No plot, no problem: U of M Extension Master Gardeners in Hubbard County
Realizing that not everyone has access to land to plant a large-scale vegetable garden, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Hubbard County coordinated a “Patio Vegetable Gardening Program” to reduce that obstacle for food shelf clientele.
The program offered participants potted tomato plants along with information on how to successfully grow and maintain the plants.
Early in the growing season Master Gardeners held educational sessions over three days, during which they taught general vegetable gardening with an emphasis on best gardening practices for growing vegetables in containers. At the end of each session, program participants were given a potted patio tomato plant (along with instructions) to take home to grow and enjoy fresh produce.
Feedback from participants at the end of the growing season demonstrated that the program was well received. Many stated how easy it was to grow the tomato plants on their back porches, and expressed a desire to learn how to grow other foods in containers.
The long-term goal is to expand the program by including more types of vegetables that people can grow in containers, as well as other ways to grow food in reduced growing spaces.
This story is from the 2018 Annual Report of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Extension Master Gardeners are your neighbors who share University research-based horticulture information that promotes healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet. For more information, visit Master Gardener.