Sunday, April 3, 2016

Dust off the snow and plant the greens

Yesterday, before the snow fell, I dug around in the garden for awhile. It was cold, but it's hard to find a time period that is warm enough to get the soil ready, plus plant the seeds. So, I am late planting greens, although we've had a warm spring, the opportunity has not presented itself, due to procrastination.
The other excuse is finding the right seeds.
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

Here's some of the top seed and nursery catalog companies: seed and nursery nonprofit heirloom seeds since 1881 seed and nursery since 1907

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...
The plants aforementioned can actually be planted outside as soon as the ground is workable, usually in mid-March.
Broccoli, cabbage, celery, kahlrabi, Brussels spouts and cauliflower plants can be planted outside at this time.
But it's best to wait until mid-May to plant beans and squash seeds outside.
Then, wait until late May to plant the eggplant, peppers and tomato plants. It seems if you put these plants outside while it's still cold, the plants will grow slowly until it warms up and be wimpy, defeating the early planting.

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