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With the weather being warmer than normal here in western Montana, everyone in the area has been getting pretty antsy about their gardening.  Some folks have forgotten that we’ve had snow here in June or even July!

Erring on the side of caution, we’re sticking with the expected final frost date of May 26th and only putting out our frost hardy crops.  So far, Red & I have sown spinach, carrots, lettuce, beets, onions, radishes, celery, and our seed potatoes.  Nothing has broken the surface yet but that’ll happen in the next couple of days, I’m sure.

Indoors (Red hasn’t built our greenhouse yet -.-) we’ve started our corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and the pest control nasturtiums and marigolds.  I really need to get off of here and start the other crops in their seed pots, too!

Now, on to my little rant!  A comment was made yesterday about “those organic people” saying that plastic can’t be used in the gardens because it will get pieces in the soil and contaminate your crops.  WHAT?!  Apparently “they” recommend newspaper as your ground cover/weed control product.

Okay, I have several issues with this.  First of all, Crippled Creek Micro Farm is wholly organic in our crop practices.  Secondly, plastic doesn’t leach out into your veggies…but, what about the ink in your newsprint? Hmm?

I refer the reader to my other rant, “What is Organic?” so that you can decide for yourself.  That’s it.  Rant complete.

Stoney