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A Longer Growing Season
For many of us, the growing season runs somewhere around mid May to mid September – not a very long time at all. Experienced and passionate gardeners such Bruce Schultz know how add more time to the growing season. In fact, Bruce is busy all year with some aspect of gardening, planning, feeding, harvesting, and preparing the bed for next season.
Bruce Schultz, a board member of Fair Food Matters, was the featured speaker for "Sleep Tight, Sweet Garden" at Oshtemo on September 26. We learned how to extend the growing season, such as using row covers and cold frames. One of the most interesting techniques he shared was how to use microclimates to your advantage. Here's one way: Plant a sun-loving climber such as cucumber on a vertical trellis and use the shady area behind the trellis for sun-sensitive veggies such as lettuce and spinach.
Schultz, a board member of Fair Food Matters, is involved with the organization's Growing Matters Garden, an urban educational gardening program that provides hands-on opportunities for youth.
Summer may be over, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about next year’s harvest. Take a look at these resources from KPL.