Vegetables for Fall Harvest/Plant Once, Harvest for Years
The long, hot “dog days” of summer are almost over. You’ve had more than enough zucchini and tomatoes. Now’s the time to anticipate harvesting vegetables that actually need the light frost of autumn to yield some sweet and lasting flavors. “The cooler temperatures of autumn are ideal for some vegetables to ripen into maturity”, noted Beth Grosso, Master Gardener. “Oddly enough, some crops need a light frost to sweeten and become even more delicious.”
There will also be a presentation by Sheila Salmon, Pike County Master Gardener Coordinator, on perennial vegetables, i.e. asparagus, rhubarb, winter onions, chives, etc. She notes that these are vegetables that you can harvest year after year.
This hour-long, hands-on workshop begins at 10:00 am Saturday, August 17th (rain date: August 18th at noon). This will be an informal session where participants will have a chance to learn the “secrets” of what vegetables can be harvested in autumn and how to store them for use throughout the winter. You will also get to see the Milford Garden Club Community Garden which grows vegetables and flowers for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Master Gardeners will be available for any and all questions. The cost is $10 prepaid. You can register online at (https://extension.psy.edu.pike-county ; email at PikeExt@esu.edu or call 570.296.3400.
This outdoor event will take place at the Community Garden which is sponsored by the Milford Garden Club and the Master Gardeners of Pike County. It is located at the Milford Township Building located at 560 Route 6 and 209 just outside of Milford Borough. The Community Garden grows vegetables and flowers which are donated to the Milford Ecumenical Food Pantry. Please bring your own chair for the program.
Did you know the Master Gardeners sponsor a hotline for all your gardening questions and challenges? Master Gardeners are available at their office at 514 Broad Street, Milford, PA, every Tuesday between 10:00 and 12:00. Or you can just call drop by with a sample plant or branch and they will help determine how to solve your issue.