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!

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?

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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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