Monthly Archives: April 2017

peas

When Sugar Snap peas first appeared in 1976, I almost quit on English, or garden peas, (Pisum satifum) because (1) these needed shucking and (2) my sugar snaps sold out every Saturday at the farmers’ market, no matter how many … Continue reading

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Veggie nutrition

“Fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts … Continue reading

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choices

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right. — Henry Ford (It’s really his words)

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Taters

Idaho is known for its potatoes, and one farmer in particular used to be held in high regard for his crops, so when the supply sergeant from the local U.S. Army fort showed up at his place one day to … Continue reading

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Leeks #2

This is what they look like, given the right care and time in-ground.

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Leek plants

Leeks can be readily sown from seed in January, in a greenhouse or under grow lights, and transplanted outside in early April (in my zone 6), but these should be grown all summer and then overwintered for good size the … Continue reading

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Indicators

If Dandelions are plentiful in your garden space, chances are that your soil is fairly acidic. Plantain indicates soil that’s low in nutrients and fertility. Crabgrass around your garden means you have some pretty moist (and highly fertile) soil.

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