There are three growing seasons and yet I don’t see much gardening going on this fall. WHO is to blame?
Many of us don’t start our own seedlings. We buy 6 packs and individual plants to start our gardens.
Local growers, garden centers and big box stores take your money in the spring because they base their businesses on volume. I searched in vain all fall for 6 packs of lettuce, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, Swiss chard, herbs and spinach (all cool weather plants). Some garden centers said they would be getting product however my visits to those stores were unproductive. No plants.
Solution: I believe the solution can come from students and parent groups. If schools want an effective fund raiser as school begins, they could sell 6 packs of the listed vegetables at farmers markets in the fall to gardeners who would like to extend their growing season.
The picture in this blog was taken on November 6, 2014 and there is more time for growing. In addition, with a Square Foot Garden, covering on cold nights is quite easy. We can all grow organically and in a productive way for three seasons. I have seen evidence that students can lead the way in regards to environmental projects.