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Silvermist
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2013
9:35 PM

Post #9472343

What are some vegetables that do very well in the Sacramento region weather? Will they thrive if my garden bed is not 5-6 inch deep in rich garden compost/soil?

Zone 9B
(south) Sacramento, California area

I am growing:

summer squash (goldtender)
sweet bell pepper (chinese giant) heirloooms

Some seeds that I got from a friend in Florida, will they grow here in California?

watermelon (sugar baby) -ferrymorse brand
tomato (better boy hybrid) -ferrymorse brand
cucumber (marketmore 76) -ferrymorse brand
pepper (hot long thin cayenne) -ferrymorse brand
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 5, 2013
9:36 PM

Post #9473304

Sacramento is so hot in the summer that you can grow pretty much all the usual summer vegetables.
Get the seeds started indoors in about Feb (tomato, pepper, eggplant) or Mar (pretty much everything else), or buy plants in the nursery, and you could plant these out right now (April):
Beans: Green Beans, or beans for drying.
Pumpkin and all the squash/pumpkin relatives.
Summer Squash (all sorts)
Winter Squash (all sorts)
All the peppers- bell, wax, hot/spicy...
Melons- Water melons, and all the others- cantaloup, Honeydew, Crenshaw...
Tomatoes (all varieties)
Eggplant
Corn
Cucumber
and oddities like Luffa Sponge, Birdnest Gourd
Jicama
Sweet Basil
Cilantro
Summer Savory.

Plants that are hard to grow in the hottest part of summer:
Almost all leaf crops like lettuce, spinach.
Almost all the crucifers- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage, Mustard, Radish, Turnip, Rutabaga.
Peas.
Beets.
Leeks.
Garlic.
Celery.
You can look for heat tolerant varieties of these.
Try these in the very end of summer, so they get going while the soil and air are still fairly warm, but the worst of the summer heat is gone. Try them through the winter, though some winters can be quite cold.
Try these in the end of winter, (Start seeds in January to plant out in early to mid Feb) so they do most of their growing in the spring, and you can pull them out to make room for the summer crops. I would get the seeds started in about September, with the goal of planting them out about the end of September. Plant more seeds every few weeks for things like lettuce and radishes that grow fast, and you harvest the whole plant.

Plants to grow year round:
Onions. Watch out to get the right variety for the right season.
Carrots. (sow seeds directly in the beds every few weeks to a month for a long harvest.)
Swiss Chard
Parsley

Soil prep:
Mix with your soil plenty of compost. If you can get the young plants growing in about 6" deep well prepared soil, but the bed is deeper (your rototiller just could not till it any deeper) the plants will be fine.
If you are planting in containers that are too small (only 6" deep), this is not big enough for most summer vegetables. OK for small stuff like lettuce.
Silvermist
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9476366

Diana_K wrote:Sacramento is so hot in the summer that you can grow pretty much all the usual summer vegetables.
Get the seeds started indoors in about Feb (tomato, pepper, eggplant) or Mar (pretty much everything else), or buy plants in the nursery, and you could plant these out right now (April):
Beans: Green Beans, or beans for drying.
Pumpkin and all the squash/pumpkin relatives.
Summer Squash (all sorts)
Winter Squash (all sorts)
All the peppers- bell, wax, hot/spicy...
Melons- Water melons, and all the others- cantaloup, Honeydew, Crenshaw...
Tomatoes (all varieties)
Eggplant
Corn
Cucumber
and oddities like Luffa Sponge, Birdnest Gourd
Jicama
Sweet Basil
Cilantro
Summer Savory.

Plants that are hard to grow in the hottest part of summer:
Almost all leaf crops like lettuce, spinach.
Almost all the crucifers- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage, Mustard, Radish, Turnip, Rutabaga.
Peas.
Beets.
Leeks.
Garlic.
Celery.
You can look for heat tolerant varieties of these.
Try these in the very end of summer, so they get going while the soil and air are still fairly warm, but the worst of the summer heat is gone. Try them through the winter, though some winters can be quite cold.
Try these in the end of winter, (Start seeds in January to plant out in early to mid Feb) so they do most of their growing in the spring, and you can pull them out to make room for the summer crops. I would get the seeds started in about September, with the goal of planting them out about the end of September. Plant more seeds every few weeks for things like lettuce and radishes that grow fast, and you harvest the whole plant.

Plants to grow year round:
Onions. Watch out to get the right variety for the right season.
Carrots. (sow seeds directly in the beds every few weeks to a month for a long harvest.)
Swiss Chard
Parsley

Soil prep:
Mix with your soil plenty of compost. If you can get the young plants growing in about 6" deep well prepared soil, but the bed is deeper (your rototiller just could not till it any deeper) the plants will be fine.
If you are planting in containers that are too small (only 6" deep), this is not big enough for most summer vegetables. OK for small stuff like lettuce.


Thanks! Will definitely take a note of all this.

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