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Well I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year celebration, and now it is time to get down to business.

Holiday time is over so it is time to get those seed catalogs and begin planning your spring garden.

Believe it or not, we are only a little over six weeks out from planting time.

Yep, onions can go in as early as February 15th in Oklahoma, and that’s just around the corner!!

I haven’t been able to eat much out of the garden this winter.

With an early hard freeze, (when was that?, November?) it was a set back to the broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, etc.

Then with subsequent hard freezes recently, well, it is pretty ugly out there.

So all the more reason to start planning your early spring vegetable garden! Colorful cherry tomatoes

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, it is just has to be store-bought produce for a while.

This is when it is worth it to spend a little more to get a better product.

For instance, I prefer the English cucumbers over regular.

They are larger, have very few seeds so no need to scrape them out, and the skin is very palatable and full of vitamins, so at $1.29, they are worth it.

I also found some cherry-size tomatoes that are pretty darn good.

They come packaged together and the yellow ones are Zima’s, and the reddish-purple ones are Mini Kumato’s. (These are patented so you probably won’t be growing them this summer).

Anyway, we buy them at Sam’s, but check out some of the cherry-size varieties at the grocery stores.

Even costing a little more, they are better than your everyday cardboard tomato.

I’m not a total organic buyer but I do watch for sales on organic vegetables and take advantage of them.

Reasor’s often has some kind of organic vegetables/fruits on sale every week.

Just a reminder, The Artichoke is back from vacation, so we are open for business!

Come and dine with us! Enjoy the Earth! Diana.