Master Gardeners’ Hints for Growing Vegetables in Mirrormont

What veggies can you plant now? Is it better to plant seeds or starts? When is it safe to plant tomatoes? On Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 PM at the clubhouse, Jessica Klein-DiStefano and Linda Shepherd will share hints from their Master Gardener training and personal experience growing veggies in Mirrormont.

As always, Mirrormont Pea Patch welcomes everyone (aside from canine companions) to come and see the abundance of food we can grow here. Right now, we are eating over-wintered kale, collards, chard, and beets. Garlic that was planted last October has emerged, and rhubarb is sending up new shoots. Mints and wild Sylvetta arugula are starting to leaf out. Last year, Pea Patch gardeners feasted on our greens and fruits—and donated 747 pounds of organic vegetables to the Issaquah Food Bank.

Handout: MG Hints for Growing Vegetables, 1-22-17

Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Fact sheets: #2 Gardening Publications_2017 final

There are many planting calendars online, such as

http://westsidegardener.com/quick/timetable.html

The best way to decide when to start planting is measuring the soil temperature. Probe thermometers are inexpensive, costing about $10. For early season veggies, insert the thermometer 2 inches into the soil, measure several days in a row at mid-day, and take an average. Begin to plant cool season crops (arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips) when soil temperature averages at least 40 degrees.

Doors will open at 6:30 for Happy Hour socializing and refreshments — wine, cheese, tea, coffee, brownies…

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