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
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The following links and downloads can help you learn more about growing a thriving and bountiful garden in New England.
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
School Garden and Farm-to-School Resources
Chicken Supplies and Specialists
Dr. Wendy Emerson at Putnam Veterinary Clinic For all your Chicken Related questions
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!
Recipes are listed alphabetically by the name of the vegetable.
Looking for delicious, seasonal menus? Follow the links below to get the recipes from our past cooking workshops!