Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rainy day seed sorting

We enjoyed a fine meal with freshly-picked asparagus, (yes I'm bragging). 
I sorted my leftover seeds from last year this rainy morning. It's okay to plant Swiss chard, kale, spinach, green onion, peas, turnips, lettuce, parsley and other greens' seeds in our area as soon as the ground is workable in March. Swiss chard is a wonderful vegetable because it grows fast and produces all season long, as long as the deer don't find it, because they love it as much as I do. A simple way to prepare Swiss chard is to steam it with diced green or red onion and a splash of Balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and ground pepper.
Today, we're going to Wojo's in Ortonville to buy cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and maybe Cauliflower plants which we could have already planted in mid-April. Some people start these plants indoors or in cold frames in their yard. The next best thing is to buy plant sets from a respected greenhouse.
It's too early for pepper and tomato plants, unless you don't mind covering the plants every night. The temperatures are supposed to get down in the 30's at night for the next few nights.
It's too early to plant beans, corn and squash seeds, but time to think about where to get the seeds. For people who are concered about seed quality, there is the Seed Saver Exchange.

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