Garden Facts for Gloucester, Massachusetts

Plant Hardiness Zone = 6

General Rules of Thumb:

  • Plant peas as early as St. Patrick's Day!

  • Spring leafy greens & brassica seedlings can go in by mid April

  • Summer fruiting crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, etc.) go in around Memorial Day weekend

  • Killing frost for fruiting crops around Halloween

food access

Are you hungry? Are you struggling to afford food for your family?

food resources, food pantries, food insecurity programs

Project Bread - Food Source Hotline

The Open Door

Gardening Suppliers

Shop Local! Help support the businesses that help support Backyard Growers!

Seeds, Seedlings, Garden Supplies & Organic Fertilizer

Neptune’s Harvest
Wolf Hill Home and Garden Center

Mail-away Seeds and Garden Supplies

Fedco Co-op Garden Supplies
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Pinetree Garden Seeds                                                            High Mowing Organic Seeds

Lumber and Building Supplies

Ace Hardware
Building Center of Gloucester
Markham Lumber
Timberline Enterprises


Brick Ends Farm                                                                    Black Earth Compost                                 

Learning Resources

The Backyard Grower's Garden Guide

The following links and downloads can help you learn more about growing a thriving and bountiful garden in New England.

Soil Testing

UMass Extension Soil Testing 
Testing for lead as well as general soil analysis

Raised Bed Gardening Resources

Bed Build Guide
A quick, one-page guide on how to build a raised bed

The Food Project DIY Raised Bed Building Manual 
A more in-depth guide on how to start a raised-bed garden

Harvesting, Food Preservation & Other Topics

Mother Earth News
Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

School Garden and Farm-to-School Resources

Nourish: What's the Story of Your Food?

Edible Schoolyard

Island Grown Schools Farm to School Toolkit

Outdoor Classrooms: Cultivating Children’s Gardens and Nature-based Curriculum

Chicken Supplies and Specialists

Dr. Wendy Emerson at Putnam Veterinary Clinic                        For all your Chicken Related questions   

Danvers Agway                                                                               Animal Krackers                                                                            Rockport Ace Hardware                                                              Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply    


Thank you to our partner, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), for providing these recipes based on the crops that are available through our program. These are quick, easy recipes--perfect for making a healthy veggie dish at the end of long workday!

 Looking for delicious, seasonal menus? Follow the links below to get the recipes from our past cooking workshops!