Before winter hits, learn how to prepare your plants for spring

Posted at 8:16 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 09:31:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Before winter turns your green thumb blue, there are things you can do to extend the gardening season.

According to Courtney Foy, Development Director of Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG), the two most important “to-do’s” on your list should be:

  • Remember to water!
  • And, invest in some row cover cloth!

That last one is essential to keep things blooming through our first frosts and light, early freezes.

They know their stuff at the KCCG. For nearly 40 years, they’ve helped backyards, otherwise vacant lots, and thousands of square feet of here-and-there space, to bloom and blossom all over town.

At the main garden near Kensington and Gregory, hundreds of folks grow their own flowers, fruits and vegetables. It's a way for people who may not otherwise afford or logistically be able to eat healthy to be in charge of their own nutritious harvest.

So, how do these gardens grow?

It comes down to a lot of hard work from staff and volunteers, along with funding help from the city and corporate sponsors.

Last year, KCCG had its funding cut, but they’ve just submitted a new application and are hoping to see the amount grow. After all, growth is what it’s all about, whatever the season, at the Kansas City Community Gardens.