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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Time to get going! Spring is here!

I have been gardening for many years, so there's few things I haven't grown at one time or another. I've already started most of my seeds, including 5 varieties of peppers, 6 varieties of tomatoes (including a new one I've never tried before, "Principe Borghese"), Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli. Today I will start beets and carrots. It's a little early for where I live, but it's been such a mild spring I'm going for it! I am going to try PEANUTS for the first time this year! I'm super excited about that. I also am going to try growing all my herbs from seed. I haven't had much luck with that in the past and usually end up going to the farmer's market or garden center for the plants. Then they do fine, it's just the starting I have trouble with. I'm determined to grow them from seed! On with my day ... lots to do!

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I love to work in my gardens ... flowers, herbs and vegetables all intermingled. I am an organic gardener and use companion plantings to help control the pests and diseases. I also love to help "young people" learn that they can make a meal from scratch just as fast as they can open a box of Hamburger Helper or go through the drive through. I run a business from my home teaching people to cook & selling the tools to do so. I work full time at the local grocery store, so I see many sides to the food we eat. Most of it is not good. We need to get back to feeding ourselves as much as possible and stop shipping our food thousands of miles! I also am an avid supporter of the Humane Society, La Crescent Animal Rescue and other local groups that help animals. Recycling, composting and re-purposing are also very important causes to me! I run an online greeting card business and a business that sells plant based cleaning products & natural supplements as well.