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Posted on 21 April 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Vegetables to Start from Seed

basil2By Sonya Welter

The easiest way to start your garden is with transplants from a nursery, and for some plants this makes sense.

Here in Duluth, Minnesota, and in other cooler climates, the growing season simply isn’t long enough to grow hot weather crops like tomatoes or peppers from seed outdoors, and if you want to grow these vegetables at all, you’ll need to start seeds indoors several weeks from the last predicted frost.

Transplants cost more than seeds, but that way someone else does all the hard work of adjusting grow lights and fussing over humidity levels.

But there are some vegetables that, no matter where you live, should always be started from seed, because they grow quickly or don’t like their roots to be disturbed. It’s also a lot of fun to start some vegetables from seed, because that way you get to go out to your garden every day hoping to see little green leaves poking out through the dirt and reaching for the sky.

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Posted on 27 August 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Grow Your Own Peas

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peasBy Vanessa Richins

When I was growing up, I HATED peas.

I would grimace every time they were served for dinner and refuse to eat them.

Years later I discovered fresh, uncooked sugar snap peas and to my surprise, I liked them.

There’s something satisfying about the crunch of the pod that appeals to me. I can even eat the peas inside now. I still don’t like them cooked, though.

Peas are a great choice for your urban vegetable garden because you can plant them twice a year. Since they are a cool season veggie, they can be planted in early spring and fall. I am planning on planting seeds soon so I can put them in my Earthbox. (Review of the Earthbox to follow later this year).

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Posted on 24 June 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Grow Your Own Black-Eyed Peas

black-eyed-peasBy Vanessa Richins

When I was little, I was fascinated by black-eyed peas.

I had never eaten them, but somehow decided that they were a plant I needed to grow.

Perhaps it was the fact that they looked like a little eye.

I bought packets of seeds yearly. I don’t think I ever harvested any, but I kept buying seeds.

Hopefully you’ll have better success with this Southern favorite – Vigna unguiculata, also known as Cowpeas. Did you know they come from Africa?

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