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Container Gardens and Giving Back

Happy Friday, Gardening Friends,

It’s been a chilly start to April but that doesn’t need to stop us from getting ready for planting. That’s the wonderful thing about using containers to grow vegetables and other plants – they don’t take up as much room. But more importantly, they’re much less labor intensive than even an average sized garden and you can do some of the prep work indoors in a garage if you choose. Another positive attribute of container gardening is the bountiful harvest that you can get from 12-inch containers.

Sydney’s Green Garden offers containers that are resilient to extremes in weather – they’re built to last, and they look great, too!  Scott has also tested many different seeds over the course of several summers to determine the best varieties to grow in containers, as well as for our climate.  Seeds, kits, and containers are available for purchase on this website, at The Bookstore at Fitger’s, and at Mount Royal Fine Foods.

Giving back to the community is a great way to be involved and help. Scott likes to give container gardening workshops throughout the Duluth and Superior region. He does this free of charge – when a monetary fee is given, he donates it to Northern Lakes 2nd Harvest Food Bank. He believes it’s important to give back whenever we can – what a great way to show you care by helping to feed the hungry in our own neighborhoods!

His philosophy carries over to his business by helping people to feed themselves by growing healthy, pesticide and herbicide free vegetable plants.

If you ever have an opportunity to catch one of his workshops, you’ll be hooked on container gardening. He has two upcoming workshops:
April 26, 6 PM, Whole Foods Coop – 4th Street location
April 28, 6 PM, Whole Foods Coop – NEW Denfeld location

We welcome your questions and comments: www.grow@sydneysgreengarden.com

Enjoy your weekend,
From your friends at SGG

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Check Out Our New Seeds!

Hello Gardening Friends,

The wait is over! Sydney’s Green Garden products are now available at The Bookstore at Fitger’s and at Mount Royal Fine Foods here in Duluth.

Once again we offer four different container kits that are sure to fit your gardening needs. Each kit contains seeds, a rain gauge, planting guide, and growing containers that are designed to withstand heat, wet, and cold much longer than your typical growing container like those found at discount stores. Container gardening kits we offer: 12-pack, 6-pack, 3-pack herb, and 3-pack salad

We offer the following seeds ( * denotes new this year ):

Beans: Blue Lake, Jade II, Kentucky Blue, Kentucky Wonder Pole, Purple Queen Bush, and Rattlesnake Pole
Beets: Cylindra Long Red and Touchstone Gold
Carrots: Bolero, Mokum, Nelson, *Rainbow Mix, and *Tendersweet
Swiss chard: Sydney’s Swiss chard Blend
Cucumber: *Bush Pickle, Fanfare, and Tasty Green
Herbs: Sweet Basil, Cilantro, and Bouquet Dill
Lettuce: Black-seeded Simpson, Oakleaf Loose Leaf, Parris Island Romaine, Super Red Romaine, Sydney’s Loose Leaf Gourmet Salad Blend
Peas: Mammoth Melting Snow, Oregon Giant Snow, Sugar Ann, Sugar Snap, and Sugar Sprint
Pumpkin: Big Max and Casper
Spinach: Bolero, Menorca,*Space, and Unipack 151
Squash: Sebring Yellow and Spineless Beauty Summer

Now is a great time to plan to grow your own vegetables – be sure to pick up your SGG vegetable seeds and kits at one of the Duluth locations listed above. Or, for your shopping convenience, place your order here on our website and have them delivered right to your door.

We welcome your questions:  email us at grow@sydneysgreengarden.com

Your Friends at SGG

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Container Gardening Workshop Update

Hi,

Last night’s community ed container gardening workshop was a success!  People asked lots of questions; it was a lot of fun.

Two more container gardening workshops are scheduled at Whole Foods Coop – (April 26, 6 pm at the 4th Street location – April 28, 6 pm at the NEW Denfeld location).  Hope to see you there – be sure to register early as it usually fills up fast.

Container gardening kits and seeds are now available at the Bookstore at Fitger’s.  Later this week you can get your kits and seeds at Mount Royal Grocery.

We’ve had unseasonably warm temps and it puts us in the mood to work the soil and plant some seeds – ah, we have to wait a few more weeks though!

Have fun dreaming about gardening,

Your friends at Sydney’s Green Garden

 

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2016 Workshops

Hi there, We’re preparing for another growing season at Sydney’s Green Garden – soon we’ll get seeds and kits packaged - so check back. Scott is offering container gardening workshops again this spring: Tuesday, March 15 – 6-7 PM – Ordean East Middle School Tuesday, April 19 – Whole Foods Coop – 6-7 PM Thursday, April 21 – Whole Foods Coop – 6-7 PM Be sure to sign up soon - his classes fill up fast. Check this site often so you know when seeds and kits are available, as well as possible additional container gardening workshops. It’s only January, but it’s okay to dream green – dream fresh veggies. Stay warm! Your friends at SGG
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Great Potato Harvest

Hi There,

This was a great summer to grow potatoes. I’m posting some photos of red and blue fingerlings.

One photo with reds poking out of the soil in a round container shows what you can grow in a modest sized bucket. Another gives an idea of how many potatoes you can grow. The blues never yield as much as reds or whites, but they sure are great tasting and so rich in color!

I just can’t help sharing my excitement with you about my container gardens.

PS - Your carrots will taste even better after our first frost – enjoy!

Until next time,

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Potato and Onion Harvest

Hello SGG Friends,

Warm weather made summer 2015 an excellent gardening year here in Duluth.

I harvested over 80 Russian Banana fingerling potatoes from a twenty inch round container, and 50 Yukon Golds from a recycle bin. The Yukons were the largest I’ve yielded so far. Two 12 x 26 inch rectangle container yielded a whopping 28 yellow onions!

We’ll post photos of the potatoes.

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Scott’s Peppers

Hi there,

Check out the Photo Gallery - we posted a pic of Scott's peppers - so colorful - he's enjoying the varying flavors and heat of those little gems.

Are you enjoying a good harvest of container grown vegetables? Share your gardening experiences here - we welcome your stories and ideas.

Enjoy the summer-like temps this week as you harvest your ripe veggies - what a great time to be outdoors!

More pictures will be added next week.

Will be back soon . . .

Your Friends at SGG

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My Favorite Beans!

Hello Friends of SGG,

Hopefully you’re enjoying the fruits and veggies of your labor! If you kept up on your watering during our dry spell, it’s been a pretty good garden year. Beans and slicing cukes are especially tasty right now.

I experimented with Dragon Tongue, Eureka yellow wax, Blue Lake and Purple Queen Bush beans:

Place beans on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil
Olive oil – drizzled on
Sea salt
Pepper
Fresh herbs – your favorites (I used Basil and Rosemary)
Water – just a little
Balsamic Vinaigrette – your favorite drizzled on
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes – they’re still crunchy
My experiment turned out absolutely delicious – I’m looking forward to the leftovers today :)

Enjoy your tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, herbs, and everything else you planted, while they’re fresh.

Feel free to share your container garden stories here at SGG – we welcome your feedback!

Just one more week until Labor Day – enjoy your weekend,

Your Friends at SGG

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Pickles Are In Season

Hello Friends of Sydney’s Green Garden,

We’re having beautiful garden weather as long as you’re keeping up on your watering – that’s not always easy during these busy summer days!

Scott put up some pickles last week and they are now curing in the fridge. As the weeks pass he will can a lot more pickles - he loves to give them to family and friends. What a wonderful treat they’ll be in a few weeks’ time – he has some leftover from last year to enjoy, too!

It’s a wonderful time to enjoy fresh vegetables - ah, summer growing season is great!

Time to get out there and water since we've had so little rain . . .

From Your Friends at Sydney's Green Garden

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Happy 4th of July

Hello Sydney’s Green Garden Friends,

Happy 4th of July! It’s a wonderful time to get together for outdoor picnic and barbeques with family and friends. Your container garden may provide salad and herb makings for your holiday festivities. While I don’t have any potatoes growing, I have some green onions I planted a few years ago that I know will taste great in potato salad.

If you planted SGG vegetable seeds you’re probably excited to see the plants growing. It’s fun and economical to grow your own food.

Scott’s containers are growing gangbusters – check out the new pictures. His potato plants are absolutely awesome – they’re healthy and should yield a great crop. He’s been enjoying spinaches and lettuces for a few weeks now. He loves to let everyone know what’s in bloom and what’s ready to eat, so check back soon.

The container gardens at MIDI Restaurant in the Fitger's complex are looking pretty good – lettuces look tasty. Peas are climbing, pumpkins and squash are branching out and will soon flower. Potatoes are robust and will soon bloom as well. Carrots are coming along nicely. The chocolate mint is ready to garnish many dishes and drinks. A few tomatoes are ripening. When you're out enjoying summer on the Lakewalk, be sure to stop by and check out our garden at MIDI.

This week I am enjoying spinaches and lettuces. Since they were planted later than many people plant these crops, they are very tender – but oh, so tasty!

Beans, peas, squashes and carrots are all growing strong – the peas are starting to climb. Basil, dill and cilantro, radishes and beets are all looking healthy, too.

Happy and safe 4th of July to you and yours,

From Your Friends at Sydney’s Green Garden

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Father’s Day

Hello Friends of Sydney’s Green Garden,

It’s another beautiful week here in the Northland!

Scott’s container gardens are growing great. Spinach, peas, and squashes are up and looking good. Potatoes should be blooming in a couple weeks – it’ll be a joy to see the flowers! Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are growing great as well.

Here at Fitger’s, Midi’s garden is looking great. Peas are really growing! Lettuces are healthy and will be ready for salads before too long. Spinaches are up and should soon take off. Carrots are just up and taking their time – but they’ll be so worth the wait!! Stop by and see the Midi garden for yourself if you’re out and about on the Lakewalk.

Very exciting news: A few days ago I planted SGG containers in Superior – will keep you posted on these delayed plantings. Sunday’s gentle rain helped some seeds germinate – will keep you posted on the progress. I also planted some 2013 and 2014 seeds to test their viability – will keep you posted on my experiment.

There’s still time to plant seeds in containers if you want some fresh from the plant veggies. This weekend is Father's Day and some quality planting time with dad will create memories for the whole family, so be sure to pick up your Sydney's Green Garden kits and seeds soon. Shop our online store or visit our three convenient locations here in Duluth (Mount Royal Foods, Engwall’s in Hermantown, and The Bookstore at Fitger’s).

Also, if you have any gardening questions you can email us at: grow@sydneysgreengarden.com; we’d love to hear from you!

Happy Gardening,
Your Friends at Sydney’s Green Garden

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Beautiful June Days

Hello Friends of Sydney’s Green Garden,

The containers are planted at MIDI Restaurant, located at Fitger’s on the Lake. Soon you’ll be able to order items from the menu that are picked fresh from the garden! It always tastes so much better when it’s fresh, don’t you agree? While you’re out walking Duluth's Lakewalk eating your Bridgeman’s ice cream, be sure to stop by and check out the garden – if you see Scott out tending the plants, stop and say hi. He’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Most seeds and plants can be planted now – just be sure to watch the weather for frost so you can cover your containers if need be.

Seeds and container gardening kits are still available at Mount Royal grocery store, Engwalls in Hermantown, and at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. We also have our online store up and running. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions: grow@sydneysgreengarden.com

We’ll be updating with current photos, so be sure to check back.

Enjoy these beautiful June days,

Your Friends at Sydney’s Green Garden!