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Seedlings are love

Ip Ssam Hong Chinese cabbage Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s so nice to have some seedlings growing under lights again. So nice that I probably planted way too much cabbage at the beginning of the month, but isn’t that always the…

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Starting transplants under fluorescent lights

Well, it’s just about time to turn on my fluorescent lights and start growing onion and cabbage transplants for the garden. Other cool season transplants get started later in February. In February 2013, I wrote a blog about germinating seed and growing…

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Inside greenery for a snowy day

I don’t know about you, but in the middle of the winter I not only like to dream about summer gardens, I also want to have some greenery inside. Houseplants and I don’t get along well (plus my cats like…

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Scheduling your garden

Kathy Jentz of Washington Gardener magazine posts a “tip of the day” for gardeners (which you can read by following her on Twitter or Facebook). This one popped up yesterday: Plan your ornamental and vegetable gardens around your annual schedule. In other…

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A few cucurbit links

Here are some links I’ve come across recently dealing with our plant family of the year. The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange blog has advice about using winter squash as summer squash. Most of the squashes we let mature to fully ripe…

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Almost time to sow seeds for fall, cool season vegetables

I know it’s hard to believe since the summer solstice is still 11 days away and if like me, you are still harvesting spring broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and kohlrabi, but it’s time to start planning for the fall garden.  Fall, cool…

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Starting cucurbits under lights

Despite the cold winter we had this year and the cool, wet spring we have had so far, I’m still looking forward to a return to more seasonal temperatures by my warm season plant out date of May 17.  This…

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