April 2008

Everything appears to be off to a great start and we’ve been enjoying perfect weather for gardening; cool nights, mild days and now the fortune of a slow soaking rainfall to provide needed moisture to the garden. It has turned sharply colder and today I heard rumors of frost warnings going out for the Central Pennsylvania area tonight. That’s not surprising, but what is, is that I’ve recently heard more than one local gardener talk about plans for setting out their tomatoes and other frost tender seedlings… well I sure hope they’re covered!

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You planted lettuce seed with visions of harvesting beautiful heads of sweet and tasty heirloom lettuce, but almost overnight the plants began to bolt for the sky and turn bitter… a familiar tale of a gardener’s grief:

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I knew that I wasn’t the only organic gardener flaunting the vegetable gardening rules and trying ideas that stray from the norm. Jack recently sent in the following email in which he shared a tip for harvesting collard greens, along with some interesting observations on the state of affairs in the dwindling seed industry: “Hi […]

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Seems like some of you were surprised to discover that I don’t always follow all of the conventional and established rules of vegetable gardening: “I really like your website… your honesty about breaking a cardinal rule and not hardening off your cool weather seedlings, got my attention!”

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It’s been pretty raw outside for the past week but despite the wet and chilly conditions it’s an ideal time to get out and take care of a few transplanting tasks in the vegetable garden. Sure, it’s not the most agreeable time for an organic gardener to be outdoors, but it is perfect weather for setting out hardy veggie transplants, relocating over wintered crops, or thinning direct seeded plants to give them additional space to grow and mature.

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