Stoney Acres Planting Guide
With all plants plant at dirt level and do not bury stem too deep (tomatoes can be planted deeper). Never bury beyond bottom most leaves.
Tomatoes- You have a mixture of determinate (bush) and indeterminate (sprawling) tomato types. They should be planted 18-24 inches apart and can be trellised in tomato cages or using other methods if desired. If you would like to stop the vining of any tomatoes as they grow prune the growing (furthest out from the roots) tips and flowers on all branches. Plastic, paper or straw mulch help protect against disease. Ripe tomatoes should start in early to mid august. tomato sent, largest plants.
Peppers- plant 12 inches apart in blocks of 4 if desired. Hot peppers do not make sweet peppers hot so they can be planted together. Green and purple peppers ripen to red. Chocolate brown tomatoes start green and ripe to a darker brown. You must leave green fruit on the plant to get ripened sweet fruit. 3-4 main leaves pointed.
Celery – plant 1 foot apart from other plants and keep well watered. You can harvest outer leaves continuously until frost or whole celery heads. looks like tiny celery.
Lettuce- plant 8-12 inches apart in rows or blocks. Tighter planting causes smaller heads. You can harvest outer leaves continuously or whole mature heads. These should be mature in 1.5 months and should be harvested then to avoid bolting (going to seed). looks lie baby leaf lettuce.
Swiss chard – very small seedlings withstand frost and can be planted immediately or left in cell and watered for 2 weeks until first true leaves appear. Plant 1 foot apart. Leaves can be harvest at any stage and outer leaves can be cut continuously as needed until a hard frost. small red or yellow seedlings.
Kale – plant 1 foot apart in rows – 18 inches for larger plants. Kale can be harvested continuously until after hard frost. It gets sweeter with cold weather. If you experience insect damage just remove damaged leaves and keep well watered. red veined curly and dark green.
Cabbage- 18-24 inches apart is ideal but can be spaced closer which produces smaller heads. These will be mature in Late August or September. You can harvest sooner as soon as heads are dense if desired. round leaves medium sized seedlings.
Kohlrabi- space 12-18 inches apart. These will be mature in late summer and early fall. This larger variety will not get woody so can be left as a storage crop. Leaves can be harvested like kale. saw tooth leaves like cabbage but larger.
Broccoli- follow directions for cabbage, these will mature in July or early august. Watch for white butter flies which cause cabbage worms. These can be picked by hand or treated with organic Bt insecticide if needed. darker in color and larger than kohlrabi.
Cucumbers, zucchini and melons – small seedlings should be left in cells and watered until after june 5th because these plants do not like cool nights at all and can be damaged by temperatures under 40. Remove plants carefully and plant into warm soil. Black paper or plastic mulch with hasten maturity. All three types should be planted 18-24 inches apart and will vine. Zucchini and cucumbers should be mature in 1.5-2 months and melons are generally ready in early September. all small rounded succulent leaves.
Onions – plant in rows 6 inches apart. You can start to harvest these as green onions when desired and they will start curing (be done growing) when tops tip over and start to dry in September. green small in clusters with tiny bulbs at base
Basil and parsley – plant 12 inches apart and harvest continuously. If basil start to flower pinch off flowers to prevent bolting. look like mini versions of plants.
For other ideas for each crop see Johnnys select seed!