A change of climate for gardening too

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  A change of climate for gardening too

As we talk climate change in the midst of a winter that has smacked us with some of the coldest sustained temperatures we’ve had in a long time and walloped some of us with snow, while others went without,  there’s a change of climate in the gardening world too.    

Chairman and CEO of Burpee says that vegetables are taking over the gardening world and that is creating a spinoff hobby – home cooking.

Vegetable lentil soup
Ball also says that every major home gardening company is working on developing a portfolio of vegetables for cultivation on patios and limited areas. Plants will be smaller but their yields higher. 
The Missouri Botanical Garden has a list of the Top 10 vegetables for container growing.  
Tomato ‘Sweet Million’

Also, Greg Ina, vice president at The Davey Institute in Kent, Ohio has reports that people are going beyond the anecdotal understanding that trees are good — beyond beautification,  to natural functions like pollution and wellness.  Trees clean our outdoor air.

Not all that long ago, organic gardening was considered a bunch of hippies growing some produce.  U.S. farms and ranches sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016, up 23 percent from $6.2 billion the year before. Of 2016 sales, 56 percent was for crops ($4.2 billion), 44 percent for livestock, poultry, and related products ($3.4 billion).  

Wisconsin has over a thousand certified organic farms while Minnesota is lagging with 545.  California ranks highest with over 2700.  

CSA’s have exploded with local nurseries now growing vegetables and a local organic farm, Main Street Project, is now offering chicken CSA.   Minnesota CSA’s   Wisconsin CSA’s

Hydroponics is a growing industry, pun intended, in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Hydroponics, or growing plants in a nutrient solution root medium, is a growing area of commercial food production and also is used for home food production by hobbyists. Learn about the state-of-the-art techniques for producing food in a controlled, soilless setting.  Learn more from the USDA.