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WINTER GARDEN FUN – Harvest,Prep and Planning

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Now that Christmas has come and gone the new year is a week or 2 old, we can relax and look forward to spring and the GARDEN.

Then the mail comes and in the place of Christmas cards and sale flyers….seed catalogs. My favorite is Johnny Selected Seeds…so much great stuff. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

OK so what activities can we do in the garden when te freezing weather, ice and snow are around?

First question: Do we have anything growing over the winter?

Greens, roots, anything “stored” in the soil”

Did I properly clear/clean the garden in the fall?

Second question: What am I planting this year? Anything new? Where did I plant everything last season? [important for crop rotation] When can I plant? Start seedlings?

Third Question? : What work is necessary to prepare the garden for the season? Long term planning= helpful this yer but payoff will be realized over several years.

The following posts and articles address some of these ideas:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/preparing-your-vegetable-garden-for-winter.aspx#axzz3P1HRlkJu

http://www.farmaid.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=qlI5IhNVJsE&b=6281749&ct=12490387

Info from another good seed catalog…http://www.territorialseed.com/category/fall_Winter_seed

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/starting-seeds-indoors-zm0z12djzsor.aspx#axzz3P1HRlkJu

Enjoy and happy gardening !!

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Grow your garden for $15 a year

Now the first couple of years you may have to buy seed or seedlings but from that point forward you can save seeds as the harvest proceeds.

This allows you to continue producing the goodies that you love to eat and grow without having to invest in seeds every season. Seed saving varies for different species and families of plants but storage is universal.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE for CHEAPSKATES?

1) Freecycle to find supplies- wood, bricks, barrels, cinder blocks even grass, leaves, mulch or compost(plus manure)

2) Collect bagged leaves from the neighborhood, or other neighborhoods

3) Employ worms to break down kitchen scraps and some yard waste…can be found from other “worm” farmers or purchased online…

4)Wood chips and other ground/shredded wood make a great garden base, they can also serve as top dressing to maintain moisture and fight unwanted weeds.  These can be obtained free(but you may need to get them) or for a nominal fee.

5) Build composter(s) with free/recycled items. Bin with wooden pallets, bins with cinder blocks, barrel from old trash can…..

6) find manure you can shovel into a truck bed or trashbag/barrel to bring home

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SPROUTS – Tiny Explosions of Taste and Nutrition

SPROUTS – Tiny Explosions of Taste and Nutrition

I have loved sprouts since the first time I scooped them off the salad bar into my plate. later enjoying them in stir fry and other meals.

Then I read about sprouting seeds in a jar and eating the young sprouts, seeds and roots. At that time I learned that there are dozens of seeds and plants available for sprouting and eating- all are economical sources of nutrient rich food.  

Many of the “sprouts” have a greater nutritional impact- bang for the buck- many have a different impact. All are fun because you can grow and watch them form AND then eat them.

Many can be used in smoothies or juice(especially wheatgrass/barley grass) and they have a great nutrient impact. 

Add a few baskets and trays and jars for a full rotating crop of greens and beans and other young veggies to keep you well fed and entertained.

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Some information on choosing seeds and growing sprouts for food.

*                       http://www.efoodsdirect.com/blog/sprouting-how-to-choose-seeds/

You can save money om food by growing inexpensive sprouts – You can even make money sharing or selling sprouts and microgreens-

 

**             http://hubpages.com/hub/Growing-and-selling-Microgreens-An-example-of-a-commercial-urban-agriculture-operation

 

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Miss the Daily Fun in the Garden- But need to Plan the New Seeds for Early season Planting

Miss the Daily Fun in the Garden- But need to Plan the New Seeds for Early season Planting

What should I plant next spring?  

What should I start inside?  How many should i start? I have a nice rack to grow/start up to 400 seed starter pots. 

What can I sow directly after starting inside- to stagger harvest for the entire season. Time to do some reading here ON line and some books- 

 

Book reviews to follow.

Seeds ?

http://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2012/02/post_66.html

Starting inside?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/9808259/Ten-tips-for-success-with-indoor-seedlings.html

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Need to Sow some Seeds- Starting Inside !!

Need to Sow some Seeds- Starting Inside !!

I am growing some herbs and plants inside my apartment and ha started. This has me thinking about the whole idea of starting seeds. When will I start this year?  

What will I start at home for next summers’ crop?

Some more info I found- especially about potting/starter mix

http://sift.ncat.org/blog2.php/starting-seeds-making-potting-mix 

Some more great hints…which ones to focus on?

http://organic-urban-farming.com/2012/03/09/hurry-up-and-wait/