Friday, February 22, 2008

What plants to start from seeds

This is the first year that I am trying seeds. Do i plant everything
from seeds in my house frist and then transplant out into my garden? Or
are there some plants that do better being planted directly into the
ground. I have always planted starts from the nursey.

Natasha & Group:

Some plants are better to grow from seed in your garden, including beets, spinach, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, etc.

Some are optional, but using seedlings for many of your garden plants, especially the ones with high production value, can increase your yield substantially. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, melons, etc. come to mind

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Growing Squash and cukes vertically

The best cucumber that I know of is called BURPLESS TASTY GREEN. Produces
abundantly the entire growing season. Don't know if string can handle the
weight. Maybe something thicker (we recommend baling twine - available at farm supply stores - JK).

As far as squash goes, if you mean Summer Squash, try Trombone Squash
(google it to find a source and picture). It is very prolific but again, you
will need something heavier than string. It is very aggressive so unless you
are feeding a whole lot of people, two plants will be plenty.

With both the squash and cuke, you will have to help them along and
possibly tie them up to help them climb.

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