Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2008
Regional Report

Sow Veggies

Sow beets, caraway, celery, carrots, chard, chervil, chives, collards, cilantro (coriander), dill, endive, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, mustards, green onions, bulb onion sets, flat-leafed parsley, peas, white potatoes, radishes, shallots, spinach, and turnips.

Transplant More Cole Crops

Sow the last set of more cole crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi, in case spring coolness lasts into May so you can get some good crops from the effort.

Plant White Potatoes

Place white potato pieces (with at least three eyes) in a 4-inch-deep trench amended with compost, and cover the cut-and-calloused pieces or small whole tubers with more compost to the original soil level. Water lightly, just to settle the soil close to the seed pieces. Too much water in clay soil will rot them.

Planting the Right Carrots for Your Soil Type

When choosing carrot varieties, consider the heaviness of your soil. Sow short, stubby carrots in heavy clay soils, and longer tapered ones in looser sandy soil. Tips of the tap roots will grow 4 to 6 inches further down than the edible portion.

Spray Dormant Oil on Fruit Trees

Apply the last dormant spray onto fruit trees now. The precise timing of this application is critical. Before the buds swell is too early, and after the blossoms open is too late. The ideal time is when the buds are swollen but don't yet show color. Once the buds open, the damage has already been done.

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