By Jennifer Bridge
On June first, Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles and the UK Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education program announced an initiative to promote gardening in Kentucky by bringing back a WWI promotion of Victory Gardens. The intent is to encourage Kentuckians to produce food at home so they can preserve and have food readily available or supplement meals. This past spring brought lots of panic as some foods were in short supply for periods of time.
By the time the initiative was announced, many plants and seeds were unavailable due to demand. So, the Meade County Extension Office decided to hold off and promote Kentucky’s third growing season of fall cole crops. Cole crops include plants such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, collard and mustard greens, kale, spinach, radishes and so forth. Planting or sowing cole crops in August should yield produce in mid to late October. You do not have to have a garden to grow plants. You just need soil, plants or seeds, sun, water and a little patience.
To support the Victory Garden project, the Meade County Extension Office will begin distributing a limited quantity of broccoli plants on Tuesday, August 11 along with great information on growing fall gardens and recipes to further enjoy the harvest. If you are interested in receiving free plants, you must call the extension office at 270-422-4958 and register in advance. If calling after hours, leave a message with your name and phone number so we can include you in the reservations.
For more information on growing gardens and preparing food, contact the Meade County Extension office at 270-422-4958.
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