Vegetable gardens can be highly productive and are often the jewel of a gardener's eye. To succeed, though, a vegetable patch must grow in the correct season, with some specific conditions present. In the cool, moist conditions of Humboldt County, California, located only 225 miles north of San Francisco, gardeners work to take advantage of generous rainfall while accounting for the often cloudy days.
Choose the vegetables you want to grow. In Humboldt County, where temperatures rarely rise over 80 F in summer, warm-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers and beans may do better in pots, to be taken inside for additional light and warmth. Winter vegetables like squash, rutabagas and lettuce, which are accustomed to less light, will thrive in the cold moisture of Humboldt County.
Use pots that hold at least 5 gallons of soil for warm-weather vegetables. Fill the pots with a mixture of half quick-draining soil and half compost, and plant the seedlings at their preferred planting depths. Choose a site for outdoor vegetables where they'll receive as much sunlight as possible and good drainage; amend the soil at the planting site with this same mixture to a depth of 1 foot.
Put potted vegetables in areas where they'll get full sun during the day. If sunlight is unavailable, put the vegetables under indoor lights for growing. Always move warm-weather vegetables indoors for protection against temperatures under 50 F and winter frosts.
Water both indoor and outdoor vegetables with 2 inches of water a week, but use hand waterings only to supplement natural rainfall for outdoor plants. Humboldt County receives some rainfall every month, so outdoor vegetables may not require hand watering, even in the summer.
Feed vegetables every six weeks during the growing season with a phosphorous-heavy fertilizer to promote blooming and fruiting. Follow manufacturer directions in regards to amount and application of fertilizer, and consider increasing both feedings and watering when the plants start blooming to help in fruit growth.