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Kick the Winter Blues by Planning a Sustainable Garden

Posted Mar 02 2011 6:01pm

Vegetable garden Wintry weather got you feeling like you’ll never see green again? Use the next few weeks to plan an epic gardening season to forget all about the short days and cold nights. 

Thanks to burgeoning interest in local, healthy foods, gardening is experiencing a massive resurgence in popularity. Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the hills, even a high-rise, chances are good that you can grow at least a small portion of your own food. 

Consider buying your seeds from family-owned businesses that sell organic, non-GMO, or heirloom varieties. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds , owned by Jere and Emilee Gettle , for example, sells more than 1,400 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers, perusable in the company’s beautiful annual catalog. The couple also turned a historic building in Petaluma, California, into a seed bank — a must-visit for any gardening aficionado in the area.

Vermont's High Mowing Organic Seeds sells hundreds of organic, heirloom varieties by mail order. For more ambitious horticulturalists, particularly those in northern climes, New York state's St. Lawrence Nurseries specializes in cold-tolerant varieties of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and other edible landscaping. They ship all over the country. 

EatingWell magazine offers ideas for how to plan a successful garden , and for how to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor when it’s time. Happy harvesting!

--Zoë J. Sheldon

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