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Last year, I grew cotton as an ornamental. My plants weren’t impressive, but they did flower and set seed, thus letting me have another shot this year.

A bit of my homegrown harvest.

A bit of my homegrown harvest.

I started them very early this year, and will pot them on and move them to my cold frame in a few weeks.

Cotton seedlings started in Keurig cups.

Cotton seedlings started in Keurig cups.

Cotton requires a long growing season, which is not a problem here, but I plan to experiment with starting some crops early under pre-heated soil (which we discussed this week on GardenChat), and cotton will be one of my test subjects.

The main challenge to growing cotton well, I think, may be its hungry nature. I’m planning to plant it this year near roses and other greedy plants, so I can concentrate my inputs in a few key locations.

What plants are you experimenting with this season?

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