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Garden Zones

May 17th, 2012
I love my salad garden! In the Eco Family Virtual conference on May 3, Fred Meyer also talked about zones, where you place your food bearing plants. Zone 1 is close to your dwelling. My salad garden is in a large pot next to the front door, so I can pick my supper when I get home from work.  I also have strawberries, blueberries, my cabbage patch in zone 1 near the garage. Zone 2 is a farther out but still visible and ‘supervisable’. That’s where I have my compost bin, asparagus and rhubarb, blackberries and service berries.
Zone 3 is where you put the plants that you don’t need to see everyday, and you are willing to share with the wildlife. That’s where the hazels and aronias are in my yard. Also, acorn squash and cucumbers have plenty of space to spread out near the fire pit in zone 3. Zone 4 is as far as my yard goes and that’s where the prairie patch with more hazels, gooseberries and raspberries are.  We go for walks to zone 4 and pick and eat as we go and let the critters have the rest.
It’s not too late to register for the last virtual conference on June 7 and get access to the archived sessions including  May’s ” Edible Landscape design”.http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/www/Virtual-Conference-Brochure.pdf 
What foods are you growing in YOUR zone 1?
Kristi Cooper

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