time! April is a wonderful time for growing organic food. More people garden in April and May than any other time of the year. Winter is over, the hot months of July and August are not pounding you.... it is just a fabulous time to be outside. The date of last expected frost has come and gone (for most). Consult the growing zone maps to determine your garden's date of expected last frost. Early in the month there is still time to plant the cool season vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, lettuces, greens and onions. (if you haven't already!) Corn and beans…
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Garden Calendar February

Garden Calender
While mid to late spring is the busiest time of the year for most gardeners, there are a variety of chores that I reserve strictly for winter... here is the Garden Calendar for February Be sure to be making your spring order list from your favorite gardening catalogs! Here are a couple of quick ideas... Spread an inch of rich compost or rotted manure, plus an organic fertilizer, on your asparagus bed, and weed it well. The common, inexpensive, alcohol thermometer often varies more than 3 degrees from the true temperature, resulting in wasted fuel or improper plant growth in greenhouses. To check the accuracy of a thermometer, immerse it in a container of crushed ice and water for 3 to 4 minutes. Any deviation from 32 degrees F can…
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January Garden Calendar

Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
While mid to late spring is the busiest time of the year for most gardeners, there are a variety of chores that I reserve strictly for winter... here is the Garden Calendar for January If there is a good thaw in January, check an perennial or shrubby herbs and vegetables wintering in your garden. If the soil is dry, water slowly and deeply. Here are a few ideas to get you started... Seeds of celery, celeriac, sweet Spanish onion, parsley, anise, fibrous rooted begonia, snap-dragon, verbena, geranium, and petunia can be sown indoors now for transplanting outdoors later in the spring. Gerbera seed started in January will bloom in June. Grow in full sun, providing ample moisture. Pot up a few in fall and grow in a cool, sunny window…
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Garden Calendar Funnies

Community, Gardening Humor, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
Okay, one of the largest sections of FarmHomestead is the Garden Calendar. I have looked at it so many times I am sick of looking at it. So I was wondering what other peoples' garden calendars look like, and I found one that just CRACKED me up... this guy (Eric Walker) is fun to read. He says... It is vital to understand that nature is not a factory, with timetables and a noon whistle: dates for doing things in a vegetable garden are, even for the greatest experts, at best guesstimates based on prior experience that may not be--often is not--applicable to this season. The weather data used for typical temperatures and such is the fifty-year data from the State weather-data-collecting station in Ritzville, Washington (State), which is a cool…
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