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Post  PNG_Grandma on 2/27/2013, 9:24 pm

Wow...I'm a day early!!

Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Basil Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Beetroot (also Beets) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Carrot Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Celeriac Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Chilli (also Hot peppers) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Chives (also Garden chives) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Climbing beans (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Collards (also Collard greens, Borekale) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Coriander (also Cilantro, Chinese parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from April

Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Eggplant (also Aubergine) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Endive Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Florence Fennel (also Finocchio) Plant out (transplant) seedlings.
Harvest from June

French tarragon Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Horseradish Plant in garden.
Harvest from August

Kale (also Borecole) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Kohlrabi Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Leeks Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Lemon Balm (also Sweet balm, Bee balm (USA))
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

LettucePlant in garden.
Harvest from June

Luffa (also Loofah, plant sponge) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Marrow Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mint (also Garden mint) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mustard greens (also gai choy) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Plant in garden.
Harvest from April
Parsley
(also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Parsnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Peas Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Pumpkin Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Radish Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rocket (also Arugula/Rucola) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rockmelon (also Canteloupe) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) Plant in garden. Harvest from August

Rosemary Plant in garden.
Harvest from 12 months

Sage (also Common Sage) Plant in garden.
Harvest from 18 months

Summer savory (also 'Bean Herb') Plant in garden.
Harvest from April

Sunflower Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Sweet Potato/Kumara Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Thyme (also Common thyme) Plant in garden.
Harvest from January

Tomatillo Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Tomato Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Turnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Watermelon Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Yacon (also Sunroot) Plant in garden.
Harvest from October

Yam/Oka (also Oca) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Zucchini(also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash)
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Let's get growing! happy hi

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  Sandy Moore on 3/9/2013, 11:30 pm

Hi, PNG_Grandma

Thanks so much for taking the time to write-up these "what to plant" posts, they seem like they will be an amazing future resource for me.

Quick question: Do your growing recommendations in these "[month]: What to plant" posts apply to the Redding area as well?

Looking forward to your answer and keep up the great work here! thanks

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  PNG_Grandma on 6/2/2013, 2:21 pm

Hi Sandy,
First, my apologies for not writing sooner. My parents were both in and out of hospitals since the end of January. My dad died just a few weeks ago and I'm finally getting back into some of my "normal" things!

As for Redding being in the same zone... I'm honestly not sure but I would guess we have much of the same type of climate. I use a combination of zones 8a and 9b to cover the "Northern CA and Central Valley" areas ... both zones have similar if not exactly the same planting schedules. I would think you could plant the same things, just be sure to watch your watering and shading... if the plants seem to be struggling then a bit of shade in the hottest part of the day might help, and a bit more water may keep them going.

Here in our Modesto area we have those lovely Delta breezes almost every evening bringing the moisture from the Stockton area so we can grow just about anything... with some special attention to a few plants by keeping them in more of a micro-climate.
Hope this helps!
Sheila happy hi

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  sanderson on 2/26/2014, 3:12 pm

Bump!  PNG_Grandma,  thanks for posting this last year!

@PNG_Grandma wrote:Wow...I'm a day early!!  

Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Basil Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Beetroot (also Beets) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Carrot Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Celeriac Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Chilli (also Hot peppers) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Chives (also Garden chives) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Climbing beans (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Collards (also Collard greens, Borekale) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Coriander (also Cilantro, Chinese parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from April

Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Eggplant (also Aubergine) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Endive Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Florence Fennel (also Finocchio) Plant out (transplant) seedlings.
Harvest from June

French tarragon Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Horseradish Plant in garden.
Harvest from August

Kale (also Borecole) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Kohlrabi Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Leeks Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Lemon Balm (also Sweet balm, Bee balm (USA))
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

LettucePlant in garden.
Harvest from June

Luffa (also Loofah, plant sponge) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Marrow Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mint (also Garden mint) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mustard greens (also gai choy) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Plant in garden.
Harvest from April
Parsley
(also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Parsnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Peas Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Pumpkin Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Radish Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rocket (also Arugula/Rucola) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rockmelon (also Canteloupe) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) Plant in garden. Harvest from August

Rosemary Plant in garden.
Harvest from 12 months

Sage (also Common Sage) Plant in garden.
Harvest from 18 months

Summer savory (also 'Bean Herb') Plant in garden.
Harvest from April

Sunflower Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Sweet Potato/Kumara Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Thyme (also Common thyme) Plant in garden.
Harvest from January

Tomatillo Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Tomato Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Turnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Watermelon Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Yacon (also Sunroot) Plant in garden.
Harvest from October

Yam/Oka (also Oca) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Zucchini(also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash)
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Let's get growing!  happy hi

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  sanderson on 2/28/2015, 2:11 pm

March is upon us!  So far, it has been a warmish winter.  My orange tree has flower buds, just in time for the last rain period, followed by March-April winds.  Shocked  So far this year, Fresno has received 4.51" of rain, almost 2X last year's total.  Not enough to make up for the past drought years, but better than last year which was 2.82" to date.  We could use some cold snow pack for spring runoff, but so far, not much to speak of.  Both local ski resorts, China Peak and Badger Pass, are closed until there is more snow.  Historically, they have been open until close to Easter so this is another sad reference.

Time to have the beds ready and mulch on hand.  Also, mulch around the bushes, roses, and trees to survive water rationing.  Happy gardening!


@sanderson wrote:Bump!  PNG_Grandma,  thanks for posting this last year!

@PNG_Grandma wrote:Wow...I'm a day early!!  

Asparagus Pea (also Winged bean) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Basil Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Beetroot (also Beets) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Cape Gooseberry (also Golden Berry, Chinese Lanterns) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Capsicum (also Bell peppers, Sweet peppers) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Carrot Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Celeriac Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Chilli (also Hot peppers) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Chives (also Garden chives) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Climbing beans (also Pole beans, Runner beans, Scarlet Runners) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Collards (also Collard greens, Borekale) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Coriander (also Cilantro, Chinese parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from April

Dwarf beans (also French beans, Bush beans) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Eggplant (also Aubergine) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Endive Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Florence Fennel (also Finocchio) Plant out (transplant) seedlings.
Harvest from June

French tarragon Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Horseradish Plant in garden.
Harvest from August

Kale (also Borecole) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Kohlrabi Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Leeks Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Lemon Balm (also Sweet balm, Bee balm (USA))
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

LettucePlant in garden.
Harvest from June

Luffa (also Loofah, plant sponge) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Marrow Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mint (also Garden mint) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Mustard greens (also gai choy) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Okra (also Ladyfinger, gumbo) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Oregano (also Pot Marjoram) Plant in garden.
Harvest from April
Parsley
(also curly leaf parsley or flat leaf (Italian) parsley) Plant in garden. Harvest from June

Parsnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Peas Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Pumpkin Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Radish Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rocket (also Arugula/Rucola) Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Rockmelon (also Canteloupe) Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Rosella (also Queensland Jam Plant, Roselle) Plant in garden. Harvest from August

Rosemary Plant in garden.
Harvest from 12 months

Sage (also Common Sage) Plant in garden.
Harvest from 18 months

Summer savory (also 'Bean Herb') Plant in garden.
Harvest from April

Sunflower Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Sweet Marjoram (also Knotted marjoram) Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Sweet Potato/Kumara Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Thyme (also Common thyme) Plant in garden.
Harvest from January

Tomatillo Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Tomato Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Turnip Plant in garden.
Harvest from May

Watermelon Plant in garden.
Harvest from June

Yacon (also Sunroot) Plant in garden.
Harvest from October

Yam/Oka (also Oca) Plant in garden.
Harvest from July

Zucchini(also Courgette/Marrow, Summer squash)
Plant in garden. Harvest from May

Let's get growing!  happy hi

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  Kelejan on 2/28/2015, 6:50 pm

Just about to welcome Sandy Moore then noticed it was posted 2013.
I used not to have the year printed on post until I updated my profile so it saved me the Embarassed .

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Re: March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas

Post  sanderson on 3/1/2015, 1:34 am

Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 3/2/2015, 1:29 pm

DS planted these seeds Feb 1 in the little Gwennifer plastic tub table top we built for him.  There were a lot more seeds but the 2 year old mixed up the soil when son's back was turned! Maybe you can see the radishes were seeded 16/square.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/2/2015, 7:08 pm

Oh boy, with a two year old you turn your back for a second and order turns to chaos Laughing

I didn't need a two year old, the birds did the same to the box I planted in the fall. I found beets growing 4 feet away from where they were planted!

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Post  sanderson on 3/4/2015, 1:46 pm

Birds and kiddies!

Rain to date last year: 3.40". Year to date this year 4.58". Mulch my flower/shrub beds like mad.

Ken and I are working on our neighbor's beds. DH picked up 1.5 cubic yards of compost from Gallo Winery to have her gardeners spread in her beds. Next is virgin chips on top of the 2" of compost. The guys are spreading it right now so I went over to check. They are piling it up around the plants! No! I tried to explain to move it away, also away from the fence boards. The boards are already rotting from dirt raked up against them! She is 78 years old with an autoimmune condition that makes it hard for her to do much more than help take care of her son, who has MS and needs assisted care.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/4/2015, 5:46 pm

I realized I didn't plant any zucchini yet!!!!  Now I'm thinking I might as well wait until the fear of frost is past and just plant in their spot.  What do you think?

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Post  sanderson on 3/4/2015, 9:09 pm

You have enough seeds, so do both! Very Happy  DH finally set up the used Baker's rack I bought last summer.  The borage and zinnias are on the top shelf.  Sweetie kept nibbling on the them.  This is the south side of the house.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/4/2015, 9:49 pm

That's cute and functional! Mine's pretty ugly and functional, LOL!

I cannot find my Zucchini seeds anywhere, I'll have to tear apart my office I'm sure they're hiding in there somewhere.

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Post  Mary429 on 3/5/2015, 1:46 pm

Gosh I think I may be a month late!  I've been out of the loop for a few months and thought March was the time to start seed trays.  Now looking at this list I should have done it last month?  Sanderson, do you think it's warm enough yet here in Fresno to plant tomatoes, peppers, etc outside now?  Still seems a bit cold to me...

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March: What to Plant in Redding/Red Bluff, California

Post  bmoore49 on 3/5/2015, 1:50 pm

@Sandy Moore wrote:Hi, PNG_Grandma

Thanks so much for taking the time to write-up these "what to plant" posts, they seem like they will be an amazing future resource for me.  

Quick question: Do your growing recommendations in these "[month]: What to plant" posts apply to the Redding area as well?

Looking forward to your answer and keep up the great work here!  thanks

Far north Sacramento Valley gardeners (Redding/Red Bluff) can refer to the Shasta County Garden Calendar on the Master Gardeners of Shasta County website for your vegetable garden planning. http://ucanr.edu/sites/Shasta_College_Master_Gardener/

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Post  sanderson on 3/5/2015, 3:10 pm

Mary, I don't know about outdoor seeding for peppers and tomatoes. Just not experienced enough to comment. But I would say, what the heck, if the beds are ready and in the sun, put a few seeds in to give it a try. I didn't start my seedlings until February 8, 25 days ago, so I don't think you are too late for a few seed pots indoors under lights. I permanently moved my seedlings outdoors yesterday since the nights are 40*F or higher. Some of my beds don't received enough sun and are still too cold to direct seed. I will be seeding okra, maybe pole beans in their warm beds.

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Post  bmoore49 on 3/5/2015, 5:35 pm

@sanderson wrote:Mary, I don't know about outdoor seeding for peppers and tomatoes.  Just not experienced enough to comment. But I would say, what the heck, if the beds are ready and in the sun, put a few seeds in to give it a try.  I didn't start my seedlings until February 8, 25 days ago, so I don't think you are too late for a few seed pots indoors under lights.  I permanently moved my seedlings outdoors yesterday since the nights are 40*F or higher.  Some of my beds don't received enough sun and are still too cold to direct seed.  I will be seeding okra, maybe pole beans in their warm beds.
Sanderson,

I find a very reliable way to determine when to set out plants is to use frost dates. There are calculators out there that do use the frost dates to determine planting dates. One site for calculators is Johnny's Selected Seeds, it's very good. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/e-pdgseedstart.aspx?source=W_InteractiveTools_032014.

Don't know your frost dates? A good source for average frost dates is Utah State University. Just put in your state and scroll down to the nearest weather station to your location. Johnny's Selected Seeds also has downloadable spreadsheets to calculate succession planting dates, target harvest dates, and fall planting dates. Very handy.

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Post  sanderson on 3/5/2015, 9:18 pm

Bmoore, Thanks for the FF/LF link. Our ave last frost is Feb 12, based on 66 years of data.

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Post  sanderson on 3/7/2015, 1:37 am

Got 2 squares of Rattlesnake beans planted today. The boxes have 8' trellises. All the February seedlings are outside. Some of the sweet potato slips have inches of roots, others higher from the water were removed and placed in a cup of water to grow a few roots before going into the MM. The orange tree has white flower buds, almost ready to open.

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Post  sanderson on 3/2/2016, 1:10 am

This is the month to do it all!  We have some rain expected the first half of March but after that, anything goes. I hope to get new compost on the old beds and let the rain thoroughly soak the MM. Since I just started my seeds yesterday, I'm way late starting but hopefully all will be equal by June.  This is where the seedlings were last year at this time!

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