Cristina ~ How cold does it get where you live? Does it snow there?
It is still hot, and it stays in the 80's for most of the summer, though much hotter elsewhere, even the Sacramento valley, which is the closest large city, about 45 miles. We are 20 "mountain miles" from the nearest town, which is Placerville. They call it a city, but it is a small one. I really like to grow as much produce as possible. (Flowers, too!) Do you grow any flowers?
Tomorrow I will be planting some seeds for fall crops...lettuce, broccoli and peas. I have just harvest about the last of the spring peas, believe it or not. I keep telling them I will pull them out soon, and then they keep giving me more peas. I have to pull them out tomorrow so I can plant my fall crop. I will harvest my garlic and plant some new cloves in November, as I planted these late, but still they grew well. they are a bit small, probably since I did not plant them at the right time as the growers told me they plant theirs in November.
no, Evelyn we do not get snow here, when you get to the mountains yes but that is around 60 miles away from me, We have a couple of night with -4 to -6 degrees Celsius, which is 25F and 21F.
July that is equivalent to your January (winter, winter) the temp. stays around 10C that is 50F, cold but not too cold. The problem for us here is summer, not as high temp. as I'd like.
I grow most vegetables, not extended season and heat for melons, the tomatoes I have to start them early and inside, in this area potatoes are cultivated for the entire country, apples galore, lots of stone fruits are exported to USA and Europe, Chile with rich volcanic soil, export lots of vegetables and fruit.
I need to wait till mid August for peas and beans, I do start some peas and beans in small pots , the same with pumpkin ( squash, I think are called in US).
You can still have time for some cabbage and other winter vegetables.
Evelyn, I'm sorry I did not answer you before, a relative got ill and we all have to move to the hospital, he is well now, and he is home with my nieces, 3 and 4 nephews
I love your flower bed, I do have many bulbs and some are starting to appear announcing the coming Spring, We have a full week of rain and because the emergency I could not start any of my seeds, now I have to wait till Monday and hope that I can start with some peas and beans in pots to move to the ground in late September.
Yes Evelyn, I do grow some, much more as a novelty, to enjoy 1 or 2 meals of homegrown taters, around here they are cheap, I leave in a potato / wheat growing region,now in winter when potatoes are dear, we pay Chilean$ 8.000 = US$ 16 around 70 US cents per pound.
Potatoes are heavy feeders you need to fertilize or use rich organic soil with plenty of compost and have to be careful with too much manure, just a bit only.
I do grow them in container or bags I live in a residential area, not a big yard but I manage to have a good vegetable garden and I try to grow what is more expensive. Also over here there are plenty small growers, local organic producers and vegetables are not dear at all.
Tomorrow I'll put some pumpkin, beans and peas and we'll see how they'll behave...
Yes, potatoes are cheap here too...but rarely do I see organically grown potatoes. I don't know what chemicals are commonly used on potatoes. They use way too many chemicals here in this country. Monsanto has them all "over a barrel".
I wish i could grow all of the veggies that we use. Then I know that they are grown with love but not chemicals.
That is what everybody want I feel. I do grow lots of things in pots, but the natives people around here, the Araucanos, do not use fertilizers other than manures. In that we are lucky here in La Araucania, which is the name of the region.
The blue egg come from the Araucana hen, original from here.
Yes, thank you for the wonderful information. We have a friend that gives us blue eggs, though they look a bit green...also our neighbors have chickens so we have plenty of fresh eggs. (We live in a rural area.) They don't allow chickens in the cities.
September is almost here. I am looking forward to fall. Right now it is too hot to start many things unless I start them indoors. Maybe I will do a few things as I do not want to miss the fall gardening season. I usually wait until it is too late then wonder why I don't have anything unless I buy them at the nursery!