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Welcome 2008 – Planning This Years Garden

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Now is the time to start thinking about the garden of 2008. Start asking your friends and family what they want you to grow or just pick em yourself. When selecting seeds, a little preparation and planning can go a long way.

First, you need to know the basics when planning the Garden

So far, I have had one request…Brussels Sprouts. I got my mom to expand her garden this year after she loved picking her own home grown carrots. Now let’s see if she can keep up with the weeds. Ill try adding straw around her plants to slow them down.

Personally, I have become a big fan of Edamame (soybean) which means “Beans on Branches.” I usually get it as an appetizer in the local sushi restaurants. It’s great steamed with a little salt. I can eat so many of them.

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A word about soy – It is one of the 4 big genetically engineered crops grown in America and a large percentage of those crops are (corn, canola and cotton – the others). They are going into the DNA of the plant and putting in all kinds of stuff. And for what? You would think if they are going to do that, then they would at least make it more nutritious for you. Well it turns out they are not more nutritious and the yields are less than before. So my question is why? And the answer is money, of course. These big companies who are “manufacturing” the seeds are taking out patents on the genes they developed for the seeds. So if anyone wants to use their seeds, they are reliant on them for that seed. And so what if you want to save the seed? They figured that one out. They have created a “terminator gene” that forces the plant to basically commit suicide after one year. All this for money, greed, power…the usual.

There is a book called Your Right To Know that everyone interested in organic food and progressive lifestyles should read.

When you see the ingredients in food we buy at the market like soy lecithin, soybean oil, soy flour or soy protein, chances are they come from genetically engineered soy. Unless you buy Certified Organic! Vote with your dollars!

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So where was I, oh yes, I really love soybeans! They are so easy to grow and you can buy organic seeds from Seeds of Change. That’s definitely a select in my garden this year.

Last year I experimented with some tomato varieties and 2 out of 3 were great! But I got stuck tending for and growing these yellow tomatoes that nobody in my house really enjoyed (in comparison to the other amazing ones). They did not have as much flavor and were just strange tasting. The worst part is that I planted 4 of them. That took up about 1/6th of my entire garden. So I learned when experimenting with large plants, try one or two, not four (depending on the size of your garden).

This year I was at the market and I bought a squash that was locally grown. I think it was called a Hubbard. It was greyish and a little blue. I have decided to give that a shot because it has become accustomed to Long Island soil and climate. To find local seeds I am starting and ending right here with the Long Island Seed Project. I have yet to get seeds from them but you can bet this year I will.

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