Thursday, April 5, 2012

Need an excuse to start a garden?

If you have been pondering whether or not to start a garden, this news story might give you the extra push you need to break out the seed catalogs and place an order.

"World food prices are likely to rise for a third successive month in March, and could gain further beyond that, with expensive oil and chronically low stocks of some key grains putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda." (Click here for the entire article)

Instant Garden Gratification

If you are an impatient person, gardening might not be the best hobby choice. All that work in the dirt can take months, or even years for a payoff! However, there is hope for those who need a little more of an instant garden gratification to stay motivated. If you plant extra dwarf pak choy, you will be able to see sprouts in a matter of days and harvest your first crop within a month.

Extra dwarf pak choy doesn't mind nippy nights or an occasional blast of snow either. In fact, you want to get these seeds in the ground as soon as you can work the soil and harvest before things get too warm. This is a great choice for fickle Colorado spring weather. You can plant a batch, wait two weeks, and then plant more for 2 successive spring crops. Once you harvest you can put in a warm season crop, then plant more of the tiny pak choy in the fall.

Tender and tasty, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy is a great "distraction" crop. It will keep you busy enough in early spring that you wont obsess about how slow everything else is growing. In fact, the dwarf choy went from seed to harvest faster than it took my corn salad or red winter kale to even sprout! Not only is this a great option for an impatient adult, this is a fantastic crop to get kids excited about starting their own little garden patch.

I bought my seeds at Baker Creek.