I am getting a late start on small garden project, and have couple of
questions...I'm in Michigan and get about 8 hours of sun a day. picked up
some beets, they are about 5 inches tall and several of the little cups they
are growing in have 2 or 3 separate plants and they all look healthy. should
I remove the extra beets? Is it to late to plant broccoli from seed? What
kind of vegetables could I grow successfully starting in late June? TIA
On Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:41:19 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
This is late for Michigan. Stick with plants that are less 90 days to
fruit. Plants growing next to each other will do better if separated
so they will not compete for water, light, soil. Probably not a good
time to plant brocolli--they like cool temps.
Not too late to start bush snap beans right now.
Wait until mid to late July to start fall greens (bok choy, lettuce, kale, etc).
That would include broccoli, too. Expect to be harvesting starting in late
September, after it begins cooling down.
You might still be able to buy a large, started tomato or pepper plant
at some places.
That's assuming you are somewhere in lower penninsula...
Separate the beets by holding them in the palm of your hand with your
thumb over the stems and the roots trailing down your fingers. Spray
them with water from the tip of the roots up, until the dirt is washed
off. Then carefully tease the roots apart from their tips back to the
beet. They will separate.
For tomatoes see http://www.territorialseed.com/prod_detail_list/2
and choose from among Ultra-Early Tomatoes, Extra Early Tomatoes, and
Early Tomatoes. There are other suppliers, just be aware of how many
days they take to produce. Then see if you can't find them as starter
plants at a local nursery.
The same holds true of other plants. Some cultivars will ripen earlier
than others. Check with your local Master Gardeners, college Ag. Dept.,
nursery that you trust, or local gardeners for how many days before
winter (rain/snow) begins.
Pat in Plymouth MI has local knowledge, you can trust her suggestions.
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