Urban Gardens Still Busy

Jan 3, 2012

Even with cold, snowy weather coming on, urban gardeners may have plenty to do. Grow Pittsburgh's Executive Director Julie Butcher Pezzino said that the beds at their Braddock Farms location are being put to bed, while the heated greenhouse at the Frick Art & Historical Society will continue to grow some of the heartier crops and salad greens through the winter.

The Edible Schoolyard program, which works with four Pittsburgh Public elementary schools, has added a cooking component, so Pezzino said that the group will no longer take time off in the winter.

It's also a time for evaluating what worked and what didn't in the past year, so that future plans can be put in place. Next year's seeds will be ordered early in January. Pezzino said that seedlings will start in February at the greenhouse. "Once we get our seeds in, we're starting to pot them up into trays and get them ready to be sold in May and June to the general public as well as given to our community garden sites," Pezzino said.

Grow Pittsburgh took applications for new community garden partners this fall, so there will be a total of twelve in the city and county in 2012.