Planting a Backyard Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Saugus, Ca
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Question by frmgrace2glo
February 27, 2010
I live in So. Cal. north of LA (no idea what zone). I would like to plant veggies in our backyard, using containers. I enjoy plants, flowers, etc. & have been involved in some gardening. But, not here in CA. So, I'm a little lost. I don't know when to start planting, what to start with or how my planting should progress through the year. Can you advise? Or suggest where I can do more research?

Answer from NGA
February 27, 2010
Lucky you! You can grow nearly anything and you can garden all year around! Most landscape plants will adapt to growing in containers, as will perennial and annual flowers, herbs and vegetables. The only concern with growing in containers is making sure your plants get adequate water. They can dry out quickly during the summer months so check them on a daily basis until you get a feel for how often you need to water. Since your winter is short and not nearly as cold as in other parts of the country you can start your flowers and veggies in March and after harvesting, you can plant again in October. If you really want to learn about gardening, visit the National Gardening website and click on Regional Reports. You can read the current report ( and then browse through all the older articles by clicking on "previous reports". I think you'll find lots and lots of helpful information. Best wishes with your garden.

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