Vegetables and Herbs – There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh vegetables and fragrant herbs that were grown in your own garden.
Successful Gardening can be enjoyed year round in our area. There are some important steps that you want to take to improve your results.
1) Garden Site – Select a site that receives at least 6 hours of full sun a day. You also want deep well drained, and fertile soil. If your soil does not drain well, consider a raised bed. Till about 8’-10’ deep and incorporate 2’-3’ of organic matter to produce the best results. You want it near a water outlet but not too close to competing plants. Large crops will require more space so keep that in mind when planning your space.
2) Select your crops – Plant vegetables that your family will enjoy, but that are adapted for our area. Below area some ideas that you can try based on the size of your garden. See our complete vegetable guide for more information on specific crops.
- Brussels Sprouts
- Peppers – We carry a large variety such as jalapeno, cayenne, dragon cayenne, tobacco, green and red bell, sweet peppers, etc.)
- Tomato – We offer a large selection of Heirloom, Hybrid, and Cherry varieties including Celebrity, Bobcat, BHN 444, Black Krim, Better Boy, Beef Steak, Roma, Patio, Husky Red Cherry, Mr. Stripey, Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, Yellow Pear, etc.
3) Planting your garden as early as possible in the spring and fall will allow the crops to grow and mature during ideal conditions. We recommend using transplants rather than seeds, when possible because it allows crops to mature earlier and extends the productive period of many vegetable crops. Determining the correct depth is important to prevent loss. Planting too deep often causes developed roots to abort. Planting too shallow may cause roots to dry out.
When planting seeds, a general rule of thumb is to cover the seed two to three times as deep as it’s width
4) Maintenance – Once your garden is planted, you will need to provide regular watering, feeding, and pruning maintenance as well as watch or insects or disease
- Watering – Apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of at least 6”. For best production, most gardens require about 1” of water per week during the growing season.
- Fertilization We recommend Ladybug Healthy Harvest. This is a great fertilizer for the spring, summer and fall vegetable garden. It contains feather meal, sulphate of potash, turkey compost, molasses and given it an extra dose of KMAG and added Actinovate. Use Healthy Harvest at the time of planting your vegetables, herbs, annuals and perennials.
- Insect and Disease Control – Pests and diseases sure can cause problems in your garden so carefully watch your garden for symptoms of problems. Avoid spraying if possible and only use products recommended for garden crops and approved chemicals when necessary. We recommend using Garden Tech’s Sevin or Fertilome’s Triple Action.
5) Harvesting – For best flavor and nutritional content, harvest vegetables when they are mature.
Herbs enhance your cooking with your own home grown herbs! At Bay Area Landscape Nursery, we have a large selection of herbs. Mild or savory herbs impart a delicate flavor to foods and the pungent herbs add zest! Below is a list of herbs that we generally stock. Availability may vary between seasons.
- Bee Balm
- Garlic Cloves
- Lemon Balm
- Sweet Marjoram
- Mint (Sweet, Spearmint, Orange, & Chocolate Mint)
- Oregano (Mexican, Italian, and Hot & Spicy)
- Parsley (Italian & Curled)
- Sage (Common & Garden)
- Salad Burnet