Mediterranean Garden 2' x 8'

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Pick a healthy harvest of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, scallions and salad greens for fresh meals all summer long. Mangia bene!

Planting Guide:

 

Hot peppers

  • Start seeds indoors 1/4" deep 10 to 12 weeks before last frost.
  • Transplant into garden three weeks after last frost or when soil reaches 70 degrees F.
  • Fruits are edible from early green to full-color maturity. Heat increases with maturity.
  • Spacing: one plant per sq. ft.
  • Days to harvest: 50 to 65 days green, 80 to 85 days to full color. Not frost-hardy.

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Peppers

    • Start seeds indoors 1/4″ deep 10 to 12 weeks before last frost.
    • Transplant into garden three weeks after last frost or when soil reaches 70 degrees F.
    • Fruits are edible from early green to full-color maturity.
    • Spacing: one plant per sq. ft.
    • Days to harvest: 50 to 65 days green, 80 to 85 days to full color. Not frost-hardy.

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Tomato

  • Plant seeds 1/4″ deep indoors, six to eight weeks before last frost
  • Transplant into garden one to two weeks after last frost or when soil reaches 65 degrees F.
  • Spacing: one plant per sq. ft. Grow early season crops nearby to allow more room later.
  • Days to harvest: 55 to 100 days from transplanting, depending on variety. Not frost-hardy
  • Hint: Remove lower leaves before planting and bury extra stem.

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Eggplant

    • Start seeds 1/4″ deep indoors eight weeks before last frost.
    • Transplant seedlings when soil reaches 70 degrees F. or three weeks after last frost.
    • Spacing: one per sq. ft.
    • Days to harvest: 55 to 70 days from transplant. Not frost-hardy.
    • Hints: Bugs love eggplants. Protect with garden fabric (row cover) even after flowering.

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Patio zucchini

  • Plant seeds 3/4" deep indoors or outdoors two to three weeks after last frost, or when soil is 70 degrees F.
  • Transplant two to three weeks after last frost, or when soil is 70 degrees F.
  • When picked frequently, plants will produce continuously until frost.
  • Spacing: one plant per two sq. ft. for patio-type varieties.
  • Days to harvest: 30 to 40 days from transplant; 40 to 50 from seed, depending on variety. Not frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Start under garden fabric (row covers) to protect from insects.

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Swiss chard

  • Plant seeds 1/2″ deep indoors six weeks before last frost, or in garden two weeks before last frost
  • Transplant: Around the time of last frost
  • Plant a second crop to ensure a plentiful supply of tender leaves.
  • Spacing: two plants per sq. ft.
  • Days to harvest: 30 days from seed for baby; 50 days to full size. Frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Good source of summer greens, chard is not bothered by heat.

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Leaf lettuce

  • Sow seed indoors 1/4″ deep, eight weeks before last frost or directly in garden when soil can be worked.
  • Thin seedlings when four weeks old.
  • Spacing: 16 plants per sq. ft.
  • Plant more lettuce every two to four weeks for a good supply.
  • Days to harvest: 28 days for baby lettuce, 45 days to full size. Frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Harvest outer leaves anytime, or use scissors to harvest entire plant, leaving an inch of stem to encourage new growth.

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Mesclun mix

  • Sow seed indoors 1/4'' deep, eight weeks before last frost or sow directly in garden when soil can be worked.
  • Thin seedlings when four weeks old. Add thinnings to salad.
  • Spacing: 16 plants per sq. ft.
  • Plant more mesclun mix seeds every two to four weeks for a good supply.
  • Days to harvest: 28 days for baby mix, 45 days to full size. Frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Harvest outer leaves anytime, or use scissors to harvest entire plant, leaving an inch of stem to encourage new growth.

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Scallions

  • Start seeds 1/4" deep indoors 6 weeks before last frost; plant 5-10 seeds per cell
  • Transplant plants into garden a 2 to 3 weeks before last frost. If planting sets, plant them 1" deep.
  • Spacing: 16 plants per sq. ft.
  • Days to harvest: 60 days, pencil-sized or larger. Frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Flavor gets hotter as scallions mature. Plants require consistent moisture.

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Cucumber

  • Plant seeds indoors 1/2″ deep three weeks before last frost, or seed in garden after frost.
  • Transplant into garden after frost and when soil is 65 to 70 degrees F.
  • Spacing one per sq. ft. for bush type; two per sq. ft. for vining type.
  • Extend harvest with a second crop, planted two weeks later.
  • Days to harvest: 50 to 60 days after transplanting. Not frost-hardy.
  • Hint: Use row covers until flowering to keep off insects.

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