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Seasonal, regional garden planting info

by KevinFreitas
on 2/24/2010 @ 6:57am
It feels about time to get my garden going for the season and this year I'm expanding. So aside from the row of tomatoes I normally plant I want more! Problem is, some of the resources I've found related to when to plant what are way over-complicated. Does anyone know of a good free/cheap resource I might utilize? Any recommendations for crops you've had success with/recommend planting in this area?


by Mandiferous on 2/24/2010 @ 9:11am
Both my sugar snap peas and zucchini went absolutely nuts last year. Will definitely be growing both again.

by KevinFreitas on 2/24/2010 @ 1:19pm
Reading through some of the following:

by seejane on 2/24/2010 @ 2:09pm
Get Seattle Tilth's Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, about $15 new. It's a great resource.

by KevinFreitas on 2/24/2010 @ 2:57pm
Thanks seejane! There are some good free PDFs on that WSU site I linked to above. Here's one that's just about home gardening in western WA and OR that has info about when to plant what, at what kind of spacings, and even when last and first freezes typically are for the region:

by NSHDscott on 2/24/2010 @ 3:01pm
My green onions did well from seed, and it's sure nice having them around and ready to go. The few I didn't pull are overwintering fine.

by Maria on 2/24/2010 @ 3:37pm
I'm pretty sure this is at the library (I know it's at PCLS), one of the very best home gardening books for "Cascadia."

I have grown almost everything in our backyard except for melons and corn (not enough heat for latter and space for former).

A couple things I love to have fresh and ready: lots of lettuce (mixed varieties), bokchoi, Anaheim peppers, carrots, radishes, French filet beans and spinach. It's also super easy and takes very little space to have a good herb/kitchen garden (basil, rosemary, oregano, sage, tarragon, cilantro, green onions).

Anything that loves heat (peppers, zuccini, tomatoes) I don't bother starting's a little messy and takes room. I get my starts at the Olympia Farmer's Market or at H & L Produce.

by jenyum on 2/24/2010 @ 4:41pm
The Gardening in the NW show on AM 1090 on Saturday mornings is pretty good. Starts at 10 am.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/24/2010 @ 7:05pm
Some more winners:

green beans
basil & garlic
butternut squash
patty pan squash
acorn squash
jalapeņo peppers

I had great success with those last year. I also grew zukes, but those have already been mentioned.

Word of the wise: bell peppers are real hit and miss. I've only managed to get about a 25% rate with them.

by beerandhotdogs on 2/24/2010 @ 7:59pm
I grew two huge Atlantic Giant Pumpkins from starts at Portland Ave Nursery. I think 28 and 34 pounds. From seed I had huge success with the usuals: zukes, crookneck yellow squash, varying types of tomatoes, and lettuces. I had ok yields on broccoli and cauliflower (they really mean it about not watering overhead). I also had varying success on snap peas, strawberries and green beans. I somehow totally botched carrots and beets.

Luckily my new neighbor is attending the master gardener program, and grew the HUGEST bell peppers & jalapenos I've ever seen in WA. I'll be switching things up this season, we'll see how it goes!