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?

Continue reading “Fall Gardening”

Upcoming Conshohocken Community Garden Events for May

Kick-off PARTY TIME! Sunday May 7, 2017

Our annual garden kick off party will be SUNDAY, MAY 7TH at 5 pm at the garden.
Come socialize with fellow garden members, share tips, make a friend.  Bring a dish to share and BYO your beverages. Water, lemonade, plates, utensils, and napkins will be provided.

Get plants and vegetables Saturday May 6, Monday May 15, and Monday May 22

The Whitemarsh Greenhouse at Koontz Park will be hosting an Open House to sell plants on three different dates:
  • Saturday, May 6th from 9:30-12:30 – Native plants
  • Monday May 15th 6:30-7:30 – Vegetable plants
  • Monday May 22 6:30-7:30 – Vegetable plants
These are all local grown plants and the greenhouse has a great selection.
Koonz Park is located at 2391 Harts Lane in Whitemarsh.
Conshohocken community garden meeting
Dusk falls on our wonderful community of gardeners at an evening garden meeting

Next Garden Meeting – Wednesday, May 24th at 7 PM

Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 24th at 7 PM at the garden.   In case of rain, stay tuned for an alternate location.

Annual Fig Tree Unwrapping

Conshohocken Community Garden has a fig tree that is shared by all.  We have been fortunate to get a great yield from the tree even though the tree is only 4 years old.

Figs are such a wonderful food.  Our tree allows us to have fresh-picked figs every year. Since we live in a colder-weather climate, fresh off the tree figs means a lot of work to keep a fig tree healthy during the bitter cold winter months.

wrapped fig tree
If you were wondering what was under this tarp, you are about to find out

Why do we wrap the tree in at least three layers? Continue reading “Annual Fig Tree Unwrapping”

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