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RE: Summer already? happenings in the desert garden

I don't know of any native plant groups in the immediate area, but I should
give Theodore Payne nursery a call and talk with them. Most of the
vegetation in the area is either way too big to move, like the yuccas and
the junipers, or annual wildflowers. I was thinking about trying to find
where the blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum) were all clustered but I
don't know...it appears to be easy to find seed for them, and the idea of
digging through the brush to find their small bulbs is not attractive. It is
snake season now after all. The beavertail, now, those would be easy to
move, they are small and you could just carefully break off some pads.
Really small yuccas we could move too, and I have a place to plant those. 

Harvesting - our last frost is usually around April 15, but the month
beforehand isn't incredibly cold. I usually put peas in the ground in early
March and plant lettuce & spinach the first week of April. Peas tend to be
beginning of May for about 3 to 4 weeks. This year I'm late on a number of
things due to all the time I spent looking at wildflowers so the schedule
might be a little different. I expect green beans to come in about mid-June
and be done by mid-July; zucchini starts about the same time as green beans
and keeps on going; tomatoes and cucumbers will start about mid-July. Melons
and peppers in early August, onions fall over in mid-August, and with luck I
will have a few bushels of basil from mid-June through frost at the end of
October.  I was going to try okra and eggplant this year, but I never
started the seeds. Eggplant is sometimes found at the garden centers but not


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 5:48 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Summer already? happenings in the desert garden

Do you know how much time you have before the bulldozers come? IS there a
native plant group in the area that can move some of it? Might try some of
the national groups... wild ones or nature conservancy are big out here.

Interesting that you are harvesting crop plants and I am first getting
around to planting anything. Still messing with the weeds and all...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of Johnson Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR
> Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 6:11 PM
> To: 'gardenchat@hort.net'
> Subject: [CHAT] Summer already? happenings in the desert garden
> We always have a short spring here but maybe this time it's shorter 
> than usual. Last weekend was in the 90s and it's not cooled off much. 
> I planted a number of things trying to time it so that nothing would 
> come due for harvest during our vacation but I dunno, the heat may 
> speed up growth in some areas. We'll see.
> I have been giving away spinach at work; the row is absolutely exploding
> with growth, way more than I can use, and I might as well give it away.
> Perhaps over the long weekend I'll be able to freeze some of it for use in
> soups this winter. My snow peas are probably about done too, lots of peas
> ready to pick but not many new flowers. We've had a lot of fresh peas over
> the last couple weeks but I don't think there will be enough to put in the
> freezer. I seem to be having more than my usual number of germination
> problems in the veggie garden this year but there will be enough stuff out
> there to keep me busy. Alas, no Heatwave tomatoes, for some reason both
> the
> transplants I put in failed. They were kinda spindly. Or maybe they were
> the
> Sunmasters...anyway after those died I put in a different type, a strong
> sturdy little tomato transplant, and it keeled over and died too.
> Something
> definitely wrong right in that spot.
> The roses are pretty much done with their first flush so more work this
> weekend, deadheading and spreading around some epsom salts. And the
> eternal
> weeding. Actually deadheading is needed everywhere already.
> Last weekend I went hiking in the foothills near us with my friend, she
> introduced me to the trails up there last fall and we (and our dogs) have
> been having a good walk every weekend since. Very depressing this time.
> Here
> in this major recreational area with marked trails, used by hundreds of
> people, we found surveyor's stakes. Turns out it is not public property
> and
> will be bulldozed for tract homes in a few months. I had been hearing
> about
> the development but assumed it was on the other side of the ridge. My
> friend
> who's been walking those hills for 15 years is devastated; I don't have
> the
> same emotional investment but it's still hard to take. Zillions of acres
> of
> flat land with tumbleweeds on it around here, but they're going to
> bulldoze
> the area with the biggest biological diversity in our whole valley. Sigh.
> I
> wish I could remember exactly where we saw some of the native bulbs, might
> as well go dig them up if I could find them.  I could grab some beavertail
> cactus, if I had a place to put it, or maybe the smaller yucca pups.
> At any rate it promises to be a nice weekend coming up, hot maybe but I
> suppose I can always find a shady place to weed.
> Cyndi
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