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Starting Plants From Seed VS Buying Plants

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Starting Plants From Seed VS Buying Plants

It's almost that time of year when vegetable, flower and herb seeds are started ahead of the growing season indoors to get a head start on them growing before it's warm enough to plant the garden. You may have considered starting seeds indoors or have been doing it already or maybe you purchase your starts at your local nursery. What is the difference between starting seeds indoors and is it better than buying plants or vice versa?  1. Variety The first main difference between starting seeds indoors and buying them at a nursery is when you start them yourself you...

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What is a Short Season Vegetable Garden?

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What is a Short Season Vegetable Garden?

Short Season Gardening, Northern Gardening and Cold Climate Gardening. You've maybe heard these terms before but what do they really mean? What entails a shorter season garden? A growing season first of all consists mainly of the days in between your last frost date (end of Spring to Early Summer) and your first frost date (End of Summer to Early Fall). These days make up the majority of your growing season when you grow your annual "hot" season crops such as: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, corn etc. This time of year is also when the temperatures and sunlight are at their...

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My Omelette Recipe using Spring Veggies from the Garden!

My Omelette Recipe using Spring Veggies from the Garden!

Here's a recipe for my go-to omelette - this time of year it features some of the first veggies coming up in the garden!    Ingredients: (Serves 4 people) - 6 eggs beaten - 1/3 cup of milk  - 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese - Salt & Pepper - Garlic Powder (optional) - Fresh Asparagus 3-4 spears chopped (optional) - Young garlic or onion chopped (optional) - Fresh Spinach chopped (optional) - Fresh Chives for garnish (optional) - oil and butter for pan   Instuctions: 1. Start your onions and asparagus frying on medium heat till softened. 2. Preheat low -...

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5 Helpful Do's and Don'ts in the Garden

5 Helpful Do's and Don'ts in the Garden

It's always great to learn and "grow" in gardening every year - here are some helpful tips we've used and picked up growing vegetables. DO'S AND DON'TS IN THE GARDEN 1. DO: Sow Cool vegetables like spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, beets, swiss chard etc. when soil can be worked to get a good harvest for Spring. 2. DON'T: Sow peas, carrots beans, corn etc until the soil warms up more and temperatures don't go below freezing. 3. DO: When planting carrots try mixing seed with a bit of sand. The sand helps with spacing seeds out as well as giving...

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Secrets to Growing Better Cucumbers! And Successful Trial Results!

Secrets to Growing Better Cucumbers! And Successful Trial Results!

  Today wanted to share a very successful trial we had of Tasty Green Cucumbers last year! This variety was recommended several times by a local gardener. I started the plants indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost date - planted them out and they started growing fast! The cucumbers were good sized, sweet and firm and the plants stayed disease free and green the whole summer even through hot 39 degrees+ temperatures till frost which I haven't seen in a cucumber. We ate them fresh out of the garden but also in salads with our lettuce blend which is so...

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