Tuesday, June 10, 2008
|Cold-Hardy Plants for Early Spring Planting||Cold-Tender or Heat Hardy Plants for Late Spring or Early Summer Planting|
|Very hardy (plant approximately six (6) weeks prior to last killing spring frost)||Hardy (plant two to four weeks before the average last spring frost)||Not cold-hardy (plant after average last spring frost)||Requiring hot weather (plant at least one week after average last spring frost)||Medium heat- tolerant (good for summer planting; i.e. June in this area)|
Cold Hardy crops can also be planted in the late fall for a spring crop!
|bean (snap) |
New Zealand spinach
|bean (lima) eggplant |
|Beans (Lima & snap) |
New Zealand spinach
Monday, June 2, 2008
|Plant||Good Companions||Bad |
|Basil||Pepper, Tomato, Marigold|
|Bush Beans||Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Strawberry, Savory, Tansy, Marigold||Onion|
|Pole Beans||Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Pea, Radish, Savory, Tansy||Beets, Onion|
|Beets||Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Sage|
|Cabbage Family||Bush Beans, Beets, Celery, Onions, Tomato, All Strong Herbs, Marigold, Nasturtium||Strawberry|
|Carrots||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radish, Tomato, Sage||Dill|
|Celery||Bush Beans, Cabbage, Onion, Spinach, Tomato|
|Corn||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Squash||Tomato|
|Cucumbers||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Corn, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radish, Marigold, Nasturtium, Savory||No Strong Herbs|
|Eggplant||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Spinach|
|Lettuce||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onion, Radish, Strawberries|
|Melons||Corn, Nasturtium, Radish|
|Onion||Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pepper, Squash, Strawberries, Tomato, Savory||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Peas|
|Peas||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Corn Cucumber, Radish, Turnips||Onion|
|Radish||Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Squash||Hyssop|
|Spinach||Celery, Eggplant, Cauliflower|
|Squash||Corn, Onion, Radish|
|Strawberry||Bush Beans, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach||Cabbage|
|Tomato||Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onion, Mint||Corn, Fennel|
Sunday, June 1, 2008
-- Composting. A healthy compost pile is key to replenishing the soil.
-- Intensive planting. "Ignore the spacing instructions that come with your seeds. Plant seedlings so close that when they are mature, the leaves touch. This keeps soil moist and prevents weeds from sprouting.
-- Companion planting.
-- Carbon farming. Corn, millet and oats, along with other seed and grain crops, make up an important part of the diet and provide plenty of high-carbon additions to the compost pile.
-- Calorie farming. Growing a year's food supply means focusing on high- calorie, space-efficient foods like potatoes and parsnips.
Source: National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD (NWDNS-44-PA-847)
Source: National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD (NWDNS-44-PA-225)
"Get the Good...From Fruit" was the title of a World War II Era Poster prepared by the Bureau of Home Economics - U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Government Reports, United States Information Service. It's message was: Use fruit juice fresh....if it has to stand, keep covered and cold. Cook in the peel if you can....if you must peel, make it thin.
The onion in its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables; and it is the only one that represents the essence of things. It can almost be said to have a soul. You take off coat after coat, and the onion is still there; and, when the last one is removed, who dare say that the onion itself is destroyed, though you can weep over its departed spirit? If there is any one thing on this fallen earth that the angels in heaven weep over--more than another, it is the onion.
~Charles Dudley Warner, Summer in a Garden
I suggest: Read this book so that the chapters coincide with the weeks spent in your garden, hopefully you can wait a week to read the next chapter.
For a other works by Charles Dudley Warner visit here. Check out the Gilded Age wherein Charles Dudley Warner collaborates with Mark Twain.
ARC Identifier: 534116 Victory Garden Plots Free For Employees , ca. 1942 - ca. 1943 Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601Adelphi Road, College Park, MD.
Victory garden, Fort Stevens, Oregon, 1944 (ARC Identifier: 299689 National Archive and Records Administration's Pacific Alaska Region, 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA.)
ARC Identifier: 196478 Frequent watering of the Victory Garden is necessary during the early stages of growth. , ca. 02/1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (NLFDR), 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
In buying seed it is best to go to some well-established seed house, or, if that can't be done, to order by mail rather than to take needless chances. With most kinds of seeds a package is sufficient for a twenty-foot row.
Begin to break up the hard surface of the soil between the plants soon after they appear, using a hand cultivator or hoe, and keep it loose throughout the season. This kills weeds; it lets in air to the plant roots and keeps the moisture in the ground.
By constantly stirring the top soil after your plants appear, the necessity of watering can be largely avoided except in very dry weather. An occasional soaking of the soil is better than frequent sprinkling. Water your garden either very early in the morning or after sundown. It is better not to water when the sun is shining hot.
"You can use the land you have to grow the food you need" is one of the "Make America Strong" Poster Set (Poster number 7, 1941 - 1945). Created by the Office for Emergency Management, War Information Domestic Operations Branch. ARC Identifier: 514945 National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD
After your garden has been well dug, it must be fertilized before any planting is done. In order to produce large and well-grown crops it is often necessary to fertilize before each planting. Very good prepared fertilizers can be bought at seed stores, but horse or cow manure is much better, as it lightens the soil in addition to supplying plant food. Use street sweepings if you can get them.
The manure should be well dug into the ground, at least to the full depth of the top soil. The ground should then be thoroughly raked, as seeds must be sown in soil which has been finely powdered.
Lay out the garden, keeping the rows straight with a line. Straight rows are practically a necessity, not only for easier culture but for economy in space.Secretary Plowing Boston Commons to promote Victory Gardens Program, April 11, 1944 (Image ID 7769(161) Signal Corp, US Army Photo Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archives)
ARC Identifier: 516284 "YOUR VICTORY GARDEN COUNTS MORE THAN EVER!" , 1941 - 1945 Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD