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Town’s Easter party scheduled

Break out your “Sunday best” and clean those camera lenses, because the Easter Bunny is coming to Thurman Town Hall on Saturday March 23. The holiday party is to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children will be lining up to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap after they’ve created their own special craft item. Other activities and refreshments will be provided.

This seasonal party, free to the public, is annually hosted by the Thurman Youth Commission and paid for by Thurman Occupancy Tax funds.

Home-grown planting tips

With the economy in the current state, it makes sense for us all to grow our own vegetables.

In Thurman, most all residents have the luxury of sufficient land surrounding our homes for growing produce that can fee our families at minimal cost.

In addition, scientific tests have shown that homegrown food is generally far more nutritious — and tastier — than commercially available varieties that are raised with shipping durability as the top priority.

Most of know that Thurman and surroundings are designated as Zone 5 for planting purposes. So, we’re publishing is a schedule of what you can plant and when you can plant it.

There are some cool weather crops that can be planted in the spring, just as soon as it is warm enough to get outside and work the ground. These vegetables include spinach, arugula, mache, salsify and mustard greens, onions from sets, peas, and root crops: parsnips, beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes and turnips.

In addition to these vegetables that are sown outdoors in the spring, some vegetables are best started indoors in the spring. Starting the vegetable seeds indoors extends the growing season, by allowing these warm weather crops to grow to large plants before transplanting them outside. When the weather warms enough that it is safe for these plants they are then taken to the vegetable garden and planted. Also, they will be ready to harvest sooner by starting them indoors first. These crops include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leek, lettuce, melon, peppers tomatoes.

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