Recipe #13: Grow Your Own Food
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What better way to know your food and get it fresh than by growing your own! Even if you rent and have no space to plant, there are ways to cultivate your green thumb. Growing food is not without challenges, but for those who are interested and are willing to get their hands dirty, there is a lot of support around, especially at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Call the Growline for expert support at (607) 272-2292, or learn the basics through the Seed to Supper training. Or visit the online forum for home gardening in Tompkins County, accessible below.
WHERE & HOW CAN I GROW MY OWN?
- Bucket garden. This is a great option for beginners, and for those who don’t have space. Tompkins Community Action and CCE-Tompkins often hold workshops and help people with limited incomes get started with gardening in the Spring. Check with them if you are interested.
- Community garden. This is another great option if you don’t have land. There are many perks: a deer fence, tools, water, and a community of gardeners that can give you tips and lend you a hand. Here is a list of community gardens around the county.
- Build a garden. The first thing you’ll want to do is build a deer fence.
WHAT TO GROW & WHEN TO PLANT?
- Try some veggies that require little attention: lettuce and salad greens, zucchini, kale, green onions, tomatoes, basil and other herbs, potatoes.
- Different plants need to be planted at different times. Here is a chart to help you determine when to plant here in Tompkins County.
- Here is a chart showing the latest dates for planting for the Ithaca area.
- There are local garden shops and nurseries that can supply you with seeds and plants to your hearts content.
- CCE Tompkins has a free seed cabinet. Individuals are welcome to take up to 5 packs per visit. And to donate seeds as well.
COSTS AND SAVINGS?
GOT ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND/OR IDEAS?
- Call the Growline, the gardener’s hotline at (607) 272-2292. Trained Master Gardeners at Cooperative Extension can answer even the toughest of questions.
- Visit the online forum for Home Gardening in Tompkins County. Ask questions, share your knowledge.
- This National Garden Bureau page contains a list of many useful resources.
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