Vegetable Gardening 101

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Raised bed garden

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Many people are looking to meet their food needs with their own vegetable garden. For some, our parents did it. Our grandparents and great-grandparents did it. Growing your own food can be done and can be fun, relaxing activity for all in your family.

N.C. Cooperative Extension has many resources available to you. There is a gardening website, and also this site with resources on vegetable gardening. N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center has a Gardening Hotline, 828-527-6367, open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also email mcdowell.emg@gmail.com for all your gardening questions. Don’t hesitate to call. We want you to be successful!

The Master Gardener℠ volunteers of McDowell County have 12’x4′ raised beds available for $10/year at Corpening YMCA. There is water available at the site. If you are interested in renting a bed, please call the hotline.

If you garden, also consider planting a little extra to donate to our food pantries. Fresh food is important for all of us in our daily diets. Unfortunately, not all of us are able to include fresh, healthy food in our diets. You can help make that happen. When you have extra produce, please consider donating. Call the hotline, and we can make this happen.