Posted on 13 March 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Seeds and Spring

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strawberry-spinachBy Cindy Naas

My seed catalogs all came in early January.

I have been trying to block out all thoughts of this cold Minnesota winter by looking at pictures of vines sagging under the weight of tomatoes, peppers of all hues brightening a summer garden, and lettuces of all colors and shapes beckoning temptingly from the pages of these catalogs.

I have seeds saved from my heirloom tomatoes last summer, I have some seeds given to me by friends and soon I should have a wonderful variety of seeds coming from organic growers.

There is a lot more room in my new garden and so I have the luxury of growing a much larger variety of vegetables this year. I will grow my old favorites but will also experiment with some new vegetables. Some of my new picks for 2010 are:

Strawberry Spinach, or Chenpodium capitatum– grown for the greens which thrive in cool weather but are heat tolerant, as well as the berries which make an interesting addition to salads.

Imperial Star Artichokes – requires shortest number of days till harvest.

Cosmic Purple Carrot – it’s purple! No other reason needed for me to want it.

Ruby Queen Corn – short season and bright red kernels have made me curious.

Jersey Knights and Purple Passion Asparagus – I finally have room for a large dedicated bed for asparagus, and I am going to try two varieties to see which does better here in the Upper Midwest.

– this is an heirloom squash which is pretty as well as tasty. I’m planting a variety of squash to see which produces the best and stores well.

I’m also going to be building a hoop house this summer with the hope of extending my growing season here. I’ll plant a variety of the hardier lettuces, oriental greens and spinach. More on that later.

For now, I am building a propagating table. After that, it’s a matter of waiting for the days to warm, the snow to melt and the ground to be workable.   Happy gardening!

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One Response to “Seeds and Spring”

  1. urbangardencasual.com Peter Says:

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