We had the pleasure of hosting Holly and Pam, judges for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) 2019 Gardening Contest. Enjoy this gallery of their visit and the wonderful things growing in the garden.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for updates on our first meeting of the season in March and our season kick-off Happy Hour in late February!
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.
Conshohocken is USDA zone 7a.
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?
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?
Click the title of this post for more photos!
Thanks to the handful of members who braved the weather – we accomplished quite a lot and had a joyful (and wet) social time afterwards.