A weekly todo reference for those who garden in Silicon Valley. (Click on plant name for specifics…).
Ah, the big sleep. Time to take a bit of a breather as the yearly garden activities come to a close. But fear not, the fun will be starting up once again soon enough, so enjoy the time off while you have it...
Plant In The Ground
At this point, very little is being direcly sown. We are now in the seasonal pause. Take this opportunity to focus on what is still in the ground, and see to the health of the soil itself by creating a nice environment for worms and other soil enhancers...
Plant In Flats
At this point there is not much going on in the way of planting in flats. Pause for a bit and take stock...
- Leaf Rutabagas
Transplant From Flats To Ground
At this point there is not much going on in the way of ground planting. Take this opportunity to focus in on the soil itself, remembering the abundance of life that it supports...
- Onions (Bulbing)
- Take steps to protect young trees, flowers, and vegetable plants from frost damage.
- Plant out tulips and hyacinths that have been chilling for a few weeks.
- Share gifts from the garden: dried herbs, braided garlic, dried fruit, saved seed, dried zucchini chips, homemade jams and jellies, a bouquet of flowers, a birdhouse gourd, etc.
- Gather fall leaves for use as a carbon brown in the compost pile.
- Test soil in preperation for spring planting.
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.