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April is for Seeding and Planting!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011 00:00

WooHoo! Spring has arrived and its time to put seed to soil. It’s an exciting time of the year, but like anything you want good results from their needs to be proper preparation to get them. Seeds are really fun to purchase and (see February is for Garden Planning) you should have your stock in hand by now. If not, go out and get them ASAP! If you choose to wait to purchase seedlings I will post information on that in the next months.
But, if you want to start from seed the first thing to do is find out what your Hardiness Zone is. After that the next important piece of information is your Frost Free Date. Keep in mind that this data is approximated based on historical fact. If you want more precise information about your local climate and ecology it’s always best to talk with local farmers or inquire with your local agricultural extension service.
Once you have your dates you can begin to plan what you can direct seed and what you will need to germinate. It’s always best to read the instructions that come on your seed packet to see what best suits that particular variety and how to plant them.

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Seasonal Food List

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 04:35

Each geographical region produces local harvests at different times but here are some of the things you can begin to look for at your farmer’s market as they continue to appear throughout the season.

This is only a partial list.

Asparagus, Artichokes, Avocados, Arugula, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Blood Oranges, Bok Choy Carrots, Clams, Catfish, Chard, Crabs (soft-shell), Cabbage, Dandelion Greens, Dill, Fiddlehead Ferns, Fava Beans, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Greens, Grouper, Halibut, Kale, Lamb, Lettuces, Morels, Mint, Meyer Lemons, Nettles, Onions, Oysters, Potatoes, Peas, Papaya, Rhubarb, Radishes, Spinach, Squid, Scallops (bay), scallions, sea bass, shallots, snow peas, sugar snaps, sorrel, strawberries, suckling pig, Turnips.


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