Smart Gardening with Vegetables in Michigan

  It is the beginning of the vegetable gardening season in Michigan, and one of the questions a new vegetable gardener may ask is, “Can I plant vegetable seeds and transplants in the garden yet?” The answer is not a simple yes or no because several factors need to be considered; however, there are some easy ways to gauge when it is a good time to plant.   To best determine planting times, consider these first: Frost-free dates for your area. (Keep in mind that the last frost dates are averages; … [Read more...]

7 Vegetables that Taste Better in the Winter

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, seasonal eating helps with digestion, because it favors easier-to-digest foods in the winter when your body is hard at work burning energy to keep you warm (and therefore theoretically has less energy to devote to digestion). Seasonal produce will be fresher, too, which means its nutrients won't have time to degrade like the same food left to sit in cold storage for days or weeks. One study found that in-season broccoli (fall) contained nearly … [Read more...]

Top 5 Garden Vegetables for Spring

We only have four days left until spring! All of you gardeners out there know that now is the time to get sprouting. There’s no better way to know where your food comes from than by growing it yourself. Seeds: Regardless of what crop you are growing, always choose organic, non-GMO varieties of seed. Recommended seed sources: - Bakers Creek - High Mowing - Seed Savers Exchange Gardening for Health: All vegetables are healthy for you in their own unique ways! We’ve put together a … [Read more...]