Celery – Summertime
On July 27, I planted 4 fairly mature plants of Summertime. The plants were left from Patcong’s vegetable plants.
Celery is not a “plant-it-and-forget-it” vegetable, but with relatively little effort, you will harvest stalks that are infinitely more tender and flavorful than store-bought varieties. If you have a very moist, boggy location, all the better. If not, just remember to water the growing plants frequently and consistently. Plant the seedlings 1 foot apart in trenches 6 inches deep, filling the trenches with soil as the plants grow. During growth, keep the seedlings shaded and consistently moist, and fertilize regularly with a 5-10-10 solution. This will improve both the flavor and yields of your plants. If you want to blanch the plants for white-stalked celery, simply shade them. Ready to Harvest from Transplanting Seedlings: 90-120 Days
Cauliflower – Snowball – Self Blanching
On July 27, I planted 4 cauliflower plants. The plants were left from Patcong’s vegetable plant
Sowing Method in Spring: Indoor Sow
- Select a site with at lesat 6 hours of full sun.
- Soil needs be very rich in organic matter; add composted mature to the soil before planting. Fertile soil holds in moiture to prevent heads from “buttoning.”
- Test your soil! (Get a soil test through your cooperative extension office.) The soil pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8.
- It is best to start cauliflower from transplants rather than seeds. Transplant 2 to 4 weeks before the average frost date in the spring, no sooner and not much later.
- Space the transplants 18 to 24 inches apart with 30 inches between rows. Use starter fertilizer when transplanting.
- Plant fall cauliflower about the same time as fall cabbage. This is usually 6 to 8 weeks before the first fall frost and also need to be after the temperature is below 75 degrees F.
- If you really want to try starting cauliflower from seeds, start the seeds 4 to 5 weeks before the plants are needed. Plant the seeds in rows 3 to 6 inches apart and 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch deep. Do not forget to water the seeds during their germination and growth. Once they become seedlings, transplant them to their permanent place in the garden.
- In early spring, be ready to cover your plants with old milk jugs or protection if needed. For fall crops, shade them if they need protection from the heat.
- Add mulch to conserve moisture.
Broccoli – Destiny
This mid-early, compact, heat-tolerant broccoli variety features medium-small green beads, a smooth dome and a round shape. A flavorful source of Vitamins A and C. Suited for Fall harvest when planted in Summer. 89 days to maturity.
Replaces Packman in 2016.