Spring Seedlings for Community Gardeners

By Buddy431 [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsIf our cool weather keeps hanging around, it could end up being a great spring for plants like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi and cabbage.

If you have a plot in a member garden, you’re eligible to come pick up cool season transplants this weekend, March 29 & 30.

We ask for a small donation of 50¢ per plant, if you’re able, to help us cover the costs for those who are not.

Just come by the Claudell Lane community garden during the following times:

  • Saturday, March 29, 10 am-2 pm
  • Sunday, March 30, 1-3 pm

Spring Thaw Annual Event Feb. 22

seeds packaged for gardeners

We’ll have lots of seeds for community gardeners.

Saturday, February 22, from Noon to 2 p.m. we will host our annual Spring Thaw. This is always a great time to reconnect with fellow gardeners, pick up some seeds and have a snack. The event will be at the ARC again, 1701 West Ash Street.

We will make space for neighborhood gardens to meet and greet new and old gardeners and some representatives from school, youth, and other gardens may be there to recruit volunteers and network.

New Planting Info for CoMO

Planting ChartIt’s hard to believe it on this particular snowy February day, but the ground is often ready for certain seeds and plants here in Mid-Missouri as early as March.

Check out this updated chart for the the best dates to plant seeds or transplants of various vegetables in our area.

As you start planning your 2014 garden, keep in mind that Boone County is in USDA cold hardiness zone 6a and AHS heat zone 7. Read more about what zone ratings mean in our post from 2012 when the USDA released the latest cold hardiness ratings map.


Lucky’s Market to Donate to CGC

lucky's-farm_1The new Lucky’s Market grocery opening this week at Broadway & Providence has offered to donate to the Community Garden Coalition proceeds from one of their fundraising programs. For each reusable shopping bag used, Lucky’s will give shoppers a wooden token that can be placed in collection buckets on the way out the door; the tokens are periodically counted and a sum donated to the appropriate nonprofit.

This coming Wednesday, January 15, starting at 9:30 a.m., Lucky’s will host an opening day event. Representatives from the CGC will be at the ceremony and we’d love to have other community garden folks there as well.

New Start and Award Recognition

While we’re in the deep freeze, it’s a good time to dream about next year’s garden. And, clearly, some of you are already making plans because we’ve started to receive a few requests for new plots in 2014. We will forward your requests to garden leaders, but be aware that many leaders may not be focused yet on gardening and it could take a little longer to hear back.

C9KNcaUqWhile we wait for the thaw, there’s also some old business to report on. This fall, the CGC and a number of partners were recognized for bringing community gardening to more people in Columbia and Boone County. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services gave Healthy Community Partnership Awards to Mike Heimos (second from the left), City of Columbia stormwater educator; Bill McKelvey (third from the right), past president of the CGC; and Jenny Grabner (second from the right) and Liz Austin (far right), representatives of the Southern Boone Learning Garden.

The Community Garden Coalition was also honored to receive an award from Peaceworks during their Annual Dinner on November 2. Many thanks to Mark Haim and the Peaceworks Steering Committee for the recognition!

Garden How-to: Drip Irrigation

Fall and winter are a good time to make plans for improvements to your garden next year, like for instance improving how you water the garden. This past year, one community garden, with funding help from the CGC, purchased and installed drip irrigation lines to improve the efficiency of their group-run garden. If you’ve ever considered this kind of water delivery, check out this how-to video they made.