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NATIVE PERENNIALS TO PLANT IN FALL

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SOME NATIVE PERENNIALS TO PLANT IN FALL Fall is a very good time to plant potted perennial plants.  Garden soil is still warm, enabling roots to grow quickly, therefore allowing perennial plants to establish well.  Root growth will take place all through the autumn, finally ceasing when the ground freezes in mid-November or even... More

GROWING ORGANIC EGGPLANT

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GROWING EGGPLANT Eggplant is not often grown by home gardeners in Western Montana, but a good crop can be harvested and seed saved for next year if you give it what it needs.  Eggplant is native to warm, subtropical regions in India and China and has been cultivated for more than 6,000 years.  The... More

GROWING CARROTS

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GROWING CARROTS Carrots, botanically classified Daucus carota have been grown in gardens for centuries.  The Romans grew them, but they were not very popular until the Middle Ages.  The earliest carrots had white, purple, red, or yellow roots.   Orange colored carrots appeared as a mutation of yellow carrots during the seventeenth century.  Some orange... More

GROWING TOMATOES IN MONTANA

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GROWING TOMATOES Here in western Montana we usually transplant our started tomatoes about May 10-21 as weather permits.  Direct seeding may be done with the earliest varieties, but there is no guarantee of a crop.  This year has been cool, with frosts still threatening in mid-May, so tender plants like tomatoes are going into... More

ORGANIC ONIONS FOR YOUR GARDEN

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  ORGANIC ONIONS FOR YOUR GARDEN Onions regulate their growth by day length.  Short-day varieties grow best in the South; here in the north we grow long-day varieties of onions.   When the days reach 14 to 16 hours long, the long-day onions begin to form bulbs.   The greater amount of growth prior to bulbing... More

PLANNING AND MAKING AN ORGANIC GARDEN IN MONTANA

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ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING By James Sagmiller The benefits of gardening organically are many.  First, food grown without dangerous pesticides and herbicides is safe for us and our children to eat.  Second, using organic methods protects our natural environment: soils are healthy, waters are protected from dangerous runoff, insects, birds, and water creatures are all... More

MARCH GARDENING CALENDAR

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MARCH GARDENING CALENDAR March is a very busy month for Montana gardeners!  A brief summary of things we can do now is: plant lettuce and spinach in cold frames; plant/prune cane fruits, fruit trees, deciduous trees; plant evergreens as soon as ground thaws; plant rhubarb, strawberries, asparagus, sea kale, and artichokes; weed and clean... More

FEBRUARY GARDEN CALENDAR

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GARDEN SEED RACKS ARE IN OUR STORE NOW! We have 3 racks:    FERRY MORSE Certified Organic Seeds TRIPLE DIVIDE Montana-grown Certified Organic Seeds And Baker Seeds’ HEIRLOOM NATIVE AMERICAN Vegetable and Flower Seeds FEBRUARY GARDENING CALENDAR February is a winter month for us and usually not much can be done outside besides shoveling... More

HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES FOR WESTERN MONTANA

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HEIRLOOM VEGETABLE VARIETIES FOR WESTERN MONTANA Below is a list of varieties of tried and true heirloom vegetables that have been around for at least 50 years, and do well in our Western Montana climate.  From my own experience, and the experience of other Montana gardeners, the kinds listed below have proven they are... More

SOME HEIRLOOM CUCMBERS

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  SOME HEIRLOOM CUCUMBERS Last season, in western Oregon, I grew several heirloom cucumbers.  All of the ones I grew are open pollinated, so seed can be saved and planted next year.  The first of my cucumbers to ripen was ‘Boothby’s Blond’ a variety handed down over generations by the Boothby family living in... More