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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

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Veggies and the Golden Gnome!

Each year I hear from hundreds of garden clubs, community gardens and employee incentive programs with exciting gardening projects that are taking place all across the county.

This year our friends over at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, VT, contacted us about an employee garden project they were looking to start. Spearheaded by Minyele Glogowski, their objective was to create a number of vegetable and other garden related plots for their employees. They were looking make a space that they could escape and enjoy some time in the garden during break periods at work or enjoy on the weekends.

Working with limited funds, they were able to create twelve raised bed gardens including vegetables, herbs and flowers in their first season.

"It's been a tremendous success in our first season...It was very well received by everyone and we're already making plans to expand next season!"
Minyele Glogowski – Burton Snowboards.

I took a trip over to take a look for myself and I really enjoyed how each plot had its own identity. From the flower plot in the middle with the Gladiolus bulbs, Gerber Daisies and Geraniums bursting with color to the veggie garden being protected by the "Golden Gnome"! Each plot seemed to reflect the personality of the employee who created it.

This is a great way to get people involved in gardening that may otherwise not have the space or the time in their day to day lives. It's a great incentive to get people to take that 5 minute break and get their hands dirty in the garden.

It's also a reminder that there's still time to add some cold weather vegetable crops to your garden. Veggies such as Kale, Spinach, Cilantro, Radishes and Lettuce all make great additions, ready to harvest this fall once the weather begins to cool.

On that note I think I've got some cucumbers to tend to in our company garden....!

As always, Happy Gardening from your friends at American Meadows.

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