Hello Southern California Gardeners,
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m all excited about finally getting to do some planting this weekend after having my planting time hijacked by the more pressing need to dig more concrete chunks out of the yard to make room for the plants, and would like your advice about the following:
Is it too late to bother with direct sowing calabrese broccoli and plants of that ilk (I also have several colors of cauliflower, a variety of cabbages and a kailaan)? We live in Chinatown (downtown/metro L.A. area) and the weather has been so crazy during the past couple years that weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve lived here that I canÃ¯Â¿Â½t even guess whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s going to happen this year....
For that matter, should broccoli and its relatives be direct-sown at all? I assume there is a very good reason why the common wisdom is to start them in flats, but the last time I tried to start some summer annuals (eggplants & peppers) in little peat pots, they did indeed sprout, but got ransacked by our four cats and then cooked by the infernal temperature inside our uninsulated house during a mid-spring heat wave, so the only thing that actually grew out of that experiment was a colony of some sort of disgusting wingless flies!
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m definitely going to put in some salad seeds and other small, leafy stuff like kale and bok choi, but am reluctant to open my hermetically sealed packets of big brassicas if this is likely to be an exercise in futility.
Your advice would be most gratefully appreciated!
P.S. IÃ¯Â¿Â½d also really appreciate some guidance about feeding my plants. To my great delight, my little key lime tree is finally producing its very first lime since I put it in a couple years ago, and it and its neighbors (Japanese satsuma & moro blood orange) are sporting lots of tiny new leaves, my eggplant and pepper transplants left over from last summer are producing (!), or trying their best to, so should I go ahead and feed everyone, or try to convince them to stay dormant until spring really gets here. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ve had steady late spring-like temps/conditions here in L.A. for a few weeks now, but that could change at any time.