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How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you’re an avid reader of the Farmer’s Almanac you’ll know that the last winter frost of the year usually occurs sometime this week in Pittsburgh.   If you’re not an avid reader of the Farmer’s Almanac, you may wonder why you should care about this random meteorological fact… Don’t worry.  I’m here to help!

Right now is the best time to plan your spring garden.  Now that there’s no more danger of frost you can begin planting all the fruits, vegetables, and flowers you’d like. Gardening is so rewarding and really pretty simple.  It only takes a little time and even less money to get started.  Plus it beautifies your community, helps the environment, and can provide a year’s worth of healthy food to eat.

You might be imagining a huge garden with tons of flowers and good things to eat.  And that’s a great way to start, but if you’re a little shorter on space, money or time there are still lots of great options to check out.

If your plan is to transform your whole back yard into an edible landscape there are plenty of resources out there for foods that look beautiful and taste great.  Or you can go all out and design an entire outdoor space to meet all your needs.

If some vegetables and flowers in the yard are more your speed maybe a few small raised beds are the way to go.

If you’re like a lot of Pittsburghers, without a front or back yard space to work with, there are still plenty of ways you can grow flowers and food.   You can make a window farm start a herb garden or build a gutter garden.

Or if you love the idea of planing things but cant think of a single place around your home to grow them, get in touch with a community garden organizer near you.  Some people even go underground with their gardening passion.

Really, whatever your style you can find a way to go plant something and now is the perfect time!

-Brooke

One Response

  1. I’m just returning a great new book called The Edible Balcony — great for those of us living above street level. http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~s1/q?author=mitchell+alex&title=the+edible+balcony

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