Thursday, January 26, 2012
About 20% of people in poor health report challenges getting fresh produce, compared to 5% of those in excellent health. That's according to the Food Research and Action Council's "A Half-Empty Plate" study. It's one more reason to Plant a Row for the Hungry and donate your produce to Harvesters at one of the drop off sites around the metro.
Spring planting time will be here in a few weeks and we've begun planning the 2012 Harvesters Demonstration Garden. We'll plant more peppers this year, including the Gypsy pepper pictured above.
Gypsy peppers are so easy and prolific we called them a "Vegetable Valedictorian" in an earlier blogpost at http://veggievillegardening.blogspot.com/2010/07/vegetable-valedictorians.html. Swiss Chard and Sweet Potatoes are also "Vegetable Valedictorians" and on our list to plant again.
For a list of vegetable varieties that work well in our area, check out the plant and seed list at Kansas City Community Gardens. Their 2012 list won't be out for a few weeks, but here's the 2011 list for inspiring your vegetable gardening! http://kccg.org/sites/default/files/2011%20Seed%20and%20Plant%20Edition.pdf