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Posted on 13 December 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Welcoming Spring with Green Onions

green_onionBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I have always associated the start of spring not by what is on the calendar but what I plant in the garden.

The planting of fresh spinach, and Bibb lettuce along with green onions has always marked the start of spring on my planting calendar.

But planting the first spring bed requires some tricks of the trade.

Green Onions

These beauties are easy to grow and are a vegetable to start with if you are a beginning vegetable gardener. I have never planted green onions in any area they did not grow.

A loamy soil mixed with compost is perfect. They can also be planted in containers but regardless of where you plant them there does exist a trick of the trade.

This trick goes against Read the rest of this entry »

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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 Read the rest of this entry »

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