Here's Jim and Barbara prepping the garden beds for future tomato plants.
New volunteers Sada and her two sons, Isaac and Alonso by the freesia plant they donated to the VPG. Freesia flowers are very fragrant, typically white or yellow, and are borne in spikelike racemes.
March Task List for Vallejo Gardeners in Your Own Backyards
(USDA Hardiness Zone 9)
- Feed roses with an organic blend of cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal, and composted manure.
- Plant cool-loving vegetables, such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach, radishes, Asian greens, lettuce, and parsley. If you're going to plant peas, you probably should have done it by now.
- Harden-off tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants by moving them outside, beneath a plastic cover or inside a cold frame. Plant them in the garden after the last possible frost.
- Prune away frost-damaged areas on citrus.
Really cool announcement from your U.S. Department of Agriculture:
The "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" Compass is a new online resource from USDA that supports growing food locally and connecting farmers to consumers in their geographic region.
Watch Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack introducing this tool here on YouTube!
The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.
With the Compass, you can:
· LEARN about USDA resources to develop local and regional food enterprises – from seasonal high tunnels that extend the growing season, to technical assistance for beginning and experienced producers, to support for marketing, processing, distribution and retail infrastructure.
· SEE case studies and photos of successful producers and projects from around the country.
· NAVIGATE the interactive KYF Compass Map, which shows the location and focus of many USDA-supported local and regional food projects.
· WATCH videos documenting how others are building strong local and regional food businesses, expanding local food production on their farms and ranches, and making change in their communities.
· JOIN the national conversation. If you’re a customer, meet a farmer. If you’re a farmer, talk to your customers. Continue the conversation in your neighborhood, town and community about what local foods mean to you.
The Know Your Farmer Compass is a result of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative. The Compass is designed to spur ideas for how to build stronger local and regional food opportunities in your community.
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