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Here in the North East, in a chilly zone 5…with temperatures below zero today…I find my mind drifting to Spring Planting. I have been experimenting with starting my own seeds indoors the past few years and through trial and error…am getting better and better. I am always looking for ways to save money on organic groceries...and growing produce is certainly a fun way to do it!
It’s important to grow plants from seed so I know they are truly organic, and it’s a great activity to do with my kids. What an amazing way to teach my babies about biology then to teach them through our garden, right?! It has the cycle of seeds, compost, animals and definitely insects. I keep my kitchen composting up all year round and will have even better soil in the spring.
I’m always looking for ways to get a head start on the season, and thought this Garden Tower looked pretty fantastic. It composts and holds 50 plants! I avoided growing lettuce last year because the aphids the year before were terrible. I spent so much time washing them off the lettuce that I really didn’t want to eat it when I was done. It was also really dirty from being on the ground. This looks like a good solution, right?!In addition to lettuce, this would be a great way to keep strawberries, parsley and basil close to the house for cooking!
So how are my garden plans blooming? Currently, I’m on the search for seeds. Last season the organic seeds I used worked great, the two packs I got from an heirloom company never sprouted. I wonder if I should give those another go; I love the idea that they’re heirloom, organic and derived from other growers and am willing to try again. Looking through the seed catalogs I have certainly make bitter cold days like today feel a bit warmer and shorter. I also hope to expand our 30×30 to a 60×60 to allow for more root vegetable planting and cold crops.
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