March 2018
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Easy Seed Starting Using Recycled Containers

You don’t need to have a fancy set up to successfully grow your garden seedlings. Many people have that one cabinet or drawer full of plastic containers that have lost their lids, a stack of yogurt cups that have long been forgotten or the clear plastic “clamshell” containers that you’ve kept around, and maybe an empty plastic milk jug or two. Disposable containers can receive new life by using them to start seeds. READ MORE

Growing Tomatoes From Seed

If you love succulent tomatoes, mid-March to early April is the time to start your own plants from seed. It's the only way to have the very best tasting and old fashioned heirloom varieties which are not usually available as nursery started plants. READ MORE

March In The Trial Garden

This is an exciting time of year as samples of many different seed varieties arrive and we plan our trial garden for the spring and summer seasons. We are always on the lookout for great new varieties to evaluate. We get seed samples to trial from many different seed producers both large and small, domestic and international. This will be a big year for melon trials, many heirloom tomatoes, flower mixes, sunflowers, gourds, the list goes on.
A break in the winter weather enabled us to do a big direct sowing of cool weather varieties, including lettuce, broccoli raab, flower mixes, poppies and sweet peas and radishes. They will all grow and mature well before the summer heat comes on, and then we will follow these early crops with heat loving, summer varieties. 
In the greenhouse we are starting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant which need a long season grow and mature. Giving them a good head start in the greenhouse ensures they will have ample time to mature and produce abundant harvests.
Recipe Of The Month
Orange Poppy Seed Cake

Plant poppies soon so you can harvest aromatic fresh poppy seed to make this moist and delicious cake. Perfect with tea or coffee
for an afternoon break or lunch box snack.
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