Cold Climate Gardening tips

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    I’ve been looking through different forums this week and have noticed many gardeners think they are limited to growing specific veggies due to their short cooler growing season area. You would be surprised at what you can grow just by purchasing the right seeds for your area.
    I live in the NW, at high elevation, short growing season and cool nights.
    I grow heirloom Siberian, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish, Canadian and Alaskan vegetable seeds from a cold growing climate area or you can grow veggies with the shorter growing days on the package.
    Grow cold crops such as peas, onions, spinach, chard, cabbage, carrots, turnips, kohlrabi, radish, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower.
    Warmer crops like corn, you buy shorter growing days seed or purchase seeds that grow well in Canada, they are shorter plants but grow out in 65 days!
    You can grow winter squash, just pick the varieties with shorter growing days, not necessarily the smaller variety of squash.
    Start your cold climate variety tomatoes under inexpensive shop lights March 1st, then transfer outside in May after frost date.
    Most potatoes will grow in cool climates with well worked soil.
    Siberian variety melons and cantaloupe grow well, black breathable plastic around the plant will help.
    Zone 3 variety grapes grow well here. Plums, strawberries, Logan berries, raspberries and blueberries all grow well here too.
    Here is an online list of seed growers who have the cold area growing seeds:
    http://www.territorialseed.com/” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;
    http://rareseeds.com/” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;
    http://www.amishlandseeds.com/russian_tomatoes.htm” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false;
    You can also get involved in seed exchange groups in online gardening forums and get many for free or by trading seeds with other gardeners.
    Here is an excellent resource book for us cold climate gardeners:
    Cold climate Gardening, by Lewis Hill.
    Best wishes

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