Growing Greens in Early Spring

Lettuce and other greens, such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard, are among the vegetables that grow well starting in early spring. Growing greens is easy and this weekend, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, would be perfect for planting greens. Greens don’t like weather that is too hot and most…

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Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press  2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975 debut of postage stamp gardening. The author pulls together virtually everything one needs to know to begin growing organic vegetables in tiny to not-so-small gardens.…

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Learn Tips for Successful Seed Starting at MSHS

Have you ever wanted to try starting herbs, vegetables or annual flowers from seed but not been sure where to start? Or maybe you tried indoor seed starting but were disappointed with the results. MSHS is offering a class geared for anyone who wants to learn how to start seeds successfully indoors. To be held…

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Have You Tried Weedless Gardening?

One of the most popular talks at last week’s Northern Green Expo was on weedless gardening, given by author, scientist and occasional Northern Gardener contributor, Lee Reich. Lee wrote the book on weedless gardening (literally) and has been an advocate for no-till gardening methods for many years. In 2009, he wrote a primer on weedless…

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Day 31: Best Books for Beginning Vegetable Gardeners

Well, we made it! This is day 31 of our series on how to create and maintain a vegetable garden. We hope this has inspired you to plant vegetables this spring, whether that means a pot of tomatoes on the deck or a community garden plot. We thought we would leave you with a few…

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Day 30: Preserving the Harvest from Your Vegetable Garden

While it’s hard to imagine on a cold January day, there may come a time when you look at your vegetable garden and wonder what possessed you to plant so much. Tomatoes pile up on the counter, green beans are eaten at every meal and your neighbors warn that they will not take any more …

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Day 29: Extending the Season in Your Vegetable Garden, Part 2

By carefully choosing which crops and varieties you grow in your vegetable garden, it’s possible to extend the growing season several weeks in the North. But frost is frost, and eventually all but kale and parsnips will fall to its power. For determined season extenders, the next step is to add layers of warmth to…

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Day 28: Extending the Season in Your Vegetable Garden, Part 1

Today and tomorrow we’ll be talking about ways to get more out of your vegetable garden by extending the season, both in the spring and in the fall. Today we’ll cover ways to extend the season that do not require much investment in equipment. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about hoop houses and other slightly more complex…

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Day 27: My Favorite Heirloom Tomatoes

In yesterday’s post about heirloom tomatoes, I recounted some of the questions I frequently field from people who are curious about my obsession. Here’s another one: “So what’s your all-time favorite tomato?” Impossible to answer. I like different varieties for different reasons, and since I grow new ones each year, that determination is always changing.…

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Day 26: My Tomato Obsession

  Yes, I know they exist, because I’ve seen them. I’m talking about people who don’t like tomatoes. Hard to believe, I realize, so when I meet one of these creatures I feel like Captain Kirk, who, when his crew encountered an alien race of humanoids, said in his trademark delivery, “They are, so like…

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