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Broccoli
Due to its length of time to maturity, broccoli is best started indoors from seed or bought as seedlings. Start March 15-30 indoors; transplant seedlings outside when the danger of frost has passed. Broccoli is a heavy feeder and will require ample water and nutrition throughout the growing season. Plants will be ready for harvest after about 75 days outdoors. Harvest the central stalk before flowering occurs, during a cool evening or morning. This will cause the plants’ side shoots to produce heads. Frequent harvest will enable production until frost.
Celery
Due to its great length of time to maturity, 100 days from seeding, celery is started indoors around April 1-15 or bought as seedlings. Celery is not easily grown and needs steady watering and nutrition.
Seedlings should be hardened off and planted outdoors when all danger of frost has passed. The traditional way to plant celery is trenching. Dig a trench 12-15 in. (30-40 cm) wide and 10 in. (25 cm) deep, and plant the seedlings at the bottom. Soil is then heaped around the stems as they grow. Trenching serves to retain moisture and will help to blanche the celery stems. Blanching is protecting the young stems from the sun, thus keeping them white and tender.
Self-blanching and tender green varieties are now available; this reduces the need for trenching. These varieties may be planted as normal seedlings in rows. They may however, also be trenched. Although not necessary for these varieties, trenching will offer beneficial water retention, frost protection, and will eliminate much of the weeding. Regardless of the method you choose, celery requires a steady amount of water and nutrients through out the growing season.
Peppers
There are basically two main types of peppers, hot peppers and sweet bell peppers, which taste mild
etween deep, regular watering, but remember that they are as susceptible to blossom end rot as tomatoes are. Peppers will be ready for harvest after 60-90 days, when the peppers are full and firm.
Potatoes
Potatoes need a lot of space to grow. There are three classes of potato, early, late and mid-season. Early potatoes are grown for summer harvest and use. Late potatoes are grown for fall harvest and storage. Mid-season varieties combine the two
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with a late summer harvest and good storage qualities. Plant seed potatoes, not those sold for eating. They are treated so they won’t sprout. Potatoes can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant potatoes in rows or hills. Hills should be about 1 ft. (30 cm) in diameter. Potatoes should be watered deeply and allowed to dry out to a depth of 2 in. (5 cm) before watering again. Be sure that potatoes are well covered with soil, to prevent poisonous greening of the tubers.
Early potatoes should be harvested when their tops begin to flower. Late and mid-season potatoes should be harvested when their tops begin to die back and stored in a cool dry place.
tip: Why grow only flowers in a pot when you could grow vegetables? Consider the possibilities: lettuce, radishes, green onions, carrots and even cherry tomatoes. Use pots 12 to 14 inch or so in diameter for your garden plot at least 8 inches deep. Fill them with a good all-purpose potting mix. You can direct seed the lettuce, radishes and carrots. Try various vegetables in different containers like cucumbers, small tomatoes and surround them with bulbs of onions for wonderful green onions.
when green and sweet when red. Peppers should be started indoors, March 15-30, or bought as seedlings. Peppers are heat-loving plants with the same requirements as tomatoes. They should be planted outdoors in a sunny, sheltered area when the danger of frost has passed. Allow the soil to dry
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