I’m two for two with gardening and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) city-wide garden contest. I was pleasantly surprised to receive notice of my garden placing third in mid-sized individual vegetable garden category.
This award is a great achievement after all the frustrating challenges, seedling disasters, landscaping nightmare and bone breaking that went on this growing season. In the end, the lessons learned this year far outweighed all the obstacles. I am looking forward to the next season in the garden.
Below are a few photos taken at the 2011 PHS Fall Harvest Festival and City Garden Contest Winner reception:
Easy, garden friendly way to transplant seedlings into your garden. I’ve used many Bonnie peatpot seedlings in my garden. Since starting this garden in April, rather late in the game, I chose to use seedlings to get the garden started. Next year, I’ll explore seed options for vegetables.
Do you know your hardiness zone? It’s like the ‘g- spot’ for gardeners. If not, the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) has your hardiness zone mapped out for you. Mind you, the map has not been updated or reviewed since 1990. This web version is also a bit difficult to read, and if you are color blind, ask a trusted gardening buddy to decipher the color code. Seriously, I’m not being funny here – this map could be far more user friendly.
Northeast U.S. Hardiness Map
For the longest time, I considered myself in Zone 5..now it seems I’ve been moved to Zone 6B according to the USNA map.
Frost/Freeze dates are important dates when planning a garden. Some vegetables can be planted before the last frost , others must be planted after the last frost. Victory Seeds provides a listing of first and last frost dates by state. I like that they include a link to the pdf of the source data used in creating their helpful listing.
Longwood Garden’s Idea Garden website has tons of good information on basic gardening questions. Visiting the Idea Garden provides more information and the ability to ask questions of the attending gardeners.
Gardener’s Supply Company has a free tool to help you plan and organize your raised bed garden. The tool includes detailed information on the vegetables selected and pre designed vegetable garden plans to get you started. I ordered my 3X6 bed from this company and have been very pleased with the quality of the raised bed.
For down to the ground, practical gardening advice tune into Claire Moriarty’s YouTube videos. Claire reports from her two allotments in green Britain.