Can I plant vegetables in November? (Norther California)

container_blueberryNovember 18, 2009

Hello,

Is it too late to plant vegetables in November? If not what types could I plant?

Are leeks still possible?

I live along the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thanks so much.

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greenthumbsj

Sure you can - lettuce, chives/onions/leeks, swiss chard/spinach, green peas... a lot of fall greens can be planted around this time. I am in south bay and I planted some lettuce and peas over a week ago and they are sprouting now.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 12:41PM
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ancfan

I'm up in the sierra foothills and we planted last weekend, we planted peas, carrots, 3 types of lettuce, leeks, green onions, radishes, and rainbow chard from seed. We also planted (seedlings that I grew) in the garden which were brocolli, white and purple califlower, brussel sprouts, and blue cabbage. The seedlings are doing great, still waiting on the seeds we sowed but it only been about 4 days since we planted them :)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 3:59PM
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tammysf(9b/10a or sz15/16)

I'm in marin and am growing:

Lettuce
Spinach
Swiss chard
Beets
Peas
Brocolli
Cauliflower
Arugala
Herbs

Here is a link that might be useful: northern california gardening blog

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 6:34PM
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promethean_spark

This calendar should help. Keep in mind there are a lot of microclimates in this area, so this is just a starting point.

Here is a link that might be useful: planting calendar

    Bookmark   November 19, 2009 at 2:20PM
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ancfan

Thanks promethean: I wanted to plant earlier but had to clean up the beds (rocks) Aug & sept was still hot, upper 90's and 100. I wished I knew what the weather is going to do, lol Part of gardening :)

    Bookmark   November 19, 2009 at 3:43PM
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ninjabut(USDA z 8,CA)

I go to the Bassagnani nursery classes in Sebastopol and they reccomend planting most seeds while the soil is still warm. In our area late Aug or Sept. Some, like carrots and spinach won't germinate til it's cold.
I usually plant starts in early Sept and keep them shaded if it's too hot.
I haven't planted by seed this late in the year, so can't help you with that. Most winter things should be OK planted as starts. They may not "sprout" til early spring, though.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2009 at 10:26PM
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lantanascape(z6 Idaho)

I would start things inside at this time of year. Once you have the seedlings though, they should do fine outdoors in your area. I planted broccoli and other cole crops in January when I lived in Bakersfield. They would grow slowly but did just fine.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2009 at 11:11PM
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dicot

I have to disagree with the two previous posters. I never had any trouble germinating cole, root or leafy veggies at this time of years outdoors when I lived in Bolinas and Oakland.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2009 at 5:58PM
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promethean_spark

I tried planting cole crops in august/september, but birds ate every little sprout and didn't stop until the rains came and sprouts were everywhere. If you want to start early it's probably best to start in flats with protection rather than try to direct sow (unless you have row covers).

    Bookmark   November 20, 2009 at 7:09PM
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ninjabut(USDA z 8,CA)

Up at the top of the gardenweb page is a list of "new to the gardenweb" sites. There is a FAQ for winter sowing. Check it out.
I was just telling you what was suggested to me in my last post. As I said, I don't do a lot of seed planting, usually starts.
Good luck! NT

    Bookmark   November 20, 2009 at 9:06PM
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slo_garden(9 CA Coast)

I'm down the coast from you and I'm planting:

sugar snap peas
chard
lettuce
collard greens
brussel sprouts
carrots
broccoli
cauliflower
bok choy
beets
potatoes
onions

    Bookmark   November 23, 2009 at 1:42AM
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