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¡Jueves en el Jardín!

Thu, 2012-11-15
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See what’s growing in the Edible Teaching Garden every Thursday!

Cool Weather Vegetables

The weather outside is typical of fall in Los Angeles: overcast, with chilly nights followed by early morning dew. Because the arc of the sun is lower in the sky, the trees cast long shadows. And the days themselves are ever shortening. Gardeners look to the seasons and the elements to tell us how and what to grow in the garden.

Now is the time to put in your cool season vegetables. A few examples are:

• Artichokes
• Chard
• Kale
• Broccoli
• Peas
• Parsley
• Radishes
• Lettuce
• Kohlrabi

These can all be purchased as seedlings at any good nursery. Make sure that when you plant your vegetables, you add nutrients to the soil along with your new transplants.

Remember, if you have been harvesting peppers, tomatoes, and other warm season plants all summer, the soil has been slowly depleted. Mix in composted manure and a sprinkling of organic fertilizer to the soil before planting your seedlings. Mulch around the seedlings with straw, compost or even (non-shiny) old newspaper covered by something more attractive (leaves, straw, etc.). This mulch holds in moisture and reduces your garden water immensely.

Happy winter gardening!

The Edible Teaching Garden at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is supported by The PepsiCo Foundation.