Let’s Talk Gardening!

Let’s Talk Gardening!

Posted by Korman Res | Let’s Talk Gardening!
Common Ground Community Garden

In light of the frigid temperatures and relentless snowstorms we’ve experienced this winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner. Many of us are so busy trying to keep warm that we probably haven’t even thought about planning our gardens. But, as surely as there is snow on the ground today, spring will be here in a few short weeks. Before you know it, our snow-covered Common Ground Community Gardens will once again be filled with delicious summer produce, herbs and beautiful flowers. It makes us feel warmer just thinking about it, but we also know that the time to prepare is now.

The indoor seed-starting dates for many summer crops have arrived or will arrive within the next couple of weeks. If you’re new to gardening and plan to grow your summer fruits and vegetables from seed, it’s time to get crackin’! Some of these crops include: cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, melons, peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelon. For more information about seed starting/planting dates and general gardening information, you can visit: http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/PA/Philadelphia. For detailed information about how to start your seeds, check out: http://www.gardeners.com/How-to-Start-Seeds/5062%2Cdefault%2Cpg.html. What better way to chase away the winter blues than to prepare for your beautiful summer garden!

If you don’t feel very confident growing your plants from seed, you can always purchase seedlings from a garden supply store and transplant them directly into your garden in May. This method does save considerable time and is a good option for beginners, but it is more expensive than growing your plants from seed. Whichever method you choose, growing your own produce will be a rewarding experience.

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