There are literally hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Every Spring we carry well over 50 varieties including heirlooms, classic hybrids, as well as new hybrids.
Tomatoes are generally planted in the months of April, May, and June for summer harvests. Sometimes our weather allows planting in early to mid March. For those who want to have the first tomato in the neighborhood, you can start indoors or in a greenhouse in late February.
Indeterminate versus determinate - Determinate tomatoes are generally referred to as bush tomatoes because they are generally more compact in their growth habit. Also, determinate tomatoes tend to bear all at once and require minimal caging or staking and do well in containers. Indeterminate tomatoes are often referred to as vining tomatoes and require substantial staking or caging for support. They tend to produce over longer periods and will usually produce until the first heavy frosts.
Whether you are making salsa, throwing them into a salad, or stuffing them, or just eating them fresh, peppers make a great addition to any meal. Peppers are best planted April through June. Although, sometimes they can be planted earlier (March) if the weather is good. They often produce until the late fall.
We carry a large selection of mild to very hot peppers. Fresno, Thai Hot, Sweet Banana, Serrano, Jalapeño, Green Bell, Red Bell, Yellow Bell, Scorpion, Habañero, Poblano, Mulato Isleno, Gypsy, Hungarian Wax, and Italian Wax are just a few varieties that we carry each year.
Some vegetables are only available for a limited time, and it can be easy to miss out. Below are a few vegetables and their availability.
Artichokes - They are available as roots starting in December and are available until late January. They are available as plants usually beginning in late March through the summer.
Asparagus - The roots are only available beginning in early December or early January through the first part of February.
Potatoes - We have the reds, yukon gold, whites, yellows, blues, fingerlings, and russett potatoes beginning in late January through the first part of March typically.
Rhubarb - Generally rhubarb is available as a root beginning in December through late January.
Onions can be planted just about any time of the year in our area. However, not all onions are available year round.
Onion Sets - These are the onion bulbs, generally the spanish sweet onions that are available in white, red, and yellow bulbs. They are available in late January through February and again in September through early October.
Stockton Onions - These are one of our most popular onions. The bundles (the greens that have been barerooted and sold in bundles) are only available in the month of November. 6pack starts of these onions are available in the spring and early summer.
Garlic - The garlic sets are available generally in September through early November and again in late January through February. Sometimes 6packs of garlic are available in the spring and fall months. We often get California White, Italian Late, Silver Rose, and Elephant Garlic.
In our climate, we can grow leafy vegetables almost all year long. That means you can practically have the ingredients for a fresh salad all year long. You can grow lettuce, spinach, cabbage, mustard, kale, and pak choi just about every month of the year.
In hotter areas, like Vacaville, Napa, and parts of Fairfield, some leafy vegetables won't do as well in the middle of the Summer. However, you can get around that by planting your leafy greens in an area that gets afternoon shade to protect them from the intense summer heat.
In the early Spring, watch for moths that can put holes in the leaves and later in the year watch for caterpillars that can do damage to tender plants. Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew is a good organic option for controlling these pests and is available in a liquid and powder.