Monthly Archives: June 2012

My Garden Plan at

I subscribe to a great gardening blog at This website also offers a paid subscription service called Garden Planner. Not sure it’s unique to GrowVeg, because I’ve seen it offered on other sites, too.

Garden Planner lets you lay a little birds-eye-view map of your garden. You provide your location, and the service will send you a couple of emails per month with general news, plus specific advice on growing the plants you specified in your Garden Planner. For example, if you’ve put sugar snap peas in your Garden Planner, the website will let you know when the time comes to direct-sow your sugar snap pea seeds in San Diego. You also get a cool graphic of your garden plan that you can share.

Check out my current garden plan here.

Here’s how it looks on this day, June 3, 2012:

My garden plan (click to enlarge)

June 3 garden update

It’s been over six weeks since I updated the blog.  It’s not that nothing has been happening — quite the opposite!  I’ve simply neglected to blog about it.

Many lessons learned.  Most notably…

Sugar snap peas, dying early and small

It’s not easy to get sugar snap peas to germinate, and even if they do, they can start dying off before they’re 10″ tall.  I direct-sowed about sixteen positions in a GrowBox, with several peas per position.  After 2 weeks, only 3 positions had emerged.  I grew a number of seedlings in the garage and then transferred them to that same box, plus populated another entire box of them.  The first box is stunted, with plants dying off already, rushing to set fruit when they’re hardly a foot tall.

Healthy snap peas

The second box grew prolifically, as you can see above. Maybe there’s something in the potting soil of the first box.  I’ll scrap that box, and throw the mix into the compost heap and start over.  I need more room for tomatoes anyway.

Meager leeks

Leeks don’t take kindly to transplanting, at least, they don’t take kindly to having their roots disentangled from nearby leek seedlings.  These should probably be direct sown, or sown in soil cells or little peat pots that can move to the final growing location without touching roots.  My leeks have been growing for 120 days and most aren’t as big around as a dime.  This variety is 2-3 inches in diameter at maturity.  I’ll give them another month, and then we’ll see.

Potatoes, in grow bag.

Growing potatoes is easy.  Getting a good harvest — well, time will tell.  They’re in process now.

Baby carrots, in window box

Baby carrots are pretty good germinators.  We’ll see how they do in 4 inches of growing space.  (They’re in a little window box on my anti-rabbit tables.)

I thinned out the shallots today, and the thinning are excellent to eat like chives.  More mild.

Mirai sweet corn

When it’s happy, corn grows really fast, as in, inches per day!