March 2013

Cold soil may delay planting

“Plant your potatoes on Good Friday, ” the old farmers used to say. That usually was good advice even though the date of Good Friday changes from one year to the next. It arrives as early as March 20 and as late as April 23. Potatoes can sprout and grow under relatively cool conditions, which is why … Continue Reading →

You could be featured in the Handmade column

…Hmmm Are you, or someone you know, a local crafter who would like to possibly be featured in The Handmade Column? If so, just email me at with information about your crafting skills, along with photos of recent works. Remember, it’s a how-to column, so we would need to publish your step-by-step instructions. Please put the … Continue Reading →

Saturday Super Show set for April 6

Michigan Art Craft Jewelry will host its Saturday Super Show April 6 at Laurel Park Place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Local crafters are invited to purchase a table to sell their handmade items. Laurel Park Place is located at 37700 Six Mile Road, Livonia. For more information, call (248) 812-9751, email or visit

Start seeds indoors at the proper time

Mid-March is the time when gardeners begin to sow seeds indoors. A friend mentioned to me that she knew someone who started cantaloupe seeds already. It’s about a month too early for cantaloupes. Those seedlings  will end up leggy and weak.  It’s likely that they will not fully recover from transplanting out into the garden. I know it’s hard … Continue Reading →