Free Gardening Forum

Alice LongfellowHere’s another great, free opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge in the off-season. The local Discovery Garden Club and the Columbia Public Library are sponsoring a forum with Alice Longfellow and Ann Wakeman.

Winter Garden Forum
Sunday, January 31 › 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

You’ll learn about mixing edible plants with ornamentals and about Missouri native wildflowers. Light refreshments served.

Act Fast: Master Gardener Class Registration Ends Jan. 19

If you’ve thought of becoming certified as a Master Gardener, now’s your chance to register for this spring’s sessions, but act quickly because they’d like all registrations in by Tuesday, January 19. Classes start Jan. 26 and go through April. Learn more at this link.
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Who are Master Gardeners? Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love to garden. They are members of the community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens & the environment.

You don’t need to know everything about gardening; this program is all about learning and then sharing your knowledge with others through volunteer service. Check it out!

Help Save a Unique Local Tomato Variety

Check out this great project from some local Mid-Missouri folks:

The Ivan Tomato Rescue CrewThe Ivan Tomato Rescue Project is dedicated to saving the Ivan Tomato, the healing power of gardening and preserving food diversity. The Ivan Tomato is a fantastic, resilient, delicious, high yield Missouri Heritage Heirloom Tomato that is on the brink of extinction. Our goal is to get the Ivan tomato back into the gardens, on the plates and into the marketplaces of our communities. Our campaign supports the power of gardening by dedicating 10% of proceeds to programs that incorporate Agricultural Therapy in the treatment of people with PTSD, including veterans returning from service.  Your help is appreciated. Check out our IndieGoGo.

Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

photo by Fir0002, Creative CommonsFood preservation season is approaching! Very Massey with MU Extension will be offering three classes covering a variety of food preservation methods. All will be held at the Boone County University Extension Center on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

  • July 1: Freezing & Drying Fruits and Vegetables
  • July 8: Water Bath Canning—Jams/Jellies, Fruits, Tomatoes, Salsas and Pickles
  • July 15: Pressure Canning Vegetables, Tomatoes and Soups

Use this form to enroll. The cost is $15 per session. Questions? Contact Vera Massey at MasseyV@missouri.edu.

Plant, Grow & Share

logo4_color_500_2The Community Garden Coalition is pleased to partner with Plant, Grow & Share. This project brings gardeners and hunger relief groups together to increase donations of fresh, garden grown produce to low income families. Gardeners and garden groups are encouraged to make a Produce Pledge and find detailed information via the project’s Google Map about agencies in Boone County that accept donations of fresh produce.

Plant, Grow & Share is a project of Grow Well Missouri which partners with the Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners to offer garden seeds, transplants, and educational materials to food pantry customers at the Central Pantry.

If you work at an agency that accepts fresh produce donations, please consider registering with the project to be listed on the map.

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Gardening Q&A at Clovers

Clovers Q&AJoin Community Garden volunteers for a drop-in gardening Q&A at Clovers Natural Market on Chapel Hill. We’ll be there Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

You don’t have to register, but if you do (at 573-445-0990) Clovers is giving out a little gardening gift.

Stop by and test our knowledge with all your gardening questions.

Garden Walking Tour Sept. 8

Garden Walk FlyerGetAbout Columbia, in partnership with Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Community Garden Coalition, is offering a free community gardens walking tour.

Join us Monday, September 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for a look at three diverse community gardening projects in south central Columbia.

The garden tour will include the Congregation Beth Shalom Interfaith Garden, Rock Bridge Christian Church Garden, two giving gardens that are part of the Community Garden Coalition, and Stormy’s Meadow, a native wildflower and stormwater education site, which just became one of our newest member gardens. Guest presenters will focus on how these gardens foster community and help feed the hungry as well as discussing gardening tips and volunteer opportunities.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 500 W. Green Meadows Rd. The walking tour will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. For special accommodations, please contact Janet Godon at (573) 874-7460 or jlgodon@gocolumbiamo.com.

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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.

 

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.