Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring is coming?

Greetings from northern Minnesota, on a blustery wintery day!  It is 4 degrees outside (above zero), and the wind is blowing rather ferociously.  What better day to pull out that stack of seed catalogs that has collected on my shelf and make some plans for this summer!? 




Have you started planning your vegetable and/or flower gardens?  I have some new plants that I am excited to try this year and wanted to share them with you.


Heirloom Elephant Head Amaranthus:

fourth try photo ElephantHead13-3.jpg
(http://s92.photobucket.com/user/BLONDECHICK95926/media/ElephantHead13-3.jpg.html)



Peanuts:

How to grow peanuts
(http://backyard-homestead.com/how-to-grow-peanuts)


 Lemon Grass from seed:

Lemon Grass
 (http://www.outsidepride.com/seed/ornamental-grass/lemon-grass.html)


Dragon Tongue Arugula:

Arugula ‘Dragon's Tongue’ 
 (http://loghouseplants.com/plants/shop/arugula-dragons-tongue/)


Mixed Colors Echinacea

Echinacea
 (http://easybloom.com/plantlibrary/plant/echinacea)




 Red Shiso:

 (http://plantfreak.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-somehow-hearty-and-minty-shiso/)




Edelweiss (like from the Sound of Music)

Edelweiss
 (http://www.outsidepride.com/seed/ground-cover-seed/edelweiss.html)


Joe Pye Weed

 (http://www.obsessiveneuroticgardener.com/2013/08/a-little-joe-pye-weed-love.html)


 Ramps

 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/dining/20forage.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)




 Neck Pumpkin Squash

 (http://www.homekitchengarden.com/home-kitchen-garden/neck-pumpkin-a-home-kitchen-garden-marvel)


Narrow Leaf Echinacea (the truest medicinal echinacea)

Despite having been scraped by a snowplow the prior year, this roadside Echinacea angustifolia plant bore the most heads seen during a long-term study.  
(http://my.chicagobotanic.org/science_conservation/undercover-science-5/)


 Black Current Swirl Datura

Datura metel
 (http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/jour/p/07/gw1013007/page.html)



 Valerian

 (http://whitesagelanding.net/herbs-essential-oils/valerian-essential-oil)


 Watercress

watercress
 (http://www.wildedible.com/wild-food-guide/watercress)


 "Velour" Dwarf French Garden Bean

 'Velour' bush bean. Image via parkseed.com
 (http://broadwayandthresher.com/farm-and-garden/2013/6/20/the-soils-warm-plant-beans-fg)



Oh, and just like that, it is now snowing outside!  Wonderful....

What exciting new things are you going to try this year in your garden?

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