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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Cucumbers are always the the first to sprout when starting vegetable plants indoors.

It's not too late to start plants by seed

Cathie Rowand/ the Journal Gazette
Some of this year's seeds for the vegetable garden.

I started this year's vegetables indoors by seed a couple of weeks ago, but it isn't too late to start your vegetables and flowers for the summer.

I covered the trays with plastic to help them germinate and placed them in my fireplace where there is a constant heat source from the pilot light. This really helped the eggplant and peppers that like it extra warm to sprout.

Now that the plants have sprouted, they are receiving sunlight from an east facing window.

This year I have added Green Envy a cherry sized tomato that is green when it is ripe and tomatillo that grows in a husk to my assemble.

I also seeded my outside garden yesterday with early-spring loving kale, pak choi, Swiss chard and spinach. Today's rain ought to help get them started

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer) rsalter@jg.net, Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer) agregory@jg.net, Frank Noonan (copy editor) fnoonan@jg.net and Cathie Rowand (photographer) crowand@jg.net.

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