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July 5, 2011

Territorial Seed fall catalog arrives on the solstice

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Summer planting means winter harvest is the by line on the magazine and so we get a reminder that now is the time to plant for fall. That is very hard to believe this year because the weather only now has turned hot so it's hard to think about cool weather crops when the tomatoes and peppers are just starting to prosper.

There are several mid summer chores I'm ready to take on. I'm going to till up the strawberry beds, both of them and get new plants. I'll build up a raised bed with a lot of chicken manure put in and all new plants. They should be bearing well next year when the grandchildren come and I look forward to starting all over again with strawberries. They are one of my favorite crops and i really like to have enought to freeze for winter and to make jam and that hasn't been happening for several years.

I noticed that my garlic is starting to make flowers heads and reminded myself to cut those off to let all the energy go to the bulb. The flowers on the swiss chard can be trimmed off also and a side dressing of manure is called for on the carrots.

But the first page I turned to in the Territorial seed catalog was the spinach. They are selling an organic an heirloom seed called Galilee which is heat tolerant and very suited for summer growing. The leaves can be used for salads and also can be cooked.

I think this is worth a try.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at July 5, 2011 3:59 PM
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