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by FigTree

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help this poor californian out with her garden!

Starting a new veggie garden in So. CA. for late winter/spring. What are some good choices?


vegetable garden, california


Don't know much about California, but winter is a great time for vegetable gardening here in Florida. We rarely have a frost or freeze, and it will usually occur in January or February if we do have it. Also, our winters are much drier than summers, so diseases and bugs are not quite as bad. November is a good month to plant here. We can grow tomatoes, various greens, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, green beans, peppers, radishes, strawberries, artichokes, and I've even grown pumpkins in winter.
Daylilyjoy commented on 11/20/09
I would agree w DLJ- good time for veggie growing in such a mild climate. Definitely cabbage, green beans, kale, chard- all good stuff for soups! Not sure about tomatoes... I tried that when I live in CA and it worked great in summer, just not winter.
FigTree replied: on 11/20/09
Our summers are too hot and too wet for tomatoes. Don't know about California, sorry. Tomato season is late September thru early June in the southern half of Florida. It's a big industry here, as Florida has historically been the largest producer of fresh-market tomatoes in the U.S. But, yes, there is risk of frost damage. Our frosts are usually of short duration, and people scramble to protect their crops when there is a frost warning. They do the same with strawberries, another big winter crop here. And, of course, our biggest crop--oranges--are harvested in winter as well.
Daylilyjoy replied: on 11/20/09