Starting Early

Thinking about early planting in your garden plot? From now in early February through March, you can plant asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, green and dry bulb onions, garden or English peas, Irish potatoes, radish, spinach or turnips, to name a few. With all the garden goodness in this list, what … Continue Reading →

Starting With Seeds

Gardeners sometimes ask about using unused seeds in a package they purchased last year. Will they germinate? Bear fruit or vegetables? Certainly, the seed companies would rather you purchase a new package, but the seeds of most varieties will be viable for two to three years – assuming you stored them in a cool, dark, … Continue Reading →

Garden tasks in the slow season

Perhaps you’ve planted some cool weather crops – chard, kale, broccoli, lettuce – in your plot. If so, you can help protect them from freezing temperatures by covering with row cover (lightweight fabric stretched over hoops) before projected freezing temperatures occur. Check online garden supply sources for row cover in varying weights appropriate for different … Continue Reading →

Scheduling your next garden crop

The plants in your Harvest Farm Community Garden plot probably look a bit tired by now. Tomato plants have nearly exhausted their production; pepper plants have hit their peak; more okra have ripened than you know what to do with; and herbs are blooming, signaling reduced yield in the near future. Time to plan for … Continue Reading →

Sharing Your Garden

The Harvest Farm Community Garden recently has exploded in color. In addition to veggies, with their blooms and emerging fruits, many gardeners had added flowers – a profusion of marigolds, roses, zinnias, even anise hyssop. Some herbs had begun blooming, as well. While these all add beauty to each plot and the garden overall, they … Continue Reading →

Best Preventative Maintenance

The warm weather growing season at Harvest Farm Community Garden is off to a strong start. Lots of rainfall, warming temperatures and longer daylight means veggies, weeds and insects are growing vigorously. How to keep undesirables at bay? First and most importantly, keep your plot weeded and cleared of dead plant debris. Obviously, weeding early … Continue Reading →

Springtime Nuisances

With warmer weather, you may notice some garden nuisances becoming active, among them fire ants. If you discover a fire ant colony in your garden plot – a telltale sign is the crumbly or grits-like appearance of the soil comprising the colony – take steps to eradicate it immediately. Because Harvest Farm Community Garden is … Continue Reading →

Best Practice for Prepping Your Garden Plot

It’s time to start your garden. You have assembled an array of organic items in preparation: compost, mulch, pest controllers such as insecticidal soap or spinozad. All the right stuff. First step: rototill the whole plot to prepare for planting. Many gardeners think this is essential. But responsible practice says: Don’t ever rototill. It’s a … Continue Reading →

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season – for seed catalogs. Time to sit down with all the enticing offerings from seed producers to dream of the vegetables, herbs or flowers you could grow in next year’s garden. You can order seeds for heirloom varieties; you’ll help sustain biodiversity. Or order varieties bred for disease resistance or those that … Continue Reading →