Did you know that a good snowfall is good for the garden? The phrase “blanket of snow” is more than a visual description — it’s also accurate in terms of warmth, says Hansen. Freshly fallen, un-compacted snow is typically 90 to 95 percent trapped air. Because the air can barely move, heat transfer is greatly … Continue reading Winter Garden
Join the Cottage City Community Garden at the 9th Annual Rooting DC Conference on February 27, 2016. Pre-registration opens January 11. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. What is the Rooting DC forum? Rooting DC is a FREE, all-day gardening forum that aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, … Continue reading Rooting DC 2016
Christian from ECO City Farm taught us how to contsruct low-tunnel hoop houses to keep our garden growing through the winter. Hoop houses create a greenhouse effect and trap heat inside of the coveted area. This allows the temperature inside of the hoop to get up to 20-35% higher and protects vegetables from frost. Continue reading Winter Season Extension
Have you ever wondered when the Cottage City Community Garden started? Or why our community decided that a communal garden that provides fresh produce (and sometimes fruit) was important? For today’s throwback Thursday, read this article from the 2009 Prince George’s Gazette to have all your questions answered! Port Towns await first community garden Cottage … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Port Towns await first community garden
Late Summer is the perfect season for getting more fruit into your meal – and when you’re already outside cooking, it doesn’t get much easier than adding some to the grill. Stone fruits are great for grilling because their thicker skin and flesh can hold up to heat well. For a quick summer dessert try … Continue reading Recipes We Love: Grilled Plums with Frozen Yogurt & Agave
What does it take to make a luffa sponge? Last year we were blessed with a healthy crop of luffas. This year they are growing along the back fence. So PLEASE DO NOT PICK THEM! We have to wait till they dry on the vines and then Denise/team will harvest them and process them into sponges. … Continue reading The Cottage City Community Garden Luffa Project
Today was a beautiful day in the garden – while weeding the garden I pulled out this huge beet! And the sunflowers and zinnias are magnificent! Continue reading Flowers and Beets in the Garden!
Please – We really need everyone who has a bed to show up this weekend on Saturday August 8th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. We will have treats to share – hot sauce from the garden and chips! We have much to do before fall…so more hands will make it all go faster and be more fun. The weather … Continue reading Volunteer at Cottage City Garden on August 8.
We had a great work session in the garden last Saturday … Christian built a trellis for our grapes. Kimberley Knox, the new project manager for the Port Towns Community Health Partnership joined us in the garden too. We look forward to working with her over the next year. The Port Towns Community Health Partnership helps … Continue reading Cottage City Garden Work Session: Saturday, July 25
Here’s a great light summer pasta dish to try with the tomatoes in your garden. It is very filling and delicious! You can always substitute the shrimp for chicken or add other garden veggies like squash or zucchini. The recipe is from http://juliasalbum.com/with minor adaptations. Ingredients 1 pound fresh shrimp, uncooked, shelled and deveined 5 medium tomatoes, fresh, … Continue reading Tomato, Shrimp, Spinach and Basil Pasta in a Garlic butter