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Plan your Kitchen Garden Now


Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Virginia CooperMonday, Febraury 4, 2002

My favorite catalog for salad greens is 'The Cook's Garden.' They started as a family operation in 1983 with a single page of lettuces and exotic salad crops; now they are a very successful, nationally known seed house with a nursery and garden center. They are committed to organic growing methods and all their seed is certified organically grown.

This years' catalog is full of wonderfully enticing varieties of salad greens, they have everything needed for your kitchen garden. Promising up to five harvests from a single planting, the filet bean 'Morgane' was recommended by top market gardeners as full of flavor and ultra high yields.
Filet beans are just like regular green beans but should be harvested when less than an eighth of an inch thick - very young and tender. Filets will get tough and stringy once they reach snap size. Pick frequently and enjoy their marvelous flavor.

About Lettuces

'Cook's Garden' offers four different types of lettuces. Cutting lettuces, which are looseleaf types that will 'resprout vigorously from a cut stem without loss of leaf quality.' Who knew this was different than other types of lettuce? I had no idea. And then there's the spring lettuce, suited for planting in cooler soil. Plant this as soon as your ground can be worked.

Their summer lettuces can be planted anytime after last frost date, but for best germination they recommend that if soil temperatures are over 80 degrees, plant seeds in trays in a cooler spot and set out little plants later. Always make some kind of partial shade tent for newly set out lettuces in the heat of the summer and you'll get nicer leaves and less bolting.

If direct sowing seeds in summer heat plant seeds in the evening, water well, then cover row with a board until seeds sprouts, then remove board. Check it every day!

For fresh salads all summer start seeds or set out plants every 7 to 10 days. Plan how much lettuce you need for your family, your favorite neighbors and your chickens, and plant accordingly. Looseleaf lettuces take 45 - 60 days to maturity; Butterhead types 60 - 75 days; Crisphead and Romaine types need longer than 75 days.

Cook's also lists several lettuce types for fall and winter. These will do best when planted after summer heat has passed and cooler wet weather has arrived. They are also chosen for use in a cold frame or in the garden under row covers.

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Hope for a man with a big head

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, February 11, 2002

I went to a seminar last week and tried to pay attention. Speaker after speaker talked about how they had to wear many hats in their jobs. This made me start thinking about hats. My mind wandered. I, too, wear many ha ..... 
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Two Journal writers have books in the works

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Monday, Febraury 4, 2001

Two Journal contributors have been busily working on books that should be coming out in the next few months.

Nancy Overcott

Nancy Overcott, whose column At Home in the Woods appears regularly in the Jour ..... 
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To the Editor,

Our legislators have had a large surplus of our tax dollars for the past six years. The legislators (both Republican and Democrat) have been on a spending spree, which in the last ten years has doubled the states budget.
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Submit a Letter to the Editorhere

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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February 4, 2002

To the Editor,

I am responding to the letter written by John Seem of Harmony in the January 13, 2002 issue of the Journal.

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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Feb 8th, 2002
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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