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March 1, 2013

THE DIRT ON GARDENING: Get a fresh start on spring with indoor gardens

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This early experiment of growing salad fixings should probably be limited to the easier-to-grow varieties that you can simply pluck off several leaves and toss them into a bowl and sprinkle a vinaigrette dressing or your favorite dressing at hand on them.

Don’t have seeds to sow? Then trek down to your favorite garden center or big box store where they are displayed prominently this time of year. You’ll be one up on many of your gardening friends and also satisfying your gardening urge by getting your hands dirty in planting soil.

While in the gardening section browsing the seed selections, you may even see other packets of seeds that catch your eye that you may get an early start by planting now.

With early planting of longer maturing plants in an indoor environment, the most common occurrence (and fault) is lack of light and/or sunshine to keep plants from getting “leggy.” Plants will reach for light and sun and the only way to keep them in check is to keep them in a sunny spot to keep them stocky and heavy branched. Turn them daily to keep them from leaning one way toward the light.

Good luck — and happy “early” gardening!

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