Valley Bounty, May 4: Vegetable starts and bedding plants

glenroybuchananNEGrowersCoopGrow your own vegetables or flowers this summer with help from local farms! Visit farmers’ markets and retailers to find bedding plants, or starts, of a wide variety of vegetables suited for our region. Take advantage of the farmers’ knowledge: ask about favorite varieties, space requirements, and timing for transplanting. Put a pot of basil on your patio, plant salad greens for easy cutting just before dinner, or plan a snacking garden of snap peas and cherry tomatoes.

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To find locally grown bedding plants or starts, follow these links:

Farmers who grow bedding plants and sell directly to the public (enter your own zip code at the bottom to find the farms closest to you)

Retailers who sell locally grown bedding plants

Farmers’ markets are well-stocked with bedding plants this time of year; click to find locations and times.

Learning more about growing your own:

Check CISA’s events page for upcoming classes and workshops.

Berkshire County resident Ron Kujawski wrote “The Gardener’s Checklist,” a weekly column carried by the Daily Hampshire Gazette for many years. He and his daughter Jennifer have written a new book, Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Perfectly Timed Gardening for Your Most Bountiful Harvest Ever. If you are new to gardening, this might be a great reference since the authors are very familiar with our climate. The Garden Primer, written by Maine gardener Barbara Damrosch, is a well-loved gardening guide.