Thomas J. Koske | 4/21/2005 8:24:55 PM
With the beginning of the year comes a new start at vegetable gardening. In January, you may already have at least 20 crops growing in the garden from last fall, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
New planting is limited to some cold-hardy crop seeds and transplants of onion and green shallot and Irish potato seed pieces.
"If direct-seeding early, plant most crops in seedling trays and protect as needed until it is safe to transplant outside directly in the row," the LSU AgCenter horticulturist advises.
Koske says English peas, carrots and radishes should always be direct-seeded in the row. Other crops like beets, mustard, spinach and turnips are usually direct seeded, but can be started in flats and transplanted or thinned into fresh garden rows.
Koske says to start flats of seed in January for broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collard, eggplants, head lettuce, all the peppers and tomatoes.
Plan on February transplanting of well-developed broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards and head lettuce.
Related yard and garden topics are available by contacting an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office. Also, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture