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Tomato SeedlingsDigging in the dirt is good therapy for me.  Back in January, I poured over a garden seed catalog and ended up ordering two different varieties of heirloom tomatoes.  The seed packets arrived, and on the first day of spring last month, I planted the seeds.  In less than a week the seedlings poked up through the soil.  They are thriving now and will soon be ready to transplant into individual pots, and eventually outside in the garden.  I get a big kick out of growing veggies, and my family savors the flavor of garden-fresh food that burst with aroma and flavor.

I also enjoy flower gardening.  Last fall I transplanted several perennials, so I am hopeful that they have survived the winter and will grow and blossom in due time.  The same goes for the flower bulbs I planted two years ago and enjoyed last spring.  In a few weeks, I’ll be wandering around greenhouses choosing annuals, and maybe a few more perennials, also, to create splashes of color around my yard. 

Choosing the right plants for the right places so that they thrive is key to successful gardening. The NDSU Extension Service publication, “Annual and Perennial Flower Selections for North Dakota,” is a valuable reference to help guide those choices.  The publication includes information about color and height of a great variety of plants, the sun/shade needs of the plants, and the season of bloom for perennials. It is valuable in helping us determine what plants will best satisfy our preferences and needs.  Feel free to request a copy of this publication from the Extension Office.  It can also be accessed online at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/landscap/h322.pdf

As always, please give me a call if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

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