Spring into a Michigan Fresh growing season with help from MSU Extension

posted on April 29, 2013 10:23am

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EAST LANSING, Mich. ­–As the weather warms and Michiganders think about their yards and gardens Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’sMichigan Fresh” program provides information that they can take from the farmers market to the table.

Those who are looking for help in starting a garden, can find tips in a Michigan Fresh fact sheet on starting seeds. Michigan’s unpredictable spring weather can make knowing when to plant seeds very difficult. This fact sheet lays out the proper way to plant various seeds and in what conditions.

According to fact sheet author and MSU Extension educator Gretchen Voyle, warm-season crops, including beans, squash, cucumbers and sweet corn turn out best when they are planted as seedlings in an inside environment. This is due to their minimum temperature requirements. When the soil becomes ready, then growers can transport those crops outside. Cold-season crops, such as beets, lettuce, radishes, green and snap peas, as well as spinach, can be planted outdoors when the soil is ready.

If you’re more interested in consuming the bounty of the garden than planting one, look for a Michigan Fresh fact sheet focused on using, storing and preserving radishes. The fact sheet includes information about the five types of radishes that are grown in Michigan. Whatever they type of radish, it’s important that it is thoroughly washed before being prepared. Though radishes can be stored in refrigerators, they don’t make good candidates for other preservation methods due to their high water content.

Michigan Fresh is an MSU Extension educational program. The program helps people explore the state’s bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals. To learn more, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/programs/mi_fresh/.

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