Plan now for next year’s garden
by Sage & Snow Garden Club
November 2, 2013
It is never too soon to start thinking about next year’s garden and winter is a great time to plan. The seed catalogs will start arriving right after Christmas. Think about what worked and what didn’t work in last year’s garden. When purchasing seeds for gardening in Sublette County, look for varieties that will mature quickly in our short growing season.
What are some vegetables that grow well in Sublette County’s short growing season? - Shorter than Shorty
Dear STS, Some vegetables that grow well in our cool climate are spinach, leaf lettuce, radishes, onions, beets, carrots, turnips, kohlrabi, and peas.
Kohlrabi? What is that? - Curious Daisy
Dear CD, Kohlrabi is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that is a member of the cabbage family. The edible bulb grows above ground and is harvested when it is about two to three inches in diameter. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw or cooked. It has a sweet flavor and crisp texture.
Are the large leaves of the kohlrabi plant edible? - Leafy Green
Dear LG, The leaves of kohlrabi can be cooked and eaten like spinach or kale. The little leaves are delicious when added to salad greens. Nothing is wasted when you grow kohlrabi!
Can kohlrabi be grown in containers? - Short-on-Space Sam
Dear SSS, There are two varieties of kohlrabi: purple and white. The white variety can successfully be grown in a container. Kohlrabi requires about six inches between plants.
When can I plant kohlrabi? - In-A-Hurry Lucy
Dear IAHL, Kohlrabi seeds can be directly sown in the garden bed in mid May or early June. Most varieties take about 50-60 days to mature.
How can I get involved with other gardeners in the region to share ideas and learn? - Signed, Gnu Gardiner
Dear GG, One way is to attend a Sage & Snow Garden Club meeting. We meet from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Sublette County Weed & Pest Office at 12 South Bench Road, Pinedale. The educational topic for October is "Preserving Food." To find out more about the Garden Club & read all Ask Flora articles, visit our website at www.sageandsnow.org. You can also call the club president Jeanne, 307-367-4211.