Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Finding the right seed

In Southeast Michigan, it is time, actually past time, to plant peas, potatoes, lettuce, onions, radishes and parsley, and of course the greens: spinach, Swiss chard, kale, etc...
Finding the right seed can be a challenge, especially if you have scruples about organic and non- genetically modified.

There are many different types of seeds available. Not only are there different varieties of the same plant, there are different ways the seeds are produced. There are cultivar (cultivated variety which can be a hybrid or open-pollinated); genetically engineered; genetically modified; open-pollinated; hybrid; heirloom and of course organic. For more information on this, visit www.ezfromseed.org.

Here's some of the top seed and nursery catalog companies:
www.gurneys.com seed and nursery
www.seedsavers.org nonprofit heirloom seeds
www.burpee.com since 1881 seed and nursery
www.jungseed.com since 1907

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tree pruning workshop to be held in Novi

Pruning Trees and Shrubs with Janet Macunovich is April 15 at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, 248-347-0269 x229, tollgate.msu.edu, Morning class is 9-11 a.m. and afternoon workshop is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sign up for the first class only, or both, $20 per class.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Get ready to enjoy your garden with these events

• Raised bed gardening workshop is 10 a.m. April 8 at Wojo’s Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville, cost is $10 each, register at 248-627-6498. Attendees receive a $10 Wojo’s gift card, www.wojos.com.

• Spring Fair is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 at Detroit Garden Works, 1794 Pontiac Drive, Sylvan Lake, 248-335-8089, detroitgardenworks.com.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Waterford Garden Club set to meet April 6

The Waterford Garden Club’s next meeting is 9:30 a.m.-noon April 6 at Waterford Senior Center, 3621 Pontiac Lake Road, Activity Room One, Waterford Township, new members welcome.

Monday, March 27, 2017

'Gardening with Children' workshop to be held at MSU center in Novi

Dr. Norm Lownds is presenting at Evenings in the Garden, “Gardening with Children-Finding Magic in Your Garden” is 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 30 at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, register at events.anr.msu.edu/evenings17win, 248-347-0269 x229, tollgate.msu.edu, $20 per class.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

6 steps to growing indoors

1. The best containers are wood pulp pots or peat pots. You can also use plastic cell containers with covers or egg cartons with holes poked in the bottom and saran wrap on top. (Or reuse the annual flats from last year.) Whatever you use, make sure it has drainage.
2. Fill with potting soil, preferably a mix with sphagnum peat moss. Moisten the soil. 
3.Plant a few seeds, not many, about 1/8 inch deep and pat the soil lightly. Then cover with plastic and place in a very warm place, out of direct sunlight.
4. Keep watered. Once the seeds sprout, move the pots to a bright spot, a south-facing window is best. Water often, but not too much or too fast. The plants are fragile. If they get too big for their containers, move them to bigger pots. 
5. When it gets close to planting time, it's time to harden them by placing them outside during the day, to get used to it, but not in direct sunlight at first. Bring them in every night.
6. When it's warm enough at night, transplant to the garden. Dig a hole slightly deeper than the pot and put the plant in, supporting it with your fingers. Firm the soil gently around the stem. Water carefully.

For tomatoes, it takes 6-8 weeks before they'll be ready to transplant outside. For Southeast Michigan, wait until Memorial Day to put tomatoes and peppers outside, because they are very frost sensitive and will grow much better when it's warmer at night. Occasionally, there is frost after Memorial Day, so watch the weather and cover plants when there's a frost forecast.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Annual orchid show is March 25-26 in Madison Heights

63rd annual Michigan Orchid Society Show is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26 at United Food Workers Bldg., 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights, miorchids.com, free admission.