Monday, April 26, 2010

Herbs and Vegetables:
Yum. What we have here is just a bit of what we've got in stock! It is such prime time for cool season vegetables. That includes our friendly chard over there, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach! This cool rainy weather is perfect for helping all of these greens reach their full capacity.
When the weather warms in the next few weeks, it'll be high time to get your tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini and melon crops in the ground. However, the best selection is right now! If you know you want heirloom varieties, come buy them now. Store them on a sunny porch for a week or until the weather warms to your satisfaction! (Don't forget to water them frequently)
Another important thing to think about when it comes to vegetables: follow what you like. Well, yeah, you say, DUH. But I love the beauty of cabbage- not so much on the plate, but in the ground. So I purchase some especially beautiful ornamental varieties for edging around my flower beds. It is a showstopper! I also love the look of that towering Swiss chard. How great does that look in a container with some great annual flowers around the base?
We are excited to offer Prairie Star flowers at FTN this year. Prairie Stars are plants that have been evaluated by our friend, Dr. Alan Stevens, at the K-State trial gardens. These plants thrive in our prairie soil, heat, cold, wind, rain, hail, etc etc etc! One of my favorites is the 'Boxwood' basil. It is a tight, tiny leaved plant that can be cut back to form a neat herbal hedge! I'm so excited to try this at home.

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