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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


  Articles From the Spring 1998 Newsletter

A Home Garden
By Bob Gilbert

It's spring! Time to think about the garden. Whether you have a sizeable garden plot or just a small space by the side of the house you can grow some real tasty food. Start now to make sure you have the necessary items on hand for when the weather breaks. If you grow your own plants you need to get the seeds ordered. You should have on hand: tools, growing trays, growing medium, compost, plastic mulch, a hose, etc. Growing your own plants is a bit of a trick and for most folks it's probably better and easier to buy plants.

Those with limited space should lean toward the vegetables that give the largest yield per square foot. In this respect tomatoes are probably the first choice. Personally I prefer JET STAR and SUPERSONIC and for a small variety the SWEET 100.tomatoes. Determinate varieties take up little space and staking the plants uses even less. An excellent book for the small gardener is "Square Foot Gardening" (which explains how to grow many vegetables per square foot.)

Head lettuce is difficult to grow so stick with the leaf varieties. Bush beans are great - I like the JUMBO variety, it gives successive pickings. Beets are great as are broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, peppers and parsley. Carrots can be difficult (due to the region's soil).  Swiss chard is great with its successive cuttings. Yellow summer squash and zucchini yield well but watch for vine borers. Make successive plantings particularly with lettuce and beans. Don't plant more than you can use as it becomes useable. Corn, pole beans, melons, cucumbers and potatoes are great but they take up a lot of room.

You can get organic fertilizer from a nursery center. (See Newsletter, Spring 1997 issue-Vegetarian Gardening) Use plastic mulch to conserve moisture and keep the weeds down. Water when needed don't over-water. Try to use non-chlorinated water. Promote earth worm numbers. Start a compost heap now and it will be ready for use next season.

Here in the Mid-Hudson region we have a great resource of garden centers many of which grow their own plants and can give good advice on growing just about everything.  We also have the Country Gardener on station WEOK FM every Saturday morning from 8 to 10 AM to answer gardening questions.

Grow a garden - it's basic, it's good exercise, it's good for the soul and most of all the vegetables will have the real taste like they should have. We are presently importing over 40% of our fruits and vegetables. Someday you may have to place a great reliance on your own garden. Good gardening and good luck!

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