Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2008
Regional Report

Sow These Veggies Outdoors

Some seeds will sprout outdoors even in the cold if given a little time. These include chard, kale, leeks, bibb and iceberg lettuces, mustards, green and bulb onions, flat-leaf parsley, peas, radishes, and savoy spinach.

Sow These Veggies Indoors

Sow more of the same seeds indoors as transplants, and add broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, chamomile, caraway, cauliflower, chervil, chives, coriander (cilantro), dill, fennel, lettuces, marjoram, mint, oregano, curly-leaf parsley, sage, spinach, tarragon, and thyme.

Plant Garlic and Onion Sets

You can still plant garlic cloves, bulb onion sets, and shallots where they will be able to dry out for a month before harvest next summer. However, since we've had some good rain, move the soil as little as possible as you plant the bulbs to avoid compacting it. Remove a full scoopful with a small hand trowel, place the clove/set/bulb in, and gently crumble the soil back on top. Sprinkle just to settle the soil around the clove or set.

Scatter Posies Outdoors

Outside sow ageratums, alyssum, bachelor's buttons, calendulas, candytuft, celosia, columbines, coreopsis, English daisies, delphiniums, dianthus, forget-me-nots, four-o-clocks, hollyhocks, larkspur, lunaria, pansies, California and Shirley poppies, salvias, snapdragons, stocks, sweet peas, sweet william, and native wildflowers.

Sow Flower Seeds Indoors

In a warm and brightly lit but not necessarily sunny place, sow asters, balsam, cosmos, African daisies, dianthus, gaillardias, impatiens, lobelia, marigolds, nicotiana, petunias, phlox, statice, verbena, and vincas.

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