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Seed Starting 101

By • March 21, 2012 • 3 Comments

Seed Starting 101

This is the sixth in our biweekly series from Amy Pennington -- urban farmer, founder of GoGo Green Garden, and author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening -- on how to start growing your own food, no matter how tiny your garden-to-be is.

Today: Whether you've prepped your backyard or bought containers for your balcony, Amy walks us through starting plants from seed.

It's not that easy to germinate a seed. We have to wait for the ground to dry up and the sun to start shining to really take full advantage of the garden here in the Pacific Northwest. The same goes for New Englanders, though they have to wait for the ground to thaw first. In stark comparison, gardeners in California can garden year-round. (And it's apparently summer according to recent weather in Washington, DC, so who knows!) But no matter the weather, starting seeds can accelerate the process of growing in any conditions.

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Sundry Topics

Counting Down to 1391

By • March 20, 2012 • 2 Comments

Counting Down to 1391

The first day of Spring is today, March 20. But did you know that it's also the first day of the Iranian year 1391?

The Iranian New Year is called Norooz, which literally means "new day," and it happens each year on the Vernal Equinox (also known as the first day of the spring season). Such a lovely time of year to start afresh, don't you think? Norooz is by far the country's biggest holiday, and it's been celebrated in the same way for centuries and centuries -- which is more than you can say for those "2012" sunglassses left over from last December 31.

Many of the traditions around Norooz are based on food, cooking, and meals with loved ones -- all FOOD52-friendly pursuits!

Read more for a look at what Iranians around the world are doing right now with their loved ones to celebrate the new year.

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Behind the Scenes

FOOD52 on Svpply

By • March 19, 2012 • 1 Comment

FOOD52 on Svpply

Do you use Svpply? It's a beautifully designed website where you can save your shopping picks from around the web, and view the products that others are loving, too. We've been saving our favorite beautifully designed kitchen products to our Svpply page -- if you're on Svpply too, follow us!

As you'll notice, we're suckers for wood and glass, plus anything that Kaufmann Mercantile makes. What are your favorite kitchen supply stores?

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