Friday, January 18, 2013

Veggie Garden in New England and Maritime Canada

I'm WAY out of my growing zone at this point and I would love to have feedback on what works and what does not for those of you in this area. 

As you might already know, I have a unique selection of heirloom garden seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  I am in the process of adding a few more varieties and any suggestions would help.

And now on to the garden!  According to Mother Earth News, the top 10 crops for the Maritime Canada and New England region are: Carrot, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Slicing Tomato, Summer Squash, Onion, Pole Beans, Snap peas, Lettuce and Garlic.
Extra Dwarf Pak Choy
Here's were this region varies from the previous...Mother Earth News suggests that you plant (inside) in March.  Seed varieties to plant in March are: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Chard, Bean, Fennel, Leek, Lettuce, Onion, Pak Choy, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Rhubarb, Radicchio, Spinach, Tomato and Herbs.
Don't want to garden but like the idea of fresh greens?  Try SPROUTS!  Find out how to get more free seeds HERE!

My advice to anyone getting started:
-Plant ONLY Heirloom Seeds.  Find out why...
-Plant Basil!!!  It's easy.
-More easy varieties are: lettuce, beets, radish, turnips and borage.
-Try Peat Pellets for seed-starting made easy.
-Plant more seeds than you think you'll need.  Stuff happens!
-Take notes or keep a log of what works, what didn't work, questions and comments.  Or blog about it!

Pink Oxheart Tomato (my favorite)
If you are looking for additional help for natural or organic pest control check out "Natural and Organic Pest Control." I use Neem Oil for powdery mildew when I just can't get rid of it any other way.
Consider Companion Planting for natural pest control and healthy veggies.

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Would you like more gardening info specific to your area?
Let me know!
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Anonymous said...

Hi Mary, hopefully I will have an order coming your way before the weekend is out! I'm in New Brunswick (Maritimes of Canada), and there is so, no way you could plant that early here! Oh baby, I wish that were not the case! Trust me, I SO wish that were not the case! The earliest you could plant here would be the middle of May, first part of June. And that's with an early Spring! One thing we really, really like here is Peaches and Cream Corn. Love, Love, Love that!!! Hope this helps with you info. gathering!

Mary Smith said...

Thanks Sue!!! The ususal recommendation is planting seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last "frost date."
Looking forward to seeing what grows in your area! Have a great weekend!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Always glad to have some great gardening information! Gives me something to look forward to while it's freezing!

Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday. How about some Ohio tips! ; )

Moe said...

Apparently our minds are in the same place today.

Then since I had been day dreaming about my garden all morning, I was shocked when I went outside and it was not quite 40 degrees.

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing this useful information!

Becky Elmuccio said...

Thanks for putting these regional guides together and for linking up with Tuesday Greens!