Weekly ToDo for Area Gardeners

A weekly todo reference for those who garden in Silicon Valley. (Click on plant name for specifics…). Weekly garden todo list

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Picking up steam...

Pay attention to watering schedules. Prepare your kitchen for the coming onslaught of produce. Be sure to check your stock of freezer bags, canning jars, pickling salts, vinegar and spices. Remember to fertilize with compost tea throughout the growing season.

Week 21

Plant in the ground

Plant In The Ground

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Borage
  • Chard
  • Corn
  • Cosmos
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Morning Glory
  • Nasturtiums
  • Peanuts
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Soybeans
  • Squash (summer)
  • Squash (winter)
  • Sunflowers
  • Turnips
Plant in flats

Plant In Flats

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Marigolds
  • Melons
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Petunias
  • Pumpkins
  • Rutabagas
  • Sage
  • Squash (summer)
  • Squash (winter)
  • Summer Savory
  • Tomatoes
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnias
Transplant to the ground

Transplant From Flats To Ground

  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Marigolds
  • Melons
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Okra
  • Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Petunias
  • Squash (summer)
  • Squash (winter)
  • Tomatoes
Tasks to do this week

Garden Tasks

  • Thin excess fruit on fruit trees.
  • Tie long climber shoots to their trellising supports with soft string.
  • Turn and water compost piles regularly.
  • Place tomato cages around indeterminate tomato plants.

Information presented on our weekly todo pages is for Santa Clara County. A majority of Silicon Valley communities fall within USDA Hardiness Zone 9b, the exceptions (for Santa Clara county) being those who have a zip code of 94041, 94043, or 94089; the folks at these zip codes have been assigned a Hardiness Zone of 10a. Even so, remember that we live in the land of the microclimate: growers in Palo Alto have different concerns and face different challenges than those who grow in South San Jose.

As a result of life in our ideal Mediterranean climate, local growers enjoy the possibility of making use of multiple plantings in a single growing season for many of the veggies we know and love. Those wishing to take advantage of this need to pay close attention to the grow information of the varieties being put in; a second planting of a particular crop normally involves plants with a shorter growing period.

Info presented here has been distilled from a variety of sources, the most notable being Seed Savers Exchange, Life Lab Garden Classroom, and Ecology Action of the Midpeninsula, and Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.