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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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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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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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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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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  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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