On my third year of gardening in Ukiah, I have learned a lot. There is a narrow time in which you must plant your garden for the year. The winter is cold and the summer is hot, so the spring time is when everything has to go in the ground. If you plant too late the sun and heat will kill everything that sprouts. The summer is over 100 degrees daily for about three months.
Every year I have tried to grow them without success. The first year, I put them in pots because the ground was too hard and rocky to grow anything. They died, and when one of them was able to have a fruit, the skin slipt in the heat and ants came and covered them. The second year I got one tomatoe plant from Home Depot called Compact and planted it. It was terrible, it would not grow or fruit. This year I have planted seeds as follows:
Seeds of Change beef steak tomato seeds
I planted half of them directly into the plot and the other half in pots. I will see which ones germinate. They were great seeds, but I had poor germination.
Every year I try pumpkins
They did not work the first year in pots, they got too hot and died.
The soil in Ukiah is all hard clay with many rocks. Plus my soil was extra bad, compared with other people’s soil.
So the first year I could not get the soil good enough to plant in ground, and there was a lot of weed trees, a huge mess of weeds and it took too much time. I missed the spring planting time. Year one was a failure.
Year two I got some pumpkins to grow, but they were small. I call it a success away. The ones in the front lived, the ones in the back died.
This year I am planting Giant Pumpkins
I have yet to try corn
Last year I grew sun flowers
I grew the Devils Lettuce the first year and it did ok, but it was too bitter to actually eat, so I composted it.
I tried to grow hot and sweet peppers, but it did not really work out. The plants were very weak and they would not hold up the fruits. I have tried peppers many times and I never get them to produce fruits.
I once lived in San Francisco and I had success with potatoes and carrots, but not tomatoes.
The carrots I grew in Ukiah, all had a bad taste and were not edible.