Winter might seem a less-than-optimal time to launch a gardening website, even with the springlike day Iowans enjoyed in January. But seasoned gardeners know this is the time to move beyond dreaming, and into the preparation phase of growing.
To that end, a good number of gardening workshops and classes are scheduled for this month and beyond. Find the calendar by clicking on the events tab at the top of this page. If you’re already growing hungry for that first bite of homegrown food, check out the list of winter farmers markets on this site. Small, but mighty, you can find the best and freshest local foods at these markets.
If you don’t have much land for gardening, read the “On the Fence” post about city-leased gardens and find what goes into good soil in “Compost Happens.” One of the biggest gardening events of the year is happening this month when the Winter Gardening Fair comes to Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. An overview of the fair is included on this site, with more information to come.
This is only the beginning for the new Homegrown! With my tech-savvy crew, we plan videos and more to be added in coming days, weeks and months. Please share your insights by adding a comment and let me know what you’d like to learn about gardening, environmental initiatives, urban chickens, local foods and other eco-topics of interest to Iowans. Thanks for checking in!