Spring 2019 Garden season is almost here!

The Conshohocken Community Garden is gearing up for our 9th season opening this spring! Applicants can apply via this website (see Apply for Membership) and will be contacted when a plot becomes available. Membership for the year includes a 10’ x 10’ plot of soil, access to water and shared tools, and numerous member events throughout the season. Applicants can choose to be a Garden Member or a Working Member, depending on their ability to participate in work days and pay corresponding dues. Questions can be sent through the Contact page or to our email address: conshohohockencommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for updates on our first meeting of the season in March and our season kick-off Happy Hour in late February!

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February Happy Hour & March Meeting

We’re gearing up for the 2019 season with a February Happy Hour and our first meeting in March.

Come mingle with current and future gardeners. New gardeners, learn tips for growing in PA. Experienced gardeners, share tales of past harvests. Or don’t talk about flora at all and just get to know your fellow gardeners.

Happy Hour

Our first meeting of 2019 will follow in March. We’ll discuss Winter happenings, preparing for Spring, and upcoming events, so mark your calendars.

First Garden Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2019
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: TBD

What Should I Plant and When

This chart below is based on the weather in Southeast Pennsylvania, so it includes Conshohocken Community Garden.  Notice that yellow means plant seeds outdoors or transplant plants outdoors and green means harvest.  If there is orange, they suggest to start from seedlings grown indoors (or buy seedlings).

We have grown plenty of things successfully from seeds in the ground in Conshohocken Community Garden where the conventional wisdom is to have seedlings.

Whatever you like or want to try, get planting some things (though be careful with tomatoes and watermelon and other warm weather plants – wait till mid May).  We hope this helps you.

zone 6

Conshohocken is USDA zone 7a.

Gardening in 2018

This winter has been pretty brutal so far, but warmer temperatures and warmer soil are only a couple months away.  I know some of you are are already planning your plots and dreaming of fresh-picked vegetables.

Garden Social Jan 25 6 PM at Great American Pub

Current and interested gardeners:  Join us Thursday, Jan 25th at 6-ish at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken we will be gathering to re-acquaint with each other, talk about seeds and plot plans, and learn more about what’s on the agenda for our 2018 season.

Please join us.

Regular Monthly Garden Meetings

Regular monthly garden meetings will begin in February and be held the third week of each month through October.  The location will be announced each month until it is warm enough and light enough to meet in the garden.

Applications for 2018

Applications for 2018 plots are now being accepted.

Returning members:  If you are a returning member, please complete the online application.  We need this completed each year.  We will then provide directions for payments.

New members:  Please complete the online application.  We will add you to the wait list and reach out for payment as plots become available based on returning members.

snow fig tree
The garden won’t look like this in a mere 2 months.

 

Fall Gardening

This post is all about the joy and productivity of growing wonderful, delicious vegetables through the Fall season.

While the concepts in this post hold true for anywhere, the specifics apply to the greater Philadelphia area, USDA Hardiness Zone 7A (which includes Conshohocken).

Why is this a great time to grow? 

  • Because leafy greens and root vegetables taste far better than if they are grown in warm/hot weather
  • Cool weather means plants do not go to seed so quickly (means longer harvest)
  • More rain means less watering; cooler weather means less weeds

Season (mid-Atlantic region zone 7a)

Mid-August until Jan/Feb (dependent on cold and wind; not dependent on snow)

Why do some vegetables need cold weather to taste good?

conshohocken-community-garden-spinich

Very simplified answer: As a defense against cold weather, some plants convert stored starches into sugars to protect the outer layer of the plant from freezing, making the plant taste sweeter.  For example, Brussel sprouts taste naturally bitter until the first freeze or snow when they convert starch in the stems to sugar and send it to the sprouts.

What is good to plant and when?

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