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Charles Ledgerwood's Southern California Vegetable Planting Calendar

Charles Ledgerwood's Southern California Vegetable Planting Calendar

June 30, 2012

For southern California gardeners, Charles B. Ledgerwood created the Southern California Vegetable Planting Month-by-Month Calendar. Planting seeds at optimal times increases the chances of a successful harvest especially for novice gardeners. The calendar also provides guidance for keeping a summer and winter garden. 

I remember going to the Ledgerwood seed store in Carlsbad, just across Carlsbad Blvd. from the ocean. Last night, I was rummaging through my seed box and found one of his seed packets. 

I recall driving to meet my Dad at Ledgerwood’s one day in October, almost twenty years ago. He drove south from San Clemente. An order of bareroot strawberries awaited us. We made our purchases, then drove just north of the seed store to a little fish shack where we ate lunch outside, perched on the bluff overlooking the sparkling Pacific. It’s a memory of my Dad I treasure.

Here is the first paragraph of a post on VintageGardenGal. It is a lovely tribute to Charles Ledgerwood. Follow the link to read the remainder of her entry.

“Seed enthusiast Charles B. Ledgerwood (1906-1999) had a bulk seed business for over 50 years in Southern California, in the seaside village of Carlsbad. His home and store front were literally “a stone’s throw” from the ocean. He sold his seeds out of vintage 60 year old bread boxes in a one room store attached to the front of his home. Gardeners and farmers from all over southern California, frequented his small stucco store with a simple “Seeds” sign above the door. Read more

Charles Ledgerwood’s seeds can be purchased at The Urban Seed, located in Fiesta de Reyes, Old Town, San Diego. Their mission is to perpetuate the legacy of this legendary seed man.

Read more about Charles Ledgerwood here and here or peruse Google results.

Thank you to Above the Hollow for their blog post and link to the calendar.

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