Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What Else To Do But Plan

Since there's really nothing to do now except Winter Sowing (which I've left alone for now due to temps) I plan, then double check the plan.

Although I do overly plan, I love to play with this cool tool - Grow Guide, spring (or fall)vegetable garden planning. There's nothing like software telling you what it is you're suppose to be doing today!

There's also Weekend Gardener's vegetable seed facts pages, which are definitely worth a look. Especially if you have unlabeled seeds. Lots of useful info. Pick a veg - let's try cabbage:

About This Plant...
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus and species: Brassica oleracea var. capitata
Growing Season: spring and fall

Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-8 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 5 weeks before to 2 weeks after last spring frost date

Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: week of last spring frost

Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 4-14 days
Germination temp.: 45-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/4 inch
Days to maturity: 50-100 days from transplant

Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12-24 inches
Spacing between rows: 24-36 inches

Growing On...
Pests: imported cabbageworms, cabbage loopers, aphids, flea beetles, cabbage root maggots
Diseases: clubroot, black rot, downy mildew, white mold
Harvest: harvest when heads are firm and softball size
Growing tips: best flavor is achieved when heads mature in cool weather

Nifty and handy!



Anonymous said...

That's a neat link. Thanks for that. My preparation for the planting season has been a little more busy. I work at Park Seed in the seed lab, and we've been test germinating the seeds all winter.

Sissy said...

Awesome link! That's two I have found thru you, Tina...
I haven't mailed you anything yet, but I will tomorrow.

Tina said...

thanks for dropping by. Though I'm not working in a seed lab, I sometimes feel like it with my experiments!

So glad you like the link! I do come across something useful now and then. lol.
You're mailing me something? Ooooo, mystery!