Home Planting Tips for Early Spring
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Peas are sweet and pleasant to mix in with spring salads or blanch a few and put them in your egg salad for color and a nice texture. Peas are very easy to cook and blend into a warm soup with garlic bread or whole wheat pita.
Broccoli is great for you and your family but can be a pain to grow, starting with the best seeds I think helps you in the long run to have a stronger, fitter plant. Give the seedlings time to sprout adequately to have enough strength to grow easily in your in-ground garden.
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Romaine is a much easier lettuce to grow than some more fragile varieties and goes with almost everything from a salad to sandwich topper. If you go with the sweeter and softer baby mix of seeds remember to watch out for mixes of seeds which contain tart or bitter greens as they can really influence the rest of any dish you make with them.
These Black Sea Tomatoes are good tasting and so unique your kids will eat them on a dare, no begging needed. Adding in different, lesser seen and therefore fun ingredients to your cooking is a great way to help kids be interested in what they are eating and to get the little ones to enjoy eating healthy, veg centered meals.
Swiss chard is a tasty bumper crop, good to plant in the fall and spring for an easy dish.
A good sampling of Heirloom seeds to begin your indoor seeding while it is still cold and icy out. Think ahead of time about what your family will be eating and find those seeds.
Here are two good books for read throughs as you're just starting out or getting a regular jump start on planting; they cover homegrown meals and the ideas behind heirloom seeds.
Salad greens: make sure you're through the worst frosts of your area before starting these seeds. Seedlings can go in the ground once it's warmed up a bit and will produce soft, healthy greens for sandwiches and salads.
Look online for when your frost season is over and plan out a month to six weeks ahead of time for all your planting so nothing gets away from you. It only takes two hours a Sunday to get ready for a wonderful garden that will feed your family, help raise disease resistant plants and bring color to your yard.
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