Plant Seeds Now for Winter Garden
August in the garden in San Diego can be a misleading time. It is hot and sometimes muggy. The tomatoes are looking amazing. The melons are ripening. For most inexperienced gardeners, it’s a bit of a time warp. It feels as though summer will continue for months. To add to this misleading notion, September and October in So. Cal can be quite warm. Santa Ana winds come and it feels like we live in the desert.
Don’t be deceived by this, winter is coming and you should be thinking about your winter crops. If you lag, the holidays and the hustle and bustle of the winter will rob you of the opportunity to eat delectable cool season crops right from your garden.
Here at the San Diego Seed Company farm, we fantasize about lettuce and peas after months of eating tomatoes and squash. Come late August, we are starting to plan our winter garden and so should you!
Winter time in mild parts of Southern California allow us to grow things like cabbage, carrots, beets, broccoli and more. For a full planting calendar check out this great link! To get these amazing and tasty crops to fully mature in the short winters we have, you must start your seeds by the end of September. In fact, the San Diego Master Gardeners Association recommends you start your seeds in September. You can direct sow things like carrots, beets, peas and spinach. Use shade cloth to keep the moisture in the soil as they germinate. You can start other garden goodies in six packs or starts. These include things like cabbage, broccoli, greens, onions and more. By starting them in six packs you can protect them until the warmth of summer passes. We recommend putting your garden on a drip irrigation system that is set to go off early in the morning to conserve water and protect against evaporation. Mulching can also help protect your garden soil from drying out too quickly. Starting your fall and winter crops from seeds is not only economical, but also easy with a bit of knowledge. For a quick video on how to seed start, check out our seed starting page. We hope you have the best winter garden yet! From all of us here at San Diego Seed Co.