How Does Your Garden Grow? Local Planting/Harvesting Resources

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City of Trees, Garden City—with monikers like that, it’s no surprise that Boise is home to an increasing number of community gardens, CSAs, and a bevy of professional growers.

baby tomatoes in palm

But thanks to the area’s nutrient-rich clay soil (along with a little extra composting and care, of course), even home-based gardeners can successfully grow produce in their own backyards/plots.

It’s not too late to get started, either. End of May/early June is a great time to transplant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, melons, squash, cucumbers, and flowers, since the danger of frost has passed. It’s also the ideal opportunity to direct seed corn, beans squash, and flowers. (See the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2015 Best Planting Dates Calendar for Boise.)

Once you’ve selected your desired plants, it’s helpful to create a garden plan. The Old Farmer’s Almanac website offers an online garden planner (or a handy app for iOs devices) to help you map out where everything should go to best optimize your available space.

Next, it’s time to get planting. Here is a list of local resources for seeds, plant starts, and places to go for general advice on planting and cultivation:

plants in a bag

The farmer’s market can be a great place to find plant starts.

However, despite having access to the resources above, you may feel your thumb is less than green. Or if you lack space, time, or are too intimidated to plant and cultivate your own garden, consider volunteering at (or donating to) a local community garden. Many also offer CSA programs. There are many local growers who would welcome the support (find a comprehensive list here or view a full list of refugee gardens), but these are some of our favorites:

Jordan Street Garden Boise

Founded in 2009, the Jordan Street Garden is an urban refugee garden bridging cultural barriers in North Boise.

Want to get the kids involved? Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) affords students ages 6 to 15 the opportunity to learn the ABCs of growing and cultivation—all in an organic garden setting, in the kitchen, or at the farm stand.


Shana Moore & Sherri B

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