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?

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.

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