It seems like we’re in the winter that will never end, but it will, really. A good way to get over any cabin fever you’re experiencing is to start preparing for Spring. Here are some tips and local resources to plan your garden or look forward to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Iowa State University Extension wrote a nice article on recycling and reusing items for your garden. There’s still time to start collecting or finding some of these things that you’ll find useful later.
Learn how to create colorful cottage gardens from a Master Gardener at the Ely Public Libray on March 20th.
If you don’t garden yourself – or even if you do -you may consider buying a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. In a CSA members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. Matthew 25 Ministry Hub offers CSA Shares from their Urban Farm. The program not only provides fresh healthy produce for its members, but the funds from the shares help support subsidized shares for residents in the Time Check and Roosevelt neighborhoods and also supports gardening educational programs at Roosevelt Middle School.
Matthew 25 is near and dear to my heart because I believe in what they do to support our community. I’ve been on the board for several years. This year for the first time they are also offering an Urban Farm Summer Camp program for children in 3rd through 6th grade.
You may also want to check out the Matthew 25 Tool Library inventory. They have many garden tools available for members to borrow for free. You’ll also find a small library of books including many about gardening. While you’re waiting for spring and organizing your garden tools, I hope you’ll consider donating some tools you no longer need for their annual tool sale coming up this spring. Watch their website for more information about that.
It may not seem like it today, but it won’t be long until we’re dusting off our gardening tools and start turning up the soil. Go ahead and get warmed up to the idea by getting involved in some of these activities.