Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

vegetable planting calendar draft

I found a great online tool today, entered my zipcode and got a vegetable planting calendar.

The writers are based in Portland, OR and Oakland, CA but provide planting calendars for locations all over by zone based on zipcode. This will be a great start for me to begin a vegetable planting spreadsheet.

I can then add in extended season options once we have cold frames and eventually that screened porch converted for plants. We talked earlier this morning over coffee about an add-on to the screened porch to double the space, which would be nice.

It is sunny again here today. If I can insulate properly we can grow in cold frames even more effectively than we did in the Northwest with all of the sun.