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Re: Seeding time

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Personally I've not had much success growing peas through the summer, not sure if it's the heat or humidity that kills mine off. If your environment is slightly cooler or less humid than Chiba it might work in a shady spot.

You can also grow them through the autumn up until you get really hard frosts.

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Thank you. I'm going to give it a try in September. :dance:

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It might seem a little odd to be thinking of winter before the summer has really started but it's time to start ordering winter vegetable seeds now as seeding time for many of them starts in July. Masuda Seeds specialise in cabbage & kale varieties and we've use their curly (kitchen) kale, red cabbage and savoy varieties, germination rates are excellent. Just to give yourself a little insurance in the case of a severe typhoon rolling through keep an extra set of seedlings that have been germinated a few weeks later as a backup in case your first set are killed.

If you are planning on growing onions from seed now is a good time to prepare a stale seed bed and kill off any weeds that sprout so that you will have a weed free bed by August as baby onion plants just can't compete with weeds at all. Same for carrots, although they can compete a bit better it's good to make some beds now to increase their chances later on.

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Re: Seeding time

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Zasso Nouka wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:35 am
It might seem a little odd to be thinking of winter before the summer has really started but it's time to start ordering winter vegetable seeds now as seeding time for many of them starts in July.
Thanks for the alert, Zasso!
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Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:35 am
If you are planning on growing onions from seed now is a good time to prepare a stale seed bed and kill off any weeds that sprout so that you will have a weed free bed by August as baby onion plants just can't compete with weeds at all. Same for carrots, although they can compete a bit better it's good to make some beds now to increase their chances later on.
I have been wondering what to do with the space freed up after harvesting potatoes, onions and sora mame. According to my 85-year old gardening-buddy neighbor, we don't directly seed anything from now until after Obon, which makes sense, since everything would probably get washed away by the rains.

Any particular tips for carrots ? I had limited success with the ones I planted this spring. The ones I'm harvesting taste amazing and look pretty good, but not many came up.

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donguri wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:21 pm
Thanks for the alert, Zasso!
You're welcome.
donguri wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:21 pm
I have been wondering what to do with the space freed up after harvesting potatoes, onions and sora mame. According to my 85-year old gardening-buddy neighbor, we don't directly seed anything from now until after Obon, which makes sense, since everything would probably get washed away by the rains.
The start of the rainy season is a great time to plant out seedlings for the summer as they get plenty of rain while they are settling in and have a chance to send out some deep roots before it gets really hot.
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Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:21 pm
Any particular tips for carrots ? I had limited success with the ones I planted this spring. The ones I'm harvesting taste amazing and look pretty good, but not many came up.
Carrots need regular watering while germinating, if the soil dries out it can lower germination rates. From August onwards you can sow carrots for the winter but keep them well watered. Nekirimushi (cutworms) can also ruin a carrot crop.

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Time to get your autumn cucumbers (make sure they are a variety that is resistant to downy mildew) seeded along with zucchini (again get a variety resistant to downy mildew) and if you have a vinyl house even tomatoes but personally I've found them to ripen very slowly past the end of October. Climbing beans are also a good option and should be ready fairly quickly.

If you are after something different and have any butternut seeds left try growing them as zucchini, they are unlikely to ripen fully (unless we get an extended autumn) in the time left but make awesome zucchini if picked very small.