Vegetable Planting Guide for Sacramento Valley

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According to Sacramento Gardening, Sacramento's climate is perfect for growing fruits, nuts, vegetables and herbs. Growing in Sacramento requires a good knowledge of appropriate crops, growing seasons and vegetable garden needs. Keep the frost (November 14) and thaw (March 23) dates in mind and prepare a site adequately for successful growing.

Soil and Compost

  • All vegetables require good foundations and nutrition. Turn over the top foot of any vegetable garden with a mix of half quick-draining soil and half compost. Vegetable plants do best with good drainage, and need the loose consistency of good organic compost.

Sunshine and Water

  • Plant vegetables in any area where they'll receive six to eight hours of Sacramento sun every day. Make sure that they're protected from wind, and staying warm enough. Stake up vegetables that grow vines, for protection and air circulation. Water the garden with 2 to 3 inches of water every week to keep the soil moist.

Timing

  • Growing vegetables in Sacramento requires getting the timing right. Plant summer vegetables in April in Sacramento, to allow the ground time to thaw. The summer season is long enough in Northern California to allow a full vegetable harvest, both over summer and in the fall. Plant cool-season crops in the fall to provide another vegetable harvest over winter.

Types

  • Choose the right types of vegetables in regard to your region and growing season. Grow tomatoes, beans, basil, peppers and melons in summer and lettuce, radishes and spinach in winter. Grow asparagus and herbs around the calendar as perennials.

Winterizing

  • The Sacramento Valley gets very harsh winters. Because many of the summer vegetables are warm-weather plants, and therefore need protection during cold weather, it's important to protect them from Sacramento's winter. Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch across the soil of the warm-weather vegetable garden before the first frost of the year.

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