Starting a veggie and fruit garden

Asked January 29, 2020, 3:49 PM EST

I work for a non profit that owns a residential group home in Gaithersburg. We want to start a garden for the residents as a programming option, as well as a way to incorporate healthy eating and gardening. Our space is limited so we would be planting above ground indoors and outdoors. 1. How should we start this process? 2. The back yard is enclosed and has some space for containers inside a small green house. But what veggies and fruits should we use for winter/spring planting? 3. Should we plant seeds or transplant as a start to the garden? 4. Also, would the Extension have a master gardener available to assist in starting the garden and overseeing us through the process of planting, growing, and harvesting? 5. If not, what kind of support is available for us Thanks for your help.

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1 Response

This sounds like a great idea. Our information on youth gardening, container gardening and vegetables should be very helpful. The Grow It Eat It program through Master Gardeners also helps people with this information.
To start, take a look at this page: https://www.extension.umd.edu/mg/about-program/grow-it-eat-it
The Montgomery County Master Gardeners are holding a big Grow It Eat It Open House on May 2nd. They would be able to give you advice and you can inquire if they are able to look at or help you with this project.
Here is their announcement: https://extension.umd.edu/news/grow-it-eat-it-2020-spring-open-house and flyer: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/master-gardeners/Montgomery/2...

Since you have limited space, container gardening is the way to go. See more about that here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/container-gardening
Vegetables and herbs are really what you can do in containers. Fruit would be more difficult.

Christine