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.

Urban Orchard Event June 25

photo by Fir0002, Creative CommonsIf you’d like to learn about growing fruit at your home or community garden, don’t miss the next event in the free Urban Orchard series. The Mid-Summer Fruit Review is happening Wednesday, June 26 at 4 p.m, led and hosted by Jim Quinn from University Extension. A walk around Jim’s garden (at the corner of Broadway and Anderson) will feature fruit development or success with crop, disease symptoms and insect damage, control (or lack of) of diseases, etc. Berries from Jim’s garden will be featured in Jello, with some interesting flavor and berry combinations.

The event is free; just email Booneco@missouri.edu with how many people plan to attend.