It's time to start planning your spring garden!
"Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with a dream." Josephine Nuese
Gardening Tips for January
Order seeds and seed potatoes
Start seeds indoors
Cut spent perennials
Swap plants with friends
Start a new compost pile
Prune damaged tree limbs
Clean bird feeders
Fill bird feeders
Add colorful garden accessories to brighten the landscape
Tour a local greenhouse
Paint your garden shed
Research colorful winter garden plants and make a plan to fill up blank spaces in your landscape for next winter. Options: Lenten rose, ornamental kales, camellias, winter jasmine, hollies, cotoneaster, nandina, red- and yellow-stemmed dogwood, and witch hazel.
The Giving Garden 2023 Calendar, in progress.
Please check monthly newsletters for updates, weather related changes, and specific details.
2023 IS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIVING GARDEN!
Garden maintenance and planning
FEBRUARY Weekly harvests*
14 Plant Texas onions
25 Plant potatoes and onion sets
MARCH Weekly harvests
4 Plant sugar snap peas seeds, broccoli, spinach,
cabbage, and Swiss chard seedlings, and Texas onions
25 Plant broccoli, spinach, cabbage, and Swiss chard seedlings
APRIL Weekly harvests
15 First tomato planting
22 EARTH DAY; Plant pole beans and cucumbers
MAY Weekly harvests
2 Plant peppers and squash
6 Second tomato planting
20 Third tomato planting
JUNE Weekly harvests
10 Plant sweet potatoes (Rain date: 6/17)
27 Plant peppers and squash
JULY Weekly harvests
Plant cantaloupe, watermelons, pumpkins and
winter squash throughout the month.
AUGUST Weekly harvests
SEPTEMBER Weekly harvests
OCTOBER Weekly harvests
14 Sweet potato harvest
TBD Install row cover supports
NOVEMBER Weekly harvests
DECEMBER Weekly harvests
*Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm Winter, 8 am-11 am Spring, Summer, Fall, weather permitting. Please check the monthly newsletter for changes. Click on Sign Up Genius on home page to register.
The Giving Garden respectfully dedicates all of our 2023 harvests in the memory of Sgt. Andrew Hale, 82nd Airborne US Army, Juris. Doctor, ITT Chicago-Kent, who exemplified the spirit of giving to those in need. Eagle Scout, BSA Troop 5
Boy Scouts of America
Eagle Scout Projects in Progress
Jack Ritchie - Covered vegetable grading station.
Tables and benches will be added, where produce will be cleaned, sorted, crated, weighed, and loaded for transport to food pantries and meal programs.
Noah Dudley - Covered shed
Garden tools will be cleaned, organized, and stored in a protected area for easy access by volunteers on garden work days.
Tiergan Campbell - Tie wall
The tie wall will prevent erosion of soil from the Edible Forest on the hill behind the pergola. This area will be landscaped with blooming perennials and vines. The pergola provides a shaded area for socializing, relaxing, and reading, with access to 2 outdoor libraries, one for children and one for adults.
Carrots, collards, and sweet potatoes are still in season in North Carolina.