All About Growing Peppers

Steve with peppersGrowing Peppers, From Seed to Salsa
Monday, February 18 › 1-2:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Get the details here.

Gardener Steve Donofrio is an expert at growing all the best ingredients to make some of the best salsa you’ll ever taste. If you’re planning to grow peppers, either sweet or hot, this year, don’t miss his free class at the public library. He’ll cover everything from starting seeds to harvesting. Warm-weather plants like peppers should be started from seed indoors in late winter in our area, so this class is very well-timed.


Fall Gardening Workshop

Despite the relentless heat and drought, autumn will surely come to Mid-Missouri eventually, and it might be a great year to try a fall garden. Come get some free advice on Fall Gardening, at a discussion led by Bill McKelvey, president of the Community Garden Coalition. Bill has been a fall gardener for many years and will share some ideas for growing a host of cool season vegetables in the fall and early winter.

Tuesday, July 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ash Street Community Garden, 201 West Ash Street
Behind the brown apartment building, look for the garden sign on the back fence.

This event is sponsored by the Community Garden Coalition and University of Missouri Extension. Registration is not required. Please contact Bill McKelvey for more information.

Learn to Preserve Your Harvest

tomato basil pepper harvestPreserving freshly harvested foods provides an opportunity to enjoy the tasty vegetables you’re growing throughout the year. You can learn all about how to freeze, dry and can your garden-grown vegetables at this free workshop. Register by May 10.

Thursday, May 17
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbia/Boone County Health Department, Community Room,
1005 W. Worley St., Columbia

To sign up, use this form or email the instructor, Vera Massey, from University Extension.

Winter Farmers Market

Update: They also have a beautiful new website today!

This winter while your own garden is cold and unproductive, don’t forget that you can still get locally grown vegetables, cheese from nearby goats and meat from area farmers at the Columbia indoor farmer’s market, every Saturday morning at Parkade Plaza, 9 a.m. to noon.